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4.9 /6 Excellent 29 Reviews

The Wheel Inn

Branston European, British £££ +100
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About The Wheel Inn

Few things are as beloved in rural England as the traditional country pub, and the elements that must come together for the experience to be as authentic and traditional as possible. At The Wheel Inn, they have assembled one of the best examples of the genre to be found in Leicestershire, if not far beyond that. They occupy an ancient building in the centre of Branston that has been a public house for well over 200 years, and their beers too, as exemplary, and have won awards such as the Vale of Belvoir CAMRA Pub of the Year, which they have picked up in both 2015 and 2016. The food, too, is exceptional, with a menu that takes in British classics, local favourites, international dishes and far, far more: in fact, too many for us to mention. Instead, just take a trip to The Wheel Inn on the Main Street in Branston for the best country pub in Leicestershire, bar none.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
The Wheel Inn, 13 Main Street, NG32 1RU Branston

Further Information

The Leicestershire countryside is the very heart of England, and the Vale of Belvoir, situated on the meeting point of Leics, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, is a known local beauty spot, so it is befitting that that most British of rural institutions, the country pub, is well represented in the region. In the village of Branston, one can find The Wheel Inn, about as good an example of the genre as you’re likely to see anywhere. They’ve won Pub of the Year for the last two years running from CAMRA – and they’d know what constitutes a good boozer – and they offer a selection pub grub favourites that are known and beloved the length of the land, from British favourites to international specialities. Let us talk you through a few of them.

The local options include starters such as the full Ploughman’s Lunch, mains including David Cox’s local sausages with mash and onion gravy, beer battered fish and chips and well aged steaks with chips, mushrooms and a dressed salad. The international options are from the world over: whole baked Camembert, Thai style cod and lime fish cakes and Greek salad to start and lamb bhuna, sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice or tomato, pepper and aubergine ragu linguine to follow. That’s British food, accompanied by French, Thai, Greek, Indian, Chinese and Italian allied to it, all in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, in an over 200 year old pub, accompanied by gallons of proper, real ale. You can’t say fairer than that – book a table now and get over to The Wheel Inn for a proper family feed.


29 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 29 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
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Dave P.
1 review so far 6
17.08.2017 21:17

Excellent as always. Varied and inventive menu with quality ingredients and very well prepared - the chef deserves lots of praise. It's always a pleasure to eat in the Wheel.

Simon M.
3 reviews so far 6
14.08.2017 04:42

A lovely meal we enjoyed bread and olives followed by the pie steak and stilton very tasty, everything just perfect served by a very friendly attentive waiter would highly recommend

Sarah W.
2 reviews so far 6
26.07.2017 05:52

As always food was and service was excellent. Also catered without any problem for a fussy child and a vegetarian. Couldn't resist the desserts which were large portions.

Clarissa C.
1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 20:55

Excellent service through out and great food once again. We Would highly recommend, the wheel inn! we will deinately be back for food and drinks again very soon.

Simon A.
1 review so far 6
08.11.2016 03:13

Unpretentious, comfortable and friendly country pub. Three good ales on pumps plus a guest cider. I liked that the pub maintains a bar alongside the restaurant style for the rest of the pub. Excellent food showcasing locally sourced food - a very good choice of game. A blazing real fire to make the place cosy and welcoming on a cold Saturday afternoon!

Roger D.
1 review so far 6
30.10.2016 01:37

Went for an early bird with family and friends. Lovely atmosphere, nice welcome and a good selection of ales. We found plenty to excite us on the varied menu with several game to choose from. Overall a great meal out. We will be back!

Alison B.
2 reviews so far 6
05.03.2017 22:29

Fantastic ! Dickies Steaks were perfectly cooked as was the turbo and cod risotto. The service was outstanding... Our waitress was single handedly running the restaurant and was a credit to the Wheel nothing was too much trouble. We'll be back soon

Nick P.
1 review so far 4
20.03.2017 10:38

Visited The Wheel for Sunday lunch. Roast beef was tasty but a little chewy. Vegetables beautifully cooked and presented. Roast potatoes rather firm and not crispy enough for my liking. Overall, a pleasant meal if a little overpriced at £13.95. The dining area was full and the atmosphere was buzzing.

