Fill your boots at the delicious Boot Room Restaurant & Venue

Ok so we aren’t talking ‘all you can eat’ but you won’t go away hungry when you visit the excellent Boot Room on Millstone Lane.

Housed in what was a boot maker’s building is the quiet but sophisticated restaurant. You will note the original brick walls, but with a happy welcome and attentive service you will feel quite warm and comfortable in an almost rustic chic environment (not sure ‘rustic chic’ is a thing, but we will check with Vogue and get back to you), with the occasional sax playing in the background. The Boot Room does not try to be something its not and embraces its heritage as it does with its superior fresh and homemade cooking.

Now for those inverted food snobs amongst us (wicked people) who think this sounds like an ‘ultra mod’, large plate – small portion, over fussy waiting service type of place, we are delighted (smug even) to inform you are quite wrong. The Boot Room is a relaxed restaurant where one can dress to the nines or simply stroll in with jeans, boots (obvs) and a kaftan and its very much the same with its clientele whether a family celebration, graduation, an indulgent dinner of all things nice, a light early evening supper or romantic dinner for two (probably the date where you want to impress). We had no choice but to dine with the Boot Room twice due to the heavenly offer of the menu, but at lunch we were sat near to an elderly couple, imagine ‘twin-set and pearls’ and Colonel Mustard, who after their rather tasty looking steaks were most impressed and were noted to say they were “stuffed” as indeed we were.

The Boot Room offers something quite special, traditional British and European dishes, but cooked homemade and fresh with the best produce they can get their hands on. From sauces, gravies, pastry, pastas and chips through to soufflé and ice cream everything served is made from scratch in the kitchen under the direction of Head Chef Craig and Director Manish Sharma who both share a modest pride about their offer to Leicester’s best eateries.

Ok so what did we eat; rabbit roulade, not what you’d expect and our recommendation, not a meat fan then tempura battered halloumi, which was crisp and succulent. Excellent scallops with black pudding, but not just any old sort, the scallops are from the best that can be sourced and the black pudding is sourced from an old Irish recipe dating back to the 1880’s. Their steak is mouth watering, with award winning sirloin, 28 day aged as you would expect from the best produce, tender slow cooked lamb, rich dauphinoise potatoes all featured in the menu. What is also great is the offer for non-meat eaters, a savoury soufflé and a very popular vegetarian wellington goes down a treat, which makes the Boot Room an excellent option if you are entertaining family and friends or business clients. Whilst there is so much, which changes seasonally we have to mention the excellent pies including the beef and smoked oyster pie, now this is something the Boot Room can be proud of, as we’ve not come across this type of old English favourite anywhere in the wider region and its certainly one to try.

Pie night takes place on Thursdays at a bargain price of just £9.95, with Wednesdays being Fish and Chips at the same price, which we hope we might be invited back to try, we do love a good Fish and chip supper, all the better at excellent value. We could go on and on about food, but we suggest you book in now and see for yourself, you can be traditional or try something a little different to your usual tastes. Book or pop in one evening.

If you become a real fan like we have then you can even have the Boot Room to yourself. With a flexible kitchen that cooks fresh the Boot Room as a venue can cater for your every need and can offer exceptional value for nearly every budget, whether a 50th birthday, a wedding reception, a graduation lunch, a launch event or something more corporate for your top clients, or an outing for a hard working team of staff. Millstone Lane is undergoing various pipe and road works, but don’t worry about that, you’ll soon forget that once you have settled down to your table.

The Boot Room is certainly a great place to eat with a warm and friendly team with a passionate kitchen which turns out perfect pukka from the best ingredients, cooked fresh. Elegance in abundance with great classics with a Champagne Tasting Dinner coming up in the summer with top champagne house Pol Roger, Royal Warrant Holders to Her Majesty none the less. Hold on we haven’t even mentioned the pudding and desserts, soufflés being a speciality amongst cheesecakes, chocolate and a dizzy selection, but we are out of time, so you’ll just have to go and indulge . . .

The Boot Room Restaurant & Venue

29, Millstone Lane, Leicester

0116 262 2555 / [email protected]

KuKu Connect members receive 20% off their bill when ordering from the a’la carte menu, discounted menus for group bookings and no hire charges and special offer discounts for exclusive use Tuesday-Fridays with your Privilege Card.