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The Finch's Arms

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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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

377 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 377 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
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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
19.06.2017 08:23

Excellent food and service as always! Love this place! The staff coped under difficult circumstances as it was extremely hot! They were very accommodating to all out requests.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 16:25

It was our first visit here and we weren't disappointed. Food and surroundings were gorgeous. Lovely team of staff too. Good value for money. Can't wait for our next visit.

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.

1 review 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 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!

3 reviews so far 6
12.02.2016 21:43

Lovely setting. Choice of sitting in the bar in front of a nice roaring fire or in the restaurant with views overlooking Rutland Water. We chose the roaring fire as it was a cold wet day, lovely!! We went for lunch ad it was my husband's birthday. The meal choices offered were very varied it was hard to choose. The staff were all very friendly and the food was lovely. I would recommend this restaurant if you appreciate good food and a pleasant atmosphere.

1 review so far 4
02.11.2016 08:23

Starter and main courses were great but the puddings were very disappointing. My Panecotta was bare set, running over the plate and my husband and stepdaughters chocolate brownies were thinner than expected, a bit dry and not warm. Service at the end looked very stretched, they needed more staff on. We ordered coffees but there were no spoons to stir the sugar and after asking for one we ended up having to go to the bar and ask for one as the girl had obviously forgotten it. Be aware the parking is limited and it was very dark in the village to try to find a roadside place. Would love to go in the daylight as it looked a lovely setting

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 18:49

Wow! super food and great location, My friends and i will be back very soon and will be telling others. The 2/3 course menu option is superb value with no drop in standards One of my friends like his meat very well done and he asked it to be more than pink and was very happy, although clever hidden under the "jus" I could see the meat was not "cremated", well-done chaps!! Planning next visit very soon

1 review so far 3
16.04.2016 17:36

We were recommended the Finchs Arms by a friend so made the 50 min journey from Leicestershire (our friends came from Derby) with our young daughter. Whilst the food was decent and spectacular views, the service was very disappointing (very slow & unattentive) & and most notably, there was no highchair facility when I had requested it when booking online. This led me to believe they had not read my request as if there was no such facility I would have expected a call to explain this so I could make alternative arrangements. In saying that, I find it astonishing that a country pub/restaurant near the family destination of Rutland water does not have high chairs. Similar to our group, other nearby diners had to hold/ pass round their children whilst eating their meal with one hand. For a restaurant with lots of potential, we will unfortunately not be returning.

1 review so far 4
04.03.2016 19:22

The finches arms is a lovely pub/restaurant, parking is a problem as the car park is small. We went at lunchtime and were offered a bar and restaurant menu so there was lots of choice. The standard of food was excellent, however my choice of goats cheese tart was a little bland and slightly undercooked. My husband had the venison which he thoroughly enjoyed. In all for two starters, two mains and two alcoholic drinks the bill came to £53......this for me fell into the average to slightly expensive range, but the surroundings and food more than made up for it. In all a nice lunch in a very pretty village.

1 review so far 5
17.06.2017 09:13

Have been twice lately, one of our favourite pubs/restaurants. The first time we were only charged for 1 lunch as we had only had 2 starters, unexpected and a very nice gesture. Thankyou, Mark. The second time last week , for lunch, it was busy , and I felt the waiters etc were a bit rushed, understandable, so no time for a bit of banter, humour, etc, which always helps, makes you want to return. Otherwise, food is dependable and atmosphere, particularly in the older part, is lovely.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 12:55

A simple but tastefully decorated room with tables well spaced. The food was delicious and well presented. Fine dining as they say on TV, but not skimpy portions. A short but sufficient wine list, reasonably priced. The staff were friendly and helpful, no pressure to get us to move on. We had an excellent, relaxing experience after what had been a terrible journey thanks to motorway roadworks and near tropical rainstorms! Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
31.10.2016 19:03

Overall, our party( my wife and I, our daughter and her 3 children aged 8 to 13) enjoyed a very pleasant lunch. However, the food was rather a long time coming and eventually we had to resort to ordering some bread and olives to keep the troops from getting too restless. This also resulted in the adults feeling they should forsake their usual coffees/ cappuccinos at the end of the meal. However, not to make too much of this - we will certainly be returning.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2016 19:07

We had visited the Finches Arms a couple of times to enjoy the wonderful views of lovely countryside. On this damp and chilly bank holiday Monday in March we had to remain inside. However my wife and I thought the main course of pan fried cod with chorizo sausage was one of the tastiest dishes we had enjoyed for a long time, and we shall no doubt be returning soon.

