Muddy Eats: The Bradgate
When it comes to big bashes The Bradgate, Newtown Linford has got it covered. We recently booked it for a big get-together and it did not let us down.
With its idyllic setting on the edge of Bradgate Park, the pub is in a great location for anyone wanting to explore some of Leicestershire’s gorg green countryside. It’s also perfectly placed to enjoy a drink or two and admire the tourist hot spot and it’s an even better place to stop if hunger is calling.
There certainly was a rustic vibe throughout – wooden beams, cosy chairs, and a traditional bar area. I especially liked the clever ‘labelling’ of the toilets as ‘stags’ and ‘does’ in reference to Bradgate Park’s popular deer population.
The private dining area upstairs is much more modern, with leather chairs, wooden floors, and mirrors. Despite not having the same countryside pub feel as the rest of the establishment, it was spacious and ideal for a big group like ours.
The pub has a rather extensive menu, which is great for fussy eaters who only like a few meals, but hard for foodies as there’s so much choice. The menu was filled with typical pub classics such as burgers, steak, pies, and curry. However, in addition to these, the pub also has a stone baked pizza menu and each topping combination is named after something of local significance, for example Old John and Charnwood.
As I was there on a Sunday, the main menu was more limited, but the roast dinner makes up for this, with a variety of options to choose from, as well as a great selection for vegetarians.
For my starter, I had the lamb koftas – the portion size was seriously generous and I think almost too generous considering I still had two more courses to go. Nevertheless, I was well prepared by wearing a summer dress which covered up any indulgences.
Sunday lunch here meant roast turkey for me – something you don’t often see beyond the festive season, so I jumped right in. Poor presentation aside, the roast dinner was delicious from the giant Yorkshire pudding right down to the gigantic slab of stuffing.
Not sure how I managed it but I still had room for dessert and opted for the chocolate and salted caramel torte with orange sorbet. It was rather rich and indulgent but still delicious and unsurprisingly, I couldn’t quite finish it off but made a good attempt.
CHILD FRIENDLY? Yes! There is a children’s menu on offer, as well as a play area in the pub garden. We had a toddler in my party, and as we were upstairs, the staff provided a stairgate, so the little one could run around safely.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Large groups, a family meal, walkers in need of refuelling, pretty much everyone.
Not for: People wanting a light meal, the portion sizes are very big, even the sandwiches come with salad, coleslaw, and tortilla chips!
The damage: Reasonable. Starters range from £4.50-£8.95. Mains between £8.95 and £18.95. Desserts £4.95-£5.25. Sundays 2 courses £16.50, 3 courses £20.95. Kids meals all £5.25.
The Bradgate, 37 Main St, Newtown Linford, Leicester LE6 0AE
Words by Megan Harrison.