The weather is improving and so are our Menus, here at Rutland's Oldest Inn in the charming village of Braunston-in-Rutland, just 2 miles outside the county town of Oakham & only a few miles from Rutland Water or Uppingham.

If you're a little further afield, in Melton Mowbray, Stamford, MarketHarborough, Loughborough, Leicester, Nottingham, Grantham or Peterborough, why not make a day of it? There's so much for visitors to do and see nearby in Rutland & Leicestershire.

If you're looking for places to eat as a couple, or with kids, friends or family, look no further for a lovely location to step back from the hurly burly and relax in rural splendour. Visit Rutland Water for birdwatching, cycling, walking, fishing, climbing wall, high ropes, water sports, sailing, Aqua Park Rutland (a super-soaking immersive experience, the UK's biggest inflatable watersports challenge) or chill out on the manmade beach at Sykes Lane shore. Visit Oakham or Uppingham towns or tour the villages. For more info see suggestions and links check out our Plan Your Visit Page and

With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, book your Lunch or Dinner at The Blue Ball at Braunston. Our fresh tasty Menus are freshly prepared by our chefs and include meat, fish, vegetarian, vegan, Gluten free and dairy free options. 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating. Tripadvisor Hall of Fame Award for achieving Certificate of Excellence 5 years running. Full bar including Cask Marque Award for our real ales. Guinness Award for the perfect pint. Family friendly with high chairs, baby changing facilities & children's corner with hooks, toys and art materials. Quiet corners for couples. Larger tables for group get together and celebrations.


The doors continue to open, the log fires remain lit, the beer delivery drayman made it through the snow & the kitchen continues to cook up a storm! Thanks to Mark Wellings & Clare & James Stewart Nash for fab photos.

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It doesn't get more local than this... No need to hop off to Harrods to get your hands on a few samples of award winning Rutland Charcuterie. Try a Tasting Board at The Blue Ball at Braunston - practically on the doorstep of where it's made!

The Blue Ball at Braunston is teaming up with free-range, award winning British charcuterie producer, Rutland Charcuterie during Discover Rutland Food & Drink Week.
Try a Rutland Charcuterie Tasting Board Starter or Main Course size

Tues - Sat, Lunch & Dinner
21st - 29th October

Rutland Charcuterie HQ at Chestnut Farm in Braunston, where Nick & Nicky Brake produce their superb range of salamis and air dried meats, is only a stone's throw from the historic Blue Ball at Braunston - Country Pub & Kitchen.

This historic, thatched country inn has been offering hospitality since the 17th Century and today, under landlords Dominic & Pip, serves a range of Pub Classics & Modern British Cuisine with a few tasty twists.

Although a relative newcomer by comparison, Rutland Charcuterie has already won a clutch of awards for its specialist products.

Why not try a taste of Rutland Prosciutto and a selection of speciality artisan charcuterie at Rutland's Oldest Inn - The Blue Ball at Braunston - where a real log fire still burns in the Inglenook on chilly autumn days.

What better place to sit and sample a Rutland Charcuterie Tasting Board, award winning cask ales, world wines and fresh, and seasonal, local food cooked fresh to order?

And, while you're there, take advantage of their Buy One, Get One Free Dessert Offer to round your visit off with a homemade Sticky Toffee Pudding, Strawberry Soufflé or perhaps a Yuzu Citrus Tart with Green Tea Ice Cream.

Dessert Offer available Tues - Sat 21st-29th October.
Just mention the BOGOF OFFER to claim yours!





Nick Brake, Rutland Charcuterie

For full listings of Rutland events, offers, participating establishments and producers to explore and enjoy during Rutland Food & Drink Week 21-29 October 2017 visit

Sue Butler's 60th birthday party at The Blue Ball at Braunston, near Oakham in Rutland kicked off with a surprise announcement. See Sue's guests' reactions to the unexpected news....

We love to host private parties, celebrations & events of all kinds using the higgledy piggledy layout of our historic inn to best effect inc creating chill out areas and space for a band, DJ & dancing with either a sit down Meal, a buffet or outside catering such as Hog Roasts. You can even decorate the place to suit your event or theme. Just talk to us about your planned date, numbers and initial ideas.... Call 01572 722 135 or click the MAKE A BOOKING button to email us...
Amazing saxophonist, Art Themen, wowed drinkers & diners at The Blue Ball on Sunday with world class jazz & blues. People travel from far & wide to get a seat for these senses stunning Sun Lunch jazz sessions. Classic Sun Lunch menu inc roasts with homemade Yorkies, gravy & seasonal veg. Book early for the next one on 5th Feb. Tables @ 12-3pm. 01572 722 135.

The Blue Ball At Braunston | Jazz Sessions
Gotta love our customers, friends ("fiends") and staff for getting into the spirit of things & pulling out all the stops to guarantee a great Halloween Party last night.

Tastebud tingling thanks to guest chef, Somjai, for her Thai Special Board. The deceptively simple fresh flavour balances she creates are stunning.

Back by popular demand, brilliant live band Bodgers Mate never disappoint & had the joint jumping. And, unasked, Keith and Mac went the extra mile plus one step beyond on the lighting and props front to help us transform cosy country restaurant into haunted Halloween inn. Cheers guys.

But the thing that totally made it was all the fantastic folk who contributed to the fun and friendly atmosphere. Such a laugh. And we can all use of that cheering medicine as the nights draw in....

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