About Us & History

wood logs 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.


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The staff were very friendly and efficient, a welcoming log fire and an extensive menu. The food was well cooked and very tasty.
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“The warmest welcome & freshest food at Rutland’s oldest inn”

Charming, historic 17th Century Thatched Country Inn with Roaring Log Fires when it's chilly, plenty of Outdoor Seating on Garden Terrace when it's sunny, Nooks & Corners for Couples, Larger Tables for meeting up with friends, colleagues or family, occasional Live Music & Art Exhibitions & Space to host a Special Event, Private Party or Wedding.

Set in the idyllic, rural village of Braunston-in-Rutland, opposite the Church, just 2 miles from the county town of Oakham, 5 miles from Rutland Water & Uppingham & within easy reach of Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Stamford, Grantham & Leicester.


  • Drinks Served Throughout Pub Opening Hours

  • Lunch Served Tues – Sun

  • Dinner Served Tues – Sat

  • Vegetarian & Gluten Free Options

  • Children’s Portions/Prices

  • Varied Menu of Modern British Cuisine Tues – Sat inc Steak, Fish & Homemade Pies

  • Lighter Lunch Menu also available Tues-Sat inc Stone Baked Baguettes

  • Traditional Sunday Lunches with Homemade Yorkies, Gravy & Duck Fat Roast Tatties

  • Daily Specials & Delicious Homemade Desserts

  • Freshly Cooked to Order from Seasonal, Local Produce

  • Homemade Bread & Hand Cut Chips

  • 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


  • Children, Cyclists & Walkers Welcome

  • Family Friendly Facilities & Art Activities

  • Dogs Welcome in our Drinks Bar & Garden Terrace but not at indoor Dining Tables

  • Gift Vouchers from £20 upwards – click MAKE A BOOKING button to Buy Now!

  • Group Meals/Larger Tables a Speciality

  • Bespoke, Individual Events, Private Parties, Weddings, Christenings, Club Meets…

  • Personal Party Planning with Attention to Detail – Talk To Us about your Ideas & Budget!

  • Room/Venue Hire & Free Wi-Fi

  • Braunston Walks Leaflets