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Which picturesque village pub has been taken over by a new Michelin chef? And which lifestyle biz is opening up their first store and where? We've got all the answers.

The Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington

No stranger to the foodie scene, this fantastic country pub in the picturesque village of Lyddington in Rutland has been taken over by award-winning chef, Krishnapal Negi. Fresh from London, Negi previously worked at Tangawizi, in Richmond Upon Thames – where he won a Michelin Bib Gourmand – and then at 1947 London. In Rutland, he’s rehauled the country pub so now guests can enjoy classic pub food like grilled sea bass and pan-fried cajun chicken at The Bar at The Marquess or head to Krishna’s – his exciting new Indian restaurant. The menu is short and simple (for now) and focuses on light, healthy, fresh and vibrant dishes likes mushroom cake and truffle flavoured naan. Go check it out now!

Blossoms Restaurant, Rutland Hall Hotel

Hey fancy pants, there’s a new restaurant in town and you’re going to lurve it! Blossoms had it official opening last week and has already had rave reviews. Part of the massive Rutland Hall Hotel rebrand, the restaurant is nestled within 65 acres of luscious green parkland. Heading up the kitchen is Sumit Chakrabarty who has gained tons of experience at various Michelin-star restaurants and brings with him a passion for French cuisine. Inside, you can expect a super stylish interior plus a bar with a beautiful blossom tree taking centre stage alongside a grand piano. If that wasn’t enough, the restaurant also has spectacular views over Rutland Water.

Restaurant 263

Muddy’s award-winning Best Restaurant is reopening this month. Run by Keith Sadomba, the restaurant’s been closed temporarily for a little face lift. Once open, it will feature a more stylish interior and even a few more tables so you won’t miss the epic 8 course tasting menu served every Friday and Saturday. There’s also sophisticated dining options for veggies and vegans too like the glazed mock duck and chestnut ravioli with an onion dashi. Think posh without the price tag!

Twenty One, Leicester

A new casual dining Indian restaurant has just opened up in Greenacres Leicester, The Sidings as part of the Great Central Railway development. The restaurant/bar/grill serves classic Indian dishes, sizzlers and street food snacks and we love the sound of their okra fries and duck tikka – all served with a modern twist. While here, try the cocktail that comes with a smoke bomb – sounds scary but it’s not and worth ordering just to see the theatre of it all! Open Weds-Sunday.

Nevill Arms, Medbourne​

A handful of rooms in the old stable block have recently been refurbished in this gorgeous village pub. You may remember that the pub exchanged hands last year and the new owners obviously have a vision for the restaurant with rooms because they’ve already given the restaurant/bar a major facelift. Beds in the newly decorated rooms come with a bespoke headboard, walls are adorned with bright hand printed wallpaper and you’ll be dying to sink into the hypnos mattresses and get cosy under the goose and down feather duvets (although probably not in this heatwave!). Bathrooms come with roll top baths or large walk in showers and plush toiletries too.

Ssnug Living, Market Harborough

Stepping away from the foodie scene, the talented duo behind lifestyle store, Dragonfly & Co – and Muddy Award Winner this year for Best Lifestyle Store – Laura and Stacey are opening up their first bricks and mortar store in Market Harborough. Located on Abbey Street and opening 25 July, Ssnug Living will include products from other makers and run separately from Dragonfly & Co. Expect sustainably made pieces, homeware, accessories and more.

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