The Landsdowne/Entropy

June 7, 2010

When a rather ugly, but undeniably useful, Nat West Bank on Leicester’s London Road  was turned into a rather ugly, but  fundmentally useless, bar called The Mint, no-one took much notice.  But when the building was taken over by the canny operators behind the Orange Tree, they quickly created one of the most stylish and successful bars in the city in the shape of the Lansdowne .  They took the building’s naff 70’s decor and made a virtue of it  – it’s not quite kitsch and it’s not parody and it’s not a 70s theme bar  – it just uses the memes of that decade to make a modern bar that gives uncynical homage in a lightly humorous way.

Anyway, enough pretentiousness, like other bars in this in this small chain it’s a pretty good place to eat too.  It’s not subtle or delicate food, but neither is it the deep-fried, catering pack horror perpetrated  in some of its local competition. Lunch today from the specials board showed that even in June it maintains its hearty, comfort food approach – Pete having a boeuf bourguignon with gratin dauphinoise and me chicken in a tarragon cream sauce with wild rice. The beef was tender, strongly flavoured and – for a bar on the outskirts of Leicester city centre – pretty authentic. The potato was rich and flavoursome too, though sadly it could and should  have been hotter. My chicken was good, honest food – with plenty of fresh herbs. Not destination dining, but if you’re looking for a chinwag over decent grub, served by pleasant staff in a bar offering an excellent range of beers, wines and cocktails, The Lansdowne does the job nicely.

On a different note – if you’re looking for a treat on Wednesday,  Entropy in Leicester’s West End  has a couple of tables left at its benefit evening for mental health charity Mind on Wednesday 9 June from 6.30pm. The event is part of the bar’s two week wine festival and for £50 a head you get a cremant d’Alsace on arrival followed  by a tasting of 12 wines, and a four course meal w ith matching wines. And remember this is from one of the Daily Telegraph’s top fifty British restaurants. Call to book on 0116 225 9650



One Response to “The Landsdowne/Entropy”

  1. BlogMonkey said

    The Lansdowne food is always pretty good for a bar although I did have a pretty naff meal there a couple of weeks back. Maybe the usual chef was off that day. Glad to hear it may just have been a one off. 🙂


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