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“A treat but disappointing desserts”
Review of Olive Branch

Olive Branch
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Clipsham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $73
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Award winning village pub with rooms. Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year 2014
Reviewed October 22, 2013

A wet and windy day was cheered by the lovely log fire with our table for lunch close by. House cocktails (it was a wedding anniversary celebration visit) were followed by a game-heavy set menu for my husband's choice (pheasant terrine and venison suet pudding with mashed swede) whilst the a la carte offered everything from salmon (my choice) to lamb; smoked haddock kedgeree or steaks. Service was excellent with the only disappointment was my pear tart tatin dessert which was soggy under-cooked pastry with half a very small pear lost in the middle of a large white plate with a small scoop of tasteless ice cream (cost nearly £6). Shame, as the rest of the meal was excellent and portions, which initially appeared small for the main, proved well judged over three courses. A special place which we will return to despite puds!

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1  Thank Glenis M
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Excellent food. The garden is very attractive and the service for our al fresco lunch was most attentive. A good and easily accessible toilet for the disabled was very welcome.

Thank lesley b
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

A delicious and delightful Sunday lunch, good atmosphere and beautifully presented food. We are not too far away and should really go more often. Not cheap (it was yesterday as we were "treated") but just one of those places you wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Managed to eat three courses as our meal was served at a leisurely pace - just how a Sunday lunch should be. Well done the Olive Branch.

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Thank AnnieW962
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We went for a mid-week lunch and the guests (mostly regulars, I'd guess, and many well-heeled retirees). We got the only free table. Clipsham is picture postcard territory and the OB certainly adds to the village charm.
Frankly, none of the three of us was very impressed by the food. I had the three-beef plate which consisted of small pieces of beef each cooked in a different way - not much more than a mouthful in each piece. One piece (probably the oxtail) was nearly all horrible gristle which I had to dispose of as discreetly as possible. There were almost no vegetables.
As others have commented, the OB really ought to do something about its portion sizes. My mother who is 90 and has a modest appetite, said her lemon sole, while nicely cooked, was the smallest piece of fish she'd ever been offered in her life! Service was good if slightly pretentious. We drove a good way to check out the OB but found no reason to return.

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2  Thank PeterMorton
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Pretty much everything was perfect. A glorious September day with a clear blue sky and warm sun, meant that we could sit outside enjoying lunch under a roof of grapes and pretend we were in the the Med rather than Rutland. The Olive Branch itself is a delight and the food and menu delicious. We all ate something different (Beetroot risotto, Partridge, Plaice, Chicken Pie) and all were thoroughly enjoyed. Each dish has a slightly different or new twist (My partridge came with beetroot pearl barley) that really elevates the food onto a higher level. The modern twist on the old fave 'Black Forest gateau' was a big hit. It definitely isn't your usual pub grub. The atmosphere is very relaxed and there was no problem in us turning up slightly sweaty and the worse for wear after a 5 mile walk. Indeed the staff were so helpful, they had emailed us details of the walk beforehand and helped us on our way at 10.00am in the morning when we arrived. I will definitely be back.

So why only 4 out of 5? A few minor niggles. The staff were all welcoming and helpful but the service was uneven. We had to ask twice for menus and one of the drinks we ordered took ages to arrive even after several prompts. We had to leave without coffee because it took so long and we had a train to catch - very annoying and a disappointing way to end the meal. The food itself was lovely but light. For a lunch it suited us perfectly. But if you wanted something a bit heartier, you would definitely need to have a couple of side dishes and I think the cost then gets to the point where the food needs to be exceptional - and this isn't quite there yet.

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Thank bobbleEngland
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