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.

OUTDOOR REOPENING: Friday 16th April 4pm (First come, first served basis for outdoor tables.  Takeaways available for Pre order and booked collection slots during food service times via phone or email)

INDOOR REOPENING:     Friday 21st May 5pm (Bookings via email, phone or website along with Name, Phone Number, Households & Postcodes details)

Garden Terrace Opens at WEEKENDS (only) from 4pm  Fri 16th April – just for drinks and nibbles on opening night so that we can all find our feet with the new ways of doing things, safely

Then from Sat 17th April and Sunday 18th April we’ll start serving a Weekend Terrace & Takeaways Menu of Gourmet Blue Ball Sharing Boards, Baps, Burgers and Bites…just until we’re able to welcome you back inside with a full restaurant menu for distanced dining tables bookings in May!

The menu will vary somewhat…according to what produce is good and fresh and Chef’s imagination…including his signature hot roast Sirloin beef bap with crispy roast potatoes and rich gravy (not just on Sundays!), and a super fresh seafood, veggie, vegan and gluten free options and Desserts of the Day!

Open Outdoors:

FRI 4-9pm

SAT 12-9pm 

SUN 12-5pm 

First come, first served rather than taking outdoor table bookings – given the very variable Spring weather! Bring a warm wrap – we have outdoor seating, some parasols and gazebos  but no outdoor heating (for health , safety and insurance restrictions reasons re thatch and decking)!

MAX OF 6 PEOPLE or 2 HOUSEHOLDS.  Each individual now legally required to register for NHS Test & Trace on arrival.  Please wait for a member of staff to greet, seat and serve you.  Please don’t seat yourself or move any tables or chairs – only we know which furniture/menus/table bottle numbers etc etc have been already sanitised ready for re-use!


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 only.  Full table service.  No sordering at the bar.

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

Gift Vouchers from £20 upwards – available from the pub or via website.

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. Bar Opening Hours

Opening Times:

Friday 5-10pm

Sat: 12pm – 10pm

Sun: 12pm – 8pm

Bank Hol Mondays & New Year’s Day: as per Sun Opening & Food Service Hours



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Opening Times

Open Outdoors @ Weekends & Bank Hols – from 4pm on Friday 16th April 2021 – just for drinks and nibbles.

Then from Sat 17th & Sun 18th April we’ll also start serving a Weekend Terrace & Takeaways Menu – Fri & Sat Evenings and in Sat & Sun (& Bank Hol Mon) Afternoons.

Chef is working on a small, fresh sample menu – which will vary according to fresh produce available – of Blue Ball Baps, Burgers & Bites for informal, Alfresco dining…including home cooked hot roast beef rolls with roasties and gravy (not just on Sundays)!  Plus a super fresh seafood roll with skinny fries, and vegan/gluten free options and Desserts of the Day.  The menu will vary according to what produce is good and fresh, and Chef’s imagination! Temporary outdoor Terrace & Takeaway Menu just until we can welcome you back inside with full restaurant menu!

Given the very variable Spring weather, we won’t be taking outdoor bookings.  Out terrace tables are available on a first come, first served basis.  We recommend that you dress according to the weather and perhaps bring your own warm wrap out chilled (literally)  Scandi-style outdoor socialising.

Max of 6 people or 2 households per table.  Please do not rearrange any tables or seating without first speaking to us.

Everyone is now legally required to register for Test & Trace and be seated at a table – even outdoors, even just for a drink! On arrival, please wait for a member of staff to check upcoming seating availability/capacity, check you all in and to seat and serve you at a specific table.  Thank you.

We hope and plan to reopen for indoor distanced dining table bookings at Weekends from Fri 21 May.  Household and postcode details required on booking – via email, phone or website.

Fri4:00 pm9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm9:00 pm
Sun12:00 pm5:00 pm
Bank Hol Mons12:00 pm5:00 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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