Private dining spots for a reunion to remember
Let someone else do the cooking and washing up while you catch up in style at your family reunion. All you need to do is book one of these Leicestershire and Rutland pubs and restaurants with private dining rooms.
No one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen when you can enjoy a fabulous meal OUT OUT!
We’ve done the hard work for you and found some of the best places to book your own private room where you can chat, chow down and order as many Chiantis as you want.
Nice to look at it, even better to eat in and soooo cool – but not in a pretentious way. The private dining room here is only made better if you fill it with all your family and friends. Featuring a gold patterned wall inspired by the ancient mosaic that was excavated below the floor, you’ll be feasting on everything from calamari to crispy cauliflower and cod plus, they have a kids menu. Located within the main restaurant, the private dining room is separated by a glimmering gold chain curtain partition; definitely Instagram-worthy we’d say!
Fourwards Restaurant, Earl Shilton
While you’ll have to wait a little longer to book the exclusive private dining room, husband and wife owners and chefs, Stacy (semi-finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals a few years ago BTW) and Adam still cater for big private parties. You can grab a spot on an elevated platform in the restaurant or the venue can be split into two separate areas. If you prefer complete privacy, hire the entire restaurant for bigger get-togethers or special occasion Mon-Weds for £50 per head. You’ll get a private dining menu, their undivided attention and service of course plus, it’s a relaxed place to hang out en-masse.
Hambleton Hall, Rutland
Want to up the ante on the style factor for your first big get-together? Then get thee to Hambleton Hall. The ‘Hall’ has held a Michelin Star since 1982, the longest retained star in the UK – pretty impressive huh?! The private dining room here comes with dreamy views overlooking Rutland Water and caters for 20 people for lunch. If your party prefers an evening meal, then you’ll have to fork out for eight bedrooms too, but we say go big or stay home – right?Smaller parties book the Study which can fit an intimate 14 people. Surprisingly, there’s no hire fee (you just need to pay a deposit) and you’ll be tucking into Michelin-starred dishes inspired by local produce. It’s basically a better version of the sort of classy dinner party you’d like to hold at home, but never can.
The Grey Lady, Newton Linford
Neatly nestled in the main part of the restaurant, The Grey Lady’s private dining room is filled with natural light, shelves stacked with Champagne bottles, subtle touches of country style chic and a feast of dishes to share between 16 people arounds a large square table – think quail and wild mushroom and truffle risotto, beef fillet with fondant potatoes, chantenay carrots, tenderstem broccoli, red wine and shallot sauce. If you want a low-key, vibe for getting together, this is a good choice. There’s flickering candle light in the winter and gorgeous sunny views of the surrounding greenery in summer. All this for a £50 hire charge.
The Olive Branch, Clipsham Rutland
The beautiful converted cow barn in the Olive Branch is hidden gem that maintains many of the characteristics of the barn with whitewashed stone walls and exposed beams. There’s also hand made oak framed leaded windows. Settle down and enjoy the experience as the waiters ply you with award-winning dishes featuring only the best local produce as well as their very own grown vegetables and herbs. We love the sound of the cornish crab and lamb shoulder from their eight-course tasting menu and there’s also plenty for veggies and kids too. If you’re planning to turn the reunion into an all-night party (how can you not with their 19 page wine list) they’ve got six beautiful bedrooms across the road you can book too.
The Langton Arms, Church Langton, Market Harborough
For a gastro pub, this private room is a bit of beaut. It can fit just under 30 people and you can choose how you’d like it set up. It’s light, bright and airy, featuring shelves stacked with logs and quirky, rustic decor like brick walls, wooden beams, and a cool floral wallpapered ceiling. As for the food, you can have everything from honey and mustard roast ham to Chateaubriand for lunch or if you want an epic meal with the family, we suggest the Sunday roast.
The Pear Tree, Woodhouse Eaves
Quite possibly one of the coolest places to enjoy a private shindig with your family and one of our top faves for a quaff or scoff anytime, The Pear Tree has been firing off all cylinders for a while now, and the updated decor a few years ago has helped massively. It’s an neighbourhood gem (if you’ve got the cash to live in the area) and is kitted out in dramatic blue wooden cladded walls and a beautiful parquet floor. But the best bit has to be the hidden bar behind an antique bookcase (very James Bond-esque) where you can sip on everything from Peroni to Prosecco with 30 of your nearest and dearest.