Oakham Beer Guide: Your Oakham guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Oakham

66 /100 2-4 NORTHGATE
“We popped in here for a quick look on our way back to Grainstore, and we were lucky enough to find a seasonal Everards on. Cozy pub and restaurant.“
Rasmus40 289 days ago
70 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Nice location by the train station in industrial looking brick building. Visited in late afternoon/ early evening and the place was packed - we barely managed to find a place to stand. Bit hard to get served. They had about ten casks on, not sure if they were all different beers. Also some cider and usual suspects on kegs. Beer was OKish, nothing too special. Good stop for a county place tick, otherwise wouldn't call it essential.“
Iznogud 352 days ago
68 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Visited here with my family. Very friendly staff with decent knowledge of beers on cask/draft. They had plenty of offerings and provide sample trays of 3x3rds as well as have some bottles to go as well. Food was pretty good, but price was restaurant prices not pub grub. Well worth a stop and doubly good if you need Rutland county rating.“
SHIG 468 days ago
70 /100 2-4 NORTHGATE
“The Wheatsheaf is a traditional, comfortable Everards pub. It seems to concentrate on beers from guest breweries, although Tiger and a seasonal special are available. I had some Ascot and Beartown here, i.e. decent but not world-beating breweries. This seems to be the sort of place the locals seem to congregate, understandably so. Not the best place for Rutland ticks but a lovely boozer nonetheless.“
jjsint 519 days ago
60 /100 64 HIGH STREET
“The Admiral Hornblower is a decent boozer, but it's very food-led at the expense of the beer choice. They have four cask pumpclips (nothing you can't get elsewhere, and the nearby Grainstore tap makes the GB Best redundant), and two keg beers from London Fields (now brewed by Trumans I believe). The atmosphere is decent enough but anyone looking to check out the local beer scene might be disappointed.“
jjsint 520 days ago
54 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Located next to the railway station.Great place to visit with good selection of beers on cask, keg or bottle.The food was also not to bad.“
ResinousChalice29 624 days ago
74 /100 STATION APPROACH
“It is located almost at the train station. A well-kept, rather stylish pub room with a retro touch. Brick and wood, comfortable seating, included a few chesterfield chairs. 10 cask ales with their own beers that can be bought in thirds. Friendly service. The brewery is located in the same building, next door to the pub. (Visited with Finn 11.02.2019).“
Rune 645 days ago
60 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Not more than five minutes from the train station towards the town-centre. Rather small spoons, quite cozy with an open fire place and a local feel. Two rows of five handpumps. Decent traditional breakfast, as always, orange juice and black coffee before a swift half. Good value and polite service. (Visited with Finn 11.02.2019).“
Rune 645 days ago
70 /100 11 MARKET PLACE
“Visited 16/10/2018. Tucked away in the corner on a street towards the end of town and the furthest away from the station of the pubs on our route around Oakham but certainly one to get to if venturing beyond the Grainstore tap. A small but interesting selection of ales and box ciders available. Good service, friendly locals. Really nice old pub. My favourite of the places we got to after the tap.“
Grumbo 773 days ago
66 /100 64 HIGH STREET
“16/10/2018. A couple of Oakham pubs on the RB list were closed, and this one was the one which seemed worthy of being entered. Nice cosy pub/restaurant/hotel, real fires, real ales, and very good service. Had a Grainstore beer on which wasn't on at the brewery tap. Saxby's ciders too. Worth checking out if wandering beyond the tap and into Oakham.“
Grumbo 773 days ago
64 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Visited 16/10/2018. Bright and airy JDW's with a nice conservatory makes the interior quite appealing. Service was fine, selection is ok. All the usual JDW touches. Worthy of a visit.“
Grumbo 773 days ago
78 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Visited 16/10/2018. Passed by on the train many times but never had the time to pop in, very glad to have had the time to visit today. Really nice set up, good amount of Grainstore taps and bottles, about a dozen available plus a few guests. Beers are proudly traditional and deliberately not hop-forward which isn't for everyone's taste these days but they make decent brews though the wide range can be a little narrow as a result. Very friendly staff. Brewery tours with beer tasting and food combinations are available. Really enjoyable visit and will be sure to call in again when passing.“
