Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Rutland
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Rutland restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 2 restaurants in Rutland and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Rutland 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
“On a hot day there is the terrace with its glorious views over the water. On a cooler day, it’s time for the comfy seats by the log fire. Whatever the weather, there is always a top quality meal to be had” at this “stunning” country house hotel (back in the day, owned by the Hoare banking family, and which actually pre-dates the surrounding reservoir, created in 1975, by many decades). Its “opulent” lounges and dining room epitomise “old-fashioned elegance” and provide “the quietest and most relaxing environment”. Staff are “professional but very friendly” and “go above and beyond to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience”. Chef Aaron Patterson has been at the stoves for a remarkable three decades and his cuisine “tends towards the traditional but is none the worse for that”. It’s superb quality but not showy food – “his deft touch lets the locally sourced, seasonal, food sing, rather than the chef!”. Owner Tim Hart (whose sons run Quo Vadis, Barrafina, El Pastor, etc in the capital) has amassed a fine wine list and “they have started providing some of their brilliant cellar wines by the glass, a great opportunity to experiment”. For a romantic stay in particular, it’s “truly wonderful and well worth the cost”.
2. Finch’s Arms British, Modern restaurant in Hambleton Oakham Rd - LE15
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!”
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