The Leicester restaurants that will make 2014’s final meal the finest…
At New Year, it can be nice to gather family and friends around for a drink or two and a buffet, rounded off with an argument over who will get to eat the last breaded cheese bite. Sometimes, though, you might just want to be free of the stress of hosting and head out somewhere instead. These Leicester restaurants are venues you might want to consider for just that.
Windows on New Walk
Located in The Belmont Hotel, Windows on New Walk is a fine dining restaurant that truly knows how to serve food in style. The New Year’s Eve menu here incorporates a five-course meal, with coffee and petit fours included. At £65 per person, you can enjoy the likes of fresh crab with cucumber salsa and tarragon mayonnaise for the fish course (stuffed rolled courgette with ricotta, pine nuts and tomato relish is the vegetarian option) and then a roasted three-bone rack of lamb with potato gratin, braised leeks and a minted, sweet jus for the main event. Alternatively, you might pick the Portobello mushroom en croute with sunblushed tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and a basil pesto. There’s also the option to really splash out and book an overnight stay. For £220, you’ll get a double room, the New Year’s Eve dinner, and a full English breakfast to wake up to on the 1st.
For a touch of the traditional, head to the 17th-Century inn The Joiners. This fantastic public house has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, so the five-course New Year’s Eve meal with coffee and petit fours afterwards is a steal at £59 per person. Dishes include a white bean and truffle velouté, beetroot fritters with a goat’s cheese mousse and crispy walnuts, and a main course of either fillet of turbot with shrimp and parsley butter and mousseline potatoes or loin of lamb with slow-cooked lamb shoulder and a red wine jus. When the clock strikes 12, your party will also get some Champagne to sip whilst pretending to remember the words to Auld Lang Syne.
If you’re looking for somewhere to completely relax and let your hair down, then the rustic-chic stylings of Cosy Club is for you. £39.95 per person will earn a reward of a full three-course meal, a welcome cocktail, a glass of fizz for the New Year and ‘live entertainment so you can dance like your dad’. And what to expect of the food? Well, starters include masala-spiced butternut squash soup and a squid and Spanish chorizo salad; and mains range from pan-fried hake with prawns and mushrooms on a parsley risotto, to slow-roasted Cherry Orchard free-range pork belly. Desserts will round off the meal in an inventive and fun way – take note of the Snowball cheesecake topped with toasted marshmallows, and the profiteroles filled with hazelnut chocolate cream. Top notch.