Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hambleton
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Hambleton restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 2 restaurants in Hambleton and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hambleton restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Hambleton Hall British, Modern restaurant in Hambleton
“The effortless and gracious hospitality of a country house hotel is maintained down to a tee” at Tim Hart’s “magnificent” property (owned until the 1970s by part of the Hoare banking dynasty), with its “open fires, antique furnishings, and busy wallpaper”; “staff who can’t do enough to help”; and “unbeatable views over Rutland Water” (which the house, in fact, pre-dates). “All of which is pointless if the food isn’t great… and luckily it’s brilliant”. The odd critic feels Aaron Patterson’s cuisine is “fairly conventional (good quality but lacking a sense of adventure)” but if you’re looking for brined, pickled and foraged small plates you’re missing the point here, as his “very accessible” classical cuisine delivers a “consistency and reliability” that’s second to none with “wonderful attention to detail”. “You do pay for it”, but real complaints about value here are notable by their absence.
2. Finch’s Arms British, Modern restaurant in Hambleton Oakham Rd - LE15
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.
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