Leicestershire is fortunate in having a number of fantastic restaurants where you can enjoy gourmet food in beautiful surroundings. Many of these are set in historic houses in the rolling English countryside and give a taste of gracious living as well as taste sensations to delight and enthral.
Here we’ve selected a few of our favourite fine dining restaurants in Leicestershire – ones that have been awarded AA rosettes in recognition of their quality. One rosette denotes a restaurant that stands out for its quality ingredients and culinary understanding and skill. Two brings that to a higher level of excellence, while three or more rosettes indicate absolutely top class restaurants deserving of national recognition.
At Hambleton Hall Restaurant in Rutland we have not only four AA rosettes but also a Michelin star. Set in a luxurious country house hotel, the restaurant creates exquisite Modern British cuisine, with the freshest local ingredients and its own kitchen garden. Seamless service, sumptuous surroundings and stunning style all combine with the wonderful food for a fine dining experience that can’t be matched. The prices are what you’d expect of a top class restaurant of this calibre, but if this would normally be above your budget try the special lunchtime menu and enjoy walking in the gorgeous grounds after a superb meal.
There must be something in the air of Rutland, because close by you’ll find another Michelin star at The Olive Branch Restaurant and pub in Clipsham. With two AA rosettes, you’ll find the best of local produce superbly cooked, including pub classics alongside more elegant restaurant dishes. The ambience is informal, old world pub, with antique furniture and open fires.
Stapleford Park Restaurant and Country House Hotel takes us back to the grand life, its elegant style from a bygone era creating a magical environment. With two AA rosettes, its cuisine offers the finest of delicacies, from samphire to truffles and caviar for a dedicated gastronomic experience.
More affordable but equally impressive is Sage Restaurant, at the Donington House Hotel, with one AA rosette and well-crafted British food from the best of local produce. Traditional country house decor and chic style give any meal here a sense of occasion and the extremely reasonable lunch menu puts it within the reach of every aspiring gourmet.
If you are looking for fantastic food without leaving the city, Maiyango in Leicester city centre brings an AA rosette to chic urban eating. European cuisine of a high standard is matched by a relaxed but funky atmosphere with cocktails and wine lists to go with the intricate and mouth-watering dishes.
Whatever your budget, gourmet eating isn’t hard to find in Leicestershire. Even the top notch Michelin restaurants sometimes have special offers and set menus that bring their fantastic food within reach of less affluent gourmets, so check out GoDine’s restaurant listings for special offers that could have you dining out in fine style one day very soon.