"The warmest welcome & freshest food at the oldest inn in Rutland"
The Blue Ball in Braunston
Here at our historic, 17th century inn, we are passionate about offering great food, wines, ales & service at sensible prices. Often described as 'a hidden gem', we're slightly off the main Oakham to Leicester road which runs through the idyllic village of Braunston-in-Rutland. But don't worry - you'll easily find us at 6 Cedar Street, opposite All Saints Church, just 2 miles from Oakham & within easy reach of Rutland Water. Put LE15 8QS in your sat nav.
Whether you want a one, two or three course meal, a light lunch or simply to sip a drink in the cosy, beamed bar - or outside on the decking overlooking the church - we look forward to welcoming you. For a flavour of what we offer just click on our sample menus.
With roaring log fires when it's chilly, plenty of outdoor seating when it's sunny, nooks & corners for couples, larger tables for meeting up with friends, colleagues or family, & space to host a special event or wedding, The Blue Ball is the perfect pub in Rutland.
As popular with locals as visitors - when out walking, cycling, sailing, bird watching or just escaping for a few hours or days to an unspoilt slice of rural England.
Whether it's our pretty, thatched building - refurbished yet retaining all its original features & warmth.....or our lovely setting....or our food cooked with love from fresh, tasty ingredients...or our well kept ales....or carefully chosen wines...or happy team & atmosphere...or our insistence on giving great value for money....17,000 customers a year can't be wrong. Join our VIP List while you're here to be the first to hear about events & offers & enter our free prize draw for your chance to win £100 Blue Ball Voucher.
OUR UNBEATABLE VALUE FIXED PRICE MENU - Why pay more for less?
Wide choice of Modern British Cuisine & Pub Classics including meat, fish, vegetarian & gluten free options. All freshly prepared & cooked to order, including our bread, using seasonal, local produce wherever possible. See sample menus for an idea of the style & range we offer. We are passionate about the quality of our ingredients & cooking and regularly update our dishes, according to what's good & fresh, so please call or email if you require a current menu.
*Small supplements for some steak & fish dishes & on Live Jazz Sundays
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Opening Hours Tuesday to Friday
Open: 12 noon - 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Serving Food: 12 noon - 1:45pm, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
NEW FOR 2014 - FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
All draught/bottled beers, lagers, ciders, house wines & Prosecco only £3
Standard Spirits £2
Open: 12 noon - 11:00 pm
Serving Food: 12 noon - 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open: 12 noon - 8:00 pm
Serving Food: 12 noon - 3:00 pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays, otherwise closed on Mondays
What our customers say
"Great restaurant quality food."
"Fantastic welcoming local...our choice of local for a drink or a meal as the cuisine and value for money is unbeatable in the area."
"Fantastic meal at a great price."
"A great find."
"We'll be back."
The Times Weekend Travel Section article
'The great British weekend: Oakham, Rutland'
...Apart from Oakham, there is one other town — Uppingham, a quiet little place dominated by its famous school, with good galleries and antique and second-hand bookshops. The rest of Rutland’s gently rolling countryside is scattered with villages built in warm honey-coloured stone.
It’s a hugely restorative weekend, in a place summed up for us by an Uppingham shopkeeper. “Rutland has the sort of atmosphere that people move to rural France for,” she says. “It’s like the Cotswolds without knobs on.”
Where to eat
The 17th-century Blue Ball at ....(theblueballbraunston.co.uk) is Rutland’s oldest inn. Long and thatched, it stretches back from cosy bars to dining rooms, with weathered beams and a lingering aroma of wood smoke.
Pick up a leaflet of short and longer walks around Braunston from the bar.