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  • Rutland Restaurants: The Fox & Hounds Exton

    Rutland Restaurants: The Fox & Hounds Exton

    The day dawned cold and sunny after another of Rutland’s wonderful sunrises, and it seemed a good day to get out and do something cheerful. (Mild the winter may have been, but many a morning it has been hard to convince my brain that it is time to get up, it’s been so dark and dank.) Where is the Fox and Hounds? Having heard on the grapevine – via the Great Food Club  – that... Continue reading

  • What’s On in Rutland this Weekend 29,30,31 Jan 2016

    Friday: Jazz & Blues with the Welland Valley Stompers at The Falcon in Uppingham. Free admission (bar open and food available to buy). This much-loved local band will play off and on between 8.30 and 11pm. Friday: Pennyless Folk Group is performing at Langham Village Hall. Doors open 7pm, entry is £10 to include something to eat, plus there’s a cash bar. Saturday: Ketton is holding a traditional Wassailing event that kicks off at 4pm... Continue reading

  • Rutland Restaurant Review: The Wicked Witch at Ryhall

    Rutland Restaurant Review: The Wicked Witch at Ryhall

    The Wicked Witch at Ryhall is definitely a restaurant with a bar, not a pub with a restaurant. Make no mistake: the bar area is very nice, but is not the place to go for a quiet pint. It has an anticipatory atmosphere: a place to salivate over the menu and enjoy a G&T before the main event: the food. We went for lunch recently, on a damp dull day which was cheered no end... Continue reading

  • Morcott's Norman carvings

    5 Rutland Churches to Visit

    Rutland has some very fine churches indeed, and almost every parish church has something of interest, so do check them out while you’re in the area. You may be surprised to know that the Church of England is responsible for about 45% of ALL Britain’s Grade 1 Listed buildings. The Government makes no contribution towards the maintenance of these very beautiful buildings and nor (as such) does the Church of England: the legal and financial... Continue reading

  • Hotels in Rutland

    When is a hotel a hotel? And when is it a restaurant with rooms  or a boutique BB? Size matters, I am sure, and so this list of hotels in Rutland focuses on the larger hospitality centres. This list is purely alphabetical. At the time of compiling it, I have not slept in any of them! Barnsdale Hall Hotel on the northern shore of Rutland Water has 66 rooms in total, most in modern blocks... Continue reading

  • Market Day in Oakham, Uppingham & Stamford

    Market Day in Oakham, Uppingham & Stamford

    My favourite day of the week in Uppingham (my nearest town) is Friday, because that is market day. There is nothing quite like a small market town on this day, when the whole local community pours in for its weekly helping of fresh food shopping, browsing stalls and – very important this – a good old gossip! The bus will be full (for a change), the car parks bursting at the seams, the coffee shops... Continue reading

  • Angling/Fishing in Rutland

    RUTLAND WATER Rutland Water offers both trout and coarse fishing, with a variety of permits available. Small boats for angling can be hired from the Fishing Lodge in the Normanton Car Park. The Lodge sells bait and tackle, and can arrange tuition. When the Lodge is closed, day ticket permits are available at the huts next to the WCs at Normanton leisure park, and next to Rockblok at Whitwell leisure park. The trout caught are... Continue reading

  • Bike Hire & Cycle Routes

    Most weekends in Rutland you’ll find lycra-clad cyclists getting out and about, not only on the 25 mile loop around Rutland Water, but along village lanes. Rutland has its own cycling club, called Velo Club Rutland but Leicester and Peterborough cycling clubs also enjoy Rutland’s rural rides. CYCLING AT RUTLAND WATER: The path that encircles Rutland Water totals about 25 miles, or 17-ish if you omit the ‘spur’ along the Hambleton peninsula.  You share the... Continue reading

  • Uppingham Antiques Centre

    Antiques Shops in Uppingham

    For a small town Uppingham has a superb line-up of antiques and vintage shops, and collectors could easily while away half a day (stay for lunch, why don’t you?) browsing half a dozen different shops.  GARNERS: This is a shop for serious collectors or those looking to furnish a larger house, in that Garners specialises in 18th and 19th century ‘proper’ antiques, especially beautiful dining tables and matching chairs, sideboards etc. Also deals in fine... Continue reading

  • Unique Sights

    Unique Sights

    WELLAND VIADUCT (SEATON/HARRINGWORTH): Crossing the Welland Valley between Seaton in Rutland and Harringworth on the Northamptonshire border, this magnificent viaduct is over 1km long and has 82 arches, each of which spans 12m. It was completed in 1878 as part of the Oakham to Kettering railway line: passenger trains rarely use it, though it’s a popular route for special steam train runs, and freight often uses the viaduct. WING TURF MAZE: This labyrinth, cut into... Continue reading