Local Pubs and Restaurants
The Jackson Stops – ½ a mile from Stretton lakes in the village of Stretton, Modern British Cuisine in a beautiful thatched oak beamed setting.
Robert Reid, along with Dave and Laura, welcome you to The Jackson Stops, Good Local Ales, Beautiful food in elegant surroundings.
The Jackson Stops, Rookery Lane, Stretton, Rutland, LE15 7RA Tel: 01780 410237 www.thejacksonstops.com
The Olive Branch – ½ a mile from Stretton Lakes in the village of Clipsham, Michelin star since 2002, Country Dining Pub of the year since 2003
The Olive Branch is run by Sean Ben and Marcus, friendly and informative staff serve, traditional and innovative pub food on wooden kitchen tables set by open fires, along with fine wines and real ales.
In the kitchen they create wonderful pub classics alongside some more ‘restaurant style’ dishes all using local ingredients.
The Olive Branch Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH Tel: 01780 410 355 www.theolivebranchpub.com
The Wheatsheaf – 2.5 miles from Stretton Lakes in the Picturesque village of Greetham. Run by Carol and Scott, the seasonal Modern British menu changes weekly. The wine list is based on wines from around the world. The Wheatsheaf also have an excellent selection of beers and local cask ales.
The philosophy of The Wheatsheaf is to use fresh seasonal food. Carol changes the menu weekly and makes fresh bread at the pub daily. She uses meats locally sourced and high quality sustainable fresh fish. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are only used here.
1 Stretton Road, Greetham, Rutland. LE15 7NP Tel: 01572 812 325 www.wheatsheaf-greetham.co.uk
Other Places We Recommend
The Sun Inn – Cottesmore Tel: 01572 898 217
The Fox and Hounds – Exton Tel: 01572 812403
Orchid Thai Restaurant – Stamford Tel: 01780 757291
Fratellis – Stamford Tel: 01780 754 333
Rutland Balti House – Oakham Tel: 01572 757 232
Rutland Chinese Restaurant – Oakham Tel: 01572 723 151
LOCAL TOWNS AND CITIES
OAKHAM – Rutland Water is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe and is located in Rutland, England’s smallest county. Set in 3,100 acres of countryside, the reservoir offers something for everyone in an exciting yet peaceful environment. It has a 25-mile circular track for walking and you can hire a cycle or bring your own.
Rutland Water has an international reputation for sailing, trout fishing and bird watching and all these activities are open to day visitors. The site includes the Anglian Water Bird Watching Centre with its fascinating exhibition and internationally famous nature reserve with 20 bird hides. It is the site of the first breeding ospreys in England for 150 years and is also the home of the British Bird Watching Fair each August. Activities for all water sports include the hire of Dinghies, Windsurfers,Canoes, Kayaks, row boats, and Power boating. Watersports here is available to suit all abilities.
For the more relaxed approach, Rutland water boasts an excellent woodland and nature reserve, butterfly and aquatic centre, bird watching.
For those less energetic simply find a bench and relax watching the activities as they pass over the shimmering water. Or take a cruise on the Rutland belle.
Bird watching: The osprey can be seen flying most days between April and September.
Rutland Falconry and Owl centre: Hosts owls, Hawks, Falcons, Eagles, Buzzards, and Vultures, regular flying displays for more information contact www.rutland-falconry.com
OAKHAM – 7 Miles
is the County town of Rutland. Rich in history and character, Oakham is a bustling lively market town. The market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in the Market Place. There is a wide variety of stalls selling fruit & vegetables, fish and cheeses, bread, clothes, household goods and plants.
Places to visit include: Barnsdale Gardens : Began in 1983 presented by the late Geoff Hamilton for BBC gardeners world Wingwell Nursey and ArtDejardein sculpture garden Lydington Bede House Normanton Church Museum Whissendine Windmill Oakham Castle Rutland Railway Museum: The museum has an open air steam centre which hosts a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives, wagons, vans and coaches. It is dedicated to telling the story of railways, especially the local iron stone quarrying. Gates Nurseries and Tearoom voted winner in the UK Garden Centre of the year 2005/6 Grainstore brewery and pub
For more information visit www.rutnet.co.uk
STAMFORD –7 Miles
Stamford is renowned for its historical, architecture. Declared a conservation area in 1967 and is proclaimed as’the finest stone town in England’,
Specialist shops include china, wholefoods, confectionery, quality boutiques, interior design, art galleries, antiques, bookshops, crafts and giftware together with major high-street retailers and a wide choice of cafes, restaurants, inns and tearooms.
Stamford is famous for Burghley house and the Burghley horse trails which is the premiere equestrian and social event in the international sporting calendar.
Burghley house: Is the largest and grandest house of the Elizabethan age, which has the finest example of Elizabethan architecture. Regular events are held throughout the year at Burghley, for more details contact www.burghley.co.uk
Other places in Stamford to visit
Stamford local market on Fridays
PETERBOROUGH – 15 Miles
Peterborough can offer little boutiques in the Westgate Arcade, Enjoy the high street stores in the Queensgate shopping mall, Rivergate, Hereward Cross or south of the city at Serpentine Green.
Peterborough is wonderfully accessible and has all the shops you could ever need within easy walking distance. Easy parking at the multi-storey car parks. The centre itself is traffic free so sit back and relax at an outdoor cafe and refresh yourself with a cooling drink as you enjoy a little people watching.
There is also the under-cover market to browse around which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays. Or you can visit one of the international street markets that are held throughout the year.
Peterborough is a vibrant modern city,with a wealth of history. Visit Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre where archaeologists found the oldest wheel in Britain. Visit the “new” 12th century cathedral with the largest surviving example of a painted wooden ceiling from the Middle Ages.
Peterborough Museum is the city’s most haunted building – you can join in a ghost tour if you dare! They also have one of the best collections of marine monsters in the world.
Places to visit
Nene Valley Railway
Flag Fen Britains Bronze Age Centre
Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre
MELTON MOWBRAY – 12 Miles
Is located in the heart of the East Midlands in the county of Leicestershire. Melton is well known for its world famous Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese.
Places to visit – For more information visit www.melton .co.uk
LEICESTER – 25 Miles
Leicester’s central shopping region boasts several different shopping areas, as well as Europes largest covered market, many streets also provide a wealth of different local and national stores.
Leicester has markets located in the heart of the city at Beaumont Leys. The city centre market has been in existence since 1300 AD. The markets offer a variety of merchandise ranging from fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, meat products, to fabric, upholstery, garments etc.
Places to visit in Leicester
The Sir Isaac Newton Science Discovery Centre
National space centre
Stamford local market on Fridays
GRANTHAM: 15 miles from Stretton Lakes
Grantham is a market town within the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. Located along the River Witham, The town is best known as the place where Isaac Newton went to school
Places to visit include:
Easton Walled Gardens
Little Ponton House
St Wulframs Church
For more information visit www.grantham-online.co.uk