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.
THE WARMEST WELCOME AND FRESHEST FOOD AT RUTLAND’S OLDEST INN
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.
The staff were very friendly and efficient, a welcoming log fire and an extensive menu. The food was well cooked and very tasty.