The Olive Branch pub is situated in the pretty village of Clipsham, just two miles off the A1 in the tiny county of Rutland. The pub was originally three farm-labourers' cottages that were knocked together to make a pub in 1890. It had been the heart of the village community up until its closure in 1997.
With the help friends, family and villagers, Sean Hope, Ben Jones and Marcus Welford bought The Olive Branch in 1999 and spent six weeks scrubbing, cleaning, decorating and renovating to bring it back to its former glory as a traditional village pub. They added luxury accommodation in 2003 to create this wonderful village inn, with open fires, antique tables and chairs, mixed with pine kitchen tables and benches. The atmosphere is friendly and informal with chestnuts roasted on the fires in winter and homemade lemonade in the garden in summer.
A great team
Ben Jones – co-owner – Ben leads The Olive Branch team and spends his time helping to oversee the service and host the guests, planning any maintanence and refurbishment, or checking on the financial details.
Louise Williams – general manager – Louise is the team's mum, sister, best friend and boss. She keeps all the team organised and motivated, with her positive attitude and incredible energy.
Luke Holland - head chef - Luke creates the dishes and oversees the kitchen team. With The Olive Branch ethos of using local ingredients to create traditional and innovative pub food, Luke's modern approach brings newer technics to traditional dishes.
Sean Hope – co-founder - Having spent nearly 20 years in The Olive Branch kitchen, Sean works as a consultant, as well as looking after the paddock and creating his own brand (Add-hopes) of pickles, chutneys, vinegars and a lot more.