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

Customer reviews for The Olive Branch

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  1. Avatar Victoria Redshaw says:

    Yet another excellent meal here. A great choice for each course and a wide selection of wine by the glass. Service is always efficient. Great for both family meals, larger groups of friends and couples.

  2. Avatar Simon Silvester says:

    Great food, drinks, service and accommodation. What’s not to like!

  3. Avatar Chloe says:

    Lovely atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff, and everything we ate was delicious. There is a great wine list too. You can rely on the Olive Branch to give you a great dining experience!

  4. Avatar Diane says:

    Everything hit the mark….delicious food, beautifully present, superb service, fantastic range, selection and quality of wines, beers and spirits, and a lovely setting and ambiance. Oh, and it didn’t break the bank. Will return, and return, and return….just wish we lived a bit closer!

  5. Avatar Richard Bonser says:

    Just fantastic food in a fantastic ambience, it’s that simple!

  6. Avatar Tony Dale says:

    Usually top notch. Occasionally a bit disappointed with some of the dishes. Atmosphere and service always 10/10

  7. Avatar Dick says:

    Lovely family dinner recently at the Olive Branch. Food, cocktails, beer, wine and service all excellent.

  8. Avatar SR says:

    A must-try pub

  9. Avatar Joan Padkin says:

    I have been to this restaurant on many occasions. It never disappoints. The food is superb and the service outstanding. I can’t praise it enough.

  10. Avatar Matt says:

    Had a really enjoyable meal in this lovely place. Great service, relaxed atmosphere and brilliant food mean I’ll definately be back!

  11. Avatar Peter Sullivan says:

    I am a regular at the Olive Branch, three/four times a year! As usual, today was a great meal: wild mushroom soup, haddock & chips and a mini pudding. All perfectly executed and delicious. A great pub/restaurant with excellent staff.

  12. Avatar Alex Cross says:

    The impeccable friendly service and top class food and wine bring us back to The Olive Branch time and time again.

  13. Avatar Alison says:

    We have been regulars here almost since they opened and have sampled their lunches, their dinners, their B+B and their function room many times. They never disappoint and how they have maintained the quality and consistency over the years is quite remarkable. This lunch was however the best meal my husband has ever had there which is saying something. Don’t tell everyone about it though we still want to get a table next time!

  14. Avatar Emma Ansell says:

    Whether it is a special occasion or popping in for a quick lunch, the cosy welcoming and stylish surroundings, attentive staff and perfect food are second to none! There is always something new to experience and the pub shop enables you to take home a small slice of The Olive Branch with you. Attention to detail ensures that a visit is a treat every time!

  15. Avatar Paul King says:

    Great food, great staff, great place – my favourite place for a special occasion or just lunch. The whole team are helpful, friendly and know exactly what they need to do for you to remember your visit.

  16. Avatar Jack Thorpe says:

    I’m very lucky to live just 15 minutes from one of the country’s best dining pubs. There’s not a single thing to fault, from the staff to the ambience and, of course, the food and drink.

    We love using our Great Food Club card to enjoy a Clipsham Cooler before our dinner – the tapas is always a winner – like a brief run-through of all the best of the Olive Branch’s menu.

    Go. Now.

  17. Avatar Philip Seaman says:

    Sean is a wonderful cook and the setting is idyllic!

  18. Avatar James Latham says:

    I love this place. Relaxed, friendly and with lovely food. There really is no reason not to come here!!


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