About Us & our History

wood logs Unique, historic 17th thatched country inn offering freshly cooked, varied menu at fair prices. Outstanding venue. Charming rural Rutland village nr Oakham. Cask Marque & Tripadvisor Awards. Family friendly. Winter log fires. Summer decking. Free Wi-Fi.


Roaring log fires when it's chilly, plenty of outdoor seating when it's sunny, nooks & corners. 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.​

Why is it called The Blue Ball? Depends who you believe….
Some say may have once been The Blue Bell and changed over time.
Others say refers to the globe. However, perhaps the most plausible explanation is that Cedar Street was once the main road and, as a coaching inn, they would put a blue ball outside on a post to tell the coach to stop as passengers waiting within.


man using hay to build roof the blue ball brauston restaurant sign roof made of hay outside

The staff were very friendly and efficient, a welcoming log fire and an extensive menu. The food was well cooked and very tasty.
staff at the blue ball brauston restaurant bar lady at the blue ball braunston pub


  • Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options

  • Children’s Portions/Prices

  • Varied menu of modern British cuisine

  • Traditional Sunday roasts

  • Freshly Cooked to Order from Seasonal, Local Produce

  • See Example Menus for a flavour of our style, range & pricing

  • Cask Marque Award for well-kept Real Ales, Lagers, Guinness & Ciders

  • Carefully Chosen World Wines

  • Coffee & Speciality Teas

  • Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence