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15th July 2024

Personal thoughts from the Festival Director - not necessarily endorsed by the Festival Organisers.

Notes for the Month - July 2019

Lunch in Leicestershire
I know where to go for dinner but what about lunch? A friend of mine offered to take us for lunch but where to go? Here is what we did:

We decided to go to the Curzon Arms in Woodhouse Eaves. We were met on the door and quickly shown to a choice of tables (outside as it was a hot day). No problem in being shown the wine list rather than asking for a sherry and we quickly chose a really respectable Boundary Line Shiraz from Australia.

We asked what blanchbait was and almost as quickly both ordered it and the Hereford minute steak. Unfortunately the ‘bread crumbs were off’ so we both settled on the whitebait. Both courses were cooked well and the chef clearly knows what he is doing. After a leisurely time, I had ice cream and then we had a cheese board between us. The latter was a bit safe – though I guess the slightly bland five were to the majority of customers’ taste. Respectable coffee and a choice of large ports finished off the meal. Our taxi arrived promptly. All in all a good meal for a lunch break. Not “fine dining” but definitely one to bear in mind if you are looking for somewhere to go. The only downside is the lack of public transport.