Food & Drink

There are a wealth of superb eating and drinking establishments in the town of Ashby itself and in the surrounding villages. this is just a few of our favourites.

Zamani’s, Ashby offers authentic Italian food with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. It also has an outside courtyard and an adjacent winebar. Weekends are busy so it’s advisable to book. Lunch time specials are good value. www.zamanis.co.uk
Tel: 01530 560719

Taste of Thai, Ashby Superb Thai restaurant with excellent service and convivial atmosphere. Again it can be very busy especially at the weekends. www.tasteofthai-ashby.co.uk
Tel: 01530 560404

La Zouch, Ashby Traditional English restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available. Attached to the restaurant is La Zouch Cellars which offer an extensive range of fine wines and speciality whiskys. They also prepare divine personalised hampers. www.lazouch.co.uk
Tel: 01530 412536

North’s Delicatessen and Patisserie, Ashby delicious coffee served here and the most irresistible cake. There’s a range of scrumptious treats to take home too.

Dolce cafe in Ashby this friendly cafe serves excellent coffee and certainly gives Costa a run for money. Italian style light snacks and cakes available all day.

The Plough, Ashby. Transformed by the recent landlord, this is a happening, local and friendly pub serving a selection of real ales. They also serve home cooked food (check with pub for availability) and on Friday evening offer a range of Tapas. Tel: 01530 412817

Chequers, Ticknall for many, this is simply the best hostelry in the area. A real pub serving traditional cask conditioned ales. The pub doesn’t serve food. It doesn’t need to. There is always a warm greeting from Dennis and in the winter a welcoming open fire in an inglenook. On Saturday evenings the locals take over the piano. Tel: 01332 864392

The Wheel, Ticknall is a stylish contemporary pub/restaurant. The food is excellent and good value. Extremely popular it’s always best to book even on a week night. Getting a table in the bar always makes the visit particularly special. www.thewheelticknall.co.uk
Tel: 01332 864488

The Chequers and The Wheel are on the doorstep of Calke Abbey.

John Thompson, Ingleby is a classic pub with it’s own brewery. The countryside is idyllic; the pub itself rests on the banks of the River Trent. Food served Tues-Sun. A lovely drive out (8 miles) www.johnthompsoninn.com
Tel: 01332 86246

The Half Way House, Donisthorpe. You can cycle here along the trails and through the village or it’s just a few minutes drive from the house. The Half Way House is a free house and serves delicious Bass. It’s a local friendly pub with a separate restaurant serving real ales and home cooked food. Dominoes remains popular on a Sunday lunchtime. Great atmosphere. www.halfwayhousedonisthorpe.com
Tel: 01530 58878

The Bull and Lion, Packington a lovely walk across the fields and through the village of Packington takes you to this 17th century inn. The Bull and Lion is friendly and community spirited and serves reasonably priced food (check with pub for availability) 01530 413882. Don’t miss a visit to the local shop, Daybreak Services – it’s wonderfully eccentric and really seems to sell everything!

Whilst in Packington it’s worth paying a visit to The Mushroom Basket. The Livesey Brothers are the UK’s leading growers of gourmet mushrooms. You can buy a range of exotic mushrooms (Oyster, Shiitake, Paris Browns, Enoki and more) to cook back at the house. www.themushroombasket.com

The Rising Sun, Shackerstone traditional home made food and a range of draught beers and real ales. A great stop if you are visiting the Steam Railway or the Ashby Canal (6 miles) www.risingsunpub.com
Tel: 01827 880215

The Belper Arms, Newton Burgland is reputedly the oldest pub in Leicestershire, parts of the pub date back to the 13th century. A bright and cheerful proper English pub with traditional home cooked food set in lovely countryside.
Tel: 01530 270 530