"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating" Luciano Pavarotti
Here is our guide to a few of our favourite places to find delicious food in the area.
THE CHOLMELEY ARMS, BURTON-LE-COGGLES
The Cholmeley Arms is an Award Winning Country Pub set in an acre of grounds in the centre of the pretty Conservation Area Village of Burton-le-Coggles, The Cholmeley Arms is on the Easton Estate and has been run by John and Lesley Berry since 2009. Booking is essential, especially at weekends. Visit their website for more information. The Cholmeley Arms is also home to Berry's Farm Shop. Burton-le-Coggles, NG33 4JS. Tel: 01476 550 225
THE OLIVE BRANCH, CLIPSHAM
A few miles down the A1, The Olive Branch is lovely pub in a sleepy Rutland village. It dates to the 17th century and is built of Clipsham stone. Inside, a warm, informal, rustic chic hits the spot perfectly with open fires, old beams, stone walls and choir stalls in the bar. The Pub was voted Good Pub Guide County Dining Pub of the Year 2018. Main St, Clipsham, Oakham LE15 7SH Tel: 01780 410 355
CECIL STREET FISH BAR, GRANTHAM
Best fish and chips in Grantham. Voted by our office team to be the best, freshest fish and chips in Grantham you can get to this takeaway easily by going into Grantham via the B6403 (known locally as 'The High Dike').
57 Cecil Street, Grantham, NG31 9AQ. Tel: 01476 570169
HAMBLETON HALL, OVERLOOKING RUTLAND WATER
For a serious celebration and Michelin starred cuisine, book dinner at Hambleton Hall. In the summer the views from the terrace are so beautiful that it's easy to believe you are in the south of France and Audrey Hepburn is on the next table. At quieter times of the year they may have a 'lunch for less' offer that makes it good value to eat exquisitely prepared food. Hambleton, LE15 8TH
Tel: 01572 756 991
THE MAD TURK, STAMFORD
For traditional rustic Turkish Cypriot, food this restaurant is a firm favourite with the locals including us. As it is in beautiful Stamford, it is set in an old stone building with low windows that Samuel Pepys would have recognised. St Paul's Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE.
Tel: 01780 238001
THE COSY CLUB, STAMFORD
For lunch. For a lively vibe and an excellent mix of tapas style and traditional lunch choices we like to eat here or to get a hot chocolate. It has masses of capacity but it is a big old barn of a place so it isn't the place for quiet meals for two although the staff are sweet.
The Old Delivery Office, Horseshoe Lane, Stamford, PE9 2RB. Tel:01780 767710
THE BULL AND SWAN, STAMFORD
Once an aristocratic drinking den, this ancient building has a great restaurant with locally sourced food and a cosy atmosphere. A great place to escape to and feel looked after and well fed.
24 High Street St Martin's, Stamford PE9 2LJ
Tel: 01780 766 412
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