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The Wheel Inn

Branston · European, British · ££££
38 Reviews

About The Wheel Inn

Few things are as beloved in rural England as the traditional country pub, and the elements that must come together for the experience to be as authentic and traditional as possible. At The Wheel Inn, they have assembled one of the best examples of the genre to be found in Leicestershire, if not far beyond that. They occupy an ancient building in the centre of Branston that has been a public house for well over 200 years, and their beers too, as exemplary, and have won awards such as the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA Pub of the Year, which they have picked up in both 2015 and 2016. The food, too, is exceptional, with a menu that takes in British classics, local favourites, international dishes and far, far more: in fact, too many for us to mention. Instead, just take a trip to The Wheel Inn on the Main Street in Branston for the best country pub in Leicestershire, bar none.

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The Wheel Inn
13 Main Street, Branston
Branston NG32 1RU

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Chef's Choice



John’s Bread, Olives with Oil & Balsamic (to share) (v)


Thai Style Cod & Lime Fishcakes

With Basil and Lemon Mayonnaise

Crab Risotto Balls

With Tomato Ragu & Fennel Salad


Tomato, Pepper & Artichoke Ragu Linguine (v)


Pie of the Day

With Mash & Spring Cabbage

Pan Fried Cod Fillet

With Goan Fish Curry & Coriander Rice




Strawberry Eton Mess


Chocolate Torte

with Vanilla Ice Cream
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Further Information

The Leicestershire countryside is the very heart of England, and the Vale of Belvoir, situated on the meeting point of Leics, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, is a known local beauty spot, so it is befitting that that most British of rural institutions, the country pub, is well represented in the region. In the village of Branston, one can find The Wheel Inn, about as good an example of the genre as you’re likely to see anywhere. They’ve won Pub of the Year for the last two years running from CAMRA – and they’d know what constitutes a good boozer – and they offer a selection pub grub favourites that are known and beloved the length of the land, from British favourites to international specialities. Let us talk you through a few of them.

The local options include starters such as the full Ploughman’s Lunch, mains including David Cox’s local sausages with mash and onion gravy, beer battered fish and chips and well aged steaks with chips, mushrooms and a dressed salad. The international options are from the world over: whole baked Camembert, Thai style cod and lime fish cakes and Greek salad to start and lamb bhuna, sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice or tomato, pepper and aubergine ragu linguine to follow. That’s British food, accompanied by French, Thai, Greek, Indian, Chinese and Italian allied to it, all in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, in an over 200 year old pub, accompanied by gallons of proper, real ale. You can’t say fairer than that – book a table now and get over to The Wheel Inn for a proper family feed.

38 The Wheel Inn Reviews

Christopher D.7 days ago · 1 review

Food was all home made and excellent. Ale was poured well and service was courteous. Would have no reservations at all in recommending the wheel to anyone

imgSally B.12 days ago · 2 reviews

Highly recommended. A lovely pub in a nice village. Friendly staff and great food. Will definitely be back soon. Thank you for making us so welcome.

Teresa G.2 months ago · 2 reviews

Been several times for food, which is delicious. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Staff are polite and wanting to please. Menu changes frequently. You can't be in a hurry though, but it is very relaxing.

Ray L.2 months ago · 1 review

From start to finish the experience was exactly want we wanted, good atmosphere, excellent food, attentive and cheerfull staff. A wonderful village pub/restaurant. We are never disappointed with the Wheel Inn.

Simon A.a year ago · 1 review

Unpretentious, comfortable and friendly country pub. Three good ales on pumps plus a guest cider. I liked that the pub maintains a bar alongside the restaurant style for the rest of the pub. Excellent food showcasing locally sourced food - a very good choice of game. A blazing real fire to make the place cosy and welcoming on a cold Saturday afternoon!

Martin B.2 days ago · 1 review

The food was excellent. It's a shame that the decor showed signs of neglect (silverware uncleaned etc). There was no lit fire even though it was cold although the landlord did light it when asked. If the whole feeling of the place was improved, this would in turn ramp up the ambience which would increase the number of customers, and this pub could be a very popular and successful venture. Common landlord, your food is excellent, but it needs the whole package to be successful!

Simon T.11 days ago · 1 review

First visit to this pub in 25 years. Externally it hasn't changed a great deal. A nice homely village pub with log fires. Food was excellent, enjoyed by all in our party. Well cooked with a fresh and interesting choice of veg to compliment 3 Sunday roasts. Rest of the menu looked interesting enough for us to consider a return visit sometime soon.

Roger D.a year ago · 1 review

Went for an early bird with family and friends. Lovely atmosphere, nice welcome and a good selection of ales. We found plenty to excite us on the varied menu with several game to choose from. Overall a great meal out. We will be back!

Alison B.9 months ago · 2 reviews

Fantastic ! Dickies Steaks were perfectly cooked as was the turbo and cod risotto. The service was outstanding... Our waitress was single handedly running the restaurant and was a credit to the Wheel nothing was too much trouble. We'll be back soon

David H.2 months ago · 1 review

Best steak in the county, the other food is awesome as well. Super pub for a couple of pints or a high end pub meal. Good wine list, collection of spirits and stickies. Always great service from Matt and the team.

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