• Lighter Lunch Meals - From £7.95

    Take a trip to The Blue Ball for a lunchtime treat! Why not try a gorgeous fresh baguette for just £7.95, each one served with hand cut chips, homemade coleslaw and dressed leaves. Or for only £8.95 each enjoy a meal from the selection of other lunchtime dishes including Bates Butchers Ham, Egg and Chips, Mushroom and Old Nick Matured Cheddar Omelette. Please note that a non-refundable deposit of £5pp is required for all bookings of 10+. Book online for free text confirmation or call 01572 910 314 .

  • Sunday Lunch at the Blue Ball!

    Enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch at the Blue Ball at Braunston! Choose from a roast based menu which also contains fish, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Please note, The Blue Ball restaurant will add a small supplement to menu prices during the Live Lunchtime Jazz Sundays which occur once a month. Please note there is a small surcharge added to the Sunday Roast Menu on Live Jazz days and Easter Sunday. Also there is a non-refundable deposit of £5pp is required for all bookings of 10+. Book online for free text confirmation or call 01572 910 314 .

  • Friday & Sunday- Happy Hour!

    Start & wind up your weekend the right way at The Blue Ball every Friday between 5pm - 7pm & every Sunday between 5pm - 7pm. All Draught & Bottled Beers, Lagers & Ciders & all House Wines £3 Discounts on Spirits & Prosecco too! Please note: Food is served 12pm-3pm on Sundays. Book online for free text confirmation or call 01572 910 314 .

  • Group Meals at The Blue Ball

    The Blue Ball is perfect for catering for large groups, no matter what occasion. Whether it be two or three course, lunch or dinner, The Blue Ball is perfect for all! Book online for free text confirmation or call 01572 910 314 .

Review Summary

8.8 based on 8 reviews
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    Our meal was served by polite waitresses. Everything was nicely cooked though I would have preferred the lamb to be more done. Wine was excellent. More dessert choice would have been better. The one thing I didn't like was a smell everywhere of old smoke , even though smoking isn't allowed in pubs! We had a room as we were a party of 10 with no other people. Not much atmosphere though we were laughing a lot so perhaps it was just as well no other people. There were people eating in other nooks in the pub. I'm not sure I'd go again to take guests as I didn't like the smell but would go just me and husband if we could sit with others.

    Lovely warm pub. Our food was very tasty, combination of steak, chicken and fish dishes for our group, and good choice of beers. Friendly service made for an enjoyable experience.

    Excellent meal in lovely surroundings. Service was very efficient and friendly even though it was a very busy bank holiday. Steak and stilton pie was particularly tasty and good selection of beers

    Very warm and friendly pub offering good food and staff who make you feel welcome. Very enjoyable meal all round.

    Our group had a very pleasant 'meal deal' in cosy surroundings. The Blue Ball has a lovely ambience, with wood burners, beams and comfy furniture. The only problem was that although we'd been told we didn't need to select our choices beforehand from the 'meal deal' menu, when we came to order there were only a limited number of burgers available - and several of the group had to choose a less favoured alternative.

    An absolute gem of a country pub. It is a lovely old timber beamed building with wood burners creating a wonderful atmosphere. The staff are incredibly friendly & helpful. The food is of great quality & very well presented. If you are in the area make sure you visit The Blue Ball!

    We wanted somewhere for a get together with friends and couldn't have chosen better than this charming country inn despite it being slightly off the beaten track. We arrived a bit early but were more than happy to chat on sofas by the log fire, have a drink and a look at menus. Have to say the menu is spot on with something for all tastes. We ended up going for it with all three courses and a couple of bottles of a surprisingly good Rioja. Don't be fooled by the modest price point - the food is as good as any I've had in the area & the service ffriendly and efficient without ever becoming intrusive. The homemade bread waiting on our table when we seated was a nice touch that set the scene for the intelligently cooked and presented dishes which followed. All in all a lovely setting, atmosphere and surprisingly good meal topped off with a classic bread and butter pudding which took me back to my childhood. Already planning a return visit to try more of the menu. .

    Maybe we were unlucky but the food was mediocre at best. The veg in particular was overcooked and virtually inedible.

    The fact that it was a busy Sunday service should not impinge on the quality of food served and was no excuse. The "front of house" staff were efficient and pleasant and could not be faulted.

    As to value, that was poor.

Closed (except Bank Holidays 12-3pm)
12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm
12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm
12pm-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm
12pm-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm
  • Ranked #3 of 28
  • Avg. main course: £11
  • 2.24 miles from Oakham
  • British

We say…

*Please note that a £5pp non-refundable deposit is required for all bookings of 10+*

The Blue Ball is a family-friendly restaurant located in the rural village of Braunston,  just 2 miles south-west of Oakham, Rutland. Featured in the Good Beer Guide, The Blue Ball is an outstanding venue offering great food, real local ale and good company.

Built in the 17th century, The Blue Ball is famed for being Rutland’s’ oldest inn, attracting visitors from the surrounding counties and beyond .The pub pays homage to its past history by retaining as many of the original features as possible, including exposed beams, original stonework and floorboards, inglenook fireplace, and a classic thatched roof. Outdoor seating overlooks the striking All Saints’ Church for those wishing to enjoy a few pre or post-dinner drinks in the summer months. 

In more recent years, it has undergone refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards with cosy leather seating and soft lighting. The addition of a private function room where the chefs can cater for up to 40 diners or 100 party of buffet guests, makes The Blue Ball perfect for a birthday party, wedding reception or business function. Recently The Blue Ball has received a 5* Food Hygiene Rating, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and the Cask Marque Award for the impressive supply of ales

With an extensive menu and an gifted head chef, the team at The Blue Ball are second to none and provide you with the very best dining experience possible. The food is undeniably impressive and with a fantastic list of modern British dishes such as Pan Seared Swordfish Supreme. The Scallop, King Prawn and Chorizo Salad with Citrus Dressing always goes down a treat! Or for the vegetarians among us the Vegetarian and gluten free options are also available such as the Thai Vegetable Curry with Fragrant Jasmine Rice, always a favourite! The restaurant also provides top-notch Sunday lunches as well as light lunches, children’s portions, vegetarian dinners and and delectable homemade desserts. All food is cooked to order, and to make sure that the food is of the freshest quality, The Blue Ball uses locally sourced in-season ingredients wherever possible. Whether you are looking for a light lunch, an indulgent dinner, or a few drinks in a time-honoured venue,

The Blue Ball Braunston is sanctuary within the village. With routes from Oakham, Leicester, and beyond, it is an easily accessible venue that is ideal for any occasion.

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6 Cedar Street, Braunston, LE15 8QS
01572 910 314