The Olive Branch

A special place for a drink, a meal or an overnight stay


Accommodation available
Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 12-2, 6.30-9.30; 12-2.30, 6.30-9.30 Sat; 12-3, 7-9 Sun

Typical main dish: Burghley Park lamb shoulder with peas, alliums and smoked potato

Typical main dish price: £22.50

Average two course evening meal price: £30.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £4.00

Name of cheapest bitter: Grainstore - Olive Ale

  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

Number of bedrooms: 6

  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Children allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This perennially successful inn attracts a deservedly loyal following from both near and far, and has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Formed from what were originally three labourers' cottages and a cowshed, it's an attractive, homely place. The various linked bar and dining rooms feel remarkably unstuffy, with dark joists and beams, rustic furniture, an interesting mix of pictures (some by local artists), candles on tables and a cosy log fire in a stone inglenook. Outside, tables, chairs and large plant pots sit on a pretty little terrace, sheltered in the crook of the two low buildings ' new this year are canvas-roofed gazebos that allow for socially distanced dining. As well as a Grainstore beer named for the pub (Olive Ale), there are local Round Corner craft beers on tap, an enticing wine list (with at least 25 by the glass or carafe), a thoughtful choice of spirits, cocktails and several British and continental bottled beers. Service is efficient and genuinely welcoming; look out for their friendly springer spaniel, Alfie. A renovated Georgian house across the road from the main pub contains six individually decorated, restful bedrooms. As well as buying home-made jams and chutneys from the wine shop, you can order individual dishes to take away and order food for a dinner party at home. Disabled access.

The good pub guide food review

The first rate, imaginative food makes good use of vegetables and herbs from their own kitchen garden, plus meat and cheese from local suppliers. They offer various fixed-price deals from a two-course lunch menu to a seven-course tasting menu. Typical dishes include devilled whitebait, summer tomatoes, nasturtium and parmesan custard, haddock and chips, slow-cooked pork collar with aubergine caviar, smoked apple, hen of the woods and confit potato, girolle and Wiltshire truffle risotto with crispy parmesan, 28-day dry-aged sirloin with dripping chips and bearnaise sauce, and puddings such as Valrhona chocolate délice with carrot and sea buckthorn sorbet and poached Yorkshire rhubarb with pistachio curd.

2021 Awards

Licensee Introduction

Originally three farm labourers cottages, which in 1890 were knocked together to make an ale house as a peace offering to the villagers (note the name The Olive Branch) following the closure of the original pub by the local squire. The pub became the heart of this small village community for over one hundred years, up until its closure in 1997. With the help of friends and family, Ben, Sean & Marcus carried out the work necessary to bring The Olive Branch back to its former glory as a traditional village pub, with open fires, antique tables & chairs, mixed with pine kitchen tables & benches. Serving traditional and innovative pub food, fine wines & real ales, all at affordable prices. A country inn with a friendly & informal atmosphere, mulled wine and chestnuts roasted on the fires in the winter and homemade country cocktails & tapas on the terrace in the summer. Over the years The Olive Branch has won many awards for it's food and warm welcome.

Name of Licensee

Ben Jones

Contact Details

The Olive Branch, Main Street, Clipsham, Rutland, LE15 7SH

(01780) 410355

2 miles of the A1 at the B668 junction.

Nearest motorway: A1

Nearest junction: B668

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-5, 6-11

Saturday: 12-11

Sunday: 12-6

Winter: same