Review: The Wheatsheaf, Greetham
By GFC member Diane Styles
The Wheatsheaf is a delightful Grade II listed pub in Greetham, Rutland, located not far from the A1 and six miles from Oakham. Run by Carol and Scott, their philosophy is to use fresh, seasonal food and to change the menu weekly.
Carol, who runs the kitchen, ensures there is a fresh batch of bread available each day, which sits on the bar for all to see. This is a big draw for those who pop in for a pint and end up staying for more than they bargained for – it’s a visual sign of tasty things to follow!
Having claimed a cancelled booking, we were lucky to secure a table on a very busy Sunday for lunch in the restaurant. Whilst the restaurant room is small, you can eat in the bar area – just remember to arrive early as those tables also fill up fast.
We opted for the two-course Sunday lunch meal at £16.25 per person. Skipping a starter, we all chose the rump of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, which was a big hit. The beef was cooked to perfection, slightly pink in the centre with an almost melt-in-the-mouth consistency, complimented by a delightfully seasoned crust. The Yorkshire pudding sat pride of place on top and the rich gravy was a tasty beef reduction with a hint of onion. Vegetables were al dente and seasoned with parsley; we all fought over the last piece of cauliflower cheese!
Dessert was a warm drunken chocolate and almond cake, which had the lightest texture and was not overpowered with cocoa. Coupled with the vanilla ice cream, it was every chocoholic’s dream and a worthy sin of any January dieter. The meal came in at just over £40 for three, including two pints of beer and a soft drink – great value for such a good meal.
The Wheatsheaf is a friendly, home-from-home establishment that is ever keen to provide high quality, locally sourced food, which it manages in abundance. Couple this with the extensive wine and gin selection and you may find you want to make it your forever pub…
Address: 1 Stretton Rd, Greetham, Rutland, LE15 7NP
Telephone: 01572 812 325