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4.9 /6 Excellent 51 Reviews

The Admiral Hornblower

Oakham European, British £££ +100
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About The Admiral Hornblower

The county of Rutland is steeped in history, with many a spire rising from the countryside and many a traditional British tavern hunkered down in the dells. In the town centre of Oakham, up on the High Street, The Admiral Hornblower is one such pub flying the flag for real British cuisine, and alehouse worthy of Horatio himself. Less than an hour’s drive from Nottingham, Oakham is a destination, especially on the Wednesday and Saturday market days, if you’re looking for some properly charming English scenery. When you visit, make sure you’ve reserved some elbow space at The Admiral Hornblower.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 21:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
The Admiral Hornblower, 64 High Street, LE15 6AS Oakham

Further Information

Historically, what is now The Admiral Hornblower was a 17th-century farmhouse. Even as Oakham, the market town and seat of England’s smallest county, Rutland, began to develop and encroach upon the surrounding countryside, the new owners of this High Street site have managed to preserve the original’s charm even as they open up the space to accommodate ten en suite rooms as well as a traditional British pub and restaurant. Whether you’re staying the night or simply booking a table for a meal, this central Oakham location is ideally suited for sightseers and locals alike.

Making the most of the spacious cellar, The Admiral Hornblower invariably has at least three hand-pulled, traditional English ales on tap in the bar area. Meanwhile, the restaurant makes the most of Rutland’s bucolic farmland to source fresh produce in order to create a menu studded with classic British pub dishes and a few modern flourishes. If you’re down in Oakham on a Sunday – it is after all a popular Sunday drive destination – you’ll also have the privilege of taking in the Admiral’s renowned Sunday roast and carvery – book a spot at the captain’s table now!


51 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 51 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 09:43

Went to the Admiral Hornblower for lunch to celebrate my husband's birthday. Amazing food (which I'm still thinking about days later) and great service. Will definitely be back very soon.

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 12:06

This was the first time I had visited the Admiral Hornblower. The service was very good, I ordered the Fish and chips which I thoroughly enjoyed. The chips were the best I'd ever eaten. Everything was beautifully presented.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 12:17

Great food, great service and well priced. The special Mother's Day menu was very well thought out but I know the normal menu is also very nice.

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 08:52

We enjoyed a very pleasant evening with lovely food- food with difference. We will most certainly return and thank you for the kind attention given to us.

1 review so far 4
30.11.2016 12:38

The personnel and the ambience of the premises were most acceptable. The starter, parsnip soup, was rather bland. The bellied pork was disappointing -- only 1 of 3 people liked it. The fish/ cheese in a pot was acceptable to the 3 people who ordered it, although it could have benefitted from something on the side. One person had spaghetti bolognaise, which looked rather strange, but may have been enjoyed. The 2 mixed fruit crumble/ice cream were excellent. It is unlikely that we would return to this restaurant and, if asked , we would not recommend it. Maybe it was just the Monday menu.

1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 17:01

A lovely family-friendly restaurant, with excellent facilities and delicious food. There is a good choice of meals, ranging from the usual Sunday carvery to fish and vegetarian. Children are catered for with the minimum of fuss and there is plenty of space between the tables. The service is efficient and unobtrusive and you can take as much time as you like. All in all, a very pleasant Sunday lunch.

1 review so far 5
16.07.2017 09:54

Group of 4 adults prebooked for a Sunday mid-afternoon meal. The pub and restaurant is nicely decorated. The food, drink and service offering was very good. Although it has been a long time since we were last there, it was a shame the carvery doesn't exist anymore. We would recommend this restaurant.

2 reviews so far 5
10.09.2016 08:54

Good service, good food though could have done with more bread with the Camembert cheese starter. They forgot to put 5 starters and puddings on the bill so had to point this out, would have thought they would have given us a bit of discount for being so honest, but not!

