Restaurant Guide

The warmest months of the year are upon us once again, a time to get out and about and truly indulge. Summer is also a colourful time when it comes to food, as heavy winter dishes get swapped for lighter bites.

With a passion for seasonal ingredients and local produce, renowned foodie and TV personality, Gregg Wallace, rounds up some of the highlights on the menu in this edition’s fine dining guide...

In the heart of Leicestershire, Gino’s Pear Tree restaurant is a hidden treat. Run by brothers Gianni, Marco and Riccardo Albiniano, the Italian food on offer has been described as “the best outside of London” by The Sunday Times.

With a Leicester city centre setting, Hotel Maiyango, overlooks the recently developed Jubilee Square, and is a unique dining experience. Alongside 14 modern, spacious bedrooms is the AA rosette restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, alongside a superb line-up of cocktails.

For a splash of fine dining in a laidback environment, Iberico World Tapas’ outlet, in Nottingham, is the perfect place for a quality meal. Combining the rustic simplicity of Spanish tapas together with the refined ingredients of world cooking, Iberico is the place to be.

Awarded a prestigious Bib Gourmand, The Lighthouse at Kibworth specialises in quality seafood, and more! With a relaxed atmosphere and maritime theme, fish fiends will love this one.

A sophisticated dining experience in stylish surroundings, Hambleton Hall is a sight to behold. Having held their Michelin star since 1982, the longest of any restaurant in the UK, the Hall’s lunch and dinner options are the creations of Michelin Star chef, Aaron Patterson. With the help of his skilled team, he has created a menu boasting exceptional local ingredients, with a strong seasonal bias.

These are just a few of the options on offer. Enjoy discovering why they are the best in the region...