Top 10 Best Restaurants in the East Midlands


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With a selection of vibrant towns and cities, plus traditional villages, countryside retreats and seaside spots, the East Midlands is a diverse and exciting place to call home for so many reasons. Whether you live in the heart of a bustling city or deep in the countryside, one of these selling points is the dining scene that can be enjoyed throughout the region. Catering for all kinds of tastes and budgets, we’ve picked out our top 10 East Midlands restaurants that you simply have to try.

1. Restaurant Sat Bains

This isn’t just one of the best restaurants East Midlands hotspot Nottingham is home to, it’s one of the best anywhere in the country. Sat Bains is only a couple of miles from our Beeston Quarter development and has been awarded two Michelin stars on account of its exceptional food, much of which is produced by the restaurant’s own urban garden, greenhouse and beehives.

2. Alchemilla

Another Michelin-starred eatery, Alchemilla’s industrial setting within a series of vaulted Victorian arches sits in intriguing contrast to the fare on offer. The modern menu focuses on being ethical and sustainable, but there’s no compromise on quality.

3. True Pizzas

Heading over to Derby and one of the top-rated restaurants in the East Midlands, there’s a good chance this will be your favourite pizza takeaway if you live in the area, for example our fantastic Mickelover development. Huge, homemade, fresh, tasty and highly rated – this pizza ticks all the right boxes.

4. Lovage

Around 25 miles north, you’re going to love a visit to Lovage if modern British cuisine is your thing. Residing in the picturesque little town of Bakewell in the Derbyshire Dales, the restaurant is housed in an old stable block and ranks as one of the very best in the Peak District.

5. Herb

One of the best restaurants in East Midlands hub Leicester, Herb is the place to go for some of the tastiest South Indian food in the region. With authentic flavours and lots of great vegetarian and vegan options, the restaurant is only a couple of miles from our City Heights development and is based on the Kerala region’s principles of healthy cooking.

6. John’s House

Sitting between Leicester and Loughborough in the village of Mountsorrel, John’s House is a 16th-century farmhouse within a 4,000-acre family farm. With a shop, petting farm and motor museum to visit on the premises, the surrounding fields provide the majority of the ingredients on the menu. There aren’t many farm restaurants out there with Michelin stars, but this is one of them.

7. La Terraza Tapas Bar

Located in the Upton area of Northampton just to the west of the town centre, this tapas bar comes with an excellent reputation and the reviews to match it. With plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options, La Terraza is a celebration of Spanish cuisine and the perfect place for sharing some tasty small plates.

8. Winteringham Fields

With a great setting on the southern bank of the Humber just north of Scunthorpe, Winteringham Fields is a 5-star hotel as well as a Michelin-starred restaurant. Produce is hand-picked from the neighbouring farm every morning with whatever’s ready to use going into the food, allowing multi-course tasting menus that change daily and surprise you every time you visit.

9. Hambleton Hall

Another restaurant which is housed in a luxury country hotel and boasts both a Michelin star and a stunning setting, you can soak up beautiful views across Rutland Water from your table at Hambleton Hall. It may be tough to take your attention away from your plate once dinner is served however, with the seasonal dishes that are always immaculately presented.

10. Harry’s Place

Found on Grantham High Street just north of the town centre, this intimate eatery may be short on tables and tough to get into, but the warm welcome, tasteful decor and lovely ambience are a knowing prelude to the classic fare.