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5.0 /6 Excellent 384 Reviews

The Finch's Arms

Oakham European, British £££££ +100
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About The Finch's Arms

Tucked away on the beautiful Hambleton Peninsula, The Finch’s Arms is a traditional inn with a modern touch, serving homely British cuisine with some international influences, as well as hand-pulled cask ales and other premium drinks. With stunning views across Rutland Water Nature Reserve, this cosy restaurant and pub on Oakham Road is full of rural English charm. A popular choice among both intrepid Leicester locals and tourists alike, make an advance reservation at The Finch’s Arms, close to the town of Oakham, to grab one of the best tables.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:15, 18:30 - 21:15
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:15, 18:30 - 21:15
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:15, 18:30 - 21:15
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:15, 18:30 - 21:15
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:15, 18:30 - 21:15
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:15, 18:30 - 21:15
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:30, 17:00 - 19:45
The Finch's Arms, 1 Oakham Road, LE15 8TL Leicester

Further Information

Combining traditional features like wood-beam ceilings and stone tiles with modern decor, The Finch’s Arms on Oakham’s Hambleton Peninsula in the Leicester area is the perfect setting for relaxing and dining on some hearty cuisine after a day spent exploring its surrounding countryside. Priding themselves on creating each dish with the freshest, locally-sourced produce, The Finch’s Arms menu changes daily to make the best use of seasonal ingredients. You can expect to find classic British dishes though, as well as some international ones like chicken and chorizo terrine wrapped in parma ham, seared fillet of beef with wasabi dressing, and moules marinière with crusty bread for starters.

Some main course dishes o offer at The Finch’s Arms include local partridge breast with blacksticks blue salad and sauteed potatoes, and the grilled fillet of cod with smoked bacon, creamed peas and fondant potato. Vegetarians are well catered for too with options like pan-fried halloumi with saffron shallots and tomato salsa. With its beautiful location tucked away on the Hambleton Peninsula down Oakham Road, The Finch’s Arms attracts both locals and visitors to the Leicester area looking to indulge in the quality food, drink and views.


384 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 384 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
30.08.2017 07:13

Friendly staff , great food and a beautiful location,we arrived around mid day and had lunch in the court yard , and then had friends meet us for dinner in the evenin the service through out the day was first class

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 07:21

I am so often left disappointed with that feeling you have over paid for a meal you could have prepared better at home.. Not so The Finches Arms: Food was quite simply superb! Priced well. Curtious attentive service without being intrusive. Thank you - looking forward to returning!

2 reviews so far 6
05.07.2017 19:28

Superb food, beautiful venue and great staff. The menu choices are very varied so most people can find a few choices that they like. A really great lunch in a great setting.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 08:36

Went over and above to accommodate my vegan diet for all three courses, wonderful atmosphere and beautiful location. The food was absolutely amazing, me and my partner had a wonderful anniversary.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2016 18:22

A sunny early lunch at the Finch's Arms was an enjoyable way to complete a morning of successful shoe shopping in Oakham - success being rated as only having to sit in the car for 20 minutes! We sat in the garden with beautiful views over the countryside and had a bitter shandy and a Warner Edwards gin and tonic whilst ordering lunch. We decided on the very good value fixed price menu (£13.50 for two courses and £16.50 for three). The soup of the day was roasted tomatoe with crusty bread and my wife chose the goats cheese salad - both were excellent. My main course of poacher cheese and red onion tart was substantial and very tasty and my wife was very enthusiastic about her grilled sea bream with samphire and a broccoli side dish. A large glass of prosecco and an interesting Pinot Gris in the rose list by the glass were both ideal. Two coffees and the bill came to less than £60 which was rounded up to £70 because of the very attentive service by all staff. Thoroughly recommended when visiting Rutland Water or Oakham. Booking is recommended as the restaurant was full.

