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The loveliest restaurants with rooms

Ever been out for an epic meal and felt so satisfied that you could just crash? Well now you can! Here's some of the best place to feast and flop in Rutland and Leicestershire.

The Olive Branch, Rutland

An award-winning pub/restaurant in the pretty village of Clipsham, Rutland where the food, drink and accommodation punches well above its weight! A previous Muddy winner, the adorable gastropub is definitely worth a visit and features a variety of locally sourced goodies (some ingredients are even grown in their garden). Currently on the menu there’s wood pigeon breast, Cheddar dumplings, wild mushroom risotto. If you end up over doing it on the wine (we wouldn’t blame you as there’s 19 pages to pick from!), head over the road to Beech House. Here, 6 chic and cosy country-style bedrooms come with quirky details, roll top baths, antique beds, handmade pocket sprung mattresses and more. I’ve stayed before and it was absolutely delightful!

Hammer and Pincers, Loughborough

During lockdown, owners Sandra and Danny Jimminson finally had time to add bedrooms to their already, very successful Wymeswold restaurant. The two brand-spanking new rooms come with luxury pashmina mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets and the suite comes with a private roof terrace! The restaurant is the perfect place for foodies; it’s been awarded 2 rosettes by the AA guide for 6 years running, along with a listing in the prestigious Michelin guide, Good Food guide and Harden’s Restaurant Guide. Seasonal dishes include local venison, Jerusalem Artichoke and smoked bacon tart.

Black Iron Social, Leicester

Black Iron Social

Perhaps the most stylish digs in Leicester city, The Gresham features 121 aparthotel style rooms in one of the city’s most historic buildings. There’s one and two-bed apartments to stay in but if you want something extra special, book the penthouse suite on the fifth floor that comes with fantastic views over the city. Visitors with tickets to attractions to The King Richard Centre, Ninja Warrior or The National Space can get 15% off the price of a night’s stay by simply showing your tickets at check-in. Hurrah! If you’re feeling peckish, take a seat in the stylish Black Iron Social (sister to Black Iron over in Winstanley House) where quirky decor pieces sit alongside lots of gorgeous greenery and plush velvet arm chairs.

The Royal Oak, Loughborough

A beautiful gourmet bolthole in the leafy green village of Long Whatton. Food is superb (read our review here) but don’t just take out word for it; they’ve been awarded an AA rosette for culinary excellence and even been recommended in the Michelin pub guide. Run by brothers Alex and Chris Astwood, food here is charming and rustic and includes pan roasted venison loin, pigeon, pancetta and chestnut ballotine and plenty of tasty veggie options too. While the 12 bedrooms may not win any awards for their interior design, they’ve been rated 4 star gold by the AA and are comfy and cosy.

The Lake Isle, Uppingham

Set in a 350-year-old building in Uppingham, this modern resto is full of charm. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re in town and the food isn’t too shabby either. Book for lunch or enjoy an evening meal and feast on dishes like breast of Guinea fowl or red wine chorizo, crispy panko scallops and their festive menu sounds just as delicious. The wine list features more than 200 varieties so take your time when ordering and when night call, curl up in one of the cottage rooms where you can soak a little longer in the luxurious whirlpool bath. And relax!

Finch’s Arms, Rutland

Quietly hidden away in one the county’s finest villages, this gorg gastropub comes with dreamy views over Rutland Water. If you can take the chill, bag a seat on the terrace and tuck into their grazing boards, moules mariniere or local partridge. If you can’t tear yourself away, book a room upstairs and wake up to the same gorgeous views too. Bliss!

Neville Arms, Medbourne

The setting for this pub with rooms is incredible, a true bucolic riverside dining spot in the heart of the beautiful Welland Valley. Outside, there’s plenty of seating by the river bank overlooking the leafy village green. The pub recently changed hands and has gone through a major facelift. Their new refined menu includes Great Easton lamb noisette, treacle cured steak, breaded sea bream and lots more. Bedrooms aren’t as modern and err on the side of traditional but some do come with luxurious roll top baths.

The Queen’s Head, Belton

Ever tried a Truffled mac n’ cheese burger? No? Well you can go nuts in this countryside pub in Loughborough and if you’re still not satisfied, order the dirty fries too! When you’ve stuffed yourself silly, slip into the sheets in one of the four quirky bedrooms upstairs.

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