Country Inn with rooms
The historic Royal Horseshoes dates back to the mid 15th century and is located in the picturesque village of Waltham-on-the-Wolds. The pub is protected by a grade II listing and is located close to the 13th century St Mary Magdalene church in the centre of the village. Capped with a magnificent thatched roof this Leicestershire favourite offers a beautiful light interior and a warm friendly atmosphere.

The Horseshoes became the Royal Horseshoes in 1843 following a visit from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and all visitors can be assured of a warm welcome. The pub sign features Victoria as a princess on her favourite grey horse. The heritage continues once inside the bar with the doors and bar panels having been saved from Buckminster Hall which was destroyed by fire in the 1920's. In the bar you will find a couple of historical paintings. The horse and hounds were painted in 1938 by a local artist, legend has it, in return for food and lodgings. The smaller painting features Mrs Greenhill of Greenhills Gin, a family who have a long association with the village. Both paintings add to the authenticity of the bar celebrating the history of the pub. 

Children are welcome although we do not allow dogs inside and, of course, we have free WIFI . . . just ask for the password.

The pub also offers guest accomodation with four letting rooms available in the converted stables across the courtyard. Perfect for those visiting many of the local places of interest in the area or wishing to stay over following an evening at the pub.

A bit more about us
We are family run and owner Michael shares his time between here and the Hollybush Inn, his other pub in Breedon-on-the-Hill. Owning his own country pub had been a life long ambition and although Michael had trained as a chef in some of the finest hotels, he wanted to return to his home county, choosing the Royal Horseshoes back in 2010. Since then the pub has undergone a total refurbishment, being restored back to its former glory. The famous copper bar is one of the main features, rescued from its poor quality shroud and now a stunning focal point. Polished every day, it takes the dedicated team an hour to ensure that it shines brightly for every visitor.

We offer a range of cask ales, a huge selection of speciality gins and bourbons together with the usual spirits and soft drinks. Our wine list includes an extensive choice of white, rose, red and sparkling which are available by the bottle with selected wines by the glass.

​Michael is supported by a dedicated team, all from the local area, and on hand to welcome guests.

The kitchen is headed up by chef Mike Jones, who was orginally from Melton Mowbray. Mike studied at the University of Derby before taking time out to travel across the US. He finally settled as a chef in a country club in the States before returning to the UK. Mike has been head chef at the Roal Horseshoes since 2011.

​Daily specials, childrens meals, lunchtime light bites complement a traditional pub grub menu.

What other people are saying about us
"As always, food delicious and service good. Great village pub with a friendly atmosphere. Just the ticket for a relaxing evening." Jill - Nov  2016

"Sunday lunch stopped by with no booking and they managed to fit us in. Friendly staff, good beer and the food was delicious. Service was good. Lovely little pub." Jo- Nov 2016
Conveniently located close to Rutland Water, Belvoir Castle, Twin Lakes Park and Melton Mowbray