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Where to Eat in Leicester - Vegetarian, Indian Cuisine, and Fine Dining

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Leicester's food scene is eclectic and exciting, not unlike the city itself. Traditional British food served with a modern twist is popular, as is contemporary European fare, and authentic world cuisine, including Indian, Thai, and Italian. There's also a number of excellent vegetarian eateries serving flavorful meals that attract meat-eaters and veggies alike.

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The city's diversity is reflected in its wide selection of international cuisine, especially freshly cooked authentic Gujarati, South Indian, and Bangladeshi curries and snacks along The Golden Mile.

City centre


Leicester's city centre has a varied mixture of restaurants, including everything from world cuisine to fine dining. Just a few meters from Leicester Cathedral is the World Peace Café, where fresh vegetarian food is served in a peaceful atmosphere. You'll find dishes like brie and beet panini, veggie burgers, cakes, and specialty coffees. In the mood for something lavish? Maiyango ticks all the boxes, including locally sourced ingredients used to create innovative meals, such as Asian vegetable rice rolls with garlic jam, cilantro, and plum wine broth, followed by caramelized white chocolate mousse with candied apples for dessert.


  • World Peace Café, 17 Guildhall Lane, Leicester, Leicester LE1 5FQ; Tel: +44 116 262 0317; Website: World Peace Café

  • Maiyango Restaurant, 13 - 21 St. Nicholas Place, Leicester LE1 4LD; Tel: +44 116 251 8898; Website: Maiyango Restaurant


New Walk


After working up an appetite while strolling along New Walk promenade, you can step inside The White Peacock for signature cocktails and traditional meals with a modern twist. The ornate building is heritage listed and the ambiance is relaxed yet luxurious. A seasonal menu includes dishes like soy-marinated cod with smoked haddock beignet and herbed gnocchi and thai-spiced vegetables with tandoori paneer. For dessert, they serve lavish options like Turkish delight crème brûlée with dark chocolate sorbet and pistachio biscotti.


  • The White Peacock, 14-16 King Street, Leicester LE16RJ; Tel: +44 116 254 7663; Website: The White Peacock


The Golden Mile


Leicester's Golden Mile offers a taste of the Indian subcontinent, with sari shops, savory street food, and plenty of jewelry stores. When it's time to eat, Bobby's - one of the city's oldest vegetarian restaurants - is hard to resist. They have an extensive menu of Gujarati-style food, like rich paneer makhani and bengan bharta, spicy smoked eggplant with tomato gravy. Or you can check out Curry Fever, with specialties like spicy pili pili chicken and masala king prawns. There's Kenyan inspired fusion dishes, like machusi chicken in a spiced sauce with cream, honey, garlic, and chilli.


  • Bobby's Restaurant, 154 Belgrave Road, Leicester LE4 5AT; Tel: +44 116 266 0106; Website: Bobby's Restaurant

  • Curry Fever, 139 Belgrave Road, Leicester LE4 6AS; Tel: +44 116 266 2941; Website: Curry Fever


Clarendon Park


Clarendon Park is a small haven of independent boutiques, cafés, and vintage stores, making it a favorite spot for the city's students, trendsetters, and artists. The creative spirit extends into the area's eateries, including Spanish tapas restaurant Barceloneta. They have a wide selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes, so there's something to suit every diner's taste. Specials include Spanish barbecued ribs in a smoky and sweet sauce. For imported cheeses and deli delicacies like olives and meats, Salvador Deli is the place to be. There's also a full salad bar and a tempting breakfast menu.


  • Barceloneta, 54 Queens Rd, Leicester LE2 1TU; Tel: +44 116 270 8408; Website: Barceloneta

  • Salvador Deli, 50 Queen's Road, Leicester LE2 1TU; Tel: +44 116 270 4186; Website: Salvador Deli