Set in the glorious English countryside of Rutland lies the Olive Branch; a Michelin Star pub and restaurant that has gained a national reputation over the years. Situated just two miles off the A1, signposted Clipsham, Greetham, Stocken and Stretton, it is easily accessible and the perfect venue for travellers, locals and passers-by.
The Olive Branch has been featured in the Michelin Guide since 2002 and has held its Michelin Star since then alongside 2 AA rosettes since 2001 as well as winning the Michelin ‘Pub of the Year’ in 2008. It is a beautiful venue that has been the focal point of village life for many years.
The Olive Branch has been a traditional village pub since 1890 and has been formed from three labourers cottages which were renovated in 1999, returning them back to their former glory whilst maintaining many of the original features and capturing the essence of the 19th century builds. It is a charming pub and restaurant, full of character and warmth that is welcoming and comfortable and ideal for spending hours sampling the local ales, fantastic food and soaking up the atmosphere.
Sean Hope heads an innovative and highly skilled kitchen which prides itself on using only the very finest in local produce and frequently plucks fantastic ingredients from the surrounding Lincolnshire and Leicestershire countryside. You can expect to find a host of pub classics on the menu, like the famous Lincolnshire Sausage, or the Pork Faggots devised for the Hairy Bikers BBC2 television series. These hearty dishes feature alongside restaurant-style creations such as Twice-baked Crab soufflé with Waldorf salad and Loin of local Lamb with olive crushed potatoes. An informal lunch menu also offers salads and sandwiches on home-made pumpkin seed bread.
The passion for local produce extends to the bar where, as well as extensive wine lists from all over the world, you’ll find excellently kept real ales, and in the winter sloe gin, damson vodka and mulled wine all made with berries picked from the surrounding hedgerows.
The Olive Branch is friendly and informal, yet top-class, a professionally and fantastically well executed pub restaurant that will not fail to disappoint. We highly recommend a visit to The Olive Branch in Clipsham whether you are passing by or not, you won’t regret it.