Casual-Dining Restaurant of the Year: Great Food Club Awards 2020/21


Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham, Rutland


The Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill, Lincolnshire
The School House, South Normanton, Derbyshire
Fourwards at Ashfields, Earl Shilton, Leicestershire

The winner is Hitchen’s Barn in Oakham, which impressed with its good-quality seasonal cooking, local sourcing, and convivial service and atmosphere.

Our judges’ meal included an excellent smoked haddock scotch egg; loin of local hare with black pudding, fondant potato, red cabbage & game sauce; and a delicious rice pudding served with crab apple jelly from Wymondham.

Loin of local hare at Hitchen’s Barn

Hitchen’s Barn is a unique and stylish restaurant inspired by the owners’ love of the British countryside and brought to life by the team’s passion for doing things well.

All of the Finalists greatly impressed the judges, with each striving successfully to create a special and individual dining experience. Moreover, the food cooked by all four venues was of excellent quality. But it’s Hitchen’s Barn that takes the title of Great Food Club Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year 2020/21.

Hitchen’s Barn’s take on a sticky toffee pudding
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