KuKu Connect members and guests were left stuffed after a gourmet evening of business networking at the Boot Room Restaurant & Venue on Millstone Lane.

In an old boot makers building, the Boot Room modestly stands proud to its heritage and its modern take on serving traditional English cuisine by using the best ingredients cooked fresh which was the scene for KuKu Connect’s March Connect Reception attended by over 85 businesses from across the county and wider region.

The venue showcased its culinary talents to great effect with artisan precision offering members and guests a delicious selection of hot and cold canapés including a moreish KuKu canapé created especially; seared pheasant, wild mushroom compote and black pudding crumb. The black pudding being from one of the best UK suppliers around who have been making their black pudding for generations from a secret recipe. Flutes and mocktails floated around including a rather saucy ‘safe sex on the beach’ mocktail, which titillated even the non-drinker.

“It was our pleasure and a great honour to host the March Connect Reception for KuKu Connect, even more so for us by being able to welcome the High Sheriff of Leicestershire. It was a great opportunity for us to show lots of new business people the Boot Room as both a restaurant and a venue. We created canapés and sorbets for our guests including a canapé we created just for KuKu. We also entertained members after the reception with our special pie menu, so we were really pleased to see so many people and I hope many new customers and we look forward to working with KuKu Connect in the future, we have been so pleased.” – Director, Manish Sharma of the Boot Room Restaurant & Venue.

In attendance at the Connect Reception and supporting the local business community was Professor Surinder Sharma, High Sheriff of Leicestershire. As Her Majesty’s Legal Representative in the county, the High Sheriff supports a wide range of organisations which represent the life of the county.

“I was pleased to attend and meet so many business people who live or base their organisations in Leicestershire, which in turn supports inward investment, culture and tourism, highlighting the county as a destination and a place to do business. The Connect Receptions are a great platform for any organisation who wants to develop and raise their profile and it was great for me to learn about some of the talent and expertise on offer in the business sector.” – High Sheriff, Professor Surinder Sharma of Leicestershire.

“Absolutely thrilled would be my words to describe our Connect Reception with the Boot Room. The hospitality of our hosts was exceptional with what seemed like an endless parade of canapés including a pheasant canapé which the kitchen cooked up especially for KuKu Connect. We enjoyed such a great turn out of businesses that we were full again, proving that you really can ‘mix business with pleasure’! – Stephen Goddard , Managing Director, KuKu Connect.

Membership of KuKu Connect is rising fast so if you want to join and represent your sector then please do join us whilst membership is open, so you connect, connect, connect!

All in all another hugely successful Connect Reception which left members and guests brimming with delight and a whole new set of business ‘connections’. See you all in April and if you haven’t yet attended a Connect Reception make sure you reserve your place as a free guest by emailing us at [email protected]


“You need to mix business with pleasure that’s why the KuKu Connect Receptions work so well.”

Gallery Proprietor, Donna Cross of the Oberon Gallery.

“Another great evening with KuKu Connect.”

Marketing & Business Development Manager, Craig Pearson of Your IT Department.

“Another fabulous night of networking from KuKu Connect at the Boot Room.”

Consultant, John Cooper, It’seeze Leicester.

“Thanks to KuKu Connect for a great event and to the Boot Room for the pies.”

Proprietor, Mark Eydman, of Six Pillars Consultancy.

“Great night with KuKu Connect crowd at the Boot Room. Superbly organised event! Can’t wait for the next one!”

Commercial Director, Chris Hewitt of AccountSavers

“Thank you to KuKu Connect for a great networking event at the Boot Room. Lots of great people to network with and the canapés were spot on.”

Business Development Manager, Helena Hughes of Payment Sense.

“Had a fab evening networking thanks to KuKu Connect and the Boot Room.”

Director, Venna Josh of Curry on Cooking.

KuKu Connect Receptions take place on the first Thursday of each month between 6-8pm in top locations in and around Leicester. For further information on membership please visit our Join page.

KuKu Connect Members receive 20% off your final bill, ordering from the A’la carte menu, discounted menus for group bookings, with no hire charges and further special discounts on food and drink for exclusive use of the Boot Room, Tuesdays-Fridays with their Privilege Card.

For more information on KuKu Connect and to become a Connect Member please click here