The Cradock Arms
The Cradock Arms is a warm and welcoming pub in the heart of Leicester.
The attractive, partly-thatched building dates back to the early 17th century when Knighton, the suburb in which it’s situated, was a small village two miles south of the city. In 2011, The Cradock was bought by Jonny and Leah Wainwright, who refurbished the struggling pub and transformed its look and fortunes.
Food is at the heart of its renaissance. The Wainwrights placed emphasis on improving the quality of the dining experience, and this is reflected in the menu. The pub classics remain and are done extremely well, but the menu has been extended with an impressive range of sandwiches, salads, main courses and desserts.
The Sunday lunch menu is particularly good. As well as lamb, beef, pork and turkey, the game pie is delicious, and the beef bourguignon is equally good. But be warned – Sunday lunch here often gets very busy, so it’s worth booking in advance.
The drinks menu is impressive, too. The Cradock offers award-winning hand-pulled ales from local, national and micro breweries, many of which change regularly. It also has a wide range of premium draft and bottled lagers, wines and spirits.
At the rear of the pub is an attractive walled beer garden – perfect for lazy summer afternoons and evenings.
If you fancy a country pub experience in the heart of Leicester, you should pay The Cradock a visit.
By James Bandy, Leicester correspondent