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King Richard III

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The King Richard III in Leicester city centre is an intimate city-centre pub and chophouse.

‘Chophouse’ is tricky to define precisely but conjures up images of Victorian tiling, wood panelling, frothing ales and fine wines, and most importantly, generous, Pickwickian slabs of meat. The King Richard delivers these in spades.

The menu is short and focused, appealing to enthusiastic carnivores. Envisioning a substantial lunch, we started with two small ‘while you wait’ starters. The first impression was great. Tomato concasse showed good knife skills with finely-diced, flavoursome tomato and herbs on grilled sourdough, crucially served at a good temperature rather than out of the fridge. The truffle-scented polenta fritters with wild mushrooms were crisp and had well-balanced fungal flavour.

The main event comprised two hunks of grilled meat, cooked quick and hot on the robata grill. Their arrival was a genuine wow moment. The veal chop dominated its plate imperiously, its huge bone careering off to the middle of the table. It was beautifully charred and simply dressed with quenelle of rosemary butter and a couple of delightfully sweet/tart miniature plums.

The Barnsley chop was equally epic – a good inch and a half thick and, like the veal, cooked impeccably.

This is a handsome pub serving hearty and skilfully cooked food. A satisfying experience!

For opening times and prices, check The King Richard III website.


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70 Highcross Street, Leicester, LE1 4NN
0116 296 1527

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  1. Avatar Steve Percy says:

    Ourselves and friends from Norfolk dined here on Saturday night to keep the ‘theme going’ after visiting the King Richard III visitor centre. It was very busy (which is usually a good sign) and the service and food was extremely good. The ambience and feel of the place was also just right and to top it off the prices were pretty reasonable too. The only downside was they don’t serve Guinness although they do serve a Stout which was a lot nicer than any other Stout I have been offered… we will certainly visit again.

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