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The Blue Ball

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6 Cedar Street | Braunston, Oakham LE15 8QS, England
+44 1572 722135
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The warmest welcome & freshest food at Rutland's oldest inn. Proper pub...
The warmest welcome & freshest food at Rutland's oldest inn. Proper pub food. Varied fixed price menu of steak, fish, meat & vegetarian dishes, starters & desserts. All freshly prepared daily, using seasonal, local produce wherever possible. Great ales & wines. Open Tues- Sun + Bank Hol Mons. Superb stone baked baguettes & hand cut chips also available Tues- Sat lunchtimes. Sunday Roasts 12-3pm. Outdoor seating. Function/Meeting Room. Free Wi Fi in Bar. Cyclists, walkers, dogs welcome in bar.
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  • 47
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent

I just had another superb meal at the Blue Ball, this place is fantastic and well worth visiting! The pub looks more stunning than ever with a new terrace and thatched roof, which is a work of art. Staff are friendly and helpful, the menu is excellent and the atmosphere is very relaxed and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
joanne h
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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I just had another superb meal at the Blue Ball, this place is fantastic and well worth visiting! The pub looks more stunning than ever with a new terrace and thatched roof, which is a work of art. Staff are friendly and helpful, the menu is excellent and the atmosphere is very relaxed and welcoming. The fresh home baked bread... More 

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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It's been a while since we last visited and what a wonderful surprise to see their new thatch and gorgeous garden terrace, where we had a drink before dinner with friends. Such a pretty place, inside & out. However it was busier than we'd expected for a Tues Eve & also the first night of their new menu, so,it was... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Lovely welcome and excellent service, good choice of menu but unfortunately just average pub food. Would not go back,

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Saxmundham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The service was very attentive and courteous. The food was of respectable quality but I thought it expensive.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

My partner and i had a meal at the Blue Ball as we were caravanning at Meadowsweet Farm just up the road. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The wild mushrrom risotto was superb as was the lamb,rosemary and garlic sausages! Good selection of beer.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I was part of a party of four who sent to the Blue Ball yesterday (Fathers day) for lunch. It as a lovely venue, thatched roof and nice inside, but the food was very average. We had the salmon and crayfish for a starter which was very nice followed by roast beef. The beef was tuff, Yorkshire pudding overcooked. We... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Four of us ate at the Blue Ball whilst staying in Braunstone for the night following a day's cycling around Rutland Water. We were consequently quite hungry. All the food we were served was delicious - well cooked and good sized (but not too huge) portions. There was a good selection of beers and wines and all the serving staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Had a fabulous evening and meal at the Blue Ball last Friday. The food was delicious, service impeccable and surroundings just delightful! Not only was the food tasty and cooked to perfection, it was fairly priced and spot on in terms of portion size - best steak I've had in a long time. There was a good selection of ales... More 

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We called in on a Saturday night for an evening meal (4 adults and 1 child). We were made very welcome. Just as a previous reviewer has said, we were taken to the back of the restaurant because we hadn't booked. The food was lovely and service was good but a little slow especially when it came to ordering a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I came here with my partner and her daughter who has just moved into the area for Sunday lunch as we had been once before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly not this time. When we arrived at 12.15, we were greeted and asked what we would like to drink. We were given our drinks and taken to the back of... More 

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Address: 6 Cedar Street | Braunston, Oakham LE15 8QS, England
Phone Number: +44 1572 722135
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Rutland  >  Oakham
Average Prices: USD 9 - 31
Cuisine: British, Pub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6 Cedar Street | Braunston, Oakham LE15 8QS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Rutland  >  Oakham
  • Phone Number: +44 1572 722135

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 31
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

The warmest welcome & freshest food at Rutland's oldest inn. Proper pub food. Varied fixed price menu of steak, fish, meat & vegetarian dishes, starters & desserts. All freshly prepared daily, using seasonal, local produce wherever possible. Great ales & wines. Open Tues- Sun + Bank Hol Mons. Superb stone baked baguettes & hand cut chips also available Tues- Sat lunchtimes. Sunday Roasts 12-3pm. Outdoor seating. Function/Meeting Room. Free Wi Fi in Bar. Cyclists, walkers, dogs welcome in bar.

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