It’s been a long few months but now that restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars are opening their doors it’s time to put away your casual attire and get dressed for a well-deserved evening out. It’s the perfect excuse for a date night and with top class dining options right on your doorstep you’ll have plenty to choose from, plus with many taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out government scheme it’ll be easy on your pocket too. To check which restaurants are taking part in the Eat Out Help Out scheme you can find participating restaurants online.


Leicester’s newest venue Orton’s Brassiere is an ode to Joe Orton, a famous Leicester born playwright, best known for his scandalous play’s such as ‘Entertaining Mr Sloan’. Orton’s offers modern British cuisine lovingly prepared and expertly served. Situated in the heart of the Cultural Quarter it’s the perfect place to rekindle the romance!


If you’re looking for delicious Thai food prepared by master Thai chefs and a true flavour invasion, then how about a visit to one of the city’s newest restaurants The Giggling Squid. Enjoy popular faves like the Thai Green Curry or popular lunchtime tapas like Starving Squid. You’re in for a treat!


Enjoy a fantastic range of grilled meats, seafood, burgers and delicious homemade desserts all in the grand setting of one of Leicester’s most impressive buildings. Middleton’s Steakhouse & Grill offers a comprehensive menu including the best-selling mixed grills.


A stone’s throw away you’ll find the contemporary Chutney Ivy offering exquisite Indian feasts to share, mega mix grills, grilled spicy lamb chops, sheik kebabs, jeera wings and tandoori chicken and culinary mains inspired by tastes from the Indian sub-continent.


How about traditional home-cooked and freshly prepared food? That’s exactly what you’ll get at the Black Horse Aylestone. Combine that with good beer and good wine…it’s the perfect combination.

John Duffin returned to his childhood home and farm in Mountsorrel to open his first restaurant John’s House. Having worked for Gary Rhodes and a string of top-class restaurants, he now heads John’s House championing his ‘farm to plate’ philosophy sourcing the best local British ingredients many originating on his own farm. It’s Leicestershire’s only Michelin star restaurant and most recently a finalist in Visit England National Awards for Excellence.

The Geese & Fountain is the perfect venue for rekindling the romance. A traditional village pub away from the hustle and bustle. The doors are open once again with a Welcome Back meal deal available Monday-Saturday during August. A two-course meal (lunch/dinner) and complimentary drink for £20 per person as well as offering the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.


If casual dining is more your thing then make your way down to Fourwards at Ashfields out in Earl Shilton. Fourwards is a family run restaurant offering relaxed dining at its best. You’re guaranteed a treat having been shortlisted for The Great Food Club Awards 2020/2021.


Step back in time with a visit to Tithe Barn Deli Café for outstanding locally sourced food and drink including artisan breads and pastries. Reservations can be made for indoors as before or outside in the courtyard. Situated in the picturesque village of Cosby in South Leicestershire, it makes the perfect setting for your date night!


That’s a quick run down of just some of the fantastic dining options in Leicester & Leicestershire. You’ll not only enjoy a well-earned evening out, but you’ll also offer much needed support to local businesses. Don’t forget to check individual websites before you visit for full details on opening times, booking and to see which venues are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Have fun!

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