Grumbo 773 days ago
68 /100 11 MARKET PLACE
“Cozy old pub with many rooms. The service was polite and the selection of cask ales was okay. They did have four ciders on as well along with some fairly interesting kegs.“
Rasmus40 774 days ago
64 /100 64 HIGH STREET
“Cozy pub with a fireplace. They have four cask ales but most of them are common ones. One was a new Grainstore for me even though we came straight from the Grainstore Brewery. We got a couple of Saxby’s ciders for ticks as well. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 774 days ago
66 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Standard JDW. They do thirds, which is always nice. There always seems to be a few new ticks at JDW, and this one was no exception.“
Rasmus40 774 days ago
68 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Regular JDW. Always a good range of interesting beers. There were three new beers here for me.“
saxo 774 days ago
76 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Great place with nine new Grainstore beers for me on both cask, keg and bottle. They have a couple of guest casks as well. The food looked good as well. Located right next to the railway station.“
Rasmus40 774 days ago
80 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Excellent pub right next to the train station. Very good selection of Rutland beers here. I had nine new beers from Rutland going here. They have their beers both on cask and bottle. Free wifi available. Didn’t try the food, but it looked good.“
saxo 774 days ago
70 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Rustic red brick taproom adjoining the brewery, which is next door to the station in Oakham. Large outside space where they were setting up for a beer festival on my visit. Good range of the brewery’s beers on cask plus their cider, with further beers available to drink in or takeaway. Shame the beers are rather dull, or traditional, depending on your POV.“
Cheeseboard 830 days ago
70 /100 STATION APPROACH
“fairly large pub, with big covered outdoor seating. 5 of their own cask and one of their own keg cider... not decent guest beers to speak of. beer as expeced was good if unexciting. pleasant visit“
cgarvieuk 844 days ago
58 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Busy on a wednesday night, loiterers hanging around outside were a bit yobbish. Hard to find a place, quite hard to get served, even harder to avoid confusion amid the noise. 12 hand pulls, but some are dupes. Beer quality variable. Was a bit disappointed as this was one of the must-visit stops.
Grandy county tour, county 4, Rutland, 17:22, 4 halves.“
FatPhil 985 days ago
72 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Next to the train station. Looks like it's an old mill or something like that? Worn-out wooden interior. On wednesday night quite busy, but we managed to find a corner in the table. Nice lineup of brewery taps. Worth to visit.“
Marduk 1033 days ago
74 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Good place with a lovely charmy feel about it. 29 steps from the railwaystation, quite handy for travellers. Large room with a long central bar. 10 HP and one cider as well. Brewery kit at the right hand side, visible through glass doors. Big wooden beams, and some large red cylindrical iron columns for support of the 1.floor. Good athmosphere as well, well heated on a cold winter day.“
gunnar 1059 days ago
84 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Visited on trip to 24 northern counties with OGJ 04.01.18. Very nice brewery pub next to Oakham railway station. Ten of their own ales on cask and one cider.“
Holmen2 1059 days ago
76 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Right next to the railway station, the warehouse-y Grainstore Brewery offers everything you could possibly need in the food, beer and atmosphere stakes. However you feel about Grainstore (I think they’re hit and miss but have some solid stuff), it’s a completionist’s paradise, and the surroundings are rustic-convivial-chic. It’s also nice to taste Grainstore’s beers outside of Spoons (which seem to be their main outlet). Small but decent Belgian bottle selection.“
jjsint 1457 days ago
66 /100 11 MARKET PLACE
