Reviews

Via Michelin

“The aroma of fresh bread is the first thing you notice at this simple, family-friendly country pub. Cooking is unfussy and traditionally based; cheaper cuts keep prices sensible and desserts are a must. It’s run by a charming couple.”

Hardens

“Carol is a fine chef, and wine enthusiast Scott a natural host” – no wonder this village gastroboozer is proclaimed “a gem and a joy”, or that it gets “very busy” either.”

The Independent

“My favourite dishes at this inn include amazing terrines and warm ginger pudding. You can’t beat the menu for locally-sourced, sustainable produce.”

Rutland & Market Harborough Living

“The Wheatsheaf Inn resembles a traditional English pub and the interior is much the same, but the menus that proprieters Scott and Carol Craddock have produced are nothing short of “gourmet style” food. Tracy Watkinson enjoys a night en famile.”

We visited on a Saturday evening and the atmosphere was “buzzing”, a jovial mixture of both locals and visitors. We had worked out what we wanted over a few drinks in the bar, and after tucking into the fantastic homemade bread (great idea having it on show near the bar!) the children and I shared a bowl of pan fried whole tiger prawns with chilli, lemon and garlic. They were delicious, just the right amount of garlic and chilli, so as not to overpower the delicate flavour of the prawns.

For the main course, I had the red pepper mozzarella and red onion pastry tart with pesto which was hugely satisfying and Mark opted for the roast fillet of Pollack with new potatoes, greens and chive butter sauce, which was perfectly cooked and “melted in the mouth”. Alice predictably opted for her personal favourite of char grilled bavette steak with home made chips (which are more like roast potatoes!). Max chose from “Joshua’s homemade childrens menu” which at £4.50 for 2 courses is excellent value, and the steak and chips were declared “the best ever”. As usual we could not really do the dessert menu justice, but the children shared a huge portion of chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, and were fighting over the last spoonful.

Scott, Carol and Josh have recently celebrated their first year at the Wheatsheaf Inn and must be congratulated for creating a wonderful mix of great local food, fantastic service within a friendly, informal atmosphere; just make sure you are hungry when you visited.

In a nutshell

  • Head chef: Carol Craddock
  • A signature dish: Chargrilled bavette steak, homemade chips, mustard and parsley butter.
  • Typical price for 2 incl wine and tip: £50
  • Special features: Gorgeous home made bread. Excellent children’s menu.
  • Opening times: Tues-Fri 12-3pm and 6pm to close (food served 12-2 and 6.30 – 9pm) Sat: 12 midday to close (food served 12-2.30 and 6.30-0pm) Sun: 12 midday to close (food served 12-2.30) Closed on Mondays
  • Contact details: The Wheatsheaf Inn, 1 Stretton Road, Greetham, Rutland, LE15 7NP. Tel:01572 812325