The Crab and Cow

September 2, 2015

Good  to see another smart dining pub opening in the south of the County.  The Crab and Cow opens today, 2nd September, in the small of village of Leire near Broughton Astley.

Crab and Cow

This is the former White Horse, dating from the 18th century, extensively refurbished by new owners Paul, Nathan and Cheryl Burrell  and now decked out in de rigueur steely greys and blues.  The kitchen is run by chef Anthony Clarke, while front of house is the domain of general manager Nick Broderick who formerly ran a style bar in Leicester but more recently has been back at home in Cornwall running Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.

No surprise maybe then the menu will feature plenty of fresh fish delivered daily from Cornwall, as well as local Leicestershire meat and produce. It’s in familiar gastro pub territory but with enough tweaks to hope the food might be quite interesting  – beef cheeks in panko crumb with pickled vegetables, Mauritian fish curry, whole Singapore chilli crab, pork belly with smoked mash and burnt apple  and steaks with North African and Korean rubs.

“We are passionate about the range and quality of the locally soured produce we use,” says Broderick. “We like to think that our cooking is straightforward and unfussy, allowing the flavours of the quality ingredients we use to shine through.”


2 Responses to “The Crab and Cow”

  1. Stephanie said

    We went to try this out on 4 Sept, a brave choice perhaps so close to the opening date, but we took along friends who are massive fans of all things Cornish and this appeared to be right up their street. The wine list includes their favourite Camel Valley which was a big plus but the food was not really up to scratch. Good starters gave way to mains featuring uncooked chips, a watery fish curry and unequally sized portions of monkfish for two of the diners. The cheese was generous for afters but the puds a bit lacking. We were told the kitchen was too busy to provide a single coffee at the end of the meal but this appeared after some negotiation. Not quite what we were expecting but we now hear of a change of chef after the first night which could explain a lot. This place has great potential but is not quite there yet. We wish them all the best in their endeavours and will give them time to regroup before we try again.


    • riponia said

      Thanks for update – shame it sounds they are not up to speed. I wonder what nightmare story lies behind the line “change of chef after the first night”! I expect to go in a few weeks.


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