1 review so far 4
22.08.2016 08:32

Starter of Smoked Salmon and main of roast beef was tasty. However service let the lunch down. After 15 mins from when the main course was finished our plates are still on the table and we had to grab the attention of a waitress to place our dessert order.... and still the plates didn't get cleared. Then it was another 10 mins before desserts turned up, just two sorbets which had started to melt with watery slush in the bottom of the bowls. There was a very large party of guests, 20+, but should ensure enough staff are on hand accordingly. Pity.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 18:38

Excellent set menu at a good price. The chicken dish was cooked to perfection. Two of us had Sea Bream with Pea Risotto which was quite stunning. Puds were great, a wobbly panna cotta and home made cookies with ice cream. Even the stilton cheese was excellent. Great service, very good value, good cooking, a stunning setting & 3 very impressed diners. Its on our default restaurant list.

1 review so far 6
24.08.2016 19:40

My family and I had an excellent meal at a reasonable price. I have already recommended The Finch's Arms to friends. It's a "must do" if you are visiting Oakham / Rutland.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 12:36

It was a fab location and as we had arrived a lot earlier than our reservation, they had no problems agreeing to our request to eating earlier. The food was first class from a very good set price three course menu. No complaints and we will definitely return. Great real ales too a lovely gastro pub in a beautiful village with lovely walks nearby.

1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 19:55

Excellent food and beautiful location. Good value lunch at £14.75 for 2 courses and perfectly cooked. Was busy when we went on Saturday lunchtime and looked like they were preparing for a wedding later on in the day, there was a bit of a delay in the drinks arriving but the waiter apologised. No delay in food though, so all good. Will be back!

2 reviews so far 4
26.05.2017 09:35

Pleasant evening, delightful friendly staff. Food a little disappointing. Mine... goats cheese mouse was not very mouse like and somewhat bitter. Beetroot salad consisted on of sliver of beetroot sadly. Main, for me, crayfish and pea risotto, hunt the cray fish and the risotto was very dense and 'pudding like' with cheese overkill which masked any hint of the crayfish. My dinner partner had chilli beef, not much evidence of chilli but acceptable. Menu doesn't appear to change very often sadly. would go again, and have been before but would try to choose more wisely.

2 reviews so far 6
22.03.2017 10:07

It is always a pleasure to visit the Finch's Arms. The location is great for walking and we usually start with a cup of coffee. After the walk we come back to lunch; there is an excellent choice on the menu, staff are friendly and helpful and we can enjoy a relaxed time - all at a very reasonable price. We'll be back.

1 review so far 5
14.01.2016 12:21

We had a nice meal yet they forgot to charge us on the bill for the main courses and extras.we owned up on paying the bill yet the chap who we delt with was not grateful at all that we did ..I would expect mayb even a jesture of a couple of sweets for free or something but no nothing ...would not own up next time so the bill went from £46 to £113.

1 review so far 5
14.03.2017 13:48

Booked for lunch and chose the set menu 2 courses £14-95. All 3 chose the trout fillet which came with leeks but as I have food allergies they substituted ingredients without a problem. Fillet beautifully cooked and presented but a little small and I for one do not eat large portions. Waitress was delightful, ambience excellent, service faultless and we will be visiting on a regular basis despite the 50 mile round trip.

1 review so far 4
03.05.2016 10:02

Food was really nice but the service was ok at best. Orders taken down were wrong - one of the staff had to write our order down on the back of a menu she took from us - where was the notepad? Had to ask for our drinks at least twice! Food was very good when it did arrive. Perhaps the restaurant would do better to have senior staff at strategic stations around the restaurant and directing the other waiting staff rather than everyone running around a bit like headless chickens?

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 09:05

Location, food, and service all very good. We met up with old friends and were able to chat over drinks and a meal in comfort all afternoon. The only problem was that the car park is too small and I had to find parking on the road some distance away. However we had a great time - Thank youvery much.

