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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Leicestershire

Our hometown is Melton Mowbray – the capital of pork pies and Stilton cheese. This inspired us to create Great Food Club in 2011. Leicestershire is the heart of rural England and contains a wealth of wonderful food and drink. Led by our Leicestershire editor Tim, who lives in Leicester, Great Food Club will guide you to the best independent Leicestershire restaurants, pubs, producers and food shops. And many of them are running superb member offers.

  • FREE to join
  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
  • Up to 25% off with your membership card

Recommended businesses in Leicestershire

Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region and their member offers, with more coming soon…

  • 45 St Martins Vintners & Bar

    45 St Martins Vintners & Bar specialises in fine wine and premium Champagne, bringing a unique range of drinks to the heart of Leicester…

  • 45 West Bottle Shop & Bar

    A shop (and bar) in the heart of Leicester’s vibrant city centre, specialising in high quality wines, spirits and craft beers…

  • 45 West Distillery & Gin School

    A Leicestershire gin distillery and gin school whose main product is inspired by wild botanicals growing in Charnwood Forest…

  • Ascough’s Bistro

    Popular Market Harborough bistro with a deliciously creative menu, nice setting and reasonable prices…

  • Bar Dos Hermanos

    Bar Dos Hermanos, or “two brothers bar”, is a jewel in Leicester’s suburb of Clarendon Park…

  • Belvoir Ridge Creamery

    Reviving local cheese styles to national acclaim, and now selling award-winning milk through a farm-door vending machine…

  • Black Goat Farm

    A small farm that raises goats and sheep on Leicestershire pasture and then sells top quality meat directly to the customer…

  • Black Iron

    Black Iron is located in stunningly renovated Winstanley House Hotel in Leicester’s Braunstone Park and offers first-rate traditional British dining…

  • Boboli

    A bright, modern, stylish and welcoming pizzeria with a buzzing yet relaxed atmosphere, located in rural south Leicestershire…

  • Bouverie Lodge & ‘Through the Gate’ Cafe

    A 210-acre bison and venison farm and cafe selling its own meat in its own shop. Named one of The Telegraph’s 50 best food outlets outside London…

  • Caffe Italia

    Charming and compact Italian café situated on Melton Mowbray’s prettiest cobbled street near St Mary’s church…

  • Charnwood Brewery

    Charnwood Brewery is a family-run brewery in Loughborough (husband, wife, children and dog!) with a passion for top quality, locally brewed beer…

  • Chocolate Alchemy

    Chocolate Alchemy imports chocolate from all over the world, creates inventive truffles, and runs chocolate workshops…

  • Christopher James Deli

    Christopher James Deli in Leicester is a tiny yet charming and characterful traditional deli that was shortlisted in the Great Food Club Awards 2017/18…

  • Cocoa Amore

    Cocoa Amore is bringing fine, hand-made chocolates to the heart of Leicester – along with the chance to create your own…

  • Crafty Burger

    This laid-back, buzzing pop-up burger restaurant runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8.30pm…

  • Cured

    Cured in Leicester takes influences from traditional techniques and from the multicultural cuisines of its home city to create exciting food at bargain prices…

  • Deli Flavour

    A brilliant independent deli and cafe crammed with a broad range of top quality food and drink…

  • Delice Deli & Café

    Relax and dine in the café before stocking up on top quality continental and local produce in the deli. Under its French owner’s influence, La Delice is a beacon of good food in Loughborough…

  • Delilah Fine Foods

    A past winner of UK Deli of the Year, the Leicester branch of Delilah is packed with delightful produce…

  • Dickies

    Set on a family farm in the middle of the Vale of Belvoir, Dickies can only be described as a ‘destination’ butchery…

  • Dickinson & Morris

    An award-winning baker of genuine Melton Mowbray pork pies since 1851, plus seller of fine local cheeses, sausages, Melton Hunt Cake and more…

  • Dolce & Verde

    An attractive, classy-feeling independent coffee house that clearly cares a great deal about quality…