1 review so far 5
16.09.2016 14:21

This was my first visit to The Admiral Hornblower. The food was great and the service attentive. Highly recommended, I certainly plan to visit again.

1 review so far 5
01.06.2017 09:05

The food was delicious! I haven't been in since it's been changed and it looks really beautiful. Love the decor! The only thing was the service was a little slow but they were really busy. Will definitely go here again!! Maybe sit outside next time 😁

1 review so far 4
02.10.2016 11:23

Excellent menu and food. Quite an experience and different. The staff were very attentive considering that it was a Saturday night and busy. Our only complaint would be the noise from a young clientele. We hope that this was a one off as their appeared to be a party at one large table.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2016 09:49

The atmosphere in the hornblower was good. The food is lovely, however the menu was quite small. Staff were professional and efficient. Wine choice was good. Would defiantly recommend and will be back.

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 16:46

Our Sunday lunch was excellent, beautifully presented. Vegetables done, not over or under cooked. The only down point, is the door that opens onto the car park, which seemed to be on constant use, which was disturbing and draughty.

1 review so far 2
09.01.2017 07:57

The food was "tired" they admitted it was at the end of the day so we had what was left.The Pork was fatty and the potatoes and yorkshire reheated, one spoonful of gravy. The web site says they serve food until 8 on Sunday we arrived at 6.30. Despite information on the website and the board outside anyone arriving after 6.30 without a reservation were being turned away. You got the impression they don't want to do food on Sunday evening. If they don't why not just close for food.Staff were friendly only good point.

1 review so far 4
27.08.2016 08:17

Lovely atmosphere and great food. Just feel the food was over priced for what you got. I don't mind paying a little more for something, but it was to be worth it. It's a shame because it's put me and my wife off going back there again.

1 review so far 6
10.03.2017 21:47

So many tempting dishes, all well presented and cooked to perfection,great atmosphere and attentive service. All four diners said they would dine here again to try something different next time.

2 reviews so far 5
16.10.2016 16:59

The service and food was good on Friday evening with one exception that the member of the party was very sick in the night after having moules which is one of the risks with that dish.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 08:59

Service was very good. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food was excellent. Set up, decor etc. very stylish yet still retains a proper drinking pub atmosphere. Just what Oakham needed.

1 review so far 5
11.07.2017 11:48

We had a lovely lunch here. The atmosphere in the restaurant was great. Food was flavourful with beautiful presentation. Service was chaotic and slow, but staff were friendly and helpful and this made up for it.

1 review so far 5
23.02.2017 18:49

We had a light lunch, so not a wide spread of experience. But the service was excellent and our hot sandwiches were very well presented and delicious. All the ingredients were fresh and high quality.

1 review so far 6
29.06.2016 09:49

Lovely decoration, friendly staff, efficient service and lovely food. We had a variety of starters and mains and all were enjoyed. Would certainly come back and recommend to others

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:49

Friendly, polished service and fine food from a very appealing menu. The Hornblower is now looking and feeling smart and characterful in line with such a beautiful period building.

2 reviews so far 5
30.10.2016 14:53

Plenty of rustic traditional wholesome food, well presented with excellent customer service and a friendly atmosphere. Relaxing environment in this busy restaurant with a wide selection of drinks which included some local real ales.

2 reviews so far 6
23.11.2016 10:00

Delicious food and a great ambience. Set in the heart of Oakham and just what the town needed. We also love their sister pub, The Finchs in Hambleton.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 18:39

Very good menu choice, friendly staff and lovely surroundings - a marked improvement on the previous ownership and running of the venue - hope it continues to improve

1 review so far 4
19.12.2016 08:33

Whilst the food was good we felt there were long waits between courses, we were sat in the bar area so possibly the waiting staff were being concentrated in the restaurant area. Bill was incorrect too but was corrected when challenged.

1 review so far 6
20.11.2016 17:53

Absolutely lovely, food was delicious. Bit on the slow side with service but we weren't in any hurry so it didn't matter. Will definitely be returning...

