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Leicestershire restaurants and cafes

Leicestershire has a diverse restaurant scene and here are some of the best places to eat. In more recent years, Leicester has become famous for serving up some of the country’s best curries. The award-winning Chutney Ivy is based in the city centre’s Cultural Quarter and is perfect for a pre-theatre meal. Kayal serves dishes originating from India’s Kerala region on the tropical Malabar Coast. Sited opposite Leicester Railway Station, Shimla Pinks is a restaurant with a penchant for authenticity. With chefs brought in from Delhi and the best fresh herbs and spices, the dishes are expertly prepared and a treat for the senses.

In the city centre’s Applegate is Wygston’s House: a Grade 2-listed building dating back to medieval times. The Knight and Garter, on Hotel Street, is a perfect spot for a weekend brunch, Sunday lunch or evening dinner. Start in the Knight’s Bar, for an exclusive selection of boutique drinks and cocktails. Then, step through a hidden door into the spacious, modern restaurant. The house speciality is steak, supported by a menu of seasonal dishes. The food is inspired by global cuisines, but with a distinctly British twist.


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Knight & Garter
Knight & Garter

14 Hotel St, Leicester LE1 5AW

The Knight & Garter, on Leicester’s Hotel Street, is a perfect spot for a weekend brunch, Sunday lunch or evening dinner. Start in the Knight’s Bar, for an exclusive selection of boutique drinks and cocktails. Then, step through a hidden door into the spacious, modern restaurant. The house speciality is steak, supported by a menu of seasonal dishes. The food is inspired by global cuisines, but with a distinctly British twist. Visit website


The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse

9 Station St, Kibworth Beauchamp, Kibworth, Leicester LE8 0LN

The Lighthouse, in Kibworth Beauchamp, has an extensive and ever-changing menu of dishes, designed to deliver seafood that is fresh, sustainable and in season. The menu also has a selection of meat and vegetarian options. Visit website


Ascough’s
Ascough's

24-26 St Mary’s Rd, Market Harborough LE16 7DU

At Ascough’s you can enjoy a stylish and relaxed dining experience with some excellent gourmet food. The restaurant prides itself on producing everything on the premises – from bread and biscuits to ice creams and sorbets. Its mouthwatering menu offers something different, with new and tempting flavour combinations. The food is fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Visit website


Chutney Ivy
Curry

41 Halford St, Leicester LE1 1TR

The award-winning Chutney Ivy is based in the Leicester city centre’s Cultural Quarter and is perfect for a pre-theatre meal. The restaurant combines contemporary fine dining with classic Indian hospitality and prides itself on food cooked freshly to order. Visit website


The Grey Goose
Salmon dish

Lutterworth Rd, Gilmorton, Lutterworth LE17 5PN

The Grey Goose, a gastropub in Gilmorton, is housed in a charming white building with a bright, modern and spacious interior, including a generous bar area where you can enjoy an aperitif or freshly-made cocktail before your meal. The menu comprises a selection of classic flavours and new, inspired dishes created by the expert chefs. The food is elegant, contemporary and stylishly presented. Visit website


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Image credits: ©Cobraphoto/stock.adobe.com; ING Image; Nigel Ord Smith Photography/Ascough's Bistro; The Beautiful Pubs Collective/Knight & Garter; The Lighthouse Kibworth

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