The Star Inn Pub with rooms in Thrussington, Leicestershire

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Spruced up traditional village inn
  • Lively local vibe; informal atmosphere
  • Good traditional pub food; specials too
  • Comfortable modern bedrooms
  • Good walking/cycling country

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Overview

The Star Inn Thrussington, Leicestershire, LE7 4UH

The personal touch

Alistair and Nigel Richardson have transformed the 17th-century Star Inn into a thriving community pub over recent years, gradually upgrading the property, adding comfortable bedrooms, and improving the food offering. Lucky Thrussington locals have embraced the positive changes but the Star, which overlooks the green in the heart of the village in the pretty Wreak Valley, also draws diners and business folk due to its proximity to Leicester and Melton Mowbray, and the A46 up the hill. The pub makes a great stopover for those exploring the quaint villages and the beautiful, gently rolling countryside that extends east to Rutland Water. Traditional comforts and contemporary features combine well within the refurbished bar, with its beams, wood floors an old settles, and the smart carpeted dining area with leather wall benches and high-backed chairs.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the pub until 8pm; smaller portions are served; extra beds are available and a family suite can be created from two adjoining rooms

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar but not overnight

Alfresco

There is a small terrace to the rear of the pub

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin £95 – £105

What Else?

  • All credit cards
  • Private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant; 1 bedroom
  • Parking: street parking beside the green

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Sleep

The Star Inn Thrussington, Leicestershire, LE7 4UH

Do not disturb

Accessed via the cottage next door, which the Richardson’s purchased with the intention to develop into bedrooms, the nine newly refurbished rooms ramble across the first floor of the cottage and The Star. Although uniformly furnished and decorated, all are very comfortable and well appointed with big beds, quality linen and down, handmade wooden furnishings and smart, fully tiled bathrooms with contemporary fittings and Caroline Henry toiletries. You can also expect fresh coffee, Birchall teas (do ask for fresh milk), homemade brownies and a decent flat-screen TV. Room 9 in the cottage is spacious with a sofa, tables and chairs, and a big bathroom with tub and separate walk-in shower. Continental breakfast is included in the room price (cooked breakfast £7.95).

 

 

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin £95 – £105

What Else?

  • All credit cards
  • Private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant; 1 bedroom
  • Parking: street parking beside the green

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Eat & Drink

The Star Inn Thrussington, Leicestershire, LE7 4UH

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.95-£7.50; Main Courses: £10.95-£24.95; Desserts £5.95-£8.50)

In keeping with the traditional feel of the pub, food successfully combines well-cooked pub classics with more adventurous daily dishes, and the weekday specials evenings draw a good crowd – steak, homemade pies and fresh fish and chips, the latter always available to take away. Seasonal menus make good use of locally sourced produce, including bread from nearby Syston Bakery and yoghurt from Manor Farm in the village. Typically tuck into tempura battered squid with chilli flakes and lemon mayonnaise, follow with duo of lamb (rump & shepherd’s pie) with fondant potato, savoy cabbage and red wine sauce, and finish with warm chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and pistachio ice cream. Specials may include scallops with pea and pancetta; pork fillet with homemade pork and apple sausages and dauphinois potatoes; and banana tart Tatin with homemade banana ice cream. Interesting salads, Sunday roasts (£11.95) and lunchtime sandwiches (steak and stilton) complete the foodie picture. To quaff, there’s Timothy Taylor Landlord ale on tap, alongside premium lagers and ciders, and a short list of wines (12 by the glass).

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm

Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Food all day Sunday: 12 noon – 8pm

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin £95 – £105

What Else?

  • All credit cards
  • Private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant; 1 bedroom
  • Parking: street parking beside the green

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Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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The Wheatsheaf, Greetham LE15 7NP

Grade II-listed stone-built village inn run by chef Carol Craddock, who used to work with legendary chef Simon Hopkinson at London's influential Bibendum. Not surprisingly, the philosophy is all about seasonality and the very best local produce.

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Lord Nelson, 11 Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT

Dating back to the 1500s and in the heart of Oakham, this lovely old inn is one of the Knead Pubs group and specialises in local ales, stone-baked pizzas and beef and lamb from the owner’s nearby farm.

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Berkeley Arms, Wymondham LE14 2AG

Seven miles from Oakham, this award-winning pub is well positioned for walkers exploring the nearby Wymondham Heritage Trail. As well as sandwiches and light meals served in the bar, the restaurant serves a full a la carte menu.

