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Leicester's Restaurant

9.4/10
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Laleston, CF32 0HP BridgendSee map

Average price £32

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MICHELIN Guide selection 2020

  • The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
  • 2 couvert(s) Comfortable restaurant

MICHELIN Guide's Point Of View

The atmospheric 16C house in which this restaurant sits was a gift from Elizabeth I to the Earl of Leicester. Pared-back modern cooking uses just a ...

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price £32
    Special request
Masala Spiced Lamb Rump, Saag Aloo Potato, Mango Chutney Jus, Coriander & Coconut Cream
£18
Roast Cod, Crab, Chilli & Lime Croquette, Pak Choi, Coconut & Lemongrass velouté, coriander oil
£18
Pan Roast Chicken, Leek, Cheese & Pancetta Tart, Baby Leek, Garlic & Lemon Potatoes, Pan Sauce
£17
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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.4/10
based on 28 reviews
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Quality of food :9.7/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Laura G.
    Laura G.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Delicious, just around the corner, I'll definitely be back. I'd been studying the menu and had my heart set on certain dishes, and it had changed but it was all fab and now I look forward to going back again and again and trying different dishes as the menu changes.

  2. Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    We decided to try this Restaurant as we had not been for many years and as we had just gone into local lockdown we needed to go out for a nice meal within our area. The tables were well spaced out and all necessary safety measures were in place. The staff were very welcoming and the atmosphere was very relaxing. The quality and presentation of the food was excellent. We would definitely recommend this place.

  3. Anne S.
    Anne S.
    • one review
    9/10

    Lovely posh meal small potions but 3 courses for £22 good value for dinner Had to wait ages for our starters when I complained we had a complimentary round if drinks and it was because of a new trainee chef

  4. Susan M.
    Susan M.
    • one review
    8.75/10

    Taster menu New Year’s Eve food was amazing

  5. Ilaria g.
    Ilaria g.
    • one review
    6/10

    Lovely evening out, from service to the food everything was perfect.

  6. Nicholas D.
    Nicholas D.
    • one review
    4/10

    I booked an overnight stay in Bridgend on our way to Dunraven Bay. I was taking my partner for a birthday treat the following day. I thought it nice to take him out for a birthday meal while in town. I'm not sure what happened to the restaurant on the night of our visit but, I mean it was certainly an experience. The waiter was friendly, prompt, and knew the menu well. The restaurant was empty upon our arrival - somewhat telling considering this was 8:30PM on a Friday night. We were seated in a cosy corner of the restaurant when I told the waiter it was my partners birthday. At least, it would have been cosy if it wasn't beside an open fire exit on a cold November evening. As my other half was quite famished having been training hard for the Royal Navy all week and not eaten since 2PM we asked for some bread while reviewing the menu. We were charged £4 for the side order which was duly presented in an aluminium lunch box lined with slate. Great. I mean, it would have been if the bread hadn't been picked straight from the Sainsbury's Basics isle. Focaccia? Ciabatta? No, that's white loaf and soda bread dipped in a bit of weak olive oil. Two whole slices (each cut in two to make it appear more plentiful). But it's OK, we had complimentary something served in oyster shells. I'm trying to remember exactly what it was we were served but whatever it was, was literally the size of my little finger nail. I did my best to hold whatever it was in my mouth for long enough to deduce a taste but it was literally smaller than my taste buds. I'm none the wiser. Starter - as far as I can tell I was served a babybell. Minuscule, bland, accompanied with a couple of crumbs of allegedly candied walnut but there were too few crumbs to tell. Main - a good cut of sea bass. A good, tiny cut of sea bass atop a bed of some substance devoid of any flavour whatsoever. I spent £43 after a sizeable discount and we left starving, still unsure exactly what we'd been served.

