Hammer & Pincers
“Crystal clear flavours and textures.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
These days a charming restaurant-with-rooms, Hammer & Pincers occupies what was once the village forge. Situated in the beautiful countryside between Loughborough and Melton Mowbray, the venue retains a rustic charm with exposed beams, midnight blue walls, comfortable leather seats and marble and wood tables. Abstract and flower-inspired artworks throughout bring added colour and texture. It all makes for a pleasant experience, enhanced by switched-on and knowledgeable service, with chefs also delivering dishes to tables with full descriptions. There is an Asian twist to the modern British dishes, which are precisely executed with well-defined flavours and textures. Depending on when you visit, there is a range of menus to choose from, including grazing and set-menu options. Whichever route you follow, sourcing of top-class ingredients is evident throughout a meal, which might start with Peak District beef rib tartare, oyster emulsion, pickled mustard seed, radish and stout vinegar mignonette, or perhaps grilled Cornish monkfish tail with pumpkin seed satay, butternut squash som tam and burnt lime. A fresh and vibrant palate cleanser of cucumber, apple and dill sorbet with crunchy cucumber dices, dill oil and powder and whipped yoghurt is a bridge to main courses. There could be roasted loin of Norwegian Skrei cod, Roscoff onion, wild alliums, confit garlic pomme purée and smoked butter, or Creedy Carver Peking duckling - spice roasted crown, duck faggot and duck liver bao - with confit beetroot and blackcurrants. For vegetarians, a Japanese miso-roasted aubergine and nori seaweed terrine, roasted cauliflower, blackcurrant ponzu and sesame is a flavour-packed alternative. To finish, try the rich and indulgent forced Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla custard tart, rose poached rhubarb, diplomat cream and rhubarb sorbet, or perhaps the Indian Alfonso mango yoghurt kulfi with honey spiced rum baba, mango compote and coriander.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 46
- On-site parking available
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: Sunday, Monday, 25–26 December
- Wines under £30: 26
- Wines over £30: 18
- Wines by the glass: 16
- Cuisine style: British, European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Leicestershire is divided between the large country estates of its eastern side and the industrial towns of the East Midlands to its west. Coal mining was an important part of the county’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is reflected in its heritage, including a reclaimed mine near Coalville, now divided between a nature reserve and Snibston Discovery Park, where families can learn about the mining industry. Meanwhile, agricultural areas are concentrated around the pleasant market towns of Market Harborough and Market Bosworth.
The county’s administrative centre is the city of Leicester, and other major towns are Loughborough, which includes bell-founding among its many industries, and Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton cheese and a particularly English item, the pork pie. One shop in Leicester has been specialising in this meaty delicacy since 1851. Northeast of Melton Mowbray is the lovely Vale of Belvoir, beneath which are large deposits of coal.
Charnwood Forest, with fewer trees than one would expect, provides a wild and rugged landscape conveniently situated for escape from the city. It lies to the northwest of Leicester extending to Loughborough and Coalville, with some interruptions.
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