Dining Pubs of the Year

September 4, 2014

It may only be September, but already we have been given the 2015 County Dining Pubs of the Year from the Good Pub Guide.  No great surprises locally, with the Red Lion at Stathern winning the laurels for Leicestershire and Rutland – its sister pub The Olive Branch,  last year won the overall national pub of the year title.

Many congrats to them and to The Martin’s Arms, just over the border in Colston Basset which won the Nottinghamshire award for the fourth year in a row. Head chef is Bradley Bickerton, who used to work at Watson’s and – if memory serves – The Opera House in Leicester, as well Nottingham venues Tonic and the Nottingham Contemporary. I know Bradley’s mum and have followed his career since he was a relatively humble pastry chef, so it’s great to see him doing so well.

I’ve not been, but Brad says he’s trying to push the level a bit a further still. The style is modern European with occasional nods to current trends such as American smokehouse and fusion.  Off the current menu I’d go for Vale of Belvoir pigeon with Scottish girolles and pickled wild plums, Moroccan lamb rump with chickpea tagine and who could resist this doughnut peach cheesecake?:

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I don’t know where that American ambassador who’s gone home complaining we only eat “lamb and potatoes” was dining, but he should have got out a bit more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lunch for Even less

January 5, 2013

I’d prepared this story for the January issue of Great Food (thanks Carolyn at Hambleton Hall), but as that’s not happening, you might as well get a version of it here:

 

Seven of the region’s top restaurants have once again joined together in a scheme to promote custom in the quiet days of January and February.

The Lunch for Even Less initiaitve is an ideal opportunity for a good lunch, and maybe in particular to try out a top restaurant you’ve not been to before. The precise details vary between venues but you can find two courses lunch deals for as little as £12.50. You will generally need to book in advance, mentioning the offer.

The seven restaurants include Hambleton Hall, Langar Hall, Berkeley Arms, Marquess of Exeter, The Olive Branch, The Red Lion (Stathern), and the Wicked Witch, Ryhall.

Look out for the flyer or you can see full details of the specific offers here

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