Rutland Horseshoe




The Rutland Challenge 2000


The Rutland Morris Men were, and are, concerned at the disappearance of many pubs around the country.  In order to raise the profile of these vital centres of community life, the side decided to dance at every public house in Rutland during the year 2000.  We did this in order to raise the profile of these vital centres of community life, having seen the sad demise of some of these hostelries in recent years.

We also hoped to contribute to the local economy by developing a web site describing the year's events which we believed would be accessed by potential visitors from all over the world.  The Challenge's website was first hosted by Rutnet, and we are grateful to them for keeping the archive of material for us.

There was some controversy during the Challenge too.  Was Caldecott in Rutland or Leicestershire?  Detailed research had revealed that the whole car park and a corner of the public bar at the Castle Inn in Caldicott was in fact in Rutland, and we felt obliged to add this to our existing list of 68 pubs in Rutland.

See pictures from the Challenge here.  The itinerary was:

1 May 17 July
The Vaults, Uppingham The Ram Jam Inn, Stretton
The Monckton Arms, Glaston The Jackson Stops, Stretton
The Kingfisher, Preston
The Blue Ball, Braunston 31st July
The Old Plough, Braunston The Odd House Tavern, Oakham
The Normanton Park Hotel, Normanton
8 May The White Horse, Empingham
The Crown, Tinwell
The Northwick Arms, Ketton 5th August
The Railway, Ketton The Blue Bell, Belmesthorpe
The Crown, Great Casterton
22 May The Plough, Great Casterton
The Wheatsheaf, Greetham
The Black Horse, Greetham 21 August
The Plough, Greetham The White Lion, Oakham
The Cobbler, Oakham
29 May The Rutland Angler, Oakham
The Gate, Bisbrooke
The George & Dragon, Seaton 29 August
The Exeter Arms, Barrowden The Prince of Wales, Oakham
The Merry Monk, Oakham
3 June The Griff Inn, Oakham
The Noel Arms, Whitwell
4th September
4th June The Waggon & Horses, Uppingham
The Whipper In, Oakham The Cross Keys, Uppingham
Admiral Hornblower, Oakham The Crown Hotel, Uppingham
10th June 11 September
The Wheatsheaf, Langham The Plough, Caldecott
The Noel Arms, Langham The Castle, Caldecott
The Royal Duke, Oakham The Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington
The Horseshoe, Oakham The Old White Hart, Lyddington
12 June 23 September
The White Horse, Morcott The Wheatsheaf, Oakham
The Halfway House, South Luffenham The Sun, Cottesmore
The Finch's Arms, Hambleton
24th June The Horse & Jockey, Manton
The Fox & Hounds, North Luffenham The Wheatsheaf, Edith Weston
The Horse & Panniers, North Luffenham The Fox & Hounds, Exton
The Sun, Belton In Rutland
24 September
3rd July Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Barnsdale
The Black Bull, Market Overton The Railway, Oakham
The Three Horseshoes, Whissendine The Grainstore, Oakham
The White Lion, Whissendine
2 October
4 July The Exeter Arms, Uppingham
The Boot & Shoe, South Luffenham The White Hart, Uppingham
The Olive Branch, Clipsham The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham
10th July 8th October
The Essendine Hotel, Essendine The Cuckoo, Wing
The Millstone, Ryhall The King's Arms, Wing
The Green Dragon, Ryhall