Editor’s blog: a wintry taste of Bradgate Park


Bradgate Park in Charnwood Forest is one of the most attractive places in Leicestershire, if not the UK.

We braved temperatures over the weekend and wandered through the park, and I thought it was worth posting a few photos (see below, click to enlarge) for no reason other than to remind everyone that we live in a great part of the world.

We stopped for a bacon sarnie at Jade Tearooms in Newtown Linford. Good sandwich, shame about the 45 minute wait. Surely it’s a good idea to have more than one person serving on a Saturday lunchtime?

In terms of places to eat and drink near Bradgate Park, it’s worth exploring Woodhouse Eaves (The Curzon pub and The Woodhouse restaurant) and Newtown Linford (Jade Tearooms does nice cakes and there are a couple of pubs, plus The Village and Grey Lady restaurants). Also, the Bradgate pub has now been rejuvenated and serves decent beer and food.

Pretty Everards pub The Griffin in Swithland is worth a beer and a bite, as are most eateries in Quorn. I had a drink or two in Quorn’s Royal Oak a few days ago, and that was nice enough.

If you visit Bradgate Park, you’ll need £3 in coins for parking.

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.