John’s House – Leicestershire

John’s House opened at the end of last year in December 2014.  A friend of mine had visited and I spotted the food pictures on his facebook page. It was from this I first learnt about John’s House and I was determined to go and try it out myself not long later, as great fine dining  restaurants in Leicester are few and far between.

Could this finally be a contender for Leicestershire’s best restaurant? A crown that for such a long time has been, in my opinion, comfortably held by Hambleton Hall. It’s always exciting to see new restaurants opening up with this style of cooking and attention to detail.

Something that I really liked about John’s House was the very homely lounge style set up for the pre-drinks, we settled down quickly and ordered our meals. We went for the 3 course lunch menu, which came in at £28. I opted for the Lightly Smoked Citrus Cured Salmon, Oyster Emulsion, Dill and Cucumber for Starter, Roast Breast and Confit Leg of Corn Fed Chicken, Charred Sweetcorn, Green Beans and Girolles for Main Course and fianlly for Dessert, White Chocolate Mousse, Blackcurrant and Yoghurt.

The starter was light and refreshing, I was very impressed with it and it set the bar of what was to come. Main Course was flavoursome and the charred sweetcorn really worked well with the moist succulent chicken. The presentation was quite rustic  with some subtle hints of a classically trained chef which I think fits perfectly with the ‘John’s House’ theme.

The Dessert, though tasted good. Wasn’t my favourite part of the meal and the presentation didn’t do it any favours either.

All in all though, a very enjoyable meal and great to experience this kind of food away from the usual places in and around Leicester.

After the meal we stopped off at the farm shop next door, I picked up some chutney and crackers and we got chatting to the guy working there. He explained the whole concept of John’s House being that so many ingredients were locally sourced with the majority coming from the farm itself.  It wasn’t long after our visit that I spotted in the local paper that John’s House had received its first Michelin Star, a fine achievement in its first year and one I think is thoroughly deserved.

Next stop, the taster menu. With the Michelin Star its unsurprisingly difficult to get in though now, but it is certainly on the agenda for the new year.

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