Fox & Hounds Pub with rooms in Oakham, Rutland

Prices from:
£120 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Timeless estate village setting
  • Striking stone inn by the green
  • Gothic-style interior; candles galore
  • Elegant rooms; inspired by Asia/Africa
  • Eclectic modern British menu
  • Passion for local produce
  • Secluded garden; outside bar/grill

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Overview

Fox & Hounds Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AP

The personal touch

Escape the A1 and follow gently rolling lanes north from Empingham and Rutland Water to locate this beautiful and timeless estate village and the Fox & Hounds set beside the idyllic green – it’s well worth the detour. Fitting the bucolic setting perfectly, the handsome stone 17th-century coaching inn has been given a new lease of life by Rochelle Bushell and David Graham (chef-patron), who bought the rambling and slight faded old pub in 2015 and set about restoring it from top to toe. Having run several successful bars and restaurants in South Africa, they have created a unique and unexpected feel to place. Beyond the ivy-clad stone façade, you’ll find an equally grand but lived-in interior, an inviting blend of a hunting lodge and gentleman’s club, with old sofas and leather chairs fronting crackling log fires, heavy drapes at sash windows, big gilt mirrors, old dining tables, books and board games, and candlelight everywhere; note the huge wax-encrusted candelabra resting on the bar. Chilled jazz and blues soundtracks enhance the laid-back atmosphere. The four elegant bedrooms, all designed by Rochelle, are kitted out with furniture collected on her travels.

Sticky fingers

Children are very welcome in the pub and overnight; extra beds are available

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar and in the garden

Alfresco

Dine on the deck or seek out the secret side garden on sunny summer days, a peaceful shrub and flower-filled space with painted picnic benches and an outside bar-cum-barbeque

What’s the Damage?

4 doubles £120 – £165; Sunday Sleepover: 3-course DB&B with bubbles on arrival (£195); 2-night Gourmet Break (DB&B); champagne on arrival, 7-course tasting menu first night, and £100 towards a la carte or seasonal dinner second night (£450)

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: at rear and around the green

Gongs

Waitrose Good Food Guide; Hardens; AA 4 Star & 2 AA Rosettes

Sleep

Fox & Hounds Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AP

Do not disturb

Climb the stairs to reach the rooms and expect to be wowed – these are no ordinary pub rooms. Rochelle Bushell’s imagination and flair for design has been let loose and the result is dramatic, each room is very different and inspired by different corners of world, from Africa to Asia and Indonesia. They are elegant and romantic rooms with feature fireplaces, red, black and gold colours, rich, luxurious fabrics, antique furnishings, including an African throne and big African lamps, and a bed made from antique carved doors, and various unusual art and artefacts collected by Rochelle on her travels around the world. Personal and quirky detail touches abound and bathrooms are equally special; one has a sunken bath, two sinks and a separate walk-in shower. Bliss.

Creature comforts

Bathrobes; White Company bathroom products; room service (during restaurant hours); fruit bowl

Gadgets

Freeview TV & Netflix DVD; free wi-fi

What’s for breakfast?

A proper Full English (including Trealy Farm Boudin Noir and ‘Londoner’ sausages); pain perdu with village berries, streaky bacon and rosemary-infused maple syrup, and homemade granola and seasonal fruit are the highlights from the extensive breakfast menu

What’s the Damage?

4 doubles £120 – £165; Sunday Sleepover: 3-course DB&B with bubbles on arrival (£195); 2-night Gourmet Break (DB&B); champagne on arrival, 7-course tasting menu first night, and £100 towards a la carte or seasonal dinner second night (£450)

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: at rear and around the green

Gongs

Waitrose Good Food Guide; Hardens; AA 4 Star & 2 AA Rosettes

Eat & Drink

Fox & Hounds Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AP

Mastering the menu

Chef-patron David Graham is passionate about quality seasonal British produce and spent hours visiting farms in Rutland and Leicestershire sourcing the best meats, popping next door to discover the venison and seasonal game on the Exton Estate, and talking to local artisan producers for cheeses, beer and bread. The result is an eclectic modern British menu that champions the excellent produce on the pub’s doorstep, and the cooking is up-to-the-minute, with some exciting ingredient combinations. Take, for example, pan-seared duck with celeriac puree, duck skin and nut granola, forced rhubarb gel, spring greens and rhubarb gin jus. However, David has not lost sight of the pubby roots, you can tuck into classics like shepherd’s pie, venison burger and a special mixed grill, while walkers will love the top-drawer ploughman’s (with a twist) and the cheese and chutney sandwich served at lunchtimes.

