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Leicestershire & Rutland Food & Drink Guide

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Head chef Rory McClean (chef profile page 40) has brought the technical flair he gained at Michelin-starred restaurants in London to this beautifully restored rural pub in the pretty village of Shawell. The White Swan combines the welcoming atmosphere of a traditional country inn with refined, imaginative and stunningly presented cuisine. After we enjoyed an aperitif in front of the......

The Horse Shepshed has the rustic charm of a country pub but offers a creative, modern menu. Thanks to its picturesque setting in rural Leicestershire and its reputation for superb food, this eatery is drawing discerning diners from both nearby and further afield. The relaxed bar area, with its wood-burning stove, was the perfect setting for my aperitif. Moving through......

Italian cuisine is all about showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients using traditional techniques and classic flavour combinations. This popular eatery in Leicester’s Clarendon Park area has perfected this philosophy and boasts a varied menu that’s bursting with tasty Italian favourites. My starter of pan-seared scallops with pea and mint purée and crispy pancetta was every bit as fresh and delicious as......

The charm of a stunning Grade II listed country pub has been combined with exceptional cuisine at this hidden gem in the heart of rural Rutland. Classic flavour combinations are given an update on a menu that expertly showcases locally sourced ingredients and fresh, seasonal produce. My starter of goat’s cheese cheesecake served with roast fig and beetroot purée was......

Leicestershire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is guaranteed to impress with its outstanding food, first-class service and atmosphere that oozes laid-back decadence. It’s an intoxicating combination that had me planning my next visit before I’d even finished my starter. John’s House is the creation of head chef John Duffin (chef profile page 39), who, after years spent honing his craft at various......

Ideally situated in the heart of Newtown Linford and opposite the entrance to Bradgate Park, The Grey Lady Kitchen & Deli offers relaxed dining in a warm, family-friendly atmosphere. There’s even an attractive playroom to keep small children and toddlers entertained. The light, bright interior is part-deli, part-restaurant; visitors can choose delicious produce to take away, maybe for a picnic......

Flamingo Bar & Grill is a stylish and award-winning family-run restaurant serving up authentic Punjabi cuisine, cooked by Punjabi chefs who boast an innate talent for creating sumptuous dishes. The team serves nothing but the very best, so the menu here is extensive and impressive and includes classic dishes as well as delicious originals. The service is impeccable yet convivial......

Set on the edge of bustling Market Harborough is Farndon Fields Farm Shop and its accompanying restaurant, The Farmer’s Kitchen. As you relax in the rustic setting, you can see photos of the farm team at work in the fields and read updates on their current picking schedule. Much of the menu is made using the farm’s produce, and it’s......

Homeliness and comfort go hand-in-hand with quirky eccentricity at Cosy Club, a pair of bustling bar-restaurants that can be found in the centre of both Leicester and Stamford. I took a trip to check out the Leicester venue, which is housed in a former knitwear factory. Inside, many of the building’s original features have been retained, including the steel riveted......

This independent, family-run neighbourhood pub has a trick up its sleeve – a talented chef with a passion for homemade, freshly prepared food made from top-quality ingredients. From handmade burgers and sausages to fresh soups and pasta sauces, this cosy Narborough local is about as far from a faceless chain pub as you can get, and offers diners incredible value......

This hidden gem in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside is an idyllic escape from hectic everyday life. Tucked away in the rafters above Kilworth Springs Golf Club, The Attic is a very special restaurant that boasts stunning panoramas of the adjacent golf course and picturesque farmland, coupled with an imaginative and beautifully executed menu of modern European dishes. My......

19 Gale Bar & Restaurant will redefine how you think about Chinese cuisine. With a refined yet relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and a jaw- droppingly innovative menu, this is a restaurant that excels in every way possible. Moreover, it does all of this with a graceful confidence that makes it all look very simple indeed. My starter of soft-shell crab......

The inviting candlelit atmosphere of this bijou bistro in the heart of Oadby is the perfect accompaniment to the authentic Italian cuisine that is its speciality. Great Italian food is all about choosing the very best local ingredients and using established techniques to take them to another level, and this simple philosophy is championed with passion and flair at Cheikho’s. The......

Situated in the quaint Leicestershire village of Shawell, The White Swan combines the home-from-home atmosphere of a traditional country pub with refined, imaginative and stunningly presented cuisine. Head chef Rory McClean has drawn on the technical flair he gained at Michelin-starred restaurants in London to take the gastropub concept to a whole new level at this very special venue. I......