The Pear Tree Inn
This lively restaurant in the posh village of Woodhouse Eaves had a complete facelift and re-hauled its entire menu last year. We finally made it down to see if it still has Muddy's seal of approval.
Since the last time I visited The Pear Tree Inn, a lot has happened. There’s been a slight tweak in the name, a full remodel and rebrand and a completely new menu. Suffice to say, you wouldn’t recognise it.
Situated slap bang in the middle of the affluent and much sought after Charnwood village, Woodhouse Eaves on the outskirts of Loughborough, what was once Gino’s Pear Tree, is now The Pear Tree Inn but with the same friendly, buzzing atmosphere.
Regulars will know that the restaurant’s run by brothers Gianni, Marco and Riccardo Albiniano who wanted to revitalise and evolve an already, very successful business.
Locals will remember the rustic, Italian decor, red walls and Italian paraphernalia but fast forward to 2019 and the place is now a beautifully designed restaurant created by the rather fabulous local design agency, Checkland Kindleysides – it’s enough of a reason to check it out again.
Inside the blue walls, copper pendants and beautiful feature walls make the entire ‘dining out’ experience even more exciting and bring this place nicely up to date and for a split second you may forget you’re in a village local and think you’re in a trendy city haunt.
Special features include the snug – a cosy…well snug of an area with dark caramel upholstered sofas and industrial lighting – it’s a nice area for dinner too if you want something intimate. I managed to get a peek at the upstairs private dining room; a plush room with rich dark blue walls and a hidden bar behind a bookcase – very James Bond-esque.
We were eating from the new spring menu and I assumed they’d still be serving a predominantly Italian menu but this wasn’t the case.
In comparison to their old menu, this one is very paired down with only six starters and mains – fine by me as I spent less time deciding which dish to pick. They’ve still got a good selection of pizzas (Mr Muddy will be pleased) but have introduced a delicious weekend breakfast menu and a monthly party menu.
I picked the maple roasted butternut squash, with whipped goats cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds for starters and my dining partner went for the Buffalo mozzarella, tomato pesto, rocket and hazelnut pesto, heritage tomatoes. I bagged a winner with my dish which gave my friend serious food envy.
For mains I picked the cod loin and she, being a veggie, decided to go with the truffle and horse chestnut mushroom gnocchi (the only veggie main on the menu) which came with sun blushed tomato, spinach and white wine cream.
Hers, she said definitely packed a punch when it came to flavour and my cod was beautifully cooked and the broad beans gave it some texture and depth. The dish was light enough for me to help my friend with her plate of gnocchi – after all, it’s not that often you see indulgent ingredients like truffle on a menu.
With not much room left for dessert, we somehow managed to work our way through a delicious warm chocolate brownie served with vanilla ice cream scattered with a few strawberries and raspberries – always a winning combo!