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.”

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