Five of Rutland’s best restaurants have got together to offer Lunch for Even Less while the winter days continue.
Each restaurant is different; each has a different price point but each offers a great eating experience.
All prices are per person and Sunday lunchtimes are ruled out in all cases. Ask for the Lunch for Even Less menu when you book, and, as always with such offers, it is ‘subject to availability’.
The Berkeley Arms in the lovely village of Wymondham is offering a 2-course lunch for just £12.50 until 30 March 2013 (excluding Valentine’s Day). A third course may be added for only £3 supplement. The restaurant holds a coveted Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award for 2013. The Berkeley Arms is closed on Mondays. Call 01572 787 587 or visit theberkeleyarms.co.uk
Hambleton Hall is Rutland’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. Tim and Stefa Hart’s gorgeous hotel in the middle of Rutland Water (well, on the Hambleton peninsula to be accurate) is offering a 2-course lunch for £22 (including service charge) until 2 March 2013. A third course may be added for £6 supplement. Excludes Valentine’s Day. Call 01572 756 991 or visit hambletonhall.com
The Marquess of Exeter in Lyddington is offering a 2-course lunch for £12.95, with a third course just £3 supplement, and that is available until 30 March (but excluding Valentine’s Day – clearly every chap in Rutland is expected to take his beloved out for lunch that day, even though it’s a boring Thursday…). Call 01572 822 477 or visit marquessexeter.co.uk
The Olive Branch in Clipsham may not have its Michelin star any more, but Sean Hope’s team still deliver great food, and a 2-course lunch here costs £15.50 until 30 March (excluding Valentine’s Day). A third course may be added for £4. Call 01780 410 355 or go to theolivebranchpub.com
The Wicked Witch – a great name for what is a lot more than a village pub – is in Ryhall, in the north-east corner of Rutland. The offer here is 2-courses for £14.50, with a third course an option at a supplement of only £3, and it’s available until 30 March (except, of course Valentine’s Day and Mondays, when it’s closed). Call 01780 763 649 or go to ryhallwitch.co.uk
As well as these Rutland restaurants, two great restaurants just over our borders – Langar Hall in south Nottinghamshire and The Red Lion Inn at Stathern in Leicestershire – are also part of the Lunch for Even Less campaign.
I have every intention of working my way around all five participating Rutland restaurants before the promotion ends!