I visited this lovely pub and restaurant in rural Leicestershire yesterday as an early Father’s Day outing.
It was relatively quiet when we got there, which was surprising as it was a Saturday lunchtime in a popular walking district.
We had gone before to the Griffin, without booking, and had to sit near the bar as it was so popular. However, on this occasion, we booked in advance. And I’m glad we did.
Our table was in this beautiful dining room, with only a few tables so it wouldn’t get too busy. There was a magnificent fireplace and a mezzanine level holding lots of wine bottles. It was very impressive! (You can get an idea from this pic!)
The menu had a wide variety of choices, ranging from your good old pub classics, to some slightly more fancier dishes such as venison, from nearby Bradgate Park (another recommended place to go by the way!)
I was stuck for choices on what to eat, when the sticky BBQ ribs caught my eye, which was actually a starter. However, I ordered this with a side of chips and I have to say it was pretty good!! (My photo is a bit dodgy, so it may not look as good as it tasted!)
The chips were some of the best that I’ve had in a while! Crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the middle! Mmmm…delicious!
The Griffin Inn has a few more added perks too. On top of the main pub and restaurant, there is also a newly opened deli and cafe on site, along with a special building called The Old Stables, where private functions and weddings can take place. There was a wedding reception starting when we left, and it was even the place where my parents had their reception many moons ago!!
So I think that from what I’ve written, you can tell that I would thoroughly recommend The Griffin Inn Swithland, for its fantastic food, beautiful setting and wide range of facilities. Definitely worth a visit!!