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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 120
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Most recent review
New Haircut

Lovely Saturday lunch after a very muddy 5 mile walk. Even though the pub had just opened all the fires were lit and the place had a good atmosphere. Very warm and friendly welcome and the dog was also welcome in the drinks bar. Landlady and staff all extremely nice and the food was pretty good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
MrJamesC
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Lovely Saturday lunch after a very muddy 5 mile walk. Even though the pub had just opened all the fires were lit and the place had a good atmosphere. Very warm and friendly welcome and the dog was also welcome in the drinks bar. Landlady and staff all extremely nice and the food was pretty good too. Very nice inside... More 

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Leicester
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited the Blue Ball for lunch with family. The ambiance in the pub was good, although where we were sitting a little cold and drafty. There were a number of wood burners, although the one near us was not burning well. The menu choice was good and exactly as shown on the website. The staff were friendly and helpful... More 

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Warm comfortable welcoming and calming environment, just how I remember a country hostelry. The service was spot on, courteous whilst being friendly and without being over familiar. The food ordered by our party of 6 was excellent, food for the eyes and delicious when eaten. Steak melted in the mouth, the mushroom starter served on a slice of brioche was... More 

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have eaten here several times, the food has always been good and the staff and service are excellent

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was our first time at the Blue Ball, I had checked out reviews online before we came and I would have to say I feel that they are accurate. The staff are welcoming and very helpful, the food was of a high standard, we had fish which was well cooked and nicely presented and the homemade bread was really... More 

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UK
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Eaten here a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed each visit. Offers varied choice from a menu that is not overwhelming. Food is cooked well and the complimentary bread is delicious. The pub itself is lovely and the staff are really friendly and attentive. It's worth a visit.

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We visited the Blue Ball as a group of 7. Our age range was from pensioner down to 11 years old. We decided on the Blue Ball as they take Tastecards. The ambiance is really nice, the staff are friendly and being able to actually have a conversation with staff these days is rare. We found the menu to be... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We called into this characterful 17th Century pub without booking. There was a lovely warm welcoming atmosphere with great open fires. The staff were charming and attentive and we had a great meal, steak & stilton pie and the best sausages, mash & red cabbage ever. We were testing it out as a potential pre wedding venue for dinner for... More 

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Stamford Lincs
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The pub is an idyllic looking thatched building and the interior matches the rustic charm. Beams and an open fire were a welcome sight on a chilly winter's day. There is a lovely ambience and although full the atmosphere was welcoming and engaging. Staff were supremely helpful and charming. We were seated in a small dining area so if one... More 

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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We visited on a Saturday lunchtime and the pub has a lovely atmosphere with lots of character. We had a drink by the fire before having a light lunch. The staff were really polite and welcoming and if it was near to where we live we would go back again soon!

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Restaurant Details

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

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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