“With its unusual name, you'd think it would be a smart restaurant, not a pub; in fact its very much the latter. The Olive Branch is a pretty Georgian house attached to a charmingly rustic pub in a neat stone village. It's one the first of a growing number of English pubs to win a Michelin star, serving gourmet food that's also delightfully unpretentious (you might find roast pumpkin bread, smoked haddock chowder, chicken and mushroom pie). The six rooms are fetchingly decorated in shabby chic style, with Roberts radios, and the dining room is a homely, slightly rickety mix of books, blackboards, wine bottles, settles, dressers, ceiling high logs, pine tables and standard lamps. In warm weather you can order one of the inn's imaginatively stocked picnic baskets and enjoy a walk down the joyous parade of topiary that is the Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue, just a mile away.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“The Olive Branch pub is situated in the pretty village of Clipsham just two miles of the A1 in the tiny county of Rutland. The pub was originally three farm labourers cottages which were knocked together to make a pub in 1890. It had been the heart of the village community up until its closure in 1997.
With friends and family Sean, Ben and Marcus renovated the pub to bring it back to its former glory as a traditional village pub, and then added luxury accommodation to create this wonderful village inn, with open fires, antique tables and chairs mixed with pine kitchen tables and benches. The atmosphere is friendly and informal with chestnuts roasted on the fires in winter and homemade lemonade and barbecues in the garden in summer.”