Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Leicestershire
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Leicestershire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 74 restaurants in Leicestershire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Leicestershire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Leicestershire Restaurants
1. John's House British, Modern restaurant in Mountsorrel 139-141 Loughborough Road - LE12
“Everything is first class” at chef John Duffin’s acclaimed venture set on his family’s farm (which provides much of the produce for the menu). His seasonal cuisine (with the option of a seven-course blow-out) delivers a “superb” “taste-sensation” and yet it “does not try too hard”. Staff provide an “immediate warm welcome” and “obviously care about what they do”. Top Tip – “Set lunch is very good value for such top notch food”.
2. The Hammer & Pincers British, Modern restaurant in Loughborough 5 East Rd - LE12
“The food is sublime and the presentation exemplary” at this “exquisite” beamed gastropub, whose considerable charms have, over the past decade and a half, established it as a real foodie haunt. Menu options are numerous: from Sunday lunch to a ten-course grazing option. A collaboration with ‘galerie gARTenhaus’ means there is regularly changing art on display.
3. Kayal Indian restaurant in Leicester 153 Granby St - LE1
“Authentic South Asian cooking at its best” – Kayal has blazed a trail for Keralan cuisine in Leicester “with an excellent choice of dosas, fish and vegetarian dishes and a knowledgeable waiter to talk you through the options”. Top Tip: “amazing business lunch for £6”.
4. Ascough’s Bistro British, Modern restaurant in Market Harborough 24 St Mary's Road - LE16
“Everything is cooked well and flavourful” at this modern brasserie in the centre of town. “It may be unfair to label it as cheap ’n’ cheerful, but it’s certainly very good value”.
5. Bobby’s Indian restaurant in Leicester 154-156 Belgrave Rd - LE4
You “always can depend on excellent vegetarian food” (of a Gujarati bent) at this affordable sweet shop and canteen: a fixture on the Golden Mile since way back in 1976 – though it’s somewhat spruced-up these days, and the menu has taken into account modern healthy-eating trends (sadly the founder, Bhagwanji Lakhani, passed away in 2017).
6. Tandem Indian restaurant in Leicester 59-59a Highcross Street - LE1
Cyrus Todiwala OBE, the acclaimed Bombay-born TV-chef behind London’s Café Spice Namaste, has chosen a Grade II listed building in the city-centre for his first restaurant outside London; and will feature five separate areas over two floors, including a bar, casual dining and fine dining room. For the town with the biggest Diwali festival outside India, Leicester has always curiously lacked a go-to Indian dining destination – maybe this is it?
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