Loughborough Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Loughborough

September 6, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Loughborough (/ˈlʌfb(ə)rə/ ( listen) LUF-b(ə-)rə) is a town in the Charnwood borough of Leicestershire, England, seat of Charnwood Borough Council, and home to Loughborough University. The town had a population of 57,600 in 2004, making it the second largest settlement in Leicestershire. It is close to the Nottinghamshire border and within short distances of Nottingham, East Midlands Airport and Derby. The town has the world's largest bell foundry – John Taylor Bellfounders, which made the bells for the Carillon war memorial, a landmark in the Queens Park in the town, Great Paul for St Paul's Cathedral, and York Minster.
Things to do in Loughborough

1. Thai Grand

18 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1509 211299
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 354 reviews

Thai Grand

Reviewed By MalcH - Loughborough, United Kingdom

Went with friend son Saturday night and once again had an excellent experience. Mixed platter of starters followed by Duck Curry, Special Rice, Prawn Phad Thai ... all were excellent. Service was superb especially given the restaurant was very very busy. Love it here !!

2. Salim's Indian Restaurant

9 Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AE, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$235 +44 1509 213200
Excellent
73%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 437 reviews

Salim's Indian Restaurant

Reviewed By Tracy L

The service was good they weren’t on top of you asking if you wanted another drink when you still had half a glass meal was superb, we have had a couple of deliveries from them as well and they tasted the same. Will be back.Thank you for your review. It means so much , for us,as a team, when customers are pleased with our food and service. Our aim is to make happy as many customers as possible. Looking forward to see you again.

3. Hammer and Pincers

5 East Road | Wymeswold, Loughborough LE12 6ST, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +44 1509 880735
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 682 reviews

Hammer and Pincers

Reviewed By wriggsAshbourne - Ashbourne

This place really nails it. Borderline Michelin Star food at about half the price you would pay at those establishments. Great service ( friendly, attentive but unobtrusive ) and lovely complimentary touches all through the meal ( really interesting breads, a lovely refreshingly different sorbet and yummy petit fours ). The set menu is a steal @ £29 for 3 courses, especially bearing in mind the quality and complimentary add ons. They also seem to set great stall by sourcing locally and it shows ! We've eaten at many Good Food Guide restaurants over the years and this is up there with the best, and better than most - definitely worth more than the current 3 rating in our view.

4. Caravelli Italian Restaurant

The Old Manor | 11 Sparrow Hill, Loughborough LE11 1BT, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1509 211228
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

Caravelli Italian Restaurant

We are a family run Italian restaurant with a great combination of a warm friendly atmosphere and good Italian food and wine.

Reviewed By Kev W - Loughborough, United Kingdom

Loughborough has a small number of exceptional, local restaurants. After our first visit to Caravelli this weekend, we now have one more venue to add to the list.
Friendly staff and great food and an excellent choice homemade desserts - will definitely visit again. Highly recommended.

5. The Manor House Pub and Rooms

Manor House Woodhouse Road, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8AL, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1509 413416
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 687 reviews

The Manor House Pub and Rooms

Reviewed By Simon H - Quorndon, England, United Kingdom

We had a nice meal with a group of friends - both the food and service was good. The pub is very popular and at 7.30pm on Friday night the bar was very busy and very noisy so we didn't get the most tranquil dining experience! The staff did their best to locate us on the quietest table available. It soon quietened down however and this just shows how popular The Manor is. The car park was also full when we arrived and it took a while to get a parking space.

6. The White Horse

2 Leicester Road, Quorn, Loughborough LE12 8ET, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 - HK$212 +44 1509 620140
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 452 reviews

The White Horse

Traditional Country Pub set in the beautiful & historic village of Quorn serving a fresh produce menu throughout the day. Serving breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning followed by a full menu and also a choice of 4 Sunday Roasts every Sunday. We also have a stone-baked pizza oven serving freshly made pizzas, 7 days a week.

Reviewed By Steve B - Midlands

Very enjoyable meal for two. Ocean platter starter was very tasty. Mushroom stuffed chicken was good-enjoyed the dauphinois potatoes. Black and blue burger looked very unusual with the black bread-very delicious. Managed lemon posset for pud-would have preferred it a bit more lemony personally but the shortbread biscuits with it were gorgeous. Have been many times before and White horse never disappoints!

7. Ferrari's Trattoria

4 High Street, Quorn, Loughborough, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1509 412191
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Ferrari's Trattoria

Reviewed By Jenny W

We visited over the Christmas period, and were given a small limited menu and were shocked to see that the prices had been put up a lot, service was not great either, as the waiters seemed to favour certain people,bread on the table for some, not for us, the side vegetables were very limited, no offer of replacement drinks, pate was just on a plate with salad and some French bread, no thought had gone into presentation at all, the apple tart was shop bought with very cheap ice cream.
Overall a very expensive for what we reviewed and disappointing visit, no desire to return.

8. Mount Gurkha

31 Ashby Road, Loughborough LE11 3AA, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1509 213974
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

Mount Gurkha

Reviewed By Priyal P

Visited Mount Gurkha a couple of days ago with my friends. Mount Gurkha is the perfect way to satisfy Indian food craving that you could be having. The service and ambience is good. Kshitij Garg waited our table and was very patient