Lunch at the Almanack

January 23, 2010

Finally got around to lunch at the Almanack in Leicester’s Highcross. Most feedback I’ve had about this  modern “urban gastropub” has been very positive, and even those who had issues with the food were very impressed with  the response of staff. This seems like a place that genuinely wants to succeed by keeping people happy.

First plus point was good beer. Earlier in the week I’d been in a  big chain pub around the corner and found they had no draught ale  – just lagers or wretched “creamflow” bitter. So it was good to find first rate  Purity Pure Gold and  Ubu beers available here.

The AlmanackThat said, while there’s a bar area this isn’t primarily a drinkers pub. On a Friday lunchtime it was doing reasonable food business. The weather outside was foul so comfort food seemed in order and my coq au vin fitted the bill fine. This was very acceptable bistro cooking – good quality, succulent chicken,  button mushrooms, crunchy lardons, a rich sauce and excellent mash. It had a rough-around- the-edges, home cooked feel and was all the better for it.  Gill had salt and pepper squid, which was very tender, beautifully seasoned and served simply with crunchy, raw veg and and a spicy mayonnaise. Deserts were excellent – my pavlova of chewy meringue, cream and pulp of passionfruit and pomegranate was a good example of keeping it simple and letting the flavours speak for themselves. Gill was very happy with her baked bramley apple stuffed with dates and pinenuts with a caramel sauce. Excellent flavour combinations and good execution.  

Staff were unfailingly cheerful, despite our waitress having been on duty since 7.30am, and competent too. It’s not all that cheap, but if you want cheap food there’s a Wetherspoon’s round the corner and your welcome to it. There do seem to be plenty of offers available, we were paying £12.50 for two courses, and the menu is diverse enough for a wide variety of appetites and pockets.

Well run, welcoming and with good quality food –  a big welcome then to the Almanack .

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One Response to “Lunch at the Almanack”

  1. […]  It says “we’re quality” and it needs to deliver. I remember a very pleasant lunch when it first opened, but subsequent visits have been a bit ordinary […]

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