Where to eat and drink?
Our local in Great Dalby. It has a terrific, friendly atmosphere, the food is great (no actual kids menu, but they will knock up smaller versions of adult dishes, or offer chicken nuggets or sausages for the little ones). Dogs are welcome and there is a large garden area for those sunny days.... If you say you are staying at Poplars Farm - enjoy 10% off the bill.
The Award winning Stag and Hounds is a beautiful 16th century country pub in Burrough on the Hill. They have a great selection of local beers, a weekly changing menu reflecting what's in season at the time, and are winners of the Great Food Club, Dining Pub of the Year for 2021 and a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
It's a bit more costly, but you won't regret it - YUM!
They look after all tastes at the Lounge, from fresh, zingy salads to massive burgers with all the trimmings. There are gluten free dishes, vegan menus and a proper kids' menu. The food is really good and there is a lovely relaxed vibe there - especially on the roof terrace on a beautiful sunny day! Plus it's dog friendly if Rex is with you.
Only a short walk away across a couple of fields is the Lakes Clubhouse. If you don't fancy going far, then this is the perfect place for a drink. Just check out it's website for opening times, as they operate seasonal hours.
Where to visit?
The obvious choice. Rutland Water is absolutely beautiful and there are loads of things you can do there: walking, cycling, fishing, watersports. You can even paddle out into the Lake at the Rutland 'Beach' (pictured).
If you're feeling adventurous, why not try the Rutland Water Aqua Park.
There is plenty to do here: discover 6 galleries, including the iconic Rocket Tower and the domed planetarium - crammed with space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. Space nerds rejoice.