"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.
FRESH & SEASONAL AT A FAIR PRICE:
TUES - SAT MENU
Varied menu of Modern British Cuisine & Pub Classics served Tuesday - Saturday inc steak, meat, fish, seafood, vegetarian & Gluten free dishes. All freshly prepared daily, including our homemade bread, using seasonal, local produce wherever possible.
SUNDAY ROASTS + FISH & VEGETARIAN MENU SERVED 12-3 PM
WEDDINGS & CELEBRATIONS - We love to host large tables, weddings, parties, functions, clubs & celebrations of all kinds. See Special Occasions page. Call or email us with your thoughts & to explore menu options
Standard 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
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 & Monday 22 & 29 Dec 2014, 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.