  • Duncan Murray Wines

    Superior independent wine merchant, named Independent Wine Retailer 2012 by the International Wine & Spirits Competition…

  • edibLE16

    A fantastic online delivery service that only stocks food and drink produced in the LE16 (Market Harborough) postcode area by local producers…

  • Everards Brewery

    Everards are a family-owned Leicestershire brewery founded in 1849 with a passion for food and drink, and a policy of supporting everything local…

  • Farndon Fields Farm Shop

    One of the country’s biggest and best farm shops, stocking fresh fruit and veg grown in fields next door, local meats and a range of superb delicacies. There’s a café, too…

  • Fenways

    Big and fun, Fenways of Loughborough offers a bold, hearty take on American barbecue and channels the spirit of the American roadhouse…

  • Ferneley’s Dairy Barn Café

    Ferneley’s makes and serves superb ice cream using milk from its herd of Holstein and Friesian cows. Offering breakfasts and light lunches too, you can see the cattle as you tuck in…

  • Fosse Meadows Farm

    Fosse Meadows Farm produces delicious free-range, slow-grown, award-winning poultry, reared in North Kilworth, south Leicestershire…

  • Gelato Village

    An authentic Italian gelato and sorbetto parlour with a passion for local ingredients…

  • Grounded Kitchen

    Leicester’s Grounded Kitchen has a mantra of “eat healthier on the go”, and its Korean-inspired salad bowls offer some delicious freshly-prepped combinations…

  • Hambleton Bakery Market Harborough

    Crowned Britain’s Best Bakery by ITV1, Hambleton Bakery traditionally produces a mouthwatering array of breads and pastries in its giant woodfired oven…

  • Hammer & Pincers

    The Hammer & Pincers in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, impresses with its attention to detail, professional service and excellent cooking…

  • Herb

    Herb in the heart of Leicester focuses on Keralan vegetarian food. Expect fresh, clear flavours that make the most of herbs and spices, and allow vegetables sing out clearly…

  • Hercules Revived

    Hercules Revived is back in the saddle – a modern take on a classic English country inn, where good, honest food and drink take centre stage…

  • I Buongustai

    I Buongustai in Leicester is a small Italian street-food takeaway that makes some of the best pizzas in the city. Their pollo rustico and patate cremose con salami are pretty amazing too…

  • John’s House Restaurant

    Creative fine dining on a family farm – one of the Midlands’ most special gastronomic experiences. A holder of one Michelin Star…

  • Just So Italian

    A unique deli (and online shop) jam-packed with genuine Italian delicacies, run by a family team with close links to several small producers in Italy…

  • Kilo Wines

    Kilo Wines of Quorn in Leicestershire brings fine, affordable Italian wines from small, family-run vineyards directly to the consumer…

  • King Richard III

    Leicester’s beautifully renovated King Richard III offers great contemporary British food with a minimum of fuss…

  • Launde Farm Foods

    A producer of high quality grass-fed lamb – reared slowly near Launde Abbey in east Leicestershire…

  • Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Co

    Superior cheese handmade to a traditional recipe from milk produced by the farm’s own cows…

  • Lilu

    Lilu of Leicester is an Indian fine-dining restaurant that comes with the tagline “not just a curry” – summing up its ambition to widen the horizons of Indian food lovers…

  • Manor Farm Cookery School

    A rural cookery school offering courses and workshops for people of all ages and abilities…

  • Manor Farm Dairy

    Probably the best yogurt you’ll ever taste, handmade on the family farm in Leicestershire…

  • Manor Organic Farm Shop

    Manor Farm is an organic butchery, bakery and tearoom situated at the heart of a working farm in north Leicestershire…

  • March House Farm Shop

    The star of March House Farm Shop near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire is its long and impressive butchery counter, which sells home-grown beef, lamb, pork and more…

  • Meatcure Market Harborough

    Meatcure in Market Harborough is a relaxed, family-friendly steak and burger restaurant with a DIY, street-food vibe and high standards…

