7 COURSE TASTER MENUS AT THE WHITE PEACOCK, LEICESTER
Being a regular at The White Peacock’s cocktail bar, it was high time to sample the fine dining scene at highly acclaimed establishment in Leicester City Centre.
Located in the leafy city centre conservation zone known as New Walk, this white double-fronted Victorian Grade two listed property stands tall and elegantly minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city. The fine dining establishment, which opened four years ago, focuses on British as well as international gastronomy and has racked up some serious awards including best fine dining experience, best cocktail experience and highly commended manager, which begs the question what actually took me so long?!
The stunning exterior encapsulated in black wrought iron railings and glass door lead you into an entrance with a classy vestibule, a grand oak staircase in front of you, the cocktail bar to the right and the main fine dining restaurant to the left.
On arrival, we received a very warm and inviting welcome from the manager, Esme who quickly took our coats and guided us through to the cocktail bar where we were introduced to the staff looking after us that evening.
The bar is stylishly laid out with a mixture of sofas, comfy chairs as well as bar stools, the walls are in keeping with the blue hues of the majestic peacock featuring vases of feathers and table tops featuring a peacock print.
One of my favourite Espresso Martini spots in Leicester meant I swiftly ordered my usual a dark chocolate and hazelnut Espresso Martini. The ingredients of Kahlua coffee liqueur, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, chocolate liqueur, cocoa powder, milk, cream, espresso and a sprinkling of hazelnuts has never disappointed and suited my lust for a slightly bitter taste perfectly.
Dr C’s rhubarb and lemon Martini was the perfect mix of rhubarb liqueur, lemon infused vodka, lemon and cranberry juices and gomme syrup.
Whilst we sipped our cocktails and relaxed into the sofa’s Esme brought our food menus over and I have a sneaky feeling you know what we went for, so without adjournment, lets fine dine at The White Peacock, Leicester.
THE FINE DINING
We took our seats in the polished dining room across the hall, in front of the huge windows, which filled the room with natural light, on this spring evening and commenced the seven course taster menu with wine pairings. I opted for the vegan menu and Dr C had the regular.
Deliciously warm bread was brought to us accompanied with regular butter as well as vegan butter (made from vegetable oil) and also some olive oil lightly seasoned with added basil, chervil and parsley.
Seasonal vegetable soup, with a lovely flavour of courgettes and spring
Glass of Prosecco
Cauliflower with soft cheese & golden raisin. (VEGAN)
Vigna Edmara Pinot Noir, Chile
Crispy pork belly, pickled mustard seeds, cider & apple puree
Vigna Edmara, Pinot Noir, Chile
Miso glazed carrot steak, Namasu salad with lemon grass & Ginger Kombucha Faultline (VEGAN).
Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Pan seared stone bass with burnt tomato puree & ajo blanco, Faultline.
Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
Mint & Basil Sorbet (VEGAN)
Gin and tonic sorbet
King oyster mushroom with Kobacha squash, onion and bay leaf puree’ & roasted grape jus (VEGAN).
Tierra Antica, Merlot, Chile
Lemon, lime & mint sorbet duo of lamb, smoked aubergine puree, tandoori mash, broad bean & tomato salsa.
Foundstone, Shiraz, South East Australia
Chocolate, coconut, mango and pineapple (VEGAN).
Erard Bertrand, Gris Blanc, France
Chocolate cremeux, caramelised white chocolate with raspberry texture & hibiscus.
Quady Winery, Elysium Black Muscat, California
Coffee & homemade petit fours
The proof as they say is in the pudding or in this case the tasting (menu to be precise!) and I have to admit the Vegan menu at The White Peacock is phenomenal. It was creative, inventive and delivered on flavour. Subtle where they needed to be and packing a punch where appropriate. The texture of the soft cheese didn’t leave me reeling like I was missing my usual cheese fix. Dr C only had good things to say about his taster menu also, the fish was cooked to perfection, the meat was cooked just as he likes it and all the flavours married well. You can see for yourself the presentation of the food is simply an art work in itself. The seven course menu is well portioned, leaving you comfortably full rather than reaching out for elasticated waist full!!
The wines were well paired and bought out distinct flavours when sipped with the food, I can honestly vouch Chef Keith did a tremendous job.
The White Peacock no longer remains a place where I frequent for cocktails alone, I will be making it a priority to attend regularly. The atmosphere, is absolutely not stuffy but relaxing and the staff induce a beautiful calmness around you. The service is attentive, friendly and articulate and I have literally run out of adjectives to describe the cuisine!!
The seven course taster menu is £40 per person and £60 per person with the inclusion of wine pairings.
Disclaimer: The pairing wines were kindly gifted to us by The White Peacock, however all views, opinions and photography are my own and therefore remain a copyright of be-lavie.
The White Peacock
14-16 King Street
Tel. 0116 254 7663
Find out more about dining at The white Peacock on their website: http://the-white-peacock.co.uk/
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