The Olive Branch

Newby Castleman partners at The Olive Branch.

The owners of The Olive Branch pub in Rutland, who have been our clients for almost two decades, have praised us for being instrumental in the pub’s continuing growth and success after being named Dining Pub of the Year for the area for the 14th time in 16 years.

Situated in the pretty village of Clipsham, The Olive Branch has recently been named as the Good Pub Guide’s Leicestershire and Rutland Dining Pub of the Year 2019. It is also a regular on prestigious lists including The Times Top 20 Gastro Pubs and The Sunday Times Top Restaurants with Rooms, and was named Good Pub Guide’s Pub of the Year in 2014.

Established in 2000 by local lads Sean Hope and Ben Jones, the two put the success of achieving such accolades down to a sound business plan and continuous wise investment advice.

Sean comments, “Thanks to a recommendation, we approached Newby Castleman Chartered Accountants about our plans for the old pub. From the start they were very much a part of the Olive Branch family and they helped us to source finance after being rejected previously and introduced us to a trusted local solicitor.

“The partners at the firm then helped us make the most of our assets and supported us in our investment plans which has led to the addition of luxury accommodation at Beech House and allowed us to grow this village pub into an exceptional dining experience for guests.”

Originally a pub dating back to 1890, The Olive Branch has blossomed into a fine dining venue that offers a traditional country pub feel with an exciting menu full of classics along with some additional surprises.

Its surroundings have also grown over the past 18 years and its team of staff has grown from six to over 30 and, as well as the Beech House accommodation, the owners have also invested in a new wine store and customer facilities.

Ben and Sean sold another successful business in 2016, bringing in additional capital which the pair then used to invest back into the Olive Branch, following investment advice from Newby Castleman.

Ben comments, “Having confidence in your business plan and knowing how to grow your business and in which areas is key to its success. This is where Newby Castleman have really helped us, providing ongoing financial and tax advice, along with supporting us throughout our start up all those years ago. They have been a big part of our continued development.

After 18 years our relationship with Newby Castleman is as strong as ever and as we look for further opportunities to grow, we know Newby Castleman will continue to provide us with a personal and supportive service in which to achieve such goals.”

Paul Barnett, Charities Partner based at our Leicester office, comments, “We are very proud to have provided our services to The Olive Branch since its establishment. It’s a joy to see a business grow from a start-up into a success story and to have been named Best Dining Pub by the Good Pub Guide for the 14th time in 16 years is a superb achievement.

“For any start-up a good business plan and confidence in your finances is essential and The Olive Branch is proof that with vision, planning and investment you can develop a recognised and celebrated business.”

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