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Stamford Cheese Cellar, 17 St Mary Street PE9 2DG

Founded in 2010, the Cellar is a treasure trove for lovers of Artisan cheeses. The owners, Karen and George Brammer, are committed to the use of local produce and also offer an excellent variety of gift items, including cheese boards and hampers.

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Grainstore Brewery, Oakham LE15 6RA

Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Grainstore Brewery has won several awards for beers like Rutland Bitter and GB Best, as well as its ciders. Enjoy them in the brewery tap, which hosts regular live music and beer festivals. Brewery tours also available.

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Long Clawson Dairy, Long Clawson LE14 4PJ

Founded in 1911, the award-winning cheese made at Long Clawson follow the same traditional methods. The factory shop is open two days each month selling a selection of the dairy's speciality cheeses including Blue Stilton, Blue Shropshire and Aged Leicestershire Red.

Out & About

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Activities

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Burghley Horse Trials, Stamford PE9 2LH

Burghley has been staging this famous three-day event on its estate every autumn for more than 50 years - no other international horse trial has hosted as many championships. The prize money for first place is £50,000.

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Ballooning PE9 2RE

Savour the freedom and tranquility of drifting over Rutland Water, Oakham Castle and the surrounding landscape in a hot-air balloon. Balloons launch from sites near Edith Weston and at Stamford Meadows near Stamford.

Places to visit

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Belvoir Castle, Grantham, NG32 1PE

Pronounced 'Beaver', the castle occupies a romantic hilltop setting. It has been the home of the Manners family for 500 years and seat of the Dukes of Rutland for more than three centuries. The castle's splendid staterooms are open to the public and include many fine works of art.

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Rutland Water, Oakham LE15 8BT

One of the most scenic features of this corner of the country, Rutland Water is home to an internationally famous nature reserve, one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Britain, regularly accommodating over 20,000 waterfowl.

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Easton Walled Gardens, Easton NG33 5AP

Lincolnshire's nationally acclaimed 'lost gardens' are a must for all serious horticulturalists as well as those who simply like to visit grand gardens to admire all the hard work done by other people. Here, 400 years of gardening have produced stunning results - carpets of snowdrops in February, for example - and a tranquil atmosphere.

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Burghley House, StamfordPE9 3JY

Within walking distance of the Bull & Swan, Burghley is often described as the finest Elizabethan house in the country. The grounds are open all year round, the house during the spring and summer months. Be sure to visit the Garden of Surprises, opened in 2007 - a popular feature of the visit to Burghley House.

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Rockingham Castle, Market Harborough LE16 8TH

Perched on the edge of an escarpment with spectacular views over five counties, Rockingham Castle, near Market Harborough, is noted for its fine period furniture and impressive works of art. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor, inspired to include Rockingham Castle as one of the settings in Bleak House.

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Woolsthorpe Manor, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth NG33 5PD

Sir Isaac Newton, born here in 1642, made many of his most important discoveries about light and gravity here during the plague years of 1666-7. The manor house is furnished as a 17th-century farmhouse, and you can still see, from the bedroom window, the famous apple tree that inspired his thoughts on gravity. The Science Discovery Centre allows you to explore some of his ideas for yourself.

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Barnsdale Gardens, Exton LE15 8AH

Geoff Hamilton, known to many from the BBC's Gardeners' World, created 39 individual gardens on this eight-acre site, so there's plenty to see and take inspiration from. Geoff was a pioneer of organic gardening and Barnsdale was his 'great experiment' in peat-free and chemical-free growing.

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Stamford PE9 2DL

Stamford, sometimes described as 'the finest stone town in England', has some great buildings and plenty of independent shops.

Walking

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There are numerous enjoyable walks of different lengths around Thrussington. Within easy reach is Rutland Water, Europe’s largest man-made reservoir, with its lakeside paths and picturesque views.

Cycling

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www.rutlandcycling.co.uk
Leicestershire’s and Rutland’s gently rolling terrain and pleasant countryside make this region cycle friendly. Pedal beside Rutland Water and you’ll find peaceful paths and tracks well away from busy roads and disturbance. The route never strays far from the water’s edge.

Getting there

Location, location, location

By Road: Thrussington is signposted from A46, 8 miles north east of Leicester

By Rail: Nearest stations are at Sileby and Melton Mowbray

 

Address:

37 The Green, Thrussington, Leicestershire, LE7 4UH

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