“Foody and pleasant pub in the centre of town. It’s multi roomed and worth exploring, some areas are more interesting than others. Service is over-formal but friendly and efficient. Beer isn’t all that interesting: five cask ales but no keg/bottles/cans to speak of. The ales are from good breweries (Oakham, Abbeydale, Cotleigh, Nene Valley) but are all in the sessionable range. It’s part of the small Knead Pub chain who do decent boozers, although this doesn’t hit the relative heights of Stamford’s Tobie Norris (q.v.) and sadly no Rutland rates!“
jjsint 1457 days ago
74 /100 STATION APPROACH
“The Grainstore brewery and tap room is right next to the railway station in an attractive brick barn originally used for storing grain prior to its dispatch by rail. It has a country harvest feel, with cottagey chairs and tables in a large open plan area running the length of the building, and there was a nice smell of malt as I went in. There were around ten hand pumps and the service was very friendly. (Last visited 19 February 2016).“
Boudicca 1489 days ago
70 /100 11 MARKET PLACE
“Oakham is a pretty village and the tiny county seat of a very small county (Rutland). Everything is in keeping, and tucked away in the corner of a pocket sized market square - which nevertheless has two market crosses - is the Lord Nelson, an old and characterful multi-roomed pub. I sat close to the fireplace at an ancient work bench in the main bar, eschewing the rather uncomfortable looking church pews dotted about elsewhere. It’s a lovely place, full of olde worlde charm (and I was left wondering if it could possibly be the same place Gene visited as his description better fits the Wetherspoon pub in Oakham). There were five hand pumps with a reasonable selection of beers. (Visited 19 February 2016).“
Boudicca 1489 days ago
64 /100 55 HIGH ST
“A nice Wetherspoon pub, formerly the British Legion building and greatly expanded at the back. It’s quite cheerful and has lots of different areas, including a children’s playroom and a patio. The bar front is rather unusual - it has multi-coloured drawers, like a huge long cabinet, but the handles are for show only. Oh, and the toilets (upstairs of course) were very nice. It was doing a roaring trade when I scraped in with just one minute to spare before they stopped taking breakfast orders. There were two banks of six hand pumps with a few local beers on offer and the service was friendly and efficient. (Visited 19 February 2016).“
Boudicca 1489 days ago
76 /100 11 MARKET PLACE
“Looks like a small market town pub from the outside; however inside it opens out into a multi-roomed labyrinth of a place with even more space upstairs. Only one serving bar but there had 5 cask ales available and 6 interesting keg fonts. A true ’Freehouse’ and my wife and I really liked the place. Friendly staff and good quality beers. Food looked good, but we didn’t eat.“
BlackHaddock 1718 days ago
64 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Visited on 15th March 2016 (during the Wetherspoons Spring Beer Festival). Eight cask ales and the usual keg fonts and bottled selection to be found in most Wetherspoons. This is a fairly small building for this chain, newly opened, clean, tidy and plenty of staff on my time in there. Staff pleasant and beer quality fine on my two beers. Cheap food as always. In other words a typical Wetherspoons (apart from the number of staff being so high).“
BlackHaddock 1718 days ago
74 /100 STATION APPROACH
“This is a large place right next to the train station. The pub is up front, one large room around a central bar. The brewery is visible through doors at the side/rear of the bar. I stopped by about 10 AM with the breakfast crowd, I’m very glad it was open that early. Staff helpfully walked me through each of the beers, set up a flight of three and arranged for some bottle sales as well. The beers were tasty enough, none too exciting, but nothing off. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they make ciders as well - three, in fact. Worth a lingering stop.“
Travlr 1889 days ago
66 /100 11 MARKET PLACE
“Large, open, modern place, perhaps a bit generic in its decor. Very nice and spacious garden is a big plus. Also one of the few places in town that doesn’t close between 3 and 6. Worth a visit.“
Travlr 1890 days ago
64 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Visited back in April just after it opened as all seemed nice and clean. Nice venue, decent beer range, service was OK. Prices, as usual, are competitive as it’s a Spoons. There’s better places in Oakham but well worth a look“
WingmanWillis 1920 days ago
78 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Converted railway warehouse right next to the station. Good vibe, good service but the limited exposure I’ve had of Grainstore’s beers are pretty average. Unfortunately no guest ales. Worth a visit.“
