Leicestershire’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is guaranteed to impress with its outstanding food, first-class service and atmosphere that oozes laid-back decadence. It’s an intoxicating combination that had me planning my next visit before I’d even finished my starter.
John’s House is the creation of head chef John Duffin, who, after years spent honing his craft at various highly acclaimed eateries, returned to his family farm in Mountsorrel to showcase his skills at his own fine dining restaurant. His menu focuses on the quality and provenance of ingredients, with all of the meat and most other produce grown on the farm itself. I began with ratte potato, egg yolk, truffl e and Comté cheese ravioli. It was rich and delicious as well as comforting and complex. This was followed by roast loin of fallow deer with salsify, red cabbage purée, chocolate and tardivo. The quality of the ingredients, attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship was evident in every mouthful. My dessert of Yorkshire rhubarb, marshmallow, rhubarb sorbet and honeycomb was an outstanding combination of intense flavours.
With its carefully chosen selection of wine from around the world, indulgent tasting menu and exclusive atmosphere, John’s House is a truly exceptional restaurant that deserves to be top of every discerning diner’s must-visit list.