1 review so far 6
27.10.2016 19:23

Our table, booked online, was ready, and the staff knew we were coming. We were welcomed, and offered drinks and the day's menu. I chose chicken liver parfait as a starter, and my wife chose the tomato soup. Best chicken liver parfait I've had in a long time, and my wife said the tomato soup was as good as she has ever tasted. We both had grilled salmon which was perfectly cooked and delicious. Green beans and new potatoes were properly cooked i.e. al dente, and provided a good match for the salmon. A bottle of excellent Sauvignon Blanc and a bottle of chilled tap water accompanied the meal, and I finished with a double expresso. I can not fault the meal or the service. Only one down-side - the plates for the main course, although properly hot, were shaped like inverted UFOs with a central pit surrounded by an outward-sloping periphery - why? Nine out of ten for this excellent meal - change the plates for normal ones and I'll change that to ten out of ten. We will be back.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 15:59

This as our second visit. We stayed over the last time we came, which was feb last year. It was a fantastic night and the food was some of the best iv ever had at a pub. This time was no different. The staff were friendly. The atmosphere was lovely. And the food was again very tasty. My wife had a chicken on the bone inspired salad. Everything was well cooked and the portion size was plenty for her. I had sausage and mash with onion gravy. The sausages were very tasty the mash was creamy smooth and well seasoned my wife had fries and I had green beans as sides. Again they were both very tasty. The only slight gripe I had would be the length of time it took to first take our order and subsequently get the staffs attention when we needed something. And when getting the bill. No one came to take payment. So we ended up having to go to the bar to settle up. All in all though a very pleasant visit and would highly recommend the finches arms for both food drink and it's hotel accommodation.

1 review so far 6
17.02.2017 08:30

It was my first visit to the FA , I was with my usband and a friend and we all enjoyed it. I do have to add that whilst there my friend had a 'funny' turn and the staff and some of the customers were so kind and helpful and fortunately she recovered without having to go to hospital. Fortunately one of the customers was a nurse. A big Thank You to everyone at The Finch's Arms Judith Oakley

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 22:01

It was our first visit to The Finch's Arms but we enjoyed it and would return if in the area again. Our evening meals were very good and it sounded as if most of the other diners near us were regular, repeat customers, which is always a good sign. We also stayed one night b&b and enjoyed a good quality full English breakfast. The service was good although they did seem rather understaffed, so credit to those who were on duty. Overall it was an enjoyable visit and we enjoyed our meals.

1 review so far 3
16.04.2017 21:53

The Finch's Arms was not the great experience we have had many times in the past. Starters were ordered and when served the server did not know who got what. Soup of the Day, Cream of Parsnip was bland and uninteresting. When the mains arrived, again there was confusion as to who ordered what. Lamb ordered medium rare was served well done. After mains were cleared, we waited forty minutes in the center of the dining room for anyone to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee whilst diners who finished after us were already enjoying their desserts. One senior staff member neither knew the available selection of sorbets nor the cheese on the cheese plate. The staff are friendly but not very professional and seem distracted. A disappointment for Easter Sunday lunch.

3 reviews so far 6
27.08.2016 08:39

This was the most recent of many trips to Finches and once again most enjoyable. We were a table of four having lunch ( started at 1:00pm and eventually left 6:00pm ) three of us choose the alacart menu and one the set menu of the day , nobody was disappointed , we all had a super meal from starters through mains to pudding and of course good selections of beers and wines. The staff are terrific and friendly with nothing too much trouble. Oh almost forgot the setting, terrific overlooking Rutland Water and set in a beautiful stone village. Yes the Finches has everything you could possibly want. We will most certainly be back and soon.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 10:34

We had an absolutely delightful meal at The Finch's Arms for our first wedding anniversary. The service was very attentive without being intrusive and every course was beautifully presented and a credit to the chef. The wine could have been better but improved over time. We shall look forward to our next visit to this pretty venue.

1 review so far 6
28.06.2016 23:47

Excellent food drink and service in very comfortable atmosphere. Prices commensurate with quality. This was a weekday lunchtime visit and not very busy, perhaps for this reason car parking was easy on site. Given the potential number of customers (restaurant seating) I have to say that if it was at a busier time there might be difficulties finding a parking space because, in reality, the only way to get there is by private transport. This could present problems at busy times, especially for persons who might find walking difficult. Overall a very good experience and highly recommended, my only reservation is that of parking at busy times. Booking by computer easy and impressive.