niquillis 1945 days ago
64 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Visit october 2014. Good range of Grainstore beer. Four regular and one sesson beer plus a cider. Staff is friendly and food is nice. A rainy day so was a bit quit untill lunch time. (Next to Railway Staition)“
fonefan 1971 days ago
68 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Handy for the station in Oakham this has a good range of Grainstore beers on. Beer was well kept, service was good. Beer wasn’t to my tastes, food looked OK. If you want to try the majority of the Grainstore range this isn’t a bad place to start!“
WingmanWillis 2031 days ago
76 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Place to get the only Rutland beer listed on Ratebeer, so a detour worthy. Not many bottles and as I was driving, couldn’t have but one half pint. Bummer. decent service though, not too crowded and looks like a place people just come to drink the beer.“
vipinvelp 2132 days ago
72 /100 55 HIGH ST
“Visited october 2014. Nice village pub, very cosy, being a JDW pub. Easy to find and parking within walking distance. Rather busy, this tuesday. Clean and friendly staff, fancy toilets :-).. Nice range of beers, served in good condition.“
Brugmansia 2160 days ago
78 /100 STATION APPROACH
“visited on a rainy day in october 2014. Easy to find, placed in the city center just next to the train station. Cosy atmosphere, a few seatings outside as well. Friendly staff, good range of their own beers. Looking forward to my ploughman lunch :)“
Brugmansia 2243 days ago
76 /100 STATION APPROACH
“This is the usual lunchtime stopping place when my mates and I go to the annual RAF Bomb Disposal Dinner at RAF Wittering. Although it is right next to the railway station one of us is always driving, pity. So many barrels outside we sometimes have trouble parking. Basic and great inside and out: always a selection of their own beers available in cask form and a few bottles to take away. We have taken polly-pins with us too. The draught beers are never a let down and always in fine form. On our annual Friday visits the place is usually very quiet, often just us or a couple of others: not sure why, it must get busy at night? Food is good and filling, staff friendly and always remember us (once a year visitors!).“
BlackHaddock 2672 days ago
58 /100 STATION APPROACH
“7 house beers and a Gwynt y Draig perry box! Fabulous selection, all in good form with the Rutland Bitter outstanding and balanced and the Ten Fifty full of malty goodness. And we overheard a tour group getting a tasting session that sounded wonderful--in depth and beyond the usual schpeal. Too bad the barmaids were utterly dimwitted. They continued to serve a group of punters who were literally falling, stumbling, swaying, and slurring about how drunk they were. They even broke glasses and they still served them! One disgusting idiot fell on me at the bar. But instead of cutting them off, they were served, and asked kindly if they hadn’t yet sobered up from last night. The soberist one replied they had been drunk since Friday afternoon (it now being Sunday). The place stank of last night’s beer and puke. Total turnoff and disgusting but the beer was good so we made the most of it. I would recommend because the beers are solid and the Rutland Water wetlands nearby are extraordinary for birdwatching...“
Beershine 2680 days ago
86 /100 STATION APPROACH
“What a lovely place! Highly recomendable. Friendly nice staff. Good selection both on tap and bottles. Location at The Train station. Advise everyone to make a stop here.“
Cunningham 2800 days ago
60 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Visited Aug 2012. Next to Railway Station a little way from the town centre. Just Grainstore brewed beers on offer, which includes Phipps branded beers. The Food was a bit standard, pubish, the beers are ok. Not the most comfortable place but worth a look.“
imdownthepub 3037 days ago
66 /100 STATION APPROACH
“Visited here 23.01.09 and again more recently 14.05.11. This is just a little outside the town centre and is situated alongside the railway station. One large open room, wooden floors with beer memorabilia scattered around and perhaps a little dark inside. There is a slabbed area out front with a marquee (for smokers?) but its sort of on a trading estate so not that exciting. The staff and locals I have found friendly and helpful. Beers are decent and with always about 5 on handpump. Nice place.“
Fin 3483 days ago