"This cosy, 40 cover restaurant likes to showcase game. Venison is sourced locally, while shoots at Thistleton and Lyndon provide the partridge and pheasant.
Look out for? Loin of local rabbit, stuffed with black pudding and roasted with puy lentils, root vegetables and game sauce, while Neil's twice-baked creamy cheese souffle has near legendary status among Rutland foodies"
-The Field Magazine
"The Good Food Guide has published its list of Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants - and one in Rutland has made the cut. According to the guide, Hitchen's Barn in Oakham received more than 37,000 public nominations."
-The Local Good Food Guide
“An unpretentious place with a real rustic feel”- AA Inspector
-AA Rated Trips
We are thrilled and delighted to be the only recipient in Rutland of this award in 2020, 2021 & 2022. After only being open eight months we are so proud of our team for this amazing achievement.
"Named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man – our Bib Gourmand distinction highlights restaurants offering ‘good quality, good value cooking’ at £30 or under for 3 courses, and is a hit among our readers. 22 restaurants have been newly honoured for 2020."
"Run by local couple Neil and Louise Hitchen, Hitchen's Barn is a must-visit for food lovers on a trip to Oakham. The enormous menu included treats such as loin of local rabbit stuffed with it's own liver, whole roasted partridge and local Victoria plum crumble."
With a table of four, there was plenty of chance for owner/chef Neil Hitchen to showcase his talents. For starters, dishes ranged from my mum’s wild mushroom soup with tarragon and truffle cream (‘silky, delicious, lovely light foam on top’), to dad’s indulgent twice-baked creamy Red Leicester & Lincolnshire Poacher cheese soufflé (‘a fabulous cheesy hit’), to Nick’s crispy egg, with Parma ham, watercress, apple and celeriac remoulade (‘a perfect combination of contrasting textures’), to my Long Clawson stilton cheesecake, with red wine-poached quince and walnuts. My dish sounded like a bit of a gamble on paper, but, trusting in the acclaimed chef’s ability – and tempted by the inventiveness of it all – I went for it anyway. This bold move paid off… it was fabulous... if you’re ready for a break from home cooking, however good at that you are, then an exquisite meal at Hitchen’s Barn is definitely recommended.
- Local Living
As recommended by Comedians Tom Davis & James Acaster.
-Off Menu Podcast.
The Hitchens (Neil & Louise) are maintaining high standards after their move from The Berkeley Arms” at Wymondham - their new town-centre venue making for “the perfect market-town small restaurant. It’s very friendly, beautifully organised and totally relaxing,” with “ingredients, cooking and flavour combinations all spot on”. Extra points for the “excellent-value set lunch”.
Hitchen's Barn are in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide.
The Travelers’ Choice Award celebrates restaurants that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe. Winners like HB earned positive traveler reviews and ratings over the past year.
"Local produce is the mainstay of Neil's menus, ... heirloom tomatoes bursting with sweet ripeness, served with goat's curd and pesto, or cured sea trout with blood orange in hazelnut dressing, are simple fresh intros to mains such as halibut on the bone with asparagus and brown shrimps, or perhaps a sturdy meat dish like salty-skinned duck breast on hispi cabbage with potato gratin in a thyme-scented red wine jus."
-The Good Food Guide
"At Hitchen’s Barn in Oakham you’ll enjoy beautifully cooked food. Seasonal game dishes feature prominently, inspired by head chef Neil’s love for the British countryside. Examples include Braised Shoulder of Local Venison, Mash, Red Cabbage, Walnuts & Poached Pear; and Braised Rabbit Leg, Mash, Savoy Cabbage, Mustard & Gherkin Sauce. You can also expect excellent fresh fish dishes, such as Fillet of Cornish Cod, New Potatoes, Baby Leeks & River Fowey Mussels. The menus change regularly, reflecting the seasons.
At this restaurant, the owners’ name is above the door. They run it with pride, and no-one benefits more than the diners."
-Great Food Club
What our customers think
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"From walking through the door, the customer experience is excellent. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the food is excellent. I had the chicken with leeks and mushrooms and it was the best chicken I have ever tasted. Other members of our party had the fillet steak and they said it was cooked to perfection and very tasty. Everything is cooked fresh so there is a little wait but they provided us with complimentary bread and butter to keep us going. As you can imagine, this is a very popular place so booking is essential. Can’t wait to visit again."
Sunday Lunch at 14.30.
Chose Mussels starter in saffron sauce....... amazing! Then Pork roast second course. Excellent service as ever. Chef reakky knows his stuff here. Highly recommended. Definateley in our top 3 in Rutland after trying 3 times. Need to book."
"Great food, friendly staff and good value for money."
"Tracked them down after they left Wymondham as excellent as ever."
"Great birthday lunch for ten...superb setting, service and food....plus bubbly of course.."
"Had a wonderful meal, every dish was perfectly cooked and tasty👍 "
"Beautiful food, fantastic customer service. We had our valentines meal here and are already booked for another. Our absolute favourite restaurant. If we absolutely had to make a constructive comment it would be that it’s very quiet in there until the tables start to fill in so it feels a bit like you have to whisper. Other than that, we adore the place!"
"Beautiful relaxed ambience and quality food."
"Fantastic food and service. I cannot recommend the barn enough. Glorious."
"A favourite of ours; can't recommend it highly enough."
"Really lovely Sunday lunch. Great choice of food, lovely staff fab surroundings."
"Excellent meal and brilliant staff."
"Enjoyed a superb lunch and happy to recommend this new place in town."