If you live in, or near, to Rutland then you are surrounded by some of the best places to eat that the Midlands, possibly the country, has to offer. Scattered throughout the picturesque towns and villages there is an absolute wealth of fine traditional British cuisine on offer, combining the best of local seasonal produce with cutting edge culinary talent. The small market town of Uppingham is no exception to the rule. Home to one of the most prestigious public schools in England, it features a 13th century market square and its rich visual history is enjoyed by countless tourists and locals alike.
Nearby, in the idyllic village of Wing, there is a 17th century inn; a magnificent vision in stone, it upholds the ideal of the English country village and everything that it stands for. Housed within is The King’s Arms, a traditional old pub with award-winning British food. Full of the character and charm that one would expect, there is nothing reproduction about this authentic piece of Britain. There are piles of logs by the stove and a hodgepodge of mismatched chairs and tables surrounded by various antiquities that are clearly the genuine article.
Traditional smoking and curing done in-house
All of the ingredients used to create the food at The King’s Arms have been sourced locally and processed on site, ensuring not only support for growers and breeders but the best possible produce on your plate. Everything from butchery and curing to baking and preserving is done on site and the produce is then used to create the exceptional dishes that have earned the team 2 AA rosettes and a regional excellence award. The menu changes with the seasons and as often as is necessary to reflect the availability and the quality of the ingredients.
The menu is a glorious roll call of Britain’s finest with a focus on flavour that belies the true time and skills required to execute such dishes. To begin, you could enjoy their own King’s cured bresoala; simply served with rocket, shaved Lincolnshire Poacher and cold pressed rapeseed oil it allows the main focus of the dish to shine through. Another of the stand out starters is a dish of black pudding fritters, made from house-made black pudding, and served with a tangy relish. On to the main course and a selection of local steaks; not just any old local steaks, these come from nearby Hambleton where the animals are grass fed on the banks of Rutland Water. Aged for a minimum of 28 days, the meat is meltingly soft and full of rich savoury flavour. Served with hand cut chips cooked in beef dripping, these are royalty amongst steaks.
A menu of British classics
Choosing a main course from this menu, steaks aside, is a job in itself. It reads like something that the Queen herself is presented with each morning and each dish sounds utterly delicious. Home smoked ham, with honey from the village and Bob’s free range eggs, is served with those decadent beef dripping chips and a mixed leaf salad. Shepherd’s pie is made with lamb from around the corner and the Kings Rutland Smokehouse Platter features a range of the house cured meats with cheeses, pickles, crisp apples, celery and homemade bread; the very Bishop of ploughman’s lunches if you please. What’s more, with the exception of steak, nothing on the main course menu costs more than £12.50. We had to check that it wasn’t a misprint.
The dessert menu is equal to the others, with so many amazing choices. It also features sharing platters of desserts to share that present a selection of those from the menu. The cheeseboard is a well balanced and generous affair, and the ice creams or sorbets are all made in house.
Online booking with Go dine is free
As you can well imagine, the King’s Arms is a popular place so why not use our free online booking service to avoid disappointment. You can also look at the restaurant page to view the menu for yourself and look at what other diners have to say about their dining experience. We also have an extensive guide to great restaurants in Rutland so that you never have to look too hard for a top restaurant in the area. Believe us, it is hard to find a bad one.