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Poacher’s Brasserie

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A free bottle of house red/white/rosé with any starter and main course ordered from the a la carte menu. One bottle of wine per couple up to maximum of six diners. Offer valid lunchtime and evening Wednesday to Friday only. Please mention you are a member when booking on 01455 888227 and show your card before paying.

Poacher’s Brasserie re-opened in the small village of Thurlaston, just six miles west of the city, in late 2015, and it is well worth a detour, bringing a French flavour to rural Leicestershire.

Proprietor Chris Tandy, who was patron here before leaving to gain business experience elsewhere five years ago, has returned, determined to put the renovated and revamped restaurant back on the Leicestershire food map, with locally sourced (but not poached!) ingredients noted for flavour and quality.

His chef, Liam Kerrrigan is key to an interesting and varied menu which includes pizza at one end of the scale, fine dining with venison and game at the other. There is even a takeaway option.

The bright, well stocked bar in the 16th century part of the building is welcoming, as is the cosy log fire around which diners can study the extensive wine list and the range of menus. The 21st century dining room is spacious, light and airy, with seating for 80 and catering for individual diners or large-scale weddings and conferences.

Presentation of the dishes is imaginative, sometimes quirky – crème brulee comes to the table still flaming dramatically and a delicious deconstructed cheesecake arrives in a Kilner jar.

Look out for special event evenings with famous local sportsmen such as Jonathan Agnew, Willie Thorne or Steve Walsh. Whether for lunch or dinner, clients receive a warm welcome, cheerful service and food with flair.

By Joan Stephens

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22 Church Street, Thurlaston, Leicestershire, LE9 7TA
01455 888227

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  1. Avatar Martin Burch says:

    My mother and I were extremely pleased to discover the Poacher’s Brasserie in Thurlaston. The highlight is that every part of the food is done very well, and the staff are friendly. It’s so good that we have gone back several times since, for different sorts of meals and occasions, and with different guests.

    Often with decent pub or gastro-pub food, I find that the main element is delicious but some part isn’t quite as good; the accompanying vegetables are over- or under-cooked, or the starter is a bit disappointing, or the dessert is obviously not home-made. But at the Poacher’s, EVERY part is very well made; the vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, bread, sauces, starters, bits of salad, as well as the meat or fish or main part of each dish – everything was delicious and attractive. The wine list was also a nice surprise, in that there were several good options at the cheaper end of the list.

    The chef and maitre ‘d are warm and friendly, happy to chat, and did whatever they could to make our visit enjoyable. The other front of house staff are obviously still being trained in how to provide such a good service, though signs are good. They deserve to succeed as a business based on their food, service, and atmosphere, but I suspect that their location makes it hard to get passing trade.

    I highly recommend Poacher’s Brasserie.

  2. Avatar IAIN BAUGHAN says:

    This was a great find. Good food and service in a pleasant environment.


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