If you haven’t already gathered, I am definitely one for comfort, whether that is clothing or food. My Instagram profile is proof of this. I am a roast dinner and apple crumble kind of person and have never been too fussed about going to restaurants that serve what I would regard as ‘posh food’.
However, this weekend we had a family gathering as a very belated birthday celebration for my uncle. We of course wanted to go somewhere special to eat and The Grey Lady in Newtown Linford was one of the suggestions to pop up.
The restaurant is perhaps not your choice for an everyday place to eat, but it is affordable and offers exclusive, sophisticated dining.
Whilst I was unsure if there was anything that I would like to eat there, the restaurant is lovely. The interior is really calming and as we were a bigger party, we got a room to ourselves, so it did not feel noisy. The room was beautifully decorated, with champagne bottles covering the walls and lighting suspended from antlers. I was even impressed by the toilets, which had individual towels for you to dry your hands on and Rituals hand lotion and soap.
Moving on to the actual food, I did like quite a few things on the menu.
Before we had even been served our choices from the menu, the waitress gave us all a small glass of hot tomato veloute with a rosemary foam. Although you drank it, it was like tomato soup and a nice way to begin the meal.
For my starter, I had smoked ham hock, with potatoes, hollandaise sauce and poached duck egg. I have to admit that I am not too keen on the texture of egg, so my dad did eat that part, but the rest of it was absolutely delicious and it was the first time I had ever had purple potatoes! The presentation was stunning as well and definitely worth photographing, despite the low light.
For my main course, I went vegetarian. The vegetable lasagna with garlic bread wafers, chargrilled lettuce and balsamic glaze was gorgeous and just the right size. I could not have eaten any more!
Sadly, after two courses, we were very full and could not manage dessert, despite the fruit crumble and dark chocolate brownie looking very tempting. If I go to The Grey Lady again, I have to choose a main and a dessert!
I highly recommend The Grey Lady for any of you seeking high-end cuisine at an reasonable price. With a stunning setting next to Bradgate Park overlooking the Charnwood countryside, The Grey Lady is a fantastic dining experience.