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
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.