Harden's survey result
“A good, hearty, meat-rich lunch and a pint by an open fire on a cold November day in the middle of Rutland Water: there are worse places to be…”. This “modernised” and extended old inn – “the original bits are by far the best, with open fires in the bar” – has a “brilliant location” with a big garden (and can become “exceptionally busy in the summer months, at which time service gets stretched”). “There are good set lunches and bar fare, but the cooking can be variable, with the occasional strange mix of ingredients leading to a mild note of caution”. “An out of season bar lunch though can be a very pleasant experience.”
The “location and impression from outside promise much” at this “busy old inn-with-rooms above the shores of Rutland Water”. It’s “a good watering hole after a stomp round the peninsula” and summer evenings on the terrace can be “a delight”. Familiar criticisms are present: “some dishes wow more than others”, service can be “functional rather than warm” and the whole set-up can seem like “more style than substance”. On the plus-side one regular found standards “on more of an even keel” this year.
A “terrace overlooking Rutland Water” – “a delight on a summer evening” – sets the scene at this atmospheric pub in a super-cute hamlet. When it comes to eating here “it’s ever the curate’s egg” – “service has improved but can still be hit and miss” (“particularly in the busy tourist season”), and the food can be “excellent”… but can also be “overdone” or “feature slightly odd ingredient combinations”.
“With views over Rutland Water”, a big garden and a “great ambience”, this characterful village pub has all the ingredients for “a lovely day out”; the food can be “hit and miss”, and service “can still be patchy”, but it has its high points, and “it’s always busy”.
Finch’s Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews
"An average evening, unfortunately service is hit and miss. A very unwelcoming start with mixed service at the table - sometimes good, often sloppy. Food was good, let down by a limited wine list - too many big reds."
"Went for light lunch in CV time - so hard to judge. Did a good job. Caesar Salad good in pleasant surroundings. "
|Wine per bottle||£18.50|
Oakham Rd, Hambleton, LE15 8TL
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm, Sun 8 pm, all day Sun
Last orders: 9.30 pm, Sun 8 pm