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The Olive Branch, Clipsham Rutland

Muddy says: An award-winning pub/restaurant in the pretty village of Clipsham, where the staff are as passionate as the chef about the food and drink they serve.

Foodies will know all about The Olive Branch pub. Situated in the pretty village of Clipsham, the pub is housed in a building that dates back to 1890. It was in 1997 that it was quickly bought back to as a traditional village pub.

Today this multi-award winning pub/restaurant is headed up by Sean Hope who has made quite a name for himself because of his care and attention to detail in what he does. Sean and his team continually work on creating mens which showcase the best local produce. During summer, they source vegetables from their kitchen garden and the lincolnshire wolds and foraged herbs and fruits from the surrounding hedgerows, woodlands and fields.

Inside antique furnishings, quirky tables and chairs are mixed with pine kitchen tables and benches. The atmosphere is friendly and informal with chestnuts roasted on the fires in winter and homemade lemonade in the garden in summer.

Across the road, Beech House offers luxury accommodation in all its six room and is the perfect place to bed down after experiencing a memorable meal in the village pub.

In 2018 Beech House won the gong in the Muddy Awards for Best Boutique B&B in Leicestershire and Rutland so you know it’s worth visiting!

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