“Revitalised village inn serving traditional food”
SUTTON CHENEY, LEICESTERSHIRE
Named after an 18th-century racehorse, this pub has undergone its own revival; there’s a relaxed and informal bar area serving well-kept ales and a range of gins, plus a cosy and elegant upstairs restaurant with comfortable, stylish seating. The map wall is particularly impressive. Look out for the brand-new Woodshed, too – an outdoor dining area with a wood-fired pizza oven, open early evenings in the spring and summer every Monday and Friday, and during the day on a Saturday. Back indoors, the talented chefs make everything fresh on site and offer an extensive selection of traditional food with a modern twist. Creamed garlic mushrooms on seeded toast or trio of salmon (smoked, poached, gravlax) might precede chicken Kiev; pork belly, wild mushroom and tarragon sausage, mashed potato and a bacon and red wine jus; or a 10oz rib-eye with field mushrooms, chunky chips, rocket and cherry tomatoes. Leave room for the classic date and sticky toffee pudding or strawberry cheesecake with strawberry salad. Various events, from a gin festival to a kids’ pizza making workshop in the summer, ensure things are never dull here, so make sure you check out the website to see what’s going on.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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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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