If you’re looking for somewhere to dine in the City Centre that’s a little unique, and ideal for a special occasion, then I would highly recommend Middletons in Leicester. The original Middletons Steakhouse & Grill opened in 2011 and is located in the traditional Norfolk village of Middleton, King’s Lynn. All of their meat is delivered fresh every day from their very own butchery to the other restaurants and you can mostly definitely taste the quality.
The restaurant is situated in the former NatWest bank, which has been empty since it closed in 2000, and has been restored at a cost of £1.5million into a 200 seater restaurant. It is a Grade 2 listed building, is one of the city’s architectural treasures and it’s an absolutely beautiful setting.
Their main menu consists of a mix of prime cuts of meat, grills, burgers, fresh fish and homemade desserts as well as a vast selection of wines and a cocktail list packed with classics. They also have a fixed price menu at £9.95 for three courses, available Monday to Saturday 12-6pm and have, of course, a roast dinner offering on Sundays.
Calamari is my absolute favourite starter, but it’s so disheartening when it comes out cold, chewy and tasteless. HOWEVER, this wasn’t one of those times I’m pleased to report. It was hot, crispy and full of flavour at Middletons, and the aioli that came with it brought a lovely fresh creaminess to the dish. Granted, calamari is not for everyone, but I would definitely suggest you take the leap at Middleton’s, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
My guest had breaded brie wedges, and while he was very reluctant to share, I managed to snaffle a bite of one. I loved the contrast between the creamy brie and the crisp batter. It wasn’t too heavy or overdone either. Quite often with brie wedges, they are either not cooked enough, or over cooked, resulting in either an oily and squishy substance or a very dry and tasteless lump. These however were perfectly cooked. The chilli jam that came with them was a great addition, and the sharpness of the chilli jam provided a welcome kick.
Middletons have a wide variety of mains available, but, as you would expect with their name, their specialities are steaks. HOWEVER. My eye was immediately drawn to the 8oz Filler Beef Wellington. The fillet is combined with parma ham, mushroom, herbs and english mustard and is all encased in a gorgeous short crust pastry. You can opt to have the fillet ‘pink’ or ‘well done’.
As you can see, I opted for pink. It was SO good. My knife sliced through the steak like butter, and it was a real melt in your mouth situation. The addition of pastry made this dish feel very warming and comforting, although it’s very filling- perfect for when you’re extra hungry!
Each steak, and grill for that matter, comes with one side, which you can choose from the menu. This is everything from fries to salads to specific vegetables, all complimenting each meal perfectly. I chose dauphinoise potatoes, one of my favourite side dishes, and as you can see below, it comes layered in rectangles, rather than the standard slices, which was a nice touch, in a wonderful creamy sauce. My meal was so delicious, and so indulgent. I almost felt bad for not ordering any greens- ALMOST!
My guest wanted to order the fillet mignon, but unfortunately it wasn’t available. It does stipulate on the menu that it’s subject to availability so I would highly recommend ringing ahead should you want this dish. He opted for a normal fillet instead, cooked rare, that came with a garlic butter. He also chose dauphinoise, and added a little green onto his plate in the form of crushed peas. His favourite thing is rare steak, so he’s always a little disappointed when restaurants can’t fully cater to this. Middleton’s is not one of these however, and he said the steak was cooked perfectly! Winner.
While we were enjoying our dinner, I did a little people watching, and I was so impressed with what I saw with the staff at Middletons. Not only was the service friendly, warm, and helpful, but it was efficient too. Considering they had a lot of festive bookings in as we were dining, nobody seemed to be waiting too long for any of their food and the atmosphere was buzzing.
Ahhh dessert. Possibly my favourite of all the courses. I’m a huge crème brulee fan so of course I had to try Middletons and it was delicious. Easily one of the best crème brulees I’ve had. The main custard part was creamy and mild, and the top was crunchy, sweet and flavourful. It also made the most delicious ‘crack’ when I stuck my spoon into it for the first time. This pudding also came with a shortbread biscuit which was a nice little touch.
So, if you are looking for a restaurant in Leicester that’s tucked away from any of the main bustle of the Highcross that would be perfect for special occasions, or even date nights, I would highly recommend Middletons. The food is of exceptional quality, without being over priced, the venue itself is stunning and the service is friendly and efficient. What more could you want from a restaurant?!
Middletons Steakhouse & Grill
2 St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB
*Both of our meals were kindly provided by Middletons in return for this review. This does not however, and will not affect my opinions, which will always be honest.