Asian and Anglo-Asian Restaurants:

Leicester has a large Indo-Asian community, so there are plentiful options for good Curries. The best Indian restaurants are on London Road near the station with the Taj Mahal restaurant which is the oldest existing Indian Restaurant based 5 -7 minutes walk up from thje station.   There are a number of selected vegetarian restaurants which are based on Melton Road. Vegetarians try Sayonara or Bobbies. Those who prefer meatier treats might like the Khyber, which is consistently the best Indian restaurant in the city, Curry Fever or Feast, a large new buffet restaurant about two miles north of the centre on the Melton Road and one of Leicester's most popular restaurants being the Grand Durbar.

Fancy authentic Goan food? Go to Anjuna on High Cross Street in the City Centre  A newcomer to the scene but as the reviews testify  - incredible and authentic food. The service here is impecable and the whole business is totally family orientated - with husband and wife team leading the hospitality.

The Kayal  is a prize winning South Indian Restaurant (Kerala Cuisine) which you can find at the top of Granby Street near the station. They have been awarded the Healthiest Restaurant Award 2009 and rated as the Top 10 Indian Restaurant in UK by The Time. It is easy to park nearby in Dover street.  Famed for its Dosas, indian savoury pancakes, and the speciality sea food dishes, this place is packed even mid-week.  Best of all, it it is extremely good value with a meal for two coming out at £25 or less including drinks.

For the high spenders there is the Simla Pinks and the Tiffin which has apprarently been rated as one of the recommended places by Egon Ronay and Michellin guides respectively. The Curry House which is also located within stones throw of the station offers authentic Indian cuisine in a traditional restaurant environment.

Some of the Indian owned pubs have good grills. The Coronation on Catherine Street is worth a try.  There is now also an authentic Goan restaurant on High Cross street to complete the flavour of the sub-continent.

 As can be seen, there is a definite split to the locations of the restaurants on offer - the more Anglo-Indian/Anglo-Asian establishments cluster along London road and the city centre. However along the Melton and Belgrave Roads the establishments become (arguably) more authentic and patronised by a wide range of multi-cultural clientele. If in doubt - ask a local - they will always have one or two personal favourites, though pick carefully - because as with any large city there are second rate establishments as well as hidden gems. Check out the reviews for more info.

Modern British and European:

Whilst Leicester is well famed for it's Indian and Asian cuisine, it is gaining a reputation for its higher end modern British and European restaurants, bistros and cafe-bars. There are the usual chain multiples (Pizza, Pasta, Cafe Rouge style, Sushi etc) which offer standards that punters will know well, But for a taste of innovative and locally creative and seasonal produce and dishes the Case, Maiyango, the Orange Tree, Entropy, Loaf, Cafe Almeida are representative of something well worth trying. One reviewer comments, for example, "The Case, in Hotel Street: it has been a fixture for many years, and has a good quality, eclectic mix of dishes. There is a very nice champagne bar downstairs. Service has always been excellent in both bar and restaurant." Again, check out the reviews section for more information.

 Looking for the traditional British Pub in Leicester?

If none of these float your boat or you fancy something more informal and traditionally British "pubby", the Leicester offers a number of very authentic and traditional Ale Houses - many of which offer very decent pub grub - the Good Pub Guide website can provide individual details of these establishments. It is worth visiting a few if you fancy real ale  - you could even conduct a Leicester real ale pub crawl! Good ones to try are the Globe (Everards beers and local food), the Salmon (Rugby and ales/cider), the Shakespeare's Head (authentic old-fashioned alehouse and a cheap pint), The Pub [New Walk] (Rugby, food and huge range of ales), The Criterion (ales, live music, pizza), the Swan and Rushes (continental beers, themed food nights), the Black Horse (Cosy and authentic traditional local - always friendly with live music and great chat) and the Western (canal/riverside pub). If you still have a taste for ale after hours head to either the Orange Tree (premium drinks and cocktails, chilled atmosphere) or Cafe Bruxelles (Belgian Beers and DJ), or perhaps Firebug (Cosmopolitan Crowd, live music, cocktails). As you can see - plenty to do even for the ost hardened beer officionado. Cheers!