Home of the Rural Capital of Food and Drink and a former UK Curry Capital, Leicester and Leicestershire have it all for food and drink lovers!

Our county is full of amazing places to eat and drink, with one of the UK’s most diverse offerings. Our food and drink selection runs the gamut from ales, gins and wines to traditional rural foods, street food and cuisines from around the world.

Travel the world from your plate

Leicester is rightly celebrate for its taste of India, and curry-lovers will be spoilt for choice with a variety of restaurants serving dishes from across the Indian sub-continent, including some of the very best vegetarian restaurants you can find. Leicester is now home to the second highest number of Indian restaurants per capita in the world – outside of India, of course – with 234 eateries, cooking up cuisines from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Delhi, and Mumbai, through to Nepal, Bangladesh, southern India, and Sri Lanka. It’s no wonder we were named the UK Curry Capital.

Our diverse population, with Leicester residents hailing from over 50 countries around the globe, is reflected in a foodie scene that is as diverse as our people. Walk round the city and you can taste dishes from every corner of the World, from the vibrant tastes of South America to the aromatic flavours of Asia, authentic Italian dishes to traditional British grub.

From street food to fine dining

The street food trend has also hit Leicester and Leicestershire, with food stalls, trucks, cantinas, and markets popping up all over the city and county. Each month, food-lovers flock to LCB Depot’s ‘Last Friday’ event for mouth-watering bao buns, traditional Greek BBQ, gourmet burgers, the finest gyros and low n' slow soul food. More permanent fixtures to Leicester’s street food scene sees the likes of Mowgli, Bombay Street Kitchen, The Olive, Wako Taco, Desi Street Food, and Papa Frites serving up quality Indian, Greek, Mexican and Belgian street food.

We know how to do fine dining too! Experience exquisite farm to table dishes at John’s House – the county’s fabulous Michelin starred restaurant.

The Rural Capital of Food

Not too far from the city centre, the bustling market town of Melton Mowbray, known as the ‘Rural Capital of Food and Drink’, boasts a gastronomic history that few can match. Famed for its pork pies and Stilton cheese – renowned local delicacies which, thanks to protected status, can only be made in this region – Melton is a foodie haven with a reputation for producing some of the country’s favourite English fare. A recent episode of BBC’s Countryfile explored the town’s food and drink.

Melton Mowbray is also home to the East Midlands Food Festival, one of the UK’s largest regional food festivals, as well as events such as PieFest, ChocFest and the British Pie Awards.

Rumour has it, Melton is where the phrase ‘painting the town red’ was born, making Leicestershire the ideal place for local brewers to set up shop. Here you’ll find the official ‘best ale in the world’ – Steeplechase, winner of The International Brewing Awards 2021, from Round Corner Brewing.

The perfect place to get a drink

Our most famous brewery, Everards of Leicestershire, which has been making beer since 1849. Renowned for its Tiger ale, Everards has recently opened Everards Meadows, which includes a brand new state-of the-art brewery open to the public to explore, a beer hall for dining and drinks, and well-stocked shop.

In addition to breweries, Leicestershire is also home to not one, but two well-established wine producers – Rothley Wine Estate and Welland Valley Vineyard – both producing a wide variety of quality, locally made wine.

Get hands-on with our food

If you want to get hands-on experience with our food and drink, then there are loads of chances to. You can learn the art of distilling and taste the inspiration behind Leicester's best-known gin at Burleighs; take a masterclass in pie making at Brockleby’s; or become a cheese connoisseur with a tour and tastings at The Melton Cheese Board.

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