The Vaults is an historic 17th-century inn situated in the heart of the award-winning town of Uppingham, on the bustling Market Place. As you enter the Grade II listed building, the oak-panelled bar makes for a warm welcome thanks to the wide selection of cask ale and lager available, including local brews produced in Rutland.
Incorporating exposed beams and wood-burning fires, the cosy restaurant serves a tantalising selection of pub classics alongside regularly changing specials, which feature starters such as smoked salmon and cream cheese parcels with Melba toast. My partner’s main course did not disappoint. The pan-seared pork fillet was sumptuously tender and was accompanied by sautéed potatoes and a creamy leek, wild mushroom and mustard sauce. I opted for the locally sourced 8oz rump steak, which was cooked on the grill, resulting in perfectly succulent meat that went well with the generous selection of sides, including chunky chips, crispy onion rings and juicy grilled tomatoes. Fully satisfied but unable to resist the desserts, we chose the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake paired with vanilla ice cream and raspberry coulis. It was decadently moreish and left a lasting impression.
In the warmer months, the outdoor benches provide a pleasant spot where you can relax and peruse The Vaults’ tasty pizza menu. Keep an eye out for regular events throughout the year, including live music.