Hambleton, Oakham, LE15 8TH
For over 35 years Hambleton Hall has been Rutland’s favourite Michelin-starred destination. Aaron Patterson, head chef since 1991, cooks with great energy and flair. He combines seasonal produce, including herbs, salads and berries from Hambleton kitchen’s own garden, with top-quality seafood and game (when in season) to create delicious modern European dishes. Sourcing only the finest ingredients from trusted suppliers and adapting the menu daily depending on what is available ensures that the beautiful dishes served at Hambleton Hall are always fresh and innovative. In 2019, Hambleton Hall was listed at number ten in Harden’s Best UK Restaurants, testament to the incredible skill and dedication of the team. Hambleton runs with a smoothness that comes from long practice and unremitting attention to detail, and continually provides a warm welcome, seamless service, exceptional food and delicious wine. The interior is stylish and comfortable, with spectacular views over the glorious gardens and Rutland Water. There are also 17 individually and lavishly decorated bedrooms. Whether it’s a lunch party for two, a wedding breakfast for 60 or a reception for 64, the dining room, private dining room, study or croquet pavilion can be configured to create the right setting. The hotel can also be hired for exclusive use. In the elegant restaurant, sommelier Dominique Baduel presides over the award-winning wine list and is on-hand to suggest the perfect wine to complement your meal. The menu of the day offers a wide range of Hambleton’s favourite dishes. You might begin with terrine of beetroot and smoked eel with wasabi ice cream. The mushroom raviolo with wild mushrooms and truffl e butter sauce is an equally accomplished starter. Follow with slow-cooked beef short rib accompanied by smoked potato purée, or perhaps the pan-fried fillet of sea bass. To finish, plump for the mouth-watering quince and honey souffl é paired with almond ice cream. The lunch-for-less menu offers further value and quality, and for the true connoisseur, the six-course tasting menu – priced at £95 – will leave you in no doubt as to the absolute quality of Hambleton Hall.