The Blue Ball at Braunston – Country Pub & Kitchen

6 Cedar Street, Braunston, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8QS, United Kingdom
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Awarding Winning C17th thatched country Dining Pub with lovely decked garden terrace overlooking the village church opposite.

Accredited AA ‘Covid Confident’, Visit England ‘Good To Go’, TripAdvisor Travellers Choice ‘Best of the Best‘ 2020   Great Food Club Dining Pub of the Year 2020/21 finalist, Cask Marque Award.


FRI & SAT 12-10pm                             TABLES @ 12-2pm / 5-9pm 

SUN 12-8pm
TABLES @ 12-5pm

Bank Hol Mons                              As per Sun hours 

Bookings via email, phone (answerphone when closed) or website.

Please provide your Name, Phone Number, Number of Diners, Number of Households and your preferred booking date and time. We will reply as soon as we’re able to.

Please note:

We don’t take bookings for our outdoor tables – as so weather dependent – nor for indoor drinks only tables.  They’re always first come, first served!  (By all means book an indoor dining table then, if on arrival the weather is good, you can relinquish your indoor reservation in favour of eating outdoors.)

DOGS – Dogs are welcome anywhere outdoors but we have have just 2 dog friendly dining tables indoors.  If you wish to bring your dog, please be sure to request one of these when booking to avoid disappointment!

We’re no longer taking any future bookings for weddings, private parties or large group meals – this is for the ongoing protection of all of our customers, our team, and our business.

The Restaurant menu will vary somewhat…according to what produce is good and fresh and Chef’s imagination…plus Daily Specials inc Roasts on Sundays.  Menu includes a range of meat, steak, fish, seafood, veggie, vegan and gluten free options and Desserts of the Day!  Children’s portions and variations available.  Please ask!

Please wait to check in with a member of staff who will then seat and serve you.  Please do no seat yourselves – even outdoors – even just for drinks!

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE from anyone not at your own table.

FACE MASKS ADVISED INDOORS when not seated at a table.


Indoor Dining table bookings via phone, email or website:

CALL 01572 722135

EMAIL [email protected]


Outstanding venue. Charming rural Rutland village 2 miles from Oakham and 5 miles from Rutland Water. Family friendly. Winter log fires. Outdoor decked Garden Terrace. Free Wi-Fi (when within range!). Dogs welcome on Garden Terrace.  Full seated table service.  No ordering or standing at the bar.

The Blue Ball is a unique 17th Century thatched pub & restaurant offering great food, wines, ales & service in a Covid confident environment.

Often described as ‘a hidden gem’, The Blue Ball is located just off the main Oakham to Leicester road which runs through the idyllic village of Braunston-in-Rutland. You’ll easily find it at 6 Cedar Street, opposite All Saints Church, just 2 miles from Oakham & within easy reach of Rutland Water. Put LE15 8QS in your sat nav.

Whether you want a table for a one, two or three course meal – or to sit outside in warmer weather on the decking overlooking the church – The Blue Ball is a pub for all seasons & reasons!

For a flavour of what they offer see sample menus on their website.

Roaring log fires when it’s chilly, plenty of outdoor seating when it’s sunny.

As popular with locals as visitors – when out walking, cycling, sailing, bird watching or just escaping for a few hours or days to an unspoilt slice of rural England.

Fresh chef led  Menu of Modern British Cuisine & Pub Classics inc steak, meat, fish, vegetarian, vegan  & gluten free options plus Specials Board.  All freshly cooked to order, using seasonal, local produce plus superb Sunday Roasts and delicious fish dishes.

Why is it called The Blue Ball? Depends who you believe…. Some say may have once been The Blue Bell and changed over time. Others say refers to the globe. However, perhaps the most plausible explanation is that Cedar Street was once the main road and, as a coaching inn, they would put a blue ball outside on a post to tell the coach to stop as passengers waiting within.




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Opening Times

Open Weekends & Bank Hol Mondays.

Seated table service only  – even outdoors, even just for a drink!

On arrival, please wait for a member of staff to  check you all in and to seat and serve you at a specific table.  Thank you.

Please note:

We don’t take bookings for our outdoor Garden Terrace tables or for indoor drinks only tables – they’re always first come, first served!

Dogs are welcome anywhere outdoors but indoors we have just 2 dog friendly dining tables – so please be sure to request one of these when booking if you wish to bring your dog.

Indoor Dining Table bookings by phone or email please, with your name, tel no, number of diners and number of households plus your preferred table date and time.

Fri12:00 pm10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm10:00 pm
Sun12:00 pm8:00 pm
Bank Hol Mons12:00 pm8:00 pm

Contact Details

Tel (1): 01572 722135

Email: [email protected]



Road Directions from Oakham:Head west on High Street B640 towards Cold Overton Cross railway lineTurn left onto Cold Overton RoadTake 2nd left onto West RoadContinue onto Braunston RoadContinue onto Oakham RoadSlight right onto High StreetTurn left onto Cedar StreetThe Ball is opposite the church.

Public transport Directions:Bus or train to Oakham.Taxi to Braunston 2.2 miles.

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