The Olive Branch is UK Pub of the Year

Published on August 29, 2013

The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland (pictured left), has been named overall UK Pub of the Year in the new Good Pub Guide 2014 – out on August 29, 2013. And Oakham in Rutland’s Grainstore has been awarded the title of UK Own Brew Pub of the Year.

Run by friends and business partners Ben Jones and Sean Hope since November 1999, The Olive Branch – part of our Great Food Club network – has forged an exceptional reputation for its food, drink and hospitality over the past 14 years.

Its entry in the 2014 Good Pub Guide says: “The civilised Olive Branch prompts readers to superlatives: ‘service as good as it gets’; ‘sublime food’; ‘how have they managed to maintain such consistently high standards?’; ‘the ultimate pub experience’. It’s a first class all-rounder.”

Ben Jones commented: “When we took on The Olive Branch in 1999 our primary aim was to open a good pub – a place that served good food, good wine and good beer in a comfortable, relaxed environment. This award shows we’ve achieved that. It’s brilliant news.

“We put the award down to the incredible hard work of our great team. We all have a passion for the produce we serve, from the real ale through to the food, and we all have a passion for serving our customers to the best of our abilities.”

The Olive Branch was also named County Dining Pub of the Year for Leicestershire and Rutland.

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The Grainstore pub and brewery, Oakham

The Grainstore’s entry in the 2014 Guide says: “Chosen for the superb quality and value of the ten different beers it brews, the Grainstore in Oakham is Own Brew Pub of the Year 2014. Super own-brewed beers in a converted railway grain warehouse, cheerful customers and pubby food. As per the traditional tower system of production, the beer is brewed on the upper floors of the building, directly above the down-to-earth bar. During working hours you’ll hear the busy noises of the brewery working rumbling above your head.”

The Grainstore is also part of our Great Food Club network.

Other Good Pub Guide 2014 Midlands County Dining Pubs of the Year are:

Cambridgeshire: The Pheasant at Keyston (Great Food Club member)

Derbyshire: The Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Lincolnshire: The Chequers, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir (Great Food Club member)

Northamptonshire: The Falcon at Fotheringhay (Great Food Club member)

Nottinghamshire: The Martin’s Arms, Colston Bassett (Great Food Club member)

Staffordshire: Hand & Trumpet, Wrinehill

Warwickshire, Birmingham and West Mids: THe Malt Shovel, Barston

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.