19 restaurants in Loughborough
Restaurants in Loughborough:
5 East Road, Wymeswold, Loughborough, LE12 6ST [Map]
Hammer and Pincers in Loughborough claim to be more than just a restaurant and it takes a visit to understand what they mean. The entire gastronomic experience is delightful with friendly service and a relaxing and laidback atmosphere with a capable and professional front of house team taking charge as soon as you enter. Trained at the Savoy Hotel in London, the owners Danny and Sandra have gained vast experience having worked in Switzerland and France.
A typical meal could begin with a twice baked smoked haddock soufflé, followed by steak. Hammer and Pincers take their steak very seriously, they serve four different joints, all cut to order, to the size specified by the diner. The kitchen team use 28-day, dry aged Hereford beef, raised locally at Blackberry farm. If you still have room for dessert, try the ice-cream selection, which includes interesting flavours like peanut butter and chocolate, lemon meringue pie, rhubarb crumble and custard to name but a few.
British, Modern British, Modern European
60 Woodgate, Loughborough, LE1 12TZ [Map]
The Printroom Cafe Bar in Woodgate offers an appetizing array of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether it's just a snack or a full meal, look forward to dropping in anytime of the day to relax in elegant surroundings. This is where it is convenient to meet friends, conclude a business deal or just relax with family. The party menu caters to groups of eight or more.
Saturday breakfast has sausage or bacon and tomato sandwich, eggs, toast, toasted teacake, juice and coffee or tea. The daily lunch and dinner menu features battered calamari rings, spicy lamb samosas, bacon with brie and red current jelly sandwich or wrap, prawn and chorizo arrabiatta, seared tuna steak, coriander fishcakes and more. The desserts selection includes chocolate and orange truffle torte, blueberry cheesecake and lemon meringue. For that accompanying drink, there's a wide range of lagers, spirits, red and white wines from which to choose.
38 South Street, Barrow Upon Soar, Loughborough, LE12 8LZ [Map]
The Hunting Lodge must have some of the finest panelling in these parts. I mention this merely because whilst we are here to discuss the cuisine, even the best of its kind is enhanced by some good background. The menu is certainly not short on choices amongst which, for starters are black pudding (Jerry Howarth's gold medal award-winning variety) served with salad and horseradish dip, an item rather sinisterly called loaded skins, the potato variety served with a light salad and choice of fillings from ham and cheese or mushrooms and Stilton, or cod and prawn fishcake with lemon grass, ginger and oriental spices, served with a chilli relish.
Helpings are not exactly minute so it is probably a good idea to pace yourself, particularly in the area of main courses where further variety is well to the fore with a great range of grills, not least of which, throwing to the winds advice just given, is the Hunter's Mighty Grill, a challenging and gargantuan affair, full details of which would take up the rest of this appraisal. Other options are poached sole, boozy bullock pie, and chicken Marilyn Monroe which, whilst it leaves a few options, comes from the front of the bird, and sausage and mash with two different varieties of the noble banger on the customary tattie bed with rich gravy.
In general one has the feeling that the menu is compiled by someone with the good things of life in mind and a close feeling for his clientele. A breezy list of puddings includes What a Waffle, perhaps to keep a certain brand of politician at bay.
Sunday lunch is well and truly celebrated, with plenty of alternatives round the traditional roast, a day when one can take particular advantage of the wine list, a handsome version with nothing much over £20 and plenty by the glass.
17 High Street, Loughborough, LE11 2PY [Map]
Opened in 1990 Cactus has never looked back, and is now among the most sought after places in Loughborough for both townsfolk and students. There's plenty of music, spicy food and cool Mexican beer to quench the flames that follow and in summer the concertina doors open and its fiesta time for all.
Particularly impressive amongst the listed dishes is kick ass chilli, a pungent plateful indeed, or an 8 oz swordfish steak, char-grilled and topped with orange and basil butter with rice and a cactus salad on the side. If you're a roll-your-own man go for the classic fajitas, marinated and char-grilled sirloin steak, chicken or vegetables on a sizzling hot platter with peppers, cheese, onions, salsa, sour cream and guacamole, with rice and flour tortillas aplenty.
A good value fixed price menu may vie for attention and who'd not love a plate of Texas or Arizona chilli extinguishers, topped with melted cheese and sour cream.
Please note that they do not accept bookings by e-mail.
50 The Rushes, Loughborough, LE11 5BG [Map]
The relaxed and informal setting, friendly service and delicious food exude a welcoming warmth that makes dining here an experience to which to look forward. Restaurateur Nik Bhalla's personal touches have made all the difference at the centrally located Rushes Bistro.
The bistro's a la carte and set menus feature an eclectic combination of dishes that speaks of different cultures. There's a choice of spicy beef chilli nachos, duck pate with orange and ginger chutney, Greek lamb kebabs, Caribbean fruit and vegetable curry with steamed rice, moules marinière with French fries, tomato and mozzarella bruschetta and more. If you wish to end on a sweet note, sample some treacle tart with custard or sticky toffee pudding or maybe just a glass of dessert wine. A range of cocktails, red and white wines and other spirits complement the meal admirably.
Customers can stop by for a drink only if they so please. A party menu, for a minimum of eight people, must be ordered in advance.
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