1 review so far 6
22.06.2016 10:35

A first visit for 5 friends and we all enjoyed the surroundings, the atmosphere, the service and, most importantly, the food! We will be coming again!

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 09:57

Very Good Food, varied menu at reasonable prices. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly. the environment is cosy and well appointed. Well worth a visit

1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 08:51

We enjoyed good food and service for our Sunday lunch. Comfortable seating and a nice atmosphere. Excellent choice of wines. And centrally located in Oakham

2 reviews so far 6
15.03.2017 08:36

Very good , simple food , just what you want for relaxing lunch , also good unobtrusive service , lovely , light airy dining room

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 08:18

Great food and service. Roast beef was cooked to perfection. Not the old carvery but cooked and served to order. Higher price than of old but fair value for money.

1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 23:27

Friendly service in a smart gastropub setting. Despite it being a busy Saturday evening, we were neither rushed nor ignored. Food was tasty, and the whole meal was reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2016 18:59

Wonderful place, fabulous meal. Lovely country drive. One of the best Suday lunches we have had. Looking forward to returning in the future. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
14.04.2017 11:13

Welcoming pub, friendly atmosphere, fig starter delicious, left me wanting more. Main course, very nice lamb dish but rather salty. Would go again when we have saved up!

1 review so far 4
17.04.2017 19:21

Easter Monday lunch We had a very nice lunch, chicken breast sandwich with triple cooked chips - delicious! The service was good and the place had a nice buzz as it was quite busy

1 review so far 5
02.07.2017 22:58

Food great, table service great, definitely recommend. Messed up the bill - undercharged! No word of thanks when we returned to pay the extra. Hence only 5/6

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 09:52

Food, drink and atmosphere amazing. Slightly over priced starters and desserts. Service very good - attentitive and accurate. Would visit again. Easy and reliable booking system

1 review so far 5
25.09.2016 08:50

Great service, ambiance and food. Not being from the area, we found the parking quite difficult to find, apart from that the experience was great. Thanks

1 review so far 5
24.05.2017 07:26

Lovely meal, friendly staff . Good atmosphere. Husband really enjoyed his monk fish starter and I had the steak (was slightly chewy) but still enjoyed it.

1 review so far 4
07.08.2016 22:03

Quality of food was very good but service was intermittent , Fish in batter overcooked yet risotto perfect, desserts very good. Pity attention from waiting staff was a bit hit and miss.

1 review so far 5
01.06.2017 08:10

Delicious food, beautifully presented. Our second round of drinks didn't arrive, for which we got a reduction on our bill without having to ask. Excellent.

1 review so far 5
21.09.2016 20:22

A very nice hotel, friendly staff and good choice of food and drink. for nice weather there is a lovely garden area. Would visit again.

2 reviews so far 3
20.11.2016 18:34

Took 45 mins for food to arrive - very busy, not much room, we had to push our chairs right in so that people could get by. Also, quite noisy. Food was good however.

1 review so far 4
03.09.2016 15:25

Food very good but service was patchy on a very busy Friday night, forgetting things promised and asking for bill 3 times. Bill not accurate

1 review so far 3
23.11.2016 09:20

Disapppointing - Was overcharged twice! They couldn't get the bill correct! Third attempt right. So lesson is - check the bill very carefully especially when you are being charged £25 extra!!!!

1 review so far 3
17.11.2016 07:28

Really enjoyed the food but the service was a bit sloppy. Also, we could hear the music from the kitchen which the staff often danced too. A little off putting.

1 review so far 3
05.12.2016 21:05

It was out of its depth with crowds of conflicting customers- drinkers and eaters. More standing space neded at bar? More staff needed on a very busy night.

2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2016 16:11

Great staff, lovely light renovation and food was great and yummy

1 review so far 2
30.08.2016 08:01

Slow service and small portion sizes. Prices too high - having to pay extra for potatoes with your meal! Some of the staff were off-hand.