5 of the Best Places to Eat in LeicesterLast Updated: April 2, 2018
Leicester is regularly named as one of the UK’s best cities to live and work in. If the standards at these restaurants—five of the best places to eat in Leicester—are any indication, it is little wonder that Leicester is very much a city on the up.
Regularly named as one of the top 10 cities in the UK to live and work in, Leicester is one of the most vibrant urban centres in England. It’s a true destination city, with everything from traditional markets and superior independent stores to the largest national retail chains, as well as beautiful parks and waterways and a wealth of other visitor attractions. Served by a public transport network, the compact centre of Leicester also has an impressive hospitality sector, including some of the finest restaurants to be found in any corner of the United Kingdom. Here are just 5 of the best places to eat in Leicester, an itinerary that dining enthusiasts might regard as a mini-guide to foodie heaven on earth.
1. The White Peacock
Starting us off on our tour of Leicester restaurants is this independently owned establishment, headed by chef patron Phillip Sharpe. The White Peacock is undoubtedly one of the best places to eat in Leicester. Diners can choose from a range of beautifully prepared international cuisine, complimented by fine wines and cocktails, with exemplary service fully the equal of the food-and-drink offering. Located in a charming Grade 2 listed building at the foot of New Walk in the city centre, The White Peacock is an ideal proposition for the diner, combining distinctive food and drink, an ideal location and a perfect dining atmosphere.
2. OGGI Simply Italian
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OGGI Simply Italian is a Leicester restaurant that offers a truly distinctive dining experience. The decor alone transports the diner to a homely place, creating a gorgeously intimate atmosphere to compliment the amazing menu. In addition, it guarantees a memorable and enjoyable experience with an extensive and varied range of delicious Italian dishes and exceptional customer service. At OGGI, there’s something to suit everyones taste buds.
3. North Bar and Kitchen
North Bar and Kitchen was established by good friends Sally Davies and chef patron Joanna Betts in February 2015. Together, Sally, Joanna and their team have made North Bar and Kitchen a landmark in local dining, and one of the best places to eat in Leicester. The friends’ love of local culture is emphasised by the decision to take their trading name from the historic ‘H. North Purveyors’ sign on the corner of the refurbished building in which their restaurant is situated. Informed by international culinary trends, North Bar and Kitchen brings a contemporary European twist to classic English cooking, complemented by a great range of drinks, superb service, and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Passionate about their ingredients, using only the finest local produce, Lilu is a modern Indian fine dining establishment in the heart of Leicester. The quality of the cuisine at Lilu is superb. Indeed, head chef Amardeep Singh Anand has featured in The Great British Cookbook and was voted Asian Chef of the Year in 2012. With its contemporary setting, relaxed atmosphere and award-winning food, a memorable night is guaranteed at Lilu.
Kayal specialises in the authentic seafood cuisine of the Indian State of Kerala. The quality of its cuisine has been highlighted on BBC One’s popular culinary review, Len & Ainsley’s Big Food Adventure, and the dedication to and passion for good food of its chefs have made it a favourite with all diners. The proof of the standards at Kayal is evident in a string of awards and honours for its cuisine, making it last but by no means least on our roundup of the best places to eat in Leicester.