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Is Cosy Club the funkiest place to eat in Leics?

Have you been to The Cosy Club yet? Oh but you should! I’ts been on my radar to visit for ages and I finally grabbed my chance the other week.

Housed in an old clothing and hosiery factory in the city, the Cosy Club decor has vamped up this once derelict building and given it a whole new life. Set across two floors its bright, a little eccentric but lots of fun – think vintage artwork, clusters of retro lampshades, industrial street lamps, as well as mismatched tables and chairs all which add to its playful nature. To the left of the restaurant is the lounge made up of large, slightly battered leather sofas and colourful upholstered stools. When we visited, the Leicester Sketch Club was here taking part in their Sunday morning coffee and sketch sessions.

The bright spectacle of the bar is beautifully designed and features brightly coloured thread reels giving a nod to the buildings history.The restaurant is relaxed and makes use of ample space so you never get that awkward feeling that you’re sitting too close to your neighbours. There’s even a downstairs ‘Loom Room’ if things get too crowded up top.

As soon as we walked in the host asked us if we needed a vegan or gluten free menu; catering for other dietary requirements – tick. Food here is casual and there’s a bit of everything – sandwiches, burgers, puddings and hearty classics like bangers and mash and fish and chips. There’s also a great brunch menu. Trying to stick with my health kick, I opted for the avocado brunch with lime, chilli, coriander, topped with tomato and a poached egg on toasted Puccia bread. I asked for veggie sausages on the side but unfortunately the kitchen didn’t serve them, but I found solace in a side order of fries. Hey, don’t judge!

My brunch buddy went for Cosy Club’s version of the full English; grilled smoked back bacon, Gloucester Old Spot sausage, field mushroom, tomato, potatoes, baked beans and fried egg with toast.


We picked Cosy Club not only because of it’s central location but because we were going to be out most of the day and wanted somewhere to fuel up for a busy day ahead and we made a good choice.

I had a quick peek at the other options on the menu and a few things did jump out at me, so I’ll definitely be back.

THE MUDDY VERDICT:

Good for: Getting over a hangover because of all the foodie options. Great for large groups and the lounge is perfect for a chilled-out drinks and snacks with friends. It’s busy but not loud and has real buzz about it. Great central location for a chow down after an afternoon of shopping. Well worth visiting even if it’s just to gawp at the fun decor.

Not for: Those looking for a quiet or intimate spot.

££: Great variety and well-priced for a city restaurant. Mains start from £7.50.

The Cosy Club, 68 Highcross St, Leicester LE1 4NN.

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