The Wheatsheaf

Having initially based their careers in London, the owners moved north after meeting while studying catering and hotel management, bringing experience at the Dorchester – where Scott won waiter of the year the same year that Marcus Wareing won chef of the year – in tow.

Since taking on the stone-built inn in the Rutland countryside village of Greetham, the “charming” Craddocks – Michelin’s words – have created a “simple, family-friendly country pub” featuring an “unfussy and traditional menu which counts home-made bread and chargrilled bavette steak among its highlights.

The Independent goes as far as to say: “you can’t beat the menu for locally-sourced, sustainable produce” while Hardens adds that the busy neighbourhood pub-restaurant has become “an institution”, reserving high praise for its “surprisingly extensive” fish menu given its land-locked location.

Guests, however, will be less surprised to hear that there’s a selection of wines from around the world and an excellent range of beers and local cask ales to wash down the Wheatsheaf’s award-winning fare.

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