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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 is an exceptional pub. This special place combines the relaxed approach and feel of a traditional country pub with professional service, top-notch comfort and exceptional food and drink. Superbly consistent, it’s little wonder that this Rutland gastro-pub has won so many awards.

The kitchen is headed up by Nick Evans, who specialises in taste-packed classics, skilfully working with flavours that were made to go together rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. This straightforward yet impressive cooking philosophy goes perfectly with the laidback but stylish environment that co-founders Sean Hope and Ben Jones have carefully crafted inside.

Beech House is The Olive Branch’s award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation, situated opposite the pub. It’s a Good Hotel Guide award winner and a past holder of the title of Best Restaurant with Rooms in the UK.

Great Food Club’s reviewer wrote of The Olive Branch: “Everything about this country pub is remarkable – you’re made to feel at home, yet also that you’re somewhere special. It’s a pub that transcends a pub. It offers a sense of occasion, creative and interesting menus, and exceptional food in a homely setting.”

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The Olive Branch, 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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