The low-key Grade II listed Wheatsheaf has been run by head chef Carol and Scott Craddock for more than a decade but makes its Top50 Gastropub debut on this year’s list.
To some, such an accolade is well overdue.
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.
And having set high standards in service and sustenance since March 2008, they’ve certainly reaped what they’ve sown at the Wheatsheaf.
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.