1 review so far 5
04.09.2016 10:02

We were a little late for the booking, but the staff didn't seem to mind and made us feel comfortable by giving us the option to have a drink in the Bar first. The clientele were very affable and may have been locals. Nice feel and atmosphere. Someone slipped up by playing Christmas Carols for a while (September?). :-) The quality of food and table service was good, but the table a little small with poorly positioned legs for comfortable sitting. Just one at each corner would be so much simpler. The price reflected the standard. Not overly keen on food being served on Wooden platters, except cheese and biscuits maybe. We would certainly visit again and also consider a night stay to enjoy the area walking and /or cycling.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2016 10:06

It's a beautiful pub in a great location. The atmosphere is relaxed, welcoming and unobtrusively friendly. The food is wonderful and I ate far more than I should! Never at any time did we feel rushed but there was always somebody there when we needed something too. We were a large family party of 12 ranging in age from my daughter of 11 to my father of 81 and we all felt equally welcome and relaxed. Even when my dad (who is somewhat confused these days) wandered into the kitchen for a chat. They didn't bat an eyelid, just helped him out with good humour and tact.

1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 21:31

Five of us for dinner on Saturday night (21 Jan 17), the Finches Arms was very full, with people dining in the bar area also. Nevertheless, the service was very good while the food and wines were outstanding. There was a good choice of fare on the menu and we ended up having 3 different starters and 4 different meals between us; ranging from Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackerel and Scallops starters - to Steak, Pheasant, Sea Bream and Cod for our Mains. Apart from it being a little noisy (it was very full) at times, the atmosphere was very convivial. Overall, a very good night indeed.

1 review so far 3
27.07.2017 15:13

This is one of my favourite restaurants but a few things really let it down on Sunday. Firstly, not all menu options were available, i did however ask if replacements would be offered to be told no, to only see once we had ordered that this happened! My Bf ended up eating something he didn't really want just because they wouldn't ask the chef about an alternative for us, but then did after we had ordered. Secondly when the mains came out, one came lacking some veg, just little things like that do make a difference. 3 of us had brownie for dessert and it was rock solid and not like a brownie at all! It should have been heated to allow it to be like a brownie! Also the view of Rutland water was lacking, it appears the bushes need trimming as there was a tiny gap to see the water and only one table could enjoy this view! Disappointing when it's one reason people go. After raving to my family about this place and also going there for a special occasion I felt really let down. Although the food was okay, the little touches and attention to detail were really lacking!

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 18:22

Warm welcome as we entered the restaurant area; top class service throughout our meal; lovely food at a reasonable price within a lovely setting - great way to celebrate my wife's birthday and after cycling 17 miles around Rutland Water. Highly recommend The Finch's Arms

1 review so far 3
15.08.2016 09:45

I have mixed feelings about our visit to the Finches Arms for a birthday lunch. The quality of the set menu was very good as was the food that we ordered. However, the quality of the service was poor. The courses for the four people did not arrive at the same time so food was getting cold as we waited for all the courses to arrive. I had to ask for the bill several times and when I consulted the man in charge twenty minutes after asking it still had not been prepared. The quality of the waiters and bar staff is poor and lacking in attention to basic detail. This is great shame as the overall experience was poor even though the quality of the food was very high and of good value, and enjoyed by all four members of my party. Unfortunately, the good experience of having very well prepared and presented food was was marred by the very very poor quality of service by the waiting and bar staff in particular.

1 review so far 4
11.06.2016 09:24

This pub has a spectacular view and position, also the staff are very pleasant and helpful! I ordered smoked salmon as a main dish expecting to get a substantial plate, when it arrived it was what I would call a starter size, which would have been 7.50 pounds, so presumably 15. pounds for a main! When I asked if mine was a main course, the server said yes, but later came back and said she had priced it as a starter for me! Not sure whether the amount I had, about 4 largish slices was an overpriced main, or a mistake in the order! Smoked salmon is available everywhere these days, and no longer a luxury, so even a small starter portion seemed overpriced! Otherwise a nice place!