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 11:58

Amazing! Best smoked salmon and beef we've had for a long time! Brilliant staff...the only thing I felt lacking was the very poor lighting, even at lunchtime! We went to the finches arms 20 years' ago after our wedding and loved it then...many thanks to all, Alex and Nick. Oh yes and sorry but the Yorkshire pud was soggy!

1 review so far 6
07.01.2017 18:36

A warm and friendly greeting, our table was ready early but we opted to wait for the remainder of our party in the bar area which was not a problem. Food was spectacular and service brilliant. Can't wait to go back but in summer have been three times but never seen the view as always dreary or dark

1 review so far 4
29.07.2016 16:02

The hotel was in a delightful situation. The staff were helpful and pleasant. The room was clean and good value. There were a couple of areas that were not so good: we returned from dinner to find that our bathroom was infested with midges; the service at dinner was good but exceedingly slow... so slow in fact that we gave up waiting and cancelled our coffee at the end of the meal. Overall the hotel was good and we wouldn't rule out staying there again.

1 review so far 2
24.04.2016 09:30

Disappointing on many levels. Having a restaurant in the same open area as a wedding reception is not sensible. Don't go expecting a quiet, romantic meal. It got so loud we asked to move so we could at least hear each other rather than the increasingly noisy celebrations going on nearby. It would have helped if we had been informed at the time of booking that a large party would be held at the same time. Management also needs to properly train its staff. I ordered a steak but wasn't asked how I'd like it done. We ordered coffees only for the waiter to walk away to prepare two americanos without giving us a chance to specify what time of coffee we preferred. I could go on believe me but hopefully I've given an impression of a chaotic, noisy venue supported by a willing workforce who all seem out of their depth when it comes to customer care. As for the litmus test, no we shan't be returning.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2016 17:34

Overall the hotel was everything and more than we expected.Staff excellent & couldn't do enough to please. Although just having a a la carte menu at night wasn't to our taste as we were out all day & missed lunch time menu,but realise its easier when resturant busy. Couldn't fault breakfast on choice & quality.

1 review so far 6
24.08.2016 07:39

We were very happy with our visit to the Finchs Arms. We were greeted on entry to the bar area and quickly seated by a lovely efficient lady. Our menus arrived promptly and we didn't have to wait long for our food which was delicious. We had no complaints and would definitely return. Staff brilliant.

1 review so far 4
13.04.2017 14:55

The food was of a good standard. Unfortunately there was a wedding party planned for later in the afternoon, and I feel this did have some impact on service to other customers booked in that lunch-time. We ordered a house-wine - but were then told it was no longer available, another one was offered (but we were not informed that it was more expensive - until we got the bill!) I think this was due to additional duties and business that day.

1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 09:51

We received a warm welcome upon arriving earlier than expected, they gave us a table and even moved us when we asked if we could seat by the window. The food was really tasty and bountiful, the sunday set menu is great value. Nice touch, there were chestnuts to roast on the open fire.

1 review so far 6
03.02.2016 17:12

We have been to the Finch's before but with a crowd. This is the first time that we were just two. We were well looked after and the food was lovely. We were celebrating a 70th birthday so it was a special treat anyway, made extra special by the staff who were all charming.

1 review so far 2
20.03.2016 18:53

Service was far too slow. They had a big party to contend with but the very young waiting staff did not have the experience to explain to the other guests that delays could be expected. Our beef was cold and returned to the ktchen. The plates were "grilled" and then returned with very little ceremony. The cermaic was thermo blast hot but the beef was still cold. The waiter offered to take the meal away again but we'd waited so long we refused and ate the vegetables (which were very nice) instead. When we came to pay we were only charged for two of the four meals as compensation. The way this was handled was the most efficient aspect of the visit which may tell its own story. I ate at the restaurant a few years ago and it was excellent so today was either an off day (we all have them) or something has changed for the worst.

1 review so far 5
30.11.2016 09:53

Pluses:- Lovely warm atmosphere (log fires etc) on a very cold day with well prepared food and good choice of drinks. Minuses:- Too many tables in the bar area making it too cramped and a bit too expensive off the a la carte menu with a rather limited lunchtime deal menu. Low sun through the window was a problem for some.