Mrs RM was persuaded by the first bright skies of the year to brave a Rutland walk yesterday. Sadly, the footpaths around Whissendine were a mudpath, and we were confined to a few miles on (very quiet) C-roads. As they say, it’s an area of simple pleasures.
Langham, birthplace of Ruddles, is a pleasant small village with a few attractive buildings but no sign of it’s brewing heritage apart from the obligatory naming of the housing estate on the old site.
We had lunch at the White Lion in Whissendine, my last pub in Rutland’s first ever own section of the Beer Guide, and shared a half of Tiger (NBSS 2.5), which isn’t really the sort of beer you drink in halves. It’s an excellent village pub though, with lots of personal touches that made it feel less like the food-led pub it clearly is. Everards maintain some high quality but unfussy rural pubs in my experience.
We finished our day with a look at Rutland’s best known brewery, and also one of the most attractive buildings in Oakham, which seems very well served for pubs at the moment.
Grainstore’s Tap is an unusual warehouse conversion which caters to a wider demographic than some brewery taps. It would have contained the best memorabilia of the day, until I saw this opposite the new Spoons:-
I’m very easily pleased.
Rutland CAMRA has it’s own branch newsletter (at rutlandcamra.org.uk ), a good read, though I hadn’t noticed it in their pubs. A good effort for a tiny branch.