From award-winning street food to Leicester City gin, Leicester and Leicestershire have a lot to offer food and drink lovers

Our rich history is reflected in many of our local beers, wines and spirits, and some incredible food which has won national accolades.

Awesome ales

If you’re looking for an award-winning pint, you’ll find the International Brewing Awards 2021 ‘best ale in the world’ – Steeplechase­ – at Round Corner Brewing in Melton Mowbray.

Leicestershire is also home to Everards of Leicestershire, which has been brewing beer since 1849. Renowned for local favourites, and SIBA Midlands Independent Beer Award winners, Tiger ale (gold winner) and Old Original and Golden Hop (bronze winners), Everards has grown substantially in recent years and now features a state-of the-art brewery open to the public to explore, beer hall for dining and drinks, and well-stocked shop.

Fantastic food

For food lovers, Leicester is renowned for its true Indian flavours and cuisine, and curry-connoisseurs will be spoilt for choice with a range of award-winning restaurants. Orissa Indian restaurant at Castle Donington was announced as Restaurant of the Year: Overall Winner at the 2022 Food Awards England event. Also, Indian Fusion was named Restaurant of the Year in the 2020/2021 Leicester Curry Awards, Anika Balti Express the Best Takeaway and Mumbai Sandwich Station the Best Street Food. Keep an eye out on 26 September for this year’s winners.

If it’s fine dining you’re looking for, Leicestershire has its own Michelin starred restaurant, John’s House, in Mountsorrel. The restaurant offers an exquisite farm to table experience using produce grown on the farm and sourced from the local area.

Made in Leicestershire

For something a little less spicy, Leicestershire pie producers are some of the best in the country. The Dickinson and Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, made by local pie makers Samworths Savoury Pastry, was named winner of the British Pie Awards 2022.

Also in Melton Mowbray is Long Clawson Dairy whose Blue Stilton achieved the gold award while its Traditional Red Leicester received the bronze award in the British Cheese Awards 2019.

Celebrating local heroes

Many of the locally produced tipples celebrate local places, people and events. Anstey Brewery names its beers after local places and people. For example, Ned Ludd (the legendary textile worker from Anstey whose name was taken on by the Luddites, a secret organisation of textile workers in the 19th century, which destroyed textile machinery). More nods to local history can be seen in Rothley Vineyard’s King Richard III wine.

The Bottle Kicking Cider Co. Ltd in Market Harborough is named after a local annual event, the bottle kicking festival, which has taken place each year for around 200 years.

Tollgate Brewery names beers after things in its forest environment and Charnwood Brewery’s range includes a Blue Fox after Leicester City football club. Burleigh’s Gin also celebrates the local sports teams with a Tigers’ Gin, a Leicester City Gin, and a Wonder Strike Gin to mark the city’s FA Cup victory. Burleigh’s National Forest Gin also won a silver award in the prestigious International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC).

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