Michael B.
1 review so far 5
03.04.2017 20:00

Always a great atmosphere and friendly service. The food is wonderful and always coked to perfection. I just wish they would change their knives. I don't know if it is just me, but they are very difficult to hold.

Leah O.
1 review so far 6
24.03.2017 21:11

It was a wonderful meal in a wonderful setting. A little gem to have found in a pretty village. The food was restaurant standard and we were made to few very welcome.

Richard F.
1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 16:43

Lovely cosy atmosphere, super food and really friendly staff. Would definitely recommend. In addition a good selection of ales for those who like to pop in for a couple of beers.

Lisa S.
1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 01:06

We had a fantastic valentines evening at The Wheel. The food was awesome and great service too, very attentive! Lovely ambience too and wasnt crammed full of tables. Would definitely recommend!

Tracey M.
1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 20:15

This was our first visit to the Wheel in the evening and we were not disappointed. The food was great and so was the service. We will definately go again.

Dean B.
1 review so far 6
28.12.2016 06:49

Outstanding! Brilliant staff, great venue, absolutely awesome food - the steak was exceptional and really excellent wine.. 5***** on every level. Will certainly be back without a doubt.

Mark A.
1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 02:35

Great food and good service....we had 2 Yorkie puds for Sunday lunch but you only need 1 as they are enormous! Just busy enough without it being overcrowded.

Simon M.
3 reviews so far 3
15.03.2017 20:50

Not up to the usual standard for The Wheel! We had the Venison Casserole which was not good some of the meat was undercooked and some was okay. However the staff were very good and friendly. I think they were having a problem with the chef that evening, so perhaps just a one off bad evening.

Keith B.
1 review so far 6
11.12.2016 11:50

Nice menu, good food, pleasant staff, open fires, country pub atmosphere. Brilliant! Nice menu, good food, pleasant staff, open fires, country pub atmosphere. Brilliant! Really good!

John N.
1 review so far 5
06.02.2017 05:44

my wife and I and 2 friends had a nice Sunday lunch after a country walk. We all had fish, which was great and the local beer was good too

Lucy B.
1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 03:28

Very helpful and friendly staff, a lovely cosy environment and great food. We would highly recommend this restaurant to others and plan to return sometime

James M.
1 review so far 5
09.05.2017 22:40

We had a lovely meal in a nice atmosphere. It was a cold evening and the pub was a little cool but otherwise we had a really nice time.

Emma H.
1 review so far 5
22.02.2017 20:39

Love this pub, great food, great atmosphere, no pretensions, fab staff, great prices, lovely selection of one and locally sourced food - what more could you want?

Steve M.
1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 16:43

A very good meal but not sure about the hygiene of a wooden board for the ribs! Great starters and a good selection of mains

Joe D.
2 reviews so far 4
18.01.2017 19:59

Food was good, service was excellent and atmosphere was good. Shall but good beer selection. We would definitely go back again maybe on one of the theme nights they do.

A F.
2 reviews so far 4
28.04.2017 06:30

Staff great. Starter of mussels was overcooked. Wine good but horrendously overpriced. Did not have a dessert. Would we go back ? Possibly if in the area.

Nick C.
1 review so far 3
28.03.2017 23:53

Unfortunately the service was very slow. The starters were lovely but we were very disappointed with two of the four main meals we had. Considering the price of the meals we had expected better.

Stephen B.
2 reviews so far 3
06.04.2017 16:40

Cramped table, choice on menu not available but it took 15 minutes after ordering to find out, roast potatoes very poor and over cooked. Vegetables uninteresting and poorly cooked.

William H.
1 review so far 2
02.03.2017 04:43

Rather cold and uninviting with very slow service (waited for an hour for our main course). Meal was average at best with unpleasant dry bread bun for the beefburger and overcooked chips. Staff helpful and friendly but not coping with the demand.

Annie J.
1 review so far 2
31.03.2017 06:56

Looking forward to our evening as other reviews we're good . Disappointed with the main courses , plaice & steak & ale pie . Will not be returning .