Friendly stone pub with interesting food, real ales, a dozen wines and seats in front and back gardens
The good pub guide review
Customers are welcomed to this stone pub by the friendly, hands-on and long-serving owners, the Craddocks. A pretty front garden, fenced off from the road, leads into the inviting interior with linked L-shaped rooms furnished with traditional settles and cushioned captain's chairs around tables of varying sizes, and wood-burning stoves. Brewsters Hophead, Grainstore Steelback IPA and Greene King IPA are served on handpump, alongside 17 wines by the glass (including fizz and pudding wines), 30 gins and home-made cordials. It's best to book a table in advance for the popular restaurant. The games room has a TV, darts, pool, board games and background music. The pub dogs are a dachshund and a labradoodle, and visiting pooches are welcome in the bar. There are chunky picnic-sets on the front lawn and more seats on a back terrace by a pretty stream with a duck house; pétanque. You can buy the pub's own-made pickles, chutneys and chocolates. There's a ramp for wheelchairs.
The good pub guide food review
The chef-landlady cooks the imaginative seasonal food, including fresh bread daily. As well as lunchtime sandwiches, dishes might include grilled quail with potato pancake, mussels, baked snails with garlic and parsley butter, wild mushroom and leek lasagne, fillet of sea bream with new potatoes and samphire, roast Gressingham duck breast with girolles and potato dauphinoise, crispy pork belly with spring onion mash and hispi cabbage, and puddings such lemon verbena crème brûlée and boozy cherries with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce.
Wheatsheaf, 1 Stretton Road, Greetham, Oakham, Leicestershire, LE15 7NP
Pub Group: Punch
Weekdays: 12-3, 6-11; closed Mon except bank holidays
Saturday: 12-11 Fri
Sunday: 12-10 (8 in winter)