Best restaurants in Leicester

Lorna Cowan / 17 June 2019

All tastes and budgets are well catered for in Leicester, and if you’re spending time in the city, it’s easy to find good Indian, Italian, Korean and French food, as well as great British classics. Here’s our round-up of the best places to eat.

Best for shopping and sightseeing


Whether you’re shopping or learning more the royal who was found under a Leicester car park (the King Richard III Visitor Centre is only a short walk away), Carluccio’s is an ideal eatery if you enjoy classic Italian food. What’s more, the restaurant also caters well for anyone with a special dietary requirement. Daily chef specials are worth checking out, especially as they follow Antonio’s motto MOF MOF — minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour.

Address: 11 Highcross Lane, Bath House Lane, Leicester LE1 4SA
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Best for authentic Indian cuisine


Named after a village in southern India, famous for pioneering innovative vegetarian food, it’s no surprise to learn that Shivalli only serves vegetarian dishes. You’ll find over 50 delicious choices on the menu, made primarily from grains, beans, vegetables and fruit, and all prepared using authentic Indian herbs and spices. Choose a rice and lentil dosa pancake, a uttapam, thali or curry, noting that Shivalli villagers serve meals on plantain leaves and eat by hand.

Address: 21 Welford Road, Leicester LE2 7AD
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Best for Korean-inspired food

Grounded Kitchen

This Leicester eatery may be a little small, but it has a big following of locals, all keen to embrace the ethos of living a happy, healthy and grounded life. Three simple little words — love, life, eat — grounds all the dishes on the Korean-inspired menu, with broths, bibimbaps and nutrient-rich nourish bowls available, alongside wellness teas and superfood lattes. Another branch can be found on King Street.

Address: 68 Queens Road, Leicester LE2 1TU
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Best for after the footie

Blues Bar & Grill

If you’re headed to King Power Stadium to watch Leicester City FC you might want to pop for a bite to eat at Blues Bar & Grill, a casual sports bar and restaurant just a short walk from the stadium. Burgers, ribs, steaks, gourmet hotdogs and chicken wings make up the bulk of the menu, and their slow-cooking smoker is fuelled by chipped Jack Daniels barrels. Sharing platters and children’s meals are also available.

Address: Filbert Way, Raw Dykes Road, Leicester, LE2 7FQ
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Best for healthy fishy food


Specialising in authentic Kerala seafood, Kayal is a family-run restaurant, part of a small chain dedicated to and passionate about good healthy food. The Indian cuisine on the menu is a little different from what you may expect, mildly flavoured and gently cooked using traditional spices. Tilapia, kingfish and salmon feature in some of the delicious pescatarian mains, with aubergine curry and mutter paneer options for vegetarians. All meat used is halal.

Address: 153 Granby Street, Leicester LE1 6FE
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Best for fine dining

The White Peacock

Located in a charming Grade II-listed building in the heart of Leicester, the White Peacock is a fine-dining restaurant serving British and international cuisine, a great venue for a formal yet relaxing lunch or dinner. Using ingredients locally sourced in Leicestershire, the seasonal à la carte menu may feature Bradgate venison, braised lamb shoulder or marinated Kabocha squash with quinoa. Their quintessential English afternoon tea is also an enjoyable treat.

Address: 14-16 King Street, Leicester LE1 6RJ
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Best for innovative Indian dishes


A constantly evolving menu featuring the favourite recipes of the Gujarati family, Lilu is a Pan Indian restaurant that diners rate as ‘exceptional’ and ‘faultless’. A two-course meal for £35 could consist of a crispy soft-shell crab served with marinated salmon, followed by tandoor-roasted lamb cutlets with turmeric mash. If eating with a group of five or more, check out the banquet menu, a great way to taste some of Lilu’s specials.

Address: 76 Highcross Street, Leicester LE1 4NN
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Best for pub grub

The Red Cow

A 10-minute drive from the city centre, the Red Cow is a charming country pub in Leicester Forest East, part of the Vintage Inns chain. Popular with walkers enjoying the rolling countryside, as well as families gathering for Sunday lunch, the menu at this rustic watering hole includes classics such as Hunter’s chicken and steak and ale pie. You’ll also find sandwiches, stone-baked pizzas and a selection of vegan options.

Address: Hinckley Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE3 3PG
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Best for French favourites

Café Rouge

On the doorstep of the best shopping area in Leicester, and close to Cinema de Lux, Café Rouge is a stylish all-day dining bistro, perfect for light bites, leisurely lunches and a wonderful afternoon tea. The main à la carte menu includes many French favourites such as beef bourguignon and moules marinières, with other tasty options under 600 calories. If celebrating, don’t miss the Bottomless Bubbles deal — a two-course evening meal with unlimited prosecco or beer for under £15.

Address: Unit R4 Highcross LE1 4SD
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Best for Sunday lunch

Ben’s Kitchen

Although located at the Kirby Muxloe golf club, it’s worth driving out of the city to Ben’s Kitchen, especially for Sunday lunch. There’s no need to tee off either, as non-members are welcome to dine at the carvery which happens to overlook the course. Satisfied customers praise both the excellent food and service, noting that chef Ben Knowles often walks the floor making sure everyone is happy with his cooking.

Address: Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE9 2EP
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