Muddy eats at brand spanking new Black Iron
Black Iron what’s that all about then? It’s only the latest restaurant to open in the city. What? You’ve not heard of it? Well gather around, you’re in for a treat!
No city centre location, no buzzing high street (and a mere 10 minute drive from maison Muddy) the restaurant is in one of the most unassuming areas of the city. Tucked away from the main residential area down a pebble road and surrounded by a leafy parkland you’ll find yourself on the doorstep of Black Iron.
It’s worth mentioning that the restaurant is part of Winstanely House, a gorgeous new Grade II Georgian wedding/event venue with luxury rooms available upstairs. But you don’t need to be attending a wedding to visit the restaurant or to even stay in one of the rooms.
We were greeted at the door by a pair of smartly dressed men – black suit and crisp white shirts you get the gist.
The bar/lounge features an original fireplace, sash windows, high ceilings bought bang up-to-date with stylish gold detailing in the bar and mirrors. The extensive bar menu here offers more than 40 beers, including locally brewed Black Iron Lager, over 106 wines and an impressive gin and cocktail list which was crying out my name.
The restaurant lighting was dim and the decor has been kept simple, smart and stylish; grey walls, plush blue chairs, beautiful statement lighting, tasteful artwork and I loved the copper tone salt and pepper shakers that were sitting on each table.
We were dining on the third night since opening and as the evening progressed, the restaurant had a slow but steady stream of customers.
The modern restaurant steakhouse celebrates the very best of British using seasonal and stunning ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Head chef is Ben Coleman, born and raised right here in Leicestershire and has worked as a chef for the bast 16 years. Starting his career at the Greyhound Coaching Inn, Lutterworth he worked at Michelin-starred ‘La Credenza’ in Italy before coming back to England.
We were eating from a special set menu for the evening so for starters, we picked the beetroot salad for starters. This cheery dish came sprinkled with hazelnuts and the colourful assortment of beetroot was as easy on the eye as it was on the palate. For mains I went with the courgette flan which on arrival, looked the total opposite to what I had imagined.
It was delicate and pretty and after such a light starter, I wondered if the veggies would fill me up, but they did. It came with a delicious cauliflower puree, ash baked sweet potato, roasted vegetables and a light, courgette type mousse which I had to savour because I didn’t want it to finish.
My dining partner opted for the crispy pork belly, mashed potatoes, cider jus, wilted spinach and burnt apple puree and happily tucked away at her main course.
Sticking with the idea of best of British, dessert on the night was a choice between trifle, sticky toffee pudding or tea and cake. We opted for tea and cake which was actually Victoria sponge cake, strawberries and Earl grey ice cream. I’ve never had Early grey ice cream before but it wasn’t as overpowering as I thought it would be and mixed with the crumble was the perfect pairing.
BEDROOMS / EXTRAS
We took a sneak peek at the rooms and were blown away by the luxurious decor. Each one was kitted out with glamorous accessories, glass chandeliers and french-style wardrobes but it was the Winstanley Suite that caught my attention. Corr blimey imagine the indulgent baths I could have in that tub!
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Foodies who love a little fine dining style and anyone looking for an urbane, London buzzy vibe that doesn’t cost the earth. Romantic couples, special birthdays and anniversaries.
Not for: Those on a tight budget.
The damage: More pricier than your average restaurant but still reasonable. Starters from £5.50, mains range from £11-£13 and the locally sourced, Onley Grounds Dry Aged Steaks start from £13.
Black Iron Restaurant, Winstanley House, Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 1HX.