Best Country Pubs & Restaurants in Leicester, Nottingham & Beyond

Editor’s Note:

We’re passionate about sharing your culinary discoveries. This week, we’re spotlighting two establishments that have captured your hearts – The White Horse in Stoke Albany and The Duncombe Arms near Ashbourne (see below).

Share Your Culinary Adventures:

Your recommendations are the lifeblood of our community. They help us highlight exceptional places to our readers and social media followers. If you’ve discovered a hidden gem, perhaps a country pub near you or a standout among restaurants in Leicester, please share it with us.


Matt, Founder, Great Food Club

This Week’s Culinary Highlights:

Hitchen’s Barn

Hitchen’s Barn in Oakham has earned a spot in the Good Food Guide’s list of Britain’s 100 Best Local Restaurants! This award-winning restaurant serves modern British cuisine sourced locally.

The White Horse, Stoke Albany, North Northants

GFC Member Gordon has been singing the praises of The White Horse in Stoke Albany. This country pub near him has won his approval with its spotless premises, the freshly redecorated interior, and the pristine outdoor dining spaces.

White Horse Stoke Albany

The Cheese Shop, Nottingham

For those with a penchant for cheese, The Cheese Shop in Nottingham is a must-visit. This deli near many of our readers offers a unique taste experience with its latest addition, Alp Blossom.

Alp Blossom at The Cheese Shop Nottingham

Hoggy’s Grill, Manton, Rutland

Hoggy’s Grill, a BBQ & grill school in Rutland run by ex-England cricketer Matthew Hoggard, is offering Ultimate Burger Classes this summer. It’s a fun-filled day of learning to craft the perfect burger in a beautiful setting.

Matthew Hoggard

The Coffee Obsessive, Stoneygate, Leicester

The Coffee Obsessive in Leicester’s Stoneygate has been recommended by the co-owner of Mill Hill Cask & Coffee in Enderby. Known for its top-notch coffee, this chic spot on Allandale Road is a must-visit for coffee enthusiasts.

James at The Coffee Obsessive Leicester

The Duncombe Arms, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

GFC member Heather has shared her delightful experience at The Duncombe Arms near Ashbourne. This country pub near her offers fantastic food, service, and atmosphere, as well as a beautiful bedroom in Walnut House with a lovely view of the countryside.

Duncombe Arms Ashbourne

The Stockyard, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

The Stockyard in Melton Mowbray is creating a buzz with its ‘Stockyard Saturdays’. This farmers market near many of our readers features a smorgasbord of great food, independent traders, children’s activities, and lively music, making it a celebration of the local community.

Stockyard Melton Mowbray

Featured GFC Member Offer – Get 20% off at Orbis in Stamford, Lincolnshire

GFC members can enjoy a 20% discount every Wednesday at Orbis in Stamford, our Restaurant of the Year 2022/3. Just show your membership card to avail of the offer. Get a card here.

Orbis Stamford

Lakeview Restaurant at The Nottinghamshire, Stragglethorpe

The newly transformed Lakeview Restaurant at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club near Stragglethorpe in Notts is a hidden gem. With its refreshing style, revamped dining booths, and decor, it’s a delightful place to dine, even if you’re not a golf fan.

Lakeview Restaurant

The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.