King Richard III
The beautifully renovated King Richard III offers great contemporary British food with a minimum of fuss. The focus is on great roasts, high quality seafood and fresh, seasonal ingredients presented with flair but nothing that gets in the way of simple enjoyment.
The flair of one of the city’s leading independents and the financial heft of the brewer have combined to turn a dingy old boozer into a bright, stylish, unpretentious dining pub.
The front bar retains a pubby vibe and there are top-notch pub snacks and real ales from Leicester microbreweries as well the Everards range. The back room is more of a restaurant space with a menu of superbly done pub classics and a specials board to cater for bang-on seasonality. Meats are locally sourced from March House Farm in Great Dalby, and head chef Chris Elliman and his team use a bespoke Japanese robata grill to give wonderful barbecue flavours.
Hearty Sunday roasts with trademark epic Yorkshire puds and duck-fat roasties have a big following, while lighter dishes such as creamy burrata with heritage tomatoes or spinach gnocchi with summer vegetables and goats’ curd ensure a variety of tastes and appetites are catered for.
Leicester city centre needed a really good dining pub – and now it has one.
By Tim Burke, Leicestershire editor