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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Rutland

Rutland is home to some brilliant country pubs, wonderful restaurants and high-quality producers. ‘Multum in parvo’ is the county motto, meaning ‘much in little’, and rural Rutland indeed packs a mighty punch when it comes to food and drink. Led by Rutland editor Anna, Great Food Club will guide you to the very best independent Rutland restaurants, pubs, producers, farm shops and delis, with some fantastic member offers thrown in.

  • FREE to join
  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
  • Up to 25% off with your membership card

Recommended businesses in Rutland

Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region and their member offers, with more coming soon…

  • B is for Brownie

    The most luxurious, rich, smooth and flavour-packed brownies you could hope to find – made in Rutland with single-origin chocolate…

  • Barnsdale Lodge

    This Rutland hotel/restaurant is all about comfort, good customer service and local sourcing. It’s TV presenter Julia Bradbury’s favourite local eatery…

  • Barrowden & Wakerley Community Shop

    A friendly, not-for-profit, rural community shop and café offering a fine selection of locally sourced food and drink…

  • Bat & Bottle

    Specialist importer of Italian wines with a passion for – and unrivalled knowledge of – its chosen subject…

  • Castle Cottage Cafe

    Secluded and individual fully licensed town-centre café offering simple and delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas in a charming oasis of calm…

  • Don Paddy’s

    Don Paddy’s in Uppingham is a friendly, bustling and perennially popular cafe, bar and restaurant offering good food and drink from a varied menu…

  • Ferneley’s Dairy Barn Café

    Ferneley’s makes and serves superb ice cream using milk from its herd of Holstein and Friesian cows. Offering breakfasts and light lunches too, you can see the cattle as you tuck in…

  • Fika

    Fika in Oakham is independent and very good. Try the Swedish buns called Semla – they are so, so good…

  • Fish Tank Sushi

    Fish Tank Sushi in Oakham is a totally thought-through restaurant that excels in everything it does…

  • Grainstore Brewery Tap

    Upstairs is an award-winning brewery, downstairs is a traditional pub serving at least 10 magnificent beers. You can smell the hops. UK Own Brew Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2014…

  • Hambleton Bakery Exton

    Crowned Britain’s Best Bakery by ITV1, Hambleton Bakery traditionally produces a mouthwatering array of breads and pastries in its woodfired oven…

  • Hambleton Bakery Oakham

    Crowned Britain’s Best Bakery by ITV1, Hambleton Bakery traditionally produces a mouthwatering array of breads and pastries in its giant woodfired oven…

  • Hambleton Farms Fine Foods

    Hambleton Farms Fine Foods of Oakham in Rutland is a farm, bakery, butchery and deli, creating enticing and award-winning food…

  • Hambleton Hall

    Hambleton Hall on the banks of Rutland Water is one of the most special places to eat and stay in Britain, combining luxury with Michelin-starred cooking…

  • Helen Buff Handmade Chocolates

    Bespoke chocolates handmade in Rutland using high-quality Belgian chocolate and an array of moulds, to produce unique designs…

  • Jackson Stops

    Classic country pub offering well-cooked, locally-sourced food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in comfortable surroundings…

  • Kavanagh’s Tea Room

    Kavanagh’s in Oakham is a light, airy and pretty tea room complete with vintage china – a great spot for afternoon tea…

  • King’s Arms

    This 17-century country pub and smokehouse is situated between Oakham and Uppingham in pretty Rutland. It’s a little bit special…

  • Lake Isle

    Lake Isle is a double AA Rosette restaurant and hotel in the lovely Rutland town of Uppingham with an excellent reputation for lovingly prepared seasonal food and fantastic wine…

  • Lotus Bakery

    A classically trained pâtissier who creates modern, elegant pastries and desserts and sells them at Rutland and Northamptonshire farmers’ markets and food festivals…

  • Mill Street Pub & Kitchen

    A pub in the heart of Oakham serving British dishes with a modern twist, offering good quality and variety …

  • Nelo’s Coffee Indulgence

    A fixture at Oakham’s Wednesday market, Nelo’s Coffee Indulgence operates from a converted Italian Piaggio Ape…

  • Northfield Farm Shop

    Specialising in rare-breed, high-welfare meat raised on site, Northfield Farm also sells award-winning pies and local produce…

  • Otters Smokehouse and Deli

    Fish smoked traditionally over whole logs – plus a delicious selection of cheese – are specialities at this family-run Rutland deli…

  • Rutland Cake Company

    An Oakham-based cake maker but also a café open for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and of course, cake…

  • Rutland Cookery School

    Launched in Oakham by acclaimed chef Robin Stewart, this cookery school offers a full range of courses from bread-making to sushi to knife skills…

  • Sarpech

    Sarpech in Oakham is a stylish Indian restaurant and wine bar. It’s a welcoming and comfortable space where you can enjoy fantastic drinks, excellent Indian food and top-class service…

  • Scandimania Coffee House

    What a little gem Scandimania is! It’s tiny, but don’t let that put you off – this is Scandi chic with delicious food…

  • Sloeberry Spirits

    Maker of award-winning Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin, Wild Damson Whisky, Blackberry Vodka and other fine tipples…

  • Stoney Ford Brew Co

    A small-batch brewery inspired by the town of Stamford, producing beers made with English-only hops and East Anglian malt…

  • The Black Bull

    A welcoming and cosy thatched village pub where the food is home cooked, the ingredients are locally sourced from high quality suppliers, and the beer’s good…

  • The Falcon Hotel

    The Falcon Hotel is a quietly elegant 16th century coaching inn in the heart of Uppingham, Rutland. Expect food to match the setting…

  • The Fox & Hounds Hotel

    This pub overlooking Exton village green is one of the most handsome in the region, and the service, food and drink live up to its looks…

  • The Lean Pantry

    The Lean Pantry in Oakham offers a delicious and creative range of light meals including all-day breakfasts and lunches, salads and superfood smoothies…

  • The Marquess of Exeter

    Situated in one of Rutland’s prettiest villages, the Marquess is a rustic village pub crossed with a sophisticated hotel-restaurant, and it cooks the classics with skill…

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    The Olive Branch

    A past Good Pub Guide choice for overall UK Pub of the Year, the relaxed yet polished Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland, is consistently excellent…

  • The Rutland Charcuterie Company

    Excellent quality, award-wining salamis and air-dried meats, including classy coppa and brilliant bresaola…

  • The Wheatsheaf

    From the outside it looks like your typical village pub – and you get a nice village pub vibe on the inside too – but it’s not till the food arrives that you realise you’re somewhere special…

  • The White Lion

    A cosy, relaxed village pub in a beautiful setting, serving honest, locally sourced pub food…

  • The Wicked Witch

    Quirkily-styled village restaurant, which has gained a reputation for good quality, inventive cooking via its interesting menus and talented head chef…

  • Two Chimps Coffee

    This Oakham-based coffee roastery specialises in unusual and delicious coffee subscriptions that are tailored to your taste…

  • Vivia Crump’s Chutney

    Small-batch chutneys made in Rutland, packed with inspiring flavours and textures – perfect partners to a whole host of dishes…

  • Whissendine Windmill

    Built in 1809, miller Nigel Moon bought Whissendine Windmill in 1995 – he is welcoming and enthusiastic to visitors…

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