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Popped in for a quick one while on a short visit to Oakham. Sat in the garden while sipping a pint of Tiger. A pleasant, peaceful experience in the summer sun.
Kenny260556 - 17 Jul 2017 23:44
The Wheatsheaf is a quiet Everards pub with a bar, a lounge and a nice conservatory area that connects the two. The garden at the rear looked as if it could make a pleasant spot for a beer on a summer's day. Everards ales on were Tiger, Sunchaser, Beacon & Original. They also had Adnams Bitter, Batemans XXXB & Westons Rosie's Pig. Nice pub, if not a bit too quiet. From here, I moved onto the Lord Nelson (not listed on here) and I have to agree with the two previous reviewers that it is the best pub in town. It was certainly my favourite pub of the day in Rutland. I will request for it to be added.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Apr 2016 21:09
Oakham isnt blessed with numerous pubs, but the ones it has are all pretty good..

I agree with The Music man, it's very difficult to see past the Lord Nelson, which pretty much has everything you could want from a country pub; excellant ales, great food, wonderful location etc...

The Wheatsheaf is a charming Everards pub, with a nice atmosphere and a feeling that it is maybe 10 years behind the times (quite dark with horse brasses etc...). When I visited in October 13 on a saturday afternoon it was pretty quiet, and beer choice was limited (Beacon, Tiger & Green King). We did however play dominoes in front of a nice open fire and there is nothing wrong with the pub at all.

We stayed @ The Admiral Hornblower, which is also recommended, and has great food, beer and accomodation (The four poster room 4 was lovely).

At the time of this post, the new JD Witherspoon pub "The Captain Noel Newton" is due to open in Nov 13, and this is bound to impact on some of the longer standing establishments...

I'm guessing The Lord Nelson is pretty safe, but everybody else needs to watch out; It's the old debate - JD Witherspoon - Saint or sinner?
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 21 Oct 2013 13:40
Like the other, older and more established pubs in this town, The Wheatsheaf's trade has suffered from the outstanding success of the Lord Nelson, which opened its doors in December 2011 and has not looked back since. With the Nelson's excellent range of well-kept ales and delightful service, The Wheatsheaf, once humming with local life, is struggling to survive..
Everards have entertained plans to revamp the pub and attempt to establish it as a flagship gastro-pub, but the tenancy is on the market and there are even rumours that it may close.
The_Music_Man - 11 Jan 2013 21:41
Picked the Wheatsheaf because of it's 8.6 rating on here....., and now need to raise that even higher!

Oakham is a beautiful village in what was Rutland and the Wheatsheaf fits in perfectly to the picture postcard-like view of the village with a wonderful garden and a great ambiance; low ceilings and a really pleasant landlord and landlady (who are I found out really quite new to the pub - but, didn't appear so!! Very well respected by the locals....) make for a pub which really defines what a country pub should be.

When you get here, dive into the food - it's the best roast beef I've had in years - and the beer is wonderful. It's an Everards establishment which means Tiger - the Beer Of The Gods(!) - but a lovely Banks And Taylor Mild made for a perfect Sunday afternoon.

The pub has the 'old' opening hours, which means a 3pm close, but as we were eating it was very relaxed, and I would thoroughly recommend this place to ANYONE visiting Oakham or staying locally in the area - the pub is a stone's throw from Rutland Water - so should be checked out at least once!!

If only all pubs could be like this!!!

mikeypr - 21 Jul 2012 12:54
Warm, welcoming atmosphere, friendly, helpful staff, locally produced beers and delicious food served in big portions. A really pleasant place for a drink and a meal.
Hestia - 22 Jan 2012 19:13
Once again a thriving pub, that hums with conversation at all parts of the day. No music, no televisions, no gaming machines. Excellent food, served at lunchtimes and now on most evenings until 8,30.
The_Music_Man - 2 Dec 2011 07:47
There was a change of landlord in July and the new couple have settled in well.
Prices of drinks have just been reduced, and trade is picking up again. The clientele is interesting and eclectic: you will find an entertaining range of locals and visitors alike.
The_Music_Man - 11 Nov 2011 17:29
Most beer drinkers would usually plump for the industrial Grainstore Brewery Tap if asked to nominate the best the pub in Rutlands county town.If quality and comfort along with well kept ales are your prerogative,this is the one for you.
TheGriffin - 1 Nov 2010 17:56
Joined friends in here for a quick pint on a sunday lunctime - just before chucking out time and found this to be a lovely quirky local boozer. The pub has an 'olde-worlde' feel and interesting posters from local theatrical society.

The Everards Sly Fox proved how good a 'ginger' beer can be. I think another 3 Everards ales were on as well.

Spent too short a time in here to get a real impression but was given a good first impression.
hairy_hippo - 8 Jun 2008 11:23

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