Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Homeliness and comfort go hand-in-hand with quirky eccentricity at Cosy Club, a pair of bustling bar-restaurants that can be found in the centre of both Leicester and Stamford.
I took a trip to check out the Leicester venue, which is housed in a former knitwear factory. Inside, many of the building’s original features have been retained, including the steel riveted girders, huge windows, stone walls and lofty ceilings complete with authentic factory light fittings. A pretty courtyard-style garden with parasols and patio heaters completes the setting. Cosy Club’s property manager clearly has an eye for finding unique buildings in which to offer wonderful food and drink.
The inviting, vintage-style decor contrasts beautifully with the industrial theme and encourages you to kick back and relax. I obliged while perusing the extensive range of dishes on offer, and also noticed that separate children’s, vegan and gluten-free menus were available, as well as a party menu for bigger groups.
I began my dining experience with the crispy avocado & prawn cocktail with tomato, cos lettuce and Marie Rose sauce. The avocado was perfectly prepared and its flavour matched the prawns and Marie Rose sauce wonderfully. Meanwhile, my partner tucked into a squid and Spanish chorizo salad – a wonderful medley including butterbeans, leaves and creamy aioli.
I was thrilled to see the comforting classic of macaroni cheese on the menu. Made with mushrooms, spinach and truffle cheese sauce, this is no ordinary macaroni cheese – it’s a sophisticated and rich palate-pleaser. My partner chose the game stew, packed with venison, rabbit and pheasant, which was also a triumph. For dessert I couldn’t resist the salted caramel cheesecake, an unashamedly sweet and decadent pudding served with popcorn. My partner opted for the cheese plate and proclaimed it one of the best he’s ever had.
Our meal cemented an opinion that was formed almost as soon as we walked through this venue’s doors: Cosy Club is the place to go for fun, casual and high-quality dining.