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The Olive Branch

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Dinner, bed & breakfast for two in a room of your choice, Sunday to Thursday (two country cocktails, three courses from the ‘Gourmet Menu’ dinner with matched wines): £299. Also: 10% off Olive Branch Kitchen Masterclasses. Quote ‘Great Food Club Premium Offer’ when booking and show your red membership card on arrival. Book on 01780 410355.

The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland, celebrates its 20th birthday in 2020. The founding trio of Ben Jones, Sean Hope and Marcus Welford bought the pub in November 1999 when it was a closed village boozer. Today it is widely seen as one of the UK’s best gastropubs.

It is a country inn that combines informality with high standards and excellent attention to detail. With a deserved reputation as one of the most consistent dining pubs in the region, the kitchen provides a comprehensive offering throughout the day, from breakfast for overnight guests, to simple pub classics, to more extravagant restaurant dishes. The highly seasonal menu is written daily and incorporates plenty of local ingredients – many nearby suppliers are highlighted.

On our autumn visit, game featured strongly, including an outstanding game sausage roll with crab apple relish and lightly soused vegetables. The presentation was perfect – the dishes were made to look appealing without straining for effect. There is an outstanding wine list – especially at the higher end – and many interesting beers.

Over the years, The Olive Branch has won a Michelin Star (2002 – maintained until 2013), collected the title of Michelin Pub Guide ‘Pub of the Year’ (2008 – in the inaugural edition), and been named Good Pub Guide ‘UK Pub of the Year’ (2014). It has also bagged a huge number of awards and positive write-ups, including Great Food Club ‘Pub of the Year 2019’ and Good Pub Guide ‘County Dining Pub of the Year’ pretty much every year since it opened. If there were an award for Most Consistent Dining Pub in Britain, The Olive Branch would probably win.

No surprises, then, that The Good Pub Guide 2020 has yet again named The Olive Branch ‘Leicestershire & Rutland Dining Pub of the Year’ – for the fourth consecutive year. The guide praises The Olive Branch for its “delicious breakfasts”, “carefully chosen drinks range”, “efficient and genuinely friendly service”, and “exceptional food”.

Ben Jones, joint-proprietor, said: “It’s fantastic to win this award again. The whole team works hard day-in-day-out to deliver the perfect pub experience. We love what we do, and the excitement and joy of running a great pub have always been central to life here. That’s what inspired us when we bought The Olive Branch in 1999, and that’s what drives the team today.”

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Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH
01780 410355

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