12 Applegate, Leicester, LE1 5LD
Sitting proudly in the heart of Leicester’s Old Town, Wygston’s House is Leicester’s oldest standing house. Immediately recognisable by its historic timber frame, this house dates back to medieval times and is thought to have served a religious role within the community. In March 2017 Wygston’s House was renovated and reopened as a brand-new restaurant and bar. With a large south-facing beer garden, a pub downstairs and a dining room boasting Tudor and Georgian features, this venue serves a huge variety of drinks, as well as high-end European- and British-inspired cuisine. Upon entering Wygston’s House, guests are blown away by the venue’s beautifully refurbished interior. The restored beams and wooden flooring in the restaurant create a warm, welcoming space while large windows and leather sofas make the bar light, airy and comfortable. Whether you’re stopping by for drinks and snacks with friends or looking for a sit-down meal, Wygston’s House will be pleased to welcome you; we recommend staying to dine, as the chefs have whipped up a formidable menu. The afternoon bar menu provides a superb selection of light bites. Sandwich fillings range from braised brisket of beef to pan-seared tuna steak, while small plates include triple-cooked hand-cut chips, Wygston’s classic fishcake and a selection of English cheese. Visitors to Leicester go home raving about the à la carte menu and it keeps locals coming back time and again. Begin with carrot and coriander soup accompanied by warm bread, or sample the creamy wild mushrooms, which are served on sundried tomato and basil bread. Next, opt for the rich and warming beef Bourguignon or try the melt-in-the-mouth slow-cooked pork belly with garlic and rosemary mash. Vegetarians aren’t short of options either: there’s the flavoursome basil and spinach tagliatelle, as well as roasted squash on a bed of mixed vegetable couscous, served with lightly fried halloumi pieces. The crowning glory of Wygston’s House is the dessert selection, which delights diners of all ages. A classic sticky toffee pudding never goes out of style and the boozy plum crumble has a tasty kick. The Sunday roast menu is reason enough to call in for an end-of-week treat. Offering beef, pork, chicken and a Mediterranean vegetable Wellington, the roast is too good to miss; children are even provided with their own perfectly proportioned dish. With ever-changing seasonal menus and creative, well-presented dishes, there’s something to suit all palates.