On the menu

(Starters: £7.50-£12.50; Main Courses: £14-£29; Desserts £6.50-£7.50)

Wood pigeon salad; seafood & coconut laksa; Rutland trout ceviche

Dale Farm pork loin, apple & cider tarte Tatin, confit woodland mushroom, cider jus; rump, braised belly, offal faggot of Hill Farm lamb, onion puree, wild garlic & vegetable escabeche, sherry jus; steak frites, café au lait sauce

Assiette of chocolate (chocolate torte, chocolate orange mousse, shortbread crumble, white chocolate cream); Rhubarb & custard (spiced custard tart, poached rhubarb, raspberries, pistachio crumb)

Lunch menu

(£5.50-£22; set lunch 2-courses £17; 3 courses £21)

Sandwiches: Tempura soft shell crab club; beef burger, port & onion jam; three-cheese toastie

Pub Classics: shepherd’s pie (braised lamb shoulder, sherry jus); beer battered fish & chips; boar toad-in-the-hole

Sharing plates: seafood or charcuterie plates; kitchen ‘tapas’

Sunday roasts

(£14.95)

Rib of Lincolnshire beef; Launde Farm leg of lamb; Roasted guinea fowl – served with honey glazed carrot & parsnip puree, roast potatoes, tenderstems

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8.30am – 11am (weekends only)

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm

Afternoon tea: 3pm – 5pm

Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Local, local, local

Lamb & beef – Launde Farm, Uppingham

Game – just over the wall at Exton Estate

Crayfish – from Ziggy in the village

Fish – Lowestoft day boats

Beer – Oakham Ales, Peterborough; Oldershaw Brewery, Grantham; Grainstore Brewery, Oakham

Charcuterie – Homemade & Rutland Charcuterie, Braunston (www.rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk)

Bread – Hambleton Bakery

Cheese – Cropwell Bishop Creamery (Stilton), Beauvale (Nottinghamshire), Lincolnshire Poacher, Sparkenhoe Vintage Red Leicester

Behind the bar

On tap you’ll find local brews from Oakham’s Grainstore Brewery, alongside Oldershott’s Newton’s Drop and a guest beer in summer, perhaps Hop Back Summer Lightning. The short, well-balanced wine list is well priced and offers some good drinking, favouring Burgundies, South African Chenin and Red Blends and Italian Classics, including an interesting organic, unfiltered Sicilian white wine – Catarratto. The cocktail list, includes twists on classics, with some unique offerings such as Tobacco Tea, Bacon washed Old fashioned, and a Monkey sour. An extensive collection of gins and sherries make for great aperitifs, while the well-sourced Cognac, Armagnac and dessert wine make for fine after dinner tipples.

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

4 doubles £120 – £165; Sunday Sleepover: 3-course DB&B with bubbles on arrival (£195); 2-night Gourmet Break (DB&B); champagne on arrival, 7-course tasting menu first night, and £100 towards a la carte or seasonal dinner second night (£450)

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & restaurant
  • Parking: at rear and around the green

Gongs

Waitrose Good Food Guide; Hardens; AA 4 Star & 2 AA Rosettes

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.

1 Inn Location - Fox & Hounds

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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.

4

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.

6

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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Northfield Farm Shop, Cold Overton, Oakham LE15 7QF

The shop at Jan McCourt's award-winning farm stocks a diverse range, from their award-winning meat, to honey, jams and sloe gin and damson whisky, which is made on the farm. Other alcoholic treats include Bitter, Mild & IPA from The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, while a variety of cow, goat and sheep's cheeses can be found here, along with pork pies, pickles and preserves.

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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.

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Grasmere Farm Butchers Shop, Market Deeping PE6 8DL

One of three traditional butchers shops owned by Grasmere Farm, which supplies its range of sausages, bacon and cooked pork products to the Olive Branch. They also make their own pork scratchings from slow cooked crackling and oak-smoked pork snacking salami.

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All Saints' Brewery, 22 All Saints' Street, Stamford PE9 2PA

All Saints is a steam-powered brewery that was established in 1825; it was restored in the late 1990s. The site is open for guided tours and tastings by prior arrangement and inside you’ll find a brewery shop, restaurant and coffee lounge.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Fox & Hounds

Activities

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Burghley Park Golf Club, Stamford PE9 3JX

Established in 1890, Burghley Park Golf Club at Stamford is situated in attractive parkland surrounding Burghley House; the park itself landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century. Visitors to the club can play on weekdays or after 2.30pm at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

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The Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington PE8 6LR

In operation as a visitor attraction since 1977, this railway was originally a vital cross-country route linking East Anglia to the Midlands. The line closed to passengers in 1966 but today offers enthusiasts the complete steam train experience.

4

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.

5

Tallington Lakes Leisure Centre PE9 4RJ

Over 200 acres of clean, spring-fed water offer plenty of fun and water-based adventure a short distance from Stamford. In these spectacular surroundings you can water-ski, jet-ski, canoe or windsurf.

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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.

Shopping

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St Martins Antiques Centre, High Street, Stamford PE9 2LF

Here, you'll find the largest collection of antiques in Stamford. Founded in 1993, the centre leases space to many knowledgeable exhibitors and the experts are always on hand to discuss your requirements and assist you in your search for antiques.

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Bubble and Squeak, High Street, Stamford PE9 2BB

At this shop, next to the Corn Exchange Theatre in historic Stamford, you'll discover children's clothes from babies to eleven years. There are also toys, puzzles and games and a whole host of other items.

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St Mary's Books, 9 St Mary's Hill, Stamford PE9 2DP

Browse among the thousands of books at Stamford’s premier bookshop. Here, among the crowded shelves, you’ll find many rare and unusual books on a host of subjects, as well as a few familiar old favourites. A real treat for book lovers.

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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Stamford Museum, Broad Street PE9 1PJ

With displays, galleries and exhibitions, Stamford's museum explains the fascinating history and archaeology of the town from its origins to the present day. Its archives are available to view for students and researchers and the museum also organises a series of annual public lectures.

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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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Grimsthorpe Castle, Bourne PE10 0LY

It might not look like a traditional castle, but that's what it's been called for about 800 years, since the first castle was built during the reign of King John (1199-1216). The original defensive tower still forms part of the building. It was enlarged in the 1540s to host a visit from Henry VIII and, although there have been many structural changes to the house since then, the footprint of the building is largely unchanged. The collection includes tapestries, furniture, ceramics and paintings.

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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

www.walkinginlincs.co.uk
www.stamford.co.uk
There are numerous enjoyable walks of different lengths around Exton. Close by is Rutland Water, Europe’s largest man-made reservoir, with its lakeside paths and picturesque views. The Lincolnshire Wolds have plenty of gently undulating routes and to the south of Stamford is sprawling Rockingham Forest with its visitor centre, café and network of woodland trails. Try also a walking tour of Stamford, a charming town of ancient streets and handsome buildings that was chosen as one of the main settings for the 1990s BBC adaptation of Middlemarch.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
www.rutlandcycling.co.uk
Lincolnshire and Rutland’s essentially flat terrain and pleasant countryside make this region cycle friendly. Around Stamford and Exton you’ll find plenty of enjoyable routes. 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.

Events

www.stamfordartscentre.com

At Bourne is a purpose-built auditorium in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall, providing the setting for the annual summer season of outdoor Shakespeare plays. Prior to performances, theatregoers can dine in the Hall or picnic on the lawns. Tickets for the Stamford Shakespeare Festival are available from Stamford Arts Centre. The Corn Exchange Theatre in Stamford is also a popular arts venue for live music, drama and comedy.

Getting there

Location, location, location

By Road: Exton is signposted off A606 at Empingham, three miles west of Stamford and A1. Pub is beside the village green

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Oakham (4.5 miles), just a short taxi ride away

 

Address:

19 The Green, Exton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8AP

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