  7. Hayley B.
    Hayley B.
    • one review
    8.25/10

    Really great time, tasting menu was well thought out and flavours beautifully balanced. Just some small touches would lift Leicesters to a serious contender. Particular favourites were the Sea Bass and the Pumpkin Cheesecake. Room for improvement on the service. Staff were very friendly but we had to ask to order drinks, there was little or no explanation of the dishes and we were left on our own in the restaurant once our dessert had been served. Overall though, a lovely experience and with a little polish, this could be an absolute gem.

  8. Steve G.
    Steve G.
    • one review
    6.5/10

    We booked this restaurant to celebrate a birthday. The reviews were very good, even though they had a few bad ones more recently and we made the mistake of not considering the more recent ones. This restaurant is located in a beautiful 16th century building. On arrival and throughout the evening the staff were pleasant, friendly and attentive, however, this is where the positives end. The dishes we tried were very disappointing. We chose the wild rabbit and the risotto as a starter and they were bland, nothing that an average cook couldn't conjure up. My choice of main and a desert had run out, which at this stage was ok because there were other dishes that we were happy to chose. For the main courses we chose the sea bass, which I was very happy with, and the rib-eye steak which was ordered medium rare, and it came back one half medium and the other well done, it wasn't even cooked evenly and there was far too much gristle, basically it was a poor piece of stake, very disappointing. The desserts were shockingly bad, dry, tasteless, unbelievably bad, genuinely we could not believe deserts could possibly be so tasteless and so below par. So no, we wont come back again, which is a shame for the staff because they were great. But whoever the head chef is please hand over to someone else. Harsh, you may think, but true.

  9. Alan B.
    Alan B.
    • one review
    9.75/10

    Really great food and the staff are so attentive, knowledgable and friendly. Love eating here.

  10. Alan L.
    Alan L.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Went for a birthday dinner and enjoyed the food and ambience of the restaurant. Wasn't too expensive. Everything laid before us was first class and the little starter dishes were a delightful surprise and tasted delicious. Service was good to excellent.

  11. Louise P.
    Louise P.
    • one review
    9.25/10

    Wonderful Sunday lunch at Leicester's. I have been coming here for many years and this was one of my best experiences

  12. Piers H.
    Piers H.
    • one review
    6.75/10

    Overall a slightly disappointing dining experience relative to what I had been expecting. Menu choices were either safe, or where adventurous lacking in finesse in execution if my experience is any guide. Bread - too cakey and crumbly, but both choices of butter were good (salted, smoked beetroot). You need to find another baker. Heritage tomatoes with tomato sorbet - this was excellent Roasted salmon - the salmon was well cooked, but the chorizo garnish overwhelmed all the other flavours, particularly the vegetables. The triple cooked chips were a disappointment, flabby rather than properly crisp and light. Service - good, but staff don't need to keep asking if there is anything more I need

  13. John S.
    John S.
    • one review
    8/10

    Extremely welcoming, friendly and attentive staff. Very nice atmosphere. Food unusual but very tasty if a little on the pricey side. On the whole a very enjoyable evening.

  14. Pamela W.
    Pamela W.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    We were disappointed with the steak and ale pie, the beef mince was dry and the pie was quite small. We all enjoyed the rhubarb and apple tart for dessert. The surroundings were very pleasant and the service was good. We were the only table occupied lunchtime which was a shame. My friends have said they will not visit again but I may do in the future and choose a different dish.

  15. Ethan H.
    Ethan H.
    • one review
    8.25/10

    Staff and service was great cannot complain but the price for the valentines menu of £45pp was extortionate compared to what we had. All plates were lovely but not good enough or big enough for the price. Won't be coming back for that reason.. We weren't full when leaving.

  16. Tim B.
    Tim B.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Went for Sunday Lunch, the food was high quality, will be booking again

  17. Keith J.
    Keith J.
    • one review
    10/10

    Simply brilliant...as usual...best restaurant in the county

  18. Catherine H.
    Catherine H.
    • one review
    10/10

    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The food looked and tasted fantastic and staff were really great. We loved the whole experience and we are glad we chose this venue for our birthday meal.

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