RestaurantsRutlandHambletonLE15

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Summary

£51
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A lovely old pub in the bar and more ancient parts (the newer additions are slightly less appealing – tip: avoid the dining room and stay in the original section if you can!)” – this characterful inn with its great Rutland Water setting put in a “less checkered” performance this year. That said, standards can still be “more ordinary than in the past – pleasant enough” and “readers are advised to be cautious in their expectations!”. “Beautiful walks for after a meal though!”

Summary

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “lovely old pub” in scenic Hambleton near Rutland Water that’s “at its best if one eats in the bar and older part of the building, in front of a log fire (the newer additions seem less appealing)”. Over many years, it’s provided “a classic ‘curate's egg’ experience. It has a great location and if all goes well it’s a great experience. But sadly service and quality can vary quite a lot. And, as is the case for many establishments today, they no longer wish to offer a simple single lunch dish – good for their profitability but less good for the casual diner”. At best, the food’s “interesting”. At worst “service is awful, and as to the view from the dining room… well, there is no view!”. Whatever your experience, “there are lovely walks from the pub to walk it off!”

Summary

£49
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In picturesque Hambleton, a seventeenth-century pub enjoying a “lovely location with views of Rutland Water from the terrace” and a “really nice old pub” feel in the original parts of the building (“modern additions are less successful”). The “interesting menus usually offer good cooking at fair prices for the quality”, but “the big letdown in recent times has been the service, which is very poor…hopefully this can be resolved as the place deserves better”.

Summary

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Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.”

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Oakham Rd, Hambleton, LE15 8TL

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Finch’s Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Finch’s Arms Restaurant in LE15, Hambleton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Finch’s Arms restaurant.
Robert M
A lovely old pub, at least in the bar and o...
Reviewed 8 months, 21 days ago

"A lovely old pub, at least in the bar and older parts; the newer additions seemed less appealing. A good place for lunch before a walk around Rutland Water, but the food is now more ordinary than it was - just pleasant enough pub grub. "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £25.95 £4.00

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.20 £24.40 £9.00 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Oakham Rd, Hambleton, LE15 8TL
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑6 pm

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