“Field to plate cooking in a farmhouse” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
John Duffin has food in his DNA: after working up an impressive CV in some of London’s stellar kitchens, he returned to his roots by opening his own restaurant on the family farm where he grew up. Bare beams and brick walls, wooden floors and tables all add up to a rustic feel, but think again if you’re expecting food in a similar vein. Sure, Duffin is committed to a ‘farm to plate’ philosophy – much of the produce comes from his family’s land, after all – but the cooking is ambitious, precise and full of contemporary verve. Marinated heritage tomatoes bursting with flavour are nimbly partnered with almond gazpacho and fresh mint, while main-course pork belly comes with the balanced flavours of sweetcorn purée, hen of the woods mushrooms and gremolata. A clever dessert of meringue encasing yuzu curd alongside elderflower sorbet and white chocolate rounds things off nicely.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 30
- Steps for wheelchair: 13
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 1.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 7
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 26
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- 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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