Rutland is well known for its fertile soil and rich traditions of arable and livestock farming.
Local businesses are thriving and there’s a greater variety of local produce for sale in our markets, farm shops and cottage-run enterprises than ever.
Rutland also has specialist importers of wine from across the world, Bat and Bottle just outside of Oakham, specialise in quality Italian wine, and Oakham Wines on the Market Place also source beers and spirits.
The finished product:
Hambleton Bakery opened in 2008 with the aim to bring the flavour back to bread using organic flours and products free of preservatives, enzymes and enhancers. The bakery and shop just outside of Exton (follow your nose) is not the only place to get these wonders, you will find their shops in Oakham, Stamford, Market Harborough, Oundle and West Bridgeford – but there’s also a good chance you’ll taste something of theirs if you eat in a local restaurant.
The Grainstore Brewery have a large variety of beers, ales and ciders, brewed right here in the heart of Oakham.
Whissendine Windmill is one of England’s few remaining fully operational nineteenth-century windmills which has towered over the picturesque village since it was built in 1809. The fully restored mill produces more flour types than you most people know exist: plain, strong white, wholemeal and organic stone ground flour, bread and pastry flour, spelt and barley flour, ryemeal and oatmeal flour, plus middlings and bran available for pigs, chickens and horses! It supplies many local restaurants, pubs and food producers, including Hambleton Bakery.
Rutland Rapeseed oil is grown, pressed and bottled on the shores of Rutland Water and is big in flavour, nutritional value and healthy eating.
Sourcing locally produced ingredients is a high priority in Rutland, residents take full advantage of regular markets and Farmers’ Markets, and visitors too can discover the flavour and value of real local goods such as local cheeses, local bread, fresh meat and fish.
Many pubs and restaurants use the best of what is local and seasonal in their ever changing menu’s so you can experience the best quality the region has to offer.
In Oakham, the Farmers’ Market takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month, so if you want to reduce your food miles and be assured of the origins of your meat this is the place to shop. In between the Farmers Markets, regular markets still provide top quality local fruit, vegetables and other goods. Oakham has a weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays plus Uppingham and Stamford’s market days are Friday