  • Miss B’s Tea Rooms

    Lovingly prepared homemade food – from pork pie platters to Victoria sponges – star at this award-winning traditional tea room…

  • Nelo’s Coffee Indulgence

    A fixture at Oakham’s Wednesday market, Nelo’s Coffee Indulgence operates from a converted Italian Piaggio Ape…

  • Nice Pie

    Jamie Oliver-recommended award-winning pies and other delicacies made in the heart of Leicestershire…

  • North’s Deli & Patisserie

    A high quality traditional deli offering a large yet carefully chosen range of food and drink. An artisan patisserie business is attached…

  • Onggi

    Onggi in Leicester might be a relatively humble Korean cafe and takeaway but it scores highly on atmosphere, friendliness, professionalism and, of course, delicious umami-rich food…

  • Paddy’s Marten Inn

    A Leicester institution for over 20 years, Paddy’s is the kind of restaurant that makes the city so famous for Indian food…

  • PETER Pizzeria Leicester

    The second PETER restaurant, offering authentic Neapolitan-style sourdough pizza in a cool and funky setting…

  • PETER Pizzeria Loughborough

    A shrine to real Neapolitan sourdough pizzas with a chilled out, cool, fun vibe and an excellent array of gluten-free options…

  • Poacher’s Brasserie

    Bringing a French flavour to rural Leicestershire, Poacher’s Brasserie is well worth a detour, offering high quality ingredients and good cooking…

  • Queens Park Preserves

    An artisan producer of high quality, flavoursome preserves – from marmalade to Moroccan chutney – handmade in Leicestershire…

  • Sapori

    Sapori in Anstey, Leicestershire, is hidden away down a side street in an old industrial building, but it is one of the region’s best Italian restaurants…

  • St Martin’s Coffee

    St Martin’s is a laid-back independent coffee shop and coffee and tea merchants in central Leicester with an enticing lunchtime menu…

  • Stone’s Dairy

    A tiny but growing dairy that produces outstanding raw (unpasteurised) milk, along with butter and cream…

  • The Baker’s Arms

    Historical and charming thatched 15th century Everards pub with an admirable local sourcing policy and an impressively characterful interior…

  • The Beer Geek

    The Beer Geek is a well-stocked, passionately-run independent bottle shop in the centre of Market Harborough, Leicestershire…

  • The Berkeley Arms

    Excellent seasonal food in relaxing surroundings comes as standard at this Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded 16th century village pub…

  • The Bewicke Arms

    A classic English country pub offering good quality cooking with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients…

  • The Black Horse

    Lovely back-street boozer with warm and welcoming atmosphere that serves traditional pub food, including first-rate handmade burgers…

  • The Bottle Kicking Cider Company

    Well balanced craft ciders made with juice from apples grown in Leicestershire and Gloucestershire, expertly blended; also inspired by an ancient – and utterly bonkers – village ritual…

  • The Cafe @ Welland Park

    Good coffee and delicious food in an Art Deco building set on park lawns next to the river in Market Harborough…

  • The Cradock Arms

    The Cradock Arms feels like a 17th century country pub – one that serves very decent pub food – but is situated in the middle of Leicester…

  • The Fish & The Chip

    The Fish & The Chip in Leicester is fun, informal and inspired by Britain’s love affair with its favourite dish…

  • The Fox and Hounds

    The Fox and Hounds in Tugby, Leicestershire, is a village local serving proper but unpretentious food with a refreshing lightness of touch…

  • The Garage Bakehouse

    A tiny, family-run bakehouse that makes and sells delicious breads, cakes, coffees, soups and more. Shortlisted in the Great Food Club Awards 2015…

  • The Geese & Fountain

    A traditional village inn with a rustic feel in Croxton Kerrial on the A607, serving honest, locally sourced pub food and a spectacular range of beers…

  • The Grey Lady Kitchen & Deli

    A buzzing cafe-deli-restaurant in a beautiful location opposite Bradgate Park, serving good quality snacks and mains…

  • The Griffin & Odd John’s Kitchen

    An special, cosy country pub in a beautiful village setting with many strings to its bow, including a deli-kitchen in the courtyard and a handsome landscaped garden…

  • The Joiner’s Arms

    A Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning village dining pub with a focus on good quality, simple, well-cooked ingredients…

  • The Knight & Garter

    The Knight & Garter in Leicester brings independent flair and a dedication to quality that makes it stand out from its peers…

  • The Lansdowne

    This spacious bar/restaurant offers an enjoyably laid-back vibe alongside good quality food and drink. Top quality casual dining…

  • The Lighthouse

    Expect modern cuisine with an emphasis on seafood, plus a wine list that’s a cut above, at this restaurant formerly known as Firenze…

  • The Melton Cheeseboard

    Local cheeses, British cheeses, continental cheeses: The Melton Cheeseboard is a friendly, traditional cheesemonger specialising in Stilton…

  • The Queen’s Head

    The Queen’s Head in Belton is a nicely revamped village pub near Loughborough serving food made with top quality ingredients, cooked to perfection…

  • The Queen’s Head & Shop

    A dining-focused Everards pub with exceptional views across Saddington reservoir, and home to a fantastic little farm shop selling handmade delicacies…

  • The Real Ale Classroom

    The Real Ale Classroom in Leicester is a micropub that serves a breadth of fantastic beer. It’s warm, welcoming and decorated in the style of a classroom, complete with science benches, stools and desks…

  • The Royal Oak

    Classy rural dining pub with rooms serving north Leicestershire and beyond…

  • The Rutland & Derby

    A passionately-run city centre pub, showing real attention to detail and offering well-cooked comfort food alongside a good drinks range…

  • The Stamford Arms

    This pub was once the 19th century home of the founder of Everards Brewery. After a £450k refurb it is now modern, spacious and serves a good range of tasty pub food and local beers…

  • The Star Inn 1744

    The Star at Thrussington in Leicestershire is a professionally run village inn with rooms. Expect well-cooked classic dishes and well-kept cask beer…

  • The Thatch

    The Thatch in Bottesford, Leicestershire, is a Grade I-listed restaurant and wine bar with rooms serving contemporary and traditional dishes with innovative flavour combinations…

  • The Tollemache Arms

    Large 19th century village pub that is winning a good reputation for well-cooked food served at reasonable prices…

  • The Waltham Deli

    This village deli might be tiny but it packs a hefty food punch – it’s full to bursting with delightful produce…

  • The Wheel

    A down-to-earth and thoroughly charming village pub with a knack for making you feel relaxed and at home. The food is inventive and of a high quality…

  • The White Peacock

    A stylish restaurant and bar in a nice city centre spot offering a varied menu. Locally sourced ingredients feature prominently…

  • The White Swan

    The White Swan in Shawell is a chic pub between Lutterworth and Rugby, serving top-notch restaurant food in a gastropub setting…

  • Three Horseshoes

    A pub, deli and chocolate-maker all in one, the Three Horseshoes is a slice of food heaven. It even makes its own bread, jams and biscuits…

  • Thrussington’s Village Store

    A welcoming, child-friendly deli and tearoom overlooking Thrussington’s pretty village green…

  • Thyme

    An intriguing café/restaurant serving tasty Mediterranean-style food in the middle of Leicester’s Spinney Hill Park…

  • Two Birds Spirits

    One of the original artisan distillers, producing carefully crafted gins and vodkas and offering gin masterclasses at their Market Harborough HQ…

  • W Archer & Son Butchers

    This neighbourhood butcher has been established for nearly 100 years and always seeks out high quality and rare-breed meats – it is famous for its hog roasts and South African specialities…

  • Wakaze

    An independent cafe/restaurant and takeaway on Leicester High Street serving simple but excellent Japanese food…

  • Walker & Son Pie Shop and Deli

    A famous pie shop since 1820, Walkers has been given a modern makeover and is now a Mecca for food lovers young and old…

  • Well Roasted Coffee

    Well Roasted Coffee in Market Harborough is the result of painstaking research and a giant passion for the finest coffee…

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