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Finally, you can now pay for someone else to feed you and do the dishes. Thanks to the new government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme – which kicks off on Mon 3 Aug and runs to Mon 31 Aug, FYI – you can get up to a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are more details here, but as the offer is only valid on Mon to Wed reservations, we’d start booking date nights in, stat!

Here’s where Team Muddy recommends…

Mowgli Street Food, Leicester

This fab Indian street food chain is back up and running and we can’t wait to tuck into their ruby wraps and gunpowder chicken and with money off, you’ll be eating out for almost nothing. Hurrah!

The Oat Hill, Market Harborough

Enjoy dishes from their summer menu in the glorious sunny sand spacious gardens. Get 50% off their menu which is a much simpler one than usual but features burgers, sandwiches and platters.

Waterfront Restaurant, Market Harborough

Serving a slightly paired down ‘Covid menu’ there’s still plenty of choice from roast belly of pork to grilled seabass plus, their platters are always a hit!

The George, Great Oxendon, Market Harborough

Enjoy a memorable meal in this beautiful pub mere minutes from the buzz of Market Harbs. Loving the sound of avocado and smoked bacon salad with a poached egg and the parmesan and dolcelatte linguine. Try and grab an outdoor table for drinkies too.

Nevill Arms Inn, Medbourne, Market Harborough

A charming Inn featuring original features inc, original large studded oak door, oak beamed ceilings serves traditional but posh pub food for dinner only. Try to grab an outdoor table as the terrace is beautiful. If it’s lunch you’re after, try their cafe is running the same offer too.

Langton Arms, Church Langton, Market Harborough

Their summer menu is smaller than normal but has got my mouth watering already – crispy halloumi and mushroom burger, grilled swordfish, LA burger…the list goes on plus there’s a reassuringly tasty dessert menu.

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Woodhouse Eaves

Beautiful and lively family-run pub in a prime spot in beautiful Woodhouse Eaves. Food includes pan-fried fillet of beef medallion, minty lamb chops, peri peri halloumi burger or their posh dog for lunch!

Pear Tree Inn, Woodhouse Eaves

There’s something special about authentic Italian food, and this family-owned restaurant is one of Muddy’s fave restaurant as it ticks all the boxes. Think modern European with a good helping of tasty Italian dishes.

Boboli, Kibworth

If you love a hearty and rustic Italian feast, look no further than Boboli. The scheme applies on all lunch and dinner menus Mon – Wed so you can tuck into saffron risotto with garlic prawns and courgette or breaded pork escalope with sweet and sour baby onion ore eat your fill of their delicious pizzas.

The Priory, Nanpatan

Another fave gastro pub for the Muddy team – we love the small plates and although the menu is a paired down version, there’s still plenty on offer from baby squid and sticky cauliflower to pies, grills, burgers and plenty of sides and good options for littlies too if you’re after a family lunch out.

The Grey Lady, Newton Linford

Overlooking Bradgate Park and they’ve just revamped their outdoor terrace for al fresco dining so try the ‘Terrace Menu’ which includes garlic kiev, crab, beetroot salad and more. There’s also taster menu or a set lunch menu (two courses £18 or three for £21) and the offer applies on all menus – but be quick to bag a table as they’re always busy.

The Good Earth Restaurant, Leicester

If you need your veggie fix, there’s no better place. This family-run rustic eatery serves up a variety of hot and cold dishes. It’s so popular so best to arrive as early as poss as tables are limited.


The Berkeley Arms, Wymondham

Been missing nights out at a good old-fashioned cosy pub? Get thee to The Berkley Arms. Traditional pub serving upscale pub food locally sourced. Fancy a Mint and Rosemary Lamb Shank try theirs but they also have some nice classic dishes like sausages served with posh truffle oil mash as well as fish and chips.

The Lake Isle, Uppingham

You won’t be able to get 50% off the 160 wines (boo) but you can treat yourself to delicious food which includes  herb miso glazed chicken, toasted quinoa, jalapeno dressing or for dinner duck, ginger cashews, summer greens, crispy polenta, Japanese style salted plum ketchup.

The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham

Everything is back up and running at this popular restaurant with rooms and the menu is changing almost daily so you can go every week in August and enjoy something new.

Horse and Jockey, Manton

Running a very limited menu of snacks and baguettes for lunch but worth visiting if you’re out taking a stroll and enjoying the glorious weather.

Hambleton Hall, Hambleton

Celebrating 40 years a visit to Hambleton is well worth it this year and if you can save some money here while eating out, your wallet will thank you. You’ll receive the wine list my email so you can check it before ordering. Money off all their menus inc the Lunch of Less – two courses for £34.50 add if you add a third course for £8.50 with the government scheme, you’ll be eating dessert for free – hmm lemon tart or raspberry souffle?

Finch’s Arms, Oakham

Soak up the weather and the views in this fabulous gastro pub/restaurant. Eat from the a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The rooms here are also very comfortable if you’re looking to make a weekend of it.

The Noel at Whitwell, Rutland

A delightful country pub within walking distance of the shores of Rutland Water and the food ain’t bad either; for lunch there’s everything from sandwiches to homemade pizza and pasta and then larger pub style dishes for dinner.

Still hungry? Search for restaurants near you participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme here.

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