On our recent trip to the beautiful Beech House near Rutland, I paid a visit to the quaint town of Oakham. nestled in the heart of the county, the streets are lined with independent shops and country pubs. current holder of the Britain in Bloom horticulture award, it's the sort of place you could have some fabulous charity shop finds, eat a locally sourced deli platter and drink a pint from a regional brewery all in one day. And that's exactly what we did, stopping off at Otters Smokehouse & Deli for lunch.
These kind of places are super dangerous for foodies. I can go in for something small, or perhaps just a little browse, and come out with a bag full of chorizo, sack of hand baked chips, barrel of local honey and a wheel of cheese. In this case, thank god we were staying at a hotel or I would have totally gone for that side of salmon.
On this occasion, like I said, it was a lunch affair. I instantly decided that were were going to try out a couple of the platters to share. Sam didn't have much choice in the matter. They had some seriously good platter combos on the menu, featuring a parma ham platter (£7.35), smoked salmon (£8.25), smoked mackerel (£7.25), and a three or five cheese platter (£7.35/£9.45).
We went for the charcuterie platter (£8.95) and a three cheese, choosing brie de meaux, chevre log capra goat's cheese and fourme d'ambert hennart, which is a smooth and creamy blue. It goes without saying this was serious cheese lovers heaven, which could only improved upon with the five cheese offering, this could have included snowdonia black bomber, colston basset stilton, reblochon, cropwell bishop stilton or pont l'eveque as well as the coordinating accompaniments.
The meat plate showcased the likes of parma ham, chorizo and salami along with cornichons, olives, roasted artichoke hearts and warm bread. with such fantastic quality meat and well thought out sides, it was a real delight.
If you're looking for a countryside break in the midlands, I couldn't recommend Rutland enough. I'll definitely be back when the sun comes back out. I went on to buy this gorgeous plate, and later on enjoy a stunning meal at The Olive Branch.
What is your favourite place to visit for the day? Have you ever been to any of the small towns of villages in Rutland and Leicestershire?
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