Old White Hart – Lyddington, Stamford

Attractive 17th century Country Inn is set in rural conservation village with its own Petanque pitch (if that’s the right word???)

Yesterday we battled wind & snow and found ourselves at the Old White Hart in the village of Lyddington. Perched about half way between Rutland Water and Corby, this lovely old pub is one of two in the village – but this one is easily spotted due to a 5ft tall pig, dressed as as chef that stands outside! The place has a great olde pub feel with rickety tables, coal fires and a random window at the end of the bar(!?) mixed with fancy chic restaurant, sturdy tables and chairs that don’t threaten to collapse under you at any given moment. As is the norm these days for pretty much everywhere we try and go, we were later leaving than planned – this time it was because of a battle over which coloured shoes and jacket The Dixie wanted to wear – and we ended up missing lunch service by a whole 5mins.

So, instead of cosying up to enjoy a nice big juicy steak (they have great offers for midweek lunches) and mouthwatering, sausage and mash, we had to settle for a bowl of homemade crisps! Don’t get me wrong, they were pretty good. But they were still just crisps. In honour of the Six Nations Rugby, we washed this down with a pint of ‘Scrum Dog’ from the Daventry based Gun Dog Ales Brewery. A new brewery on me, but I would definitely recommend giving these guys a ‘try’ ☺️ if you see their beers on the pumps. A fun afternoon all in all, and I think we’ll definitely head back here soon and actually order some food. We just need to leave an hour earlier next time. 

Perfect For: Countryside strolls followed by nice family lunch

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