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.
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.
Excellent food once again. Everyone in our quite large party enjoyed their meal and between us we had a wide range of dishes. Can't fault the Wheel. In fact it seems to get better each time we visit! We love the place.
booking was easy, staff very efficient, beer was good as always with a wide selection on tap and from barrels, very good food and well presented with sufficient portions - fires were lit, so nice and toasty. Only one comment on noise due to a large party of couples with toddlers/babies
Another great Sunday lunch with great service! Our tble had the beef and the pork and both roasts were excellent. Ham hock croquettes and fishcakes fro started were also excellent.we will be back soon.
It's always a pleasure eating in the Wheel. Matt's such a friendly and welcoming host and an excellent chef. The food we ate yesterday was superb all four of us agreed. We will be back - guaranteed!
We love the pub. It is totally unpretentious, in the centre of a small unspoiled village. The customers flood in, all seemingly very happy with their lot. Beer excellent. Menu excellent. Prices fair. The only aspect of our visit which lowered our score was the fact that, on arrival the staff wanted us to go straight to our table, when in truth we wanted to get involved in the atmosphere of the bar, for our pre-lunch drinks. Also, I suspect because we were not known locals, we felt a little as though we were thought to be aliens. Fortunately that feeling wore off after a while.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Delicious food and really lovely, friendly, helpful staff. They did however struggle a bit because they were so busy -we were told there would be a half hour wait for puddings, so decided against. Would still very much recommend, and looking forward to going back when it is a bit less busy!