Wooden beams, exposed brickwork and a roaring log fire create a cosy ambience that is both rustic and elegant. The luxurious Inn that the restaurant is housed in, makes the ideal get away for a weekend or mid-week break, so why not treat yourself to some fabulous food and a stay in one of England’s oldest and best loved Inns? As with many British restaurants in Rutland the menu is seasonal but when available appetizers can include smoked and deep fried lamb sweetbreads with tartar sauce soused herrings with curried egg salad, sourdough, apple and capers or Colchester oysters with lemon and shallot vinaigrette.
The menu proudly states that all game dishes served are exclusively ‘wild game’. Diners can enjoy mains of roast grouse with bread sauce, game chips, root vegetables and Madeira sauce, smoked pigeon breast salad with black pudding, apple, beetroot, toasted hazel nuts and pancetta or roe deer saddle tournedos with celeriac puree, fondant potato, braised red cabbage and glace. Seafood is also on offer and for guests in the mood for something a bit different the monkfish supreme in a Thai-style coconut, vegetable and crayfish claw crème with steamed rice is a real treat! Classic dishes such as Launde Barnsley chop with crispy sweetbreads, dauphinoise potatoes and cherry tomatoes or the Lincolnshire red filet steak and foie gras with rosti potatoes, buttered vegetables and port glace are sure to impress.
There are not many restaurants in Rutland offering a specialized asparagus menu, but The King’s Arms takes great pleasure in celebrating this fantastic, English ingredient. When in season the asparagus menu has delicacies such as asparagus with smoked eel, tomato salad and Hollandaise or asparagus served plain with pan friend pancetta and herbed garlic sourdough croutes. Anyone wanting to take home a treat will be delighted to know that goodies are available for purchase from the traditional smokehouse on site. Hot smoked Rutland trout, smoked Stamford cider and mustard roast ham and black pudding made with Jimmy’s very own special spice mix are just a few of the culinary treats guests can take away.
Don’t even get me started on the desserts, which quite simply are out of this world! The usual classics like vanilla crème brulee, fruit crumble and sticky toffee pudding can all be found, and of course each one has that unique Kings Arms twist! However it’s the ‘A Little Something Else’ part of the dessert menu that will pique the interest of many diners. The amaretto biscuit and orange parfait terrine with strawberry and orange salad is light and refreshing while the deep fried Christmas pudding with brandy sauce ice cream and apple compote is pure indulgence! With food this good it’s easy to see why The King’s Arms Restaurant in Rutland is one of the top destinations for anyone serious about great British cuisine