Beech House & Olive Branch

‘A quiet oasis,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, of Sean Hope and Ben Jones’s well-liked village pub/restaurant-with-rooms. More

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Beech House & Olive Branch
Main Street
Clipsham
Rutland
LE15 7SH
England
01780 410355
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

6. 2 on ground floor, family room (also suitable for disabled) in annexe.

Open

all year, pub closed evening 25 Dec/1 Jan.

Facilities

pub, dining room, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small terrace, garden.

Background music

classical/jazz in pub.

Children

all ages welcomed (children’s menu).

Dogs

allowed in ground-floor bedrooms and bar.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £115–£195, D,B&B £200–£250. Set dinner £32.50, à la carte £32.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A quiet oasis,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, of Sean Hope and Ben Jones’s well-liked village pub/restaurant-with-rooms. Get ready for the buzz at mealtimes, though: ‘The food was excellent – no wonder the restaurant was full.’ Sean Hope wins acclaim for his cooking, which makes good use of local and home-grown ingredients. ‘We found the menu a little short (vegetarians might struggle) but very enticing.’ Try grilled cutlet and braised shoulder of lamb, sweet potato rösti, French-style peas. ‘Leave room for the mini-desserts – gorgeous little mouthfuls of sticky toffee pudding or chocolate mousse.’ In fine weather, eat under the pergola in the ‘beautiful’ garden. Accommodation is in ‘welcoming, restful’ Beech House, across the road. ‘Our large room was prettily furnished, with wide views. The bed was very comfortable, the hospitality tray well stocked, the bathroom large.’ A plea to designers: ‘We prefer a toilet with a door.’ Come morning, a ‘very good’ breakfast is served in ‘a beautifully restored old barn’. ‘The full English will set you up for the day.’ (Mary Hewson)

Map

Beech House & Olive Branch
Main Street
Clipsham
Rutland
LE15 7SH

Guest comments

'Our second visit and, as before, we found it a quiet oasis after a busy drive. The gardens are beautiful and parking is easy. Beech House, across the road from the Olive Branch, is restfully decorated and welcoming. Our room was large and light, prettily furnished and with wide views; the bed was very comfortable, the chairs were convenient and there was a well-stocked hospitality tray (fresh milk is in a fridge on the landing). The bathroom, too, was very large - but it had no door, just a curtain across a wide arched opening. It had a free standing roll top bath, a big shower, basin, nice toiletries and an antique French press. There was a screen round the lavatory: but we prefer a bathroom with a door, and a wardrobe in the bedroom. The food was excellent; no wonder the restaurant was full. We found the menu a little short (vegetarians might struggle) but very enticing. Maps on the reverse of the menu show the provenance of many ingredients. Leave room for the mini-desserts, gorgeous little mouthfuls of sticky toffee pudding or chocolate mousse. Breakfasts are also very good, served in a beautifully restored old barn: the full English will set you up for the day. ' - Mary Hewson - June, 2015
'Highly recommended. Our room had good storage and plenty of space. Food is excellent and we enjoyed sitting on the patio at the end of a long day hiking. Good value. ' - Tara Varco - June, 2014
'Staff very welcoming, bedroom and bathroom huge and comfortable, although with room for a three-piece suite the bathroom didn't even have a stool! The dinner was excellent, as was the breakfast. Not cheap, but well worth it. ' - Mary Milne-Day - April, 2014
'Happiness is booking a room in a hotel and discovering on check-in that one has been upgraded to a suite. Why? 'The room was available and we like to make our customers happy.' We were certainly happy. Chocolate comprised a lounge, two bedrooms and a lovely, roomy bathroom. We appreciated all the little details: homemade biscuits, soft bedlinen (duvet like a cloud), quality toiletries, plenty of coathangers. Outside was our private patio, with chairs, table and view to Rutland countryside. We crossed the road to the Olive Branch for meals; umbrellas provided, but we didn't need them. Even on a Sunday in November the restaurant was full, and we could understand why. The wild mushroom and tarragon risotto was perfect (oxtail soup excellent, too); main courses, from a short menu, included plaice with grapes and caper mash, and venison suet pudding; desserts had a suitably autumnal air. Delicious homemade bread, too, and olive butter. As for the wine list, we could have spent weeks just sampling that! Breakfast was in a large, delightfully restored barn with exposed beams, flagged floors and a feature fireplace with proper fire. The usual choice of cereals, fruit, muesli, etc, and the cooked dishes were very nice. The bread was local; jam and marmalade made at the pub. Our only grumble was the background music which didn't seem necessary with only six people quietly eating their breakfast. ' - Mary Hewson - November, 2013

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