Unique, historic C17th 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. Bespoke weddings & celebrations. Dogs welcome in Drinks Bar.
Whether you want a one, two or three course meal, a light lunch or simply to sip a coffee or drink in the cosy, beamed bar - or outside on the decking overlooking the church – The Blue Ball is a pub for all seasons & reasons! See Example Menus on Food & Drink page.
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,
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.
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Now run by Dominic and Pip, the Blue Ball has been offering hospitality since 1640 and continues to maintain its reputation for quality food, drink, service and its charming historic setting.
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.
The staff were very friendly and efficient, a welcoming log fire and an extensive menu. The food was well cooked and very tasty.