Win a Meal Every Month - 10/10/2012
Until the 31st of March, 2013 we're giving away a meal for two every month to one person drawn at random from our email database. To enter the competition click on this link and complete the registration form. We won't share your details with anyone.
Beech House and Olive Branch, is named Restaurant-with-Rooms 2012 - 02/10/2011
Beech House and Olive Branch, Clipsham, has been named Restaurant-with-Rooms of the Year in the 2012 edition of the Good Hotel Guide which was published today Monday the 3rd October.
Desmond Balmer, joint editor of the Guide, said: ‘A happy atmosphere prevails at this informal restaurant-with-rooms in a village near Stamford. Ben Jones is a considerate manager; Sean Hope is an outstanding chef.’
AA Highly Commended - 23/06/2011
We have just been awarded the AA Highly Commended accolade in the 2011 ratings, classifying us in the top 10% of Inns in the UK.
Congratulation to the team at The Olive Branch & Beech House, particularly the Housekeeping Team (Helen, Sarah & Ania) and Rachael, for achieving such a high standard in the rooms & the welcome.
NEW 2011 MENU - 04/01/2011
New Red Lion Menu
Sean has created a new menu for 2011 consisting of a selection of great value pub dishes using some wonderful local ingredients such as,
- Deep fried whitebait, black pepper & lemon mayonnaisse....£4.95
- Lamb Faggots, local black pudding & red cabbage..............£9.95
- Red Lion fish & chips, homemade mushy peas...................£9.95
- a great selection of pub puds from £4.50.
The winter menu starting on Tuesday, 4th January will be accompanied by a daily changing Lunch for Even Less Menu (£11.50 for 2 courses, £14.50 for 3 courses until the end of February). Sean and his team will also be creating daily changing specials every day.
Daily Mail Review of the Red Lion - 15/12/2010
“at the Red Lion, in Stathern, came another gastronomic highlight.....”
Beech House in Conde Nast Traveller... - 09/11/2010
'Country-pub accommodation has improved stratospherically, and I particularly like the unusual variation offered here, in England's smallest county....'
Sean Cooks on BBC2 - 09/09/2009
Sean cooks on BBC2', Tuesday the 15th of September, 5.15pm
'The Hairy Bikers Tour of Britian'
This brand new series follows the Hairy Bikers as they visit different counties across Britain, sampling the best of local ingredients and meeting the people keeping culinary traditions alive.
When Si and Dave explored Leicestershire, they met Sean at the Red Lion Inn to discover what inspired about the produce of Leicestershire and Rutland. Finally, they faced the challenge of a cook-off against our top chef Sean Hope with Sean creating a dish using some wonderful ingredients all sourced from within 10 miles of the pub. Red Lion diners decided who had created the best taste of Leicestershire in a blind tasting, and Sean won with a great dish of Pork Faggots, sage & onion rosti, caramelised apples and cider sauce.
Read about this series on the BBC's website.
Watch the show on BBC iplayer.
Get the recipe from the BBC recipe page.
We're Going Green - 13/01/2009
The Olive Branch and Beech House are going green(er). We have engaged the services of a local energy specialist, Energy Now, who help local businesses and homeowners to reduce their energy consumption and even advise on renewable energy systems such as solar, heat pumps and wind power.
We are not going to become an eco-showpiece overnight but we have started doing our bit to reduce our carbon emissions and lower our energy consumption.
It is still early days; but so far we have identified how to significantly reduce the electricity consumption from our chillers, freezers and kitchen extraction fans. We are also considering heating solutions for the pub including recycling the heat generated from the kitchens.
The Sunday Times - January 2009 - 12/01/2009
'When Sean Hope and Ben Jones opened Beech House, adding a handful of rustic-cool rooms to their Michelin-starred inn the Olive Branch, regulars rejoiced — now there was never any need to leave. Polish off Sean’s sensational wood-pigeon tart or tandoori-baked halibut, down one last pint of Rutland-brewed Olive Oil ale beside the fire, and stagger across the lane to your crib for the night.
Awaiting you there: a duck-down duvet, Egyptian-linen sheets and a deep, double-ended bathtub. In other words, world-class wallowing'
Winter Breaks - Doubles from £100, B&B; 01780 410355
Good Hotel Guide 2009 - reviews Beech House - 17/11/2008
'Strongly recommended; an enjoyable stay, a comfortable room, an interesting dinner at a reasonable price,' says a visitor this year. In an attractive village near Stamford, Sean Hope (chef) and Ben Jones, formerly of Hambleton Hall (qv), have a Michelin star for their pub/restaurant; opposite they provide accommodation in honey-coloured Georgian Beech House....
Evening Standard Magazine - June 2008 - 13/06/2008
There's a reason The Olive Branch won Michelin Pub of the Year in 2008. besides the exhaustive list of real ales, seasonal homemade tipples include sloe gin, damson and strawberry vodkas and fresh lemonade in the summer.....
Michelin Pub of the Year 2008 - 05/09/2007
Michelin Pub of the Year 2008
The Olive Branch & Beech House has been awarded the prestigious accolade of Michelin Pub of the Year 2008. we are immensly proud to have been honoured with such an accolade, which we believe recognises all the hard work put in by all the team at The Olive Branch & Beech House, to read the review clicl on the link below.
'We most liked' the Red Lion Inn
The Olive Branch and Red Lion Inn were the only two pubs in the East Midlands to given a 'We most liked' stamp by the guide signifying them as pubs deserving additional consideration as they boast at least one extra quality which makes them particularly special.
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