Sven at The Star

September 23, 2011

Earlier this  year I asked readers to keep their eyes open and file reports of spottings of Sven around the restaurants of Leicestrshire. You all let me down badly on that one but we’ll let that pass. I found myself tonight out at the newly-refurbished Star Inn at Thrussington (about 7 miles up the A46 from Leicester).  Pictured below with his wingman Alan Birchenall, Svennis was doing an admirable job for the opening party which doubled as a fundraiser for LCFC’s chosen charity.

He was endlessly charming and helpful amid the crush of people wanting their photo taken and neatly sidestepped mischeivous questions about who he wanted to win Strictly – I hope they made piles of cash.

The pub looks very nice – done out in a stylishly understated way by the owner Nigel Richardson who recently did the fit out of Jason Atherton’s Mayfair venue the Pollen Street Social (Atherton was due to attend until a last minute chef crisis intervened). The food looks worth a try too –  upmarket pub stuff such as steaks, rump of lamb, and slow roasted belly of pork and there’s also dishes such as roasted figs, parma ham and dolcelatte that suggest a touch of subtlety from chef Adam Barnacle.  It’s clearly hoping to rival local venues such as the Golden Fleece in South Croxton and the Bull’s Head in Woodhouse Eaves. If you get to eat there soon – do let us know your thoughts.

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