Rutland is a county bursting with flavours! Discover the array of local produce available within this food and drink map, with a handy list of places to eat locally.
Explore the beautiful countryside with our suggested cycling route and meander around our county town of Oakham with the Oakham foody trail
How to get local produce during November 2020 Lockdown:
The weekly markets in Oakham (Wednesday & Saturday) and Uppingham (Friday) will continue. You can also shop with;
- Northfield Farm Shop online & onsite
- Gates Farm Shop online & onsite
- Otters Fine Food online & onsite
- Bat & Bottle Wine Merchants online
- Oakham Wines online
- Fernley’s Ice Cream Café onsite essentials shop with milk vending machine
- Grainstore Brewery online
- Hambleton Bakery shops open + online click & collect
- Blue Aurora Wine made from 100% English blueberries – online shop
Cycle route; 25 miles on roads and hard surface paths.
Suggested starting point; Oakham Enterprise Park, LE15 7TU. With free car parking available, OEP is also home to Bat & Bottle Wine Merchants, Two Chimps Coffee and Rutland Cookery School where you can expand your culinary skills through their calendar of diverse workshops. You can also start at other points along the route, such as Rutland Cycling at Whitwell, where cycle hire is available.
Turn right out of OEP car on Ashwell Road towards Ashwell, passing Rutland Garden Centre and shopping village. Upon entering Ashwell village turn right onto Water Lane then at the T junction turn right onto Cottesmore Road. You will pass Rocks by Rail: The Living Ironstone Museum on your left.
Upon entering Cottesmore, turn left at the junction like you are going out of the village, then take the next right onto Mill Lane. Turn left onto the main road then right at the second bend onto Exton Road.
You will pass the famous Hambleton Bakery on this road, with a little shop to pick up some baked goodies for your panniers. After Hambleton Bakery take the left for Exton village. Follow the road around the village green then back out on the road you came, taking a left at the bend onto Oakham Road.
Upon entering Whitwell village, cross the main road onto a cut-through taking you to Bull Brig Lane and Rutland Water Whitwell where Rutland Cycling can be found. Join the cycle way with the water on your right.
At the roundabout, go right onto Manton Road. Take the left turn after the village of Edith Weston towards Lyndon. At the T junction, turn right into the village then left onto The Green.
Continue on this road, taking a right at the T junction into Wing. Turn right onto Church Street and follow the road around the village. Detour into the village centre and discover The Kings Arms Inn with Jimmy’s Rutland Smokehouse.
Leave Wing on Preston Road, crossing the main road and following Main Street through the village of Preston. Take a right on to Ridlington Road and follow this through Ridlington, Brooke and then into Oakham by taking the right at the T junction over the railway onto Brooke Road, then across the cross roads onto Mill Street.
See our foody walking tour of Oakham to see what goodies you can discover here. You can also explore the free attractions of Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle if you want some time off the saddle.
Continue in the same direction, across the mini roundabout onto Burley Road passing Cutts Close Park on your left. On the bend, take a left onto Ashwell Road and continue, crossing over the main roundabout, then mini roundabout, back to Oakham Enterprise Park on your right.
Oakham Food & Drink Trail
Starting the trail at Oakham’s Market Place, you will find Oakham Wines on the corner, where Harish will likely be there to advise you on the array of wines, beers, spirits and cigars he has in stock.
Walk along the High Street and you will pass two thriving local butchers, Nelsons on the left, then Leesons further along on the right. Pop into Leesons and pick up a prize winning Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, awarded Show Champion in the 2018 British Pie Awards and Gold award winner in 2019.
Carry on along High Street and you will find Otters Fine Foods, offering a new dimension to the food shopping experience. With naturally smoked fish, meats and cheeses, an exciting range of artisan and traditional cheeses, plus carefully selected charcuterie and quality deli products, which are sure to tempt even the most discerning foodie. Otters also stock many local products such as Oakham Honey and Rutland Rapeseed Oil.
Continue along High Street and take the next left onto Gaol Street, this is where the Farmers Market is held on the third Saturday of the month, and it is also home to Hambleton Bakery Shop, an award winning bakery specialising in artisan bread and pastries with cakes and savouries too. Hambleton’s bread is completely free of additives, preservatives, enzymes and enhancers.
Go back towards High Street, crossing the road and continuing along Church Street. Walk the length of Church Street, passing All Saints Church and Cutts Close Park on your right. Go left at the end of the road and continue until you get to Oakham Train Station, where you will find The Grainstore Brewery Tap to the right of the station.
Links to the places highlighted
The Herb Nursery | The Olive Branch Pub Shop | Hambleton Bakery | Two Chimps Coffee | Bat & Bottle | Grainstore Brewery | Otters Fine Foods | Jimmy’s Smokehouse | Edith Weston Village Stor | Multum Gin Parvo | Uppingham Brewhouse | Gates Farm Shop | Northfield Farm | Ferneley’s Ice Cream | Rosie Makes Jam | Rutland Rapeseed Oil | Rutland Water Fruit Farm | Rutland Organics | The Rutland Fudge Co. | Vivia Crump’s Chutney | Whissendine Windmill | Launde Farm Foods | Rutland Honey |