Local Food

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White Lion Inn
White Lion InnPub / Restaurant
Located in the heart of the village White Lion Inn boasts a bar, restaurant and function room. The inn has a garden, pétanque court and tables for outside dining as well as a large car park and secure storage facilities for bikes and fishing equipment.
Whissendine Windmill
Whissendine WindmillFood producer
Whissendine windmill supplies flour to local bakeries, including the award-winning Hambleton Bakery. If the windmill is closed, the flour can be bought from Whissendine’s village shop as well as from Hambleton Bakery outlets.
Rutland Preserves
Rutland PreservesFood producer
Rutland Preserves produces traditional jam, marmalade, relish, chutney and mustard from Main Street, Whissendine, crafted in small batches using the finest locally sourced ingredients. For a list of stockists, please see the website.

Great food within a 5-mile radius of Whissendine

The following list of food outlets has been generously supplied by the Great Food Club, your guide to the best Midland’s food and drink. Membership to the Great Food Club is free. Simply sign up, receive a membership card then use it in the restaurants, pubs and food shops featured on the Great Food Club website.

Northfield Farm Shop
Northfield Farm ShopCold Overton (2 miles)
Small but perfectly formed, Northfield Farm is an oasis of first-class steaks, top-quality sausages, award-winning pies, fine local ales, fresh bread and rural charm.
Sloeberry Spirits
Sloeberry SpiritsCold Overton (2 miles)
Sloeberry Spirits produces exquisite bottles of fruity spirits including flagship product Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin, Whisky & Wild Damson, Vodka & Blackberry and Gin & Raspberry. The Melton Sloe Gin and the Gin & Raspberry have won Gold Stars in the UK Great Taste Awards.
Hambleton Bakery
Hambleton BakeryExton (3 miles)
Hambleton Bakery was named Britain’s Best Bakery in an ITV1 competition that aired in November and December 2012. Its team of passionate bakers makes traditional, artisan bread and pastries, which are sold in five outlets – its HQ in Exton, Stamford, Oakham, Market Harborough and West Bridgford.
The Berkeley Arms
The Berkeley ArmsWymondham (3 miles)
A traditional country pub serving outstanding seasonal food and good beer. Expect starters such as Lincolnshire Poacher soufflé, followed by the likes of rump of lamb served with aubergine and tomato casserole, rounded off by apple and blackberry crumble or a cheeseboard comprising Lincolnshire Poacher, Clawson Stilton and Somerset brie.
Bat & Bottle
Bat & BottleOakham (3 miles)
Bat & Bottle specialises in importing unique Italian wines made by small, independent growers.

Founder Ben Robson is passionate about Italian wine and culture. He says: “We have developed a taste for wines made by producers who cherish the history and traditions of their hills and valleys.”

Ben founded Bat & Bottle in Uppingham, Rutland, in May 1994 with his wife Emma, and his knowledge of his chosen field is hard-won, extensive and has its roots in genuine passion for the subject.

Grainstore Brewery & Pub
Grainstore Brewery & PubOakham (4 miles)
Rutland’s Grainstore is a brewery tap and brewery housed in a converted railway grain warehouse that is located – handily for a cathedral of award-winning real ale – next to Oakham train station. Recognised as one of Britain’s best brew pubs, the Grainstore has twice won The Good Pub Guide’s ‘Own Brew Pub of the Year’ award.
The Black Bull
The Black BullMarket Overton (4 miles)
A thatched, cosy 17th-century building where the woodburner is always aglow on cold days and the beams in the bar are low enough to make six-footers duck or grouse, it does what all good pubs should do – provide a cosseting space where you can escape from the world.
Buttercross House
Buttercross HouseOakham (4 miles)
Buttercross House is situated in one of the oldest and most characterful buildings in Oakham. There’s a popular breakfast offering – including traditional full English, but also a vegetarian option featuring homemade hummus, feta cheese and poached eggs. There’s around six sandwich choices every lunchtime, such as chorizo, vine tomato, mozarella and pesto melt on toasted ciabatta. The café also has a small but evolving evening menu and wine list.
Otters Smokehouse and Deli
Otters Smokehouse and DeliOakham (4 miles)
The little clue in the name means there is a strong emphasis on smoked foods. Leo has a long connection with the excellent Pinney’s of Orford (located on the coast near Ipswich) and is bringing in a range of its produce under the Otters label, from smoked prawns to duck breast. Pinney’s smokehouse was established in 1959 and still smokes over whole logs rather than chippings.
Flitteriss Park Farm
Flitteriss Park FarmBraunston (5 miles)
Red Tractor-assured 250-acre Flitteriss Park Farm near Oakham is home to 600 sheep, 40 calves and 10 Gloucester Old Spot sows. The man in charge of the land and animals is 25-year-old ex-Oakham School boy James MacCartney, whose family has farmed here since 1939. James is passionate about farming and loves his work, especially selling directly to the public. So every Wednesday and Friday you’ll find him at Oakham and Uppingham markets respectively, selling Flitteriss Park lamb, sausages, bacon, burgers and more.
The Rutland Charcuterie Company
The Rutland Charcuterie CompanyBraunston (5 miles)
The Rutland Charcuterie Company is owned and run by Nick Brake from his family home. Nick’s passion is making British charcuterie with free-range meat sourced from local producers.
The Melton Cheeseboard
The Melton CheeseboardMelton Mowbray (5 miles)
Specialising in Stilton and local cheeses, but stocking more than 120 varieties, The Melton Cheeseboard is a traditional cheesemonger in Melton Mowbray. The Melton Cheeseboard is committed to supporting local producers and each cheese displays its own food miles on a label. Its policy is to source cheeses directly from the dairies, including the complete Long Clawson range, Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Lincolnshire Poacher, Godminster Organic Vintage Cheddar, Bertelin Staffordshire Farmhouse Cheese, Shorrocks Lancashire and Sparkenhoe Farm Leicester.
Lotus Bakery
Lotus BakeryBarleythorpe (2 miles)
Emma Finden-Crofts is a classically trained pâtissier who creates modern, elegant pastries and desserts and sells them at Rutland and Northamptonshire farmers’ markets and food festivals. She learnt her trade working in professional kitchens in London, including The Wolsley. She combined her hands-on training with a patisserie diploma and then set up Lotus Bakery in Rutland in 2015.
Vivia Crump’s Chutney
Vivia Crump’s ChutneyOakham Enterprise Park (3 miles)
The Bramley Apple & Date has a touch of ginger, so is an excellent partner to curries, and the Pear & Walnut with Rosemary is superb with lamb. Try the Red Chilli & Pineapple with a fried breakfast to kick start your day, or take it a step further and use the chutneys as a brush-on sauce – the best-selling Lemon & Mustard
Rutland Cookery School
Rutland Cookery SchoolOakham Enterprise Park (3 miles)
Based just outside Oakham in purpose-built kitchens, Rutland Cookery School caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced cooks, and offers an array of courses from bread-making to vegetarian, sushi to marmalade, knife skills to food photography. Gift cards available, too.
Castle Cottage Cafe
Castle Cottage CafeOakham (4 miles)
Just off from the busy marketplace in Oakham lies this classic English tearoom. It’s a haven of tranquility from breakfast to teatime. A big draw when the weather’s fine is the beautiful rear garden, something that sets the place apart. But the pretty and well-thought-out interior and excellent food are the biggest reasons to visit.