In the pretty village of Hambleton in Rutland, on Oakham Road, The Finch’s Arms is a rustic yet elegant traditional British pub that serves fine British cuisine. Not only one of the most popular places to eat in Rutland, it was also recently voted by readers of The Times as one of the best places in Britain to dine for less than fifty pounds. Enclosed within a panoramic snapshot of one of the prettiest counties in England, and situated right at the edge of Rutland Water, The Finch’s Arms is a great venue for a traditional Christmas getaway.
They are offering a 2 or 3 course festive lunch and dinner from the 2nd to the 21st December 2013. Open for a 6 course lunch on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Eve for dinner and live entertainment, they are renowned throughout the region for putting on a good festive show. Booking ends soon for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve so make sure that you don’t miss out.
Festive menus for lunch and dinner
The festive lunch menu starts with parsnip and apple soup or ham hock terrine with house-made piccalilli. The main course choices include traditional turkey with all the trimmings or fish and vegetable options. Desserts include Christmas pudding, warm chocolate and hazelnut tart or a local cheese plate. The festive menu has a wider choice and range of flavours, including for starter local partridge breast with hazelnut salad and red wine dressing or a goat’s cheese and fig salad with warm tomato fondue. For main course, as well as the turkey option, there is honey glazed duck breast with potato rosti and creamed cabbage. Fish and vegetarian options are of course available. Desserts include options such as roasted apple with hazelnut crumble topping or dark chocolate marquis with raspberry sorbet.
Dining out on Christmas Day
On Christmas Day the meal begins with a selection of canapés and continues with starters such as roasted Scottish scallops with apple puree, pancetta and parsnip crisps or goat’s cheese and chive mousse with candied beetroot and olive oil. Again you could choose the turkey option or go for grilled fillet of Cornish cod with brown shrimps, leeks, new potatoes, spinach and a touch of cream. The vegetarian option is Stilton and baby artichoke tart. Desserts include cardamom pannacotta, Christmas pudding or dark chocolate Marquis. All of this is followed by a cheese board and then, not only coffee and mince pies but, a platter of nuts and clementines that I think is a lovely original touch.
New Years Eve celebrations
New Years Eve kicks off with canapés and a glass of fizz then proceeds in true Scottish style with a starter of haggis with neeps and tatties; a dish which when done well is exceptionally delicious. You can then enjoy a tiger prawn cocktail followed by beef Wellington with thyme fondant potato. Dessert is ginger and lime pannacotta, followed by local Stilton with grape chutney and onion bread. The meal ends with coffee and a selection of house-made petits fours. A vegetarian New Years Eve menu is available on request.
Book online with Go dine
You can make your reservations online with Go dine, but hurry as places are limited and the deadline is within the next few days. We also feature a range of restaurants in Rutland for you to enjoy over the festive season.