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Top 5 East Midlands Restaurants

1. The Royal Oak

Just a few minutes from the airport, in the Leicestershire village of Long Whatton, the Royal Oak is highly regarded by critics and locals alike, with an AA Rosette and a great local reputation. It is particularly well-known for its traditional country pub atmosphere, focus on Great British cuisine, with a focus on local produce and it is also known for its quality real ales which include regular guest beers.

2. Restaurant Sat Bains

Restaurant Sat Bains has an intimate and welcoming atmosphere and it holds the accolade of being the only restaurant in the East Midlands with two Michelin Stars. It offers great service as well as exceptional food and it is located on the outskirts of Nottingham. As well as a tasting menu, the restaurant offers chef’s table cuisine and critics recommend booking a table in the in time 6-seater Nucleus dining room to see the chef’s creativity at its finest. Booking is absolutely essential so if you’re visiting the area in the near future be sure to get reservations far in advance. Another plus point for Restaurant Sat Bains is that it’s under 20 minutes’ drive in your Easirent hire car from the airport and you could even choose to stay there as well as enjoy a meal.

3. Iberico World Tapas

With a Spanish concept at its heart, Iberico World Tapas also deftly combines elements of Asian food and has a vibrant and welcoming Mediterranean-style décor. The speedy, relaxed style of the small dishes you’d expect from Spanish tapas have been infused with a touch of global inspiration meaning you find Spanish pickles alongside Chicken Wings in Yuzu Sweet Chilli. There are two sister restaurants, in Nottingham and Derby and both boast the Bib Gourmand accolade in the 2015 Michelin Guide, showing that they offer exceptional quality food for a great price. Bold flavours and fusion cuisine is proving popular with diners in Nottingham and Derby.

4. John’s House

The East Midlands second Michelin starred restaurant, with one star to its name John’s House offers fine dining in the village of Mountsorrel in Leicestershire. It calls a 16th century farmhouse its home and so does John, the head chef who was born in the same farmhouse that now houses his restaurant. He utilises the finest produce from the surrounding fields to create highly original and stand-out dishes which ensure every diner is more than satisfied b their experience. The commitment to ‘home grown’ food is what makes John’s House stand out.

5. Red Lion

Another East Midlands restaurant which has picked up the huge accolade of the Bib Gourmand, the Red Lion is a traditional inn in East Haddon, Northamptonshire. It boasts picture postcard surrounds, with a thatched roof and traditional English gardens. They specialise in a season-driven style of food, which is eclectically designed to include international classics alongside the finest Britain has to offer. They also have cosy rooms for overnight stays and there is a cookery school on site, allowing others to learn the ropes and cook dishes as good as those served at the inn. The Red Lion offers a range of menus including a gluten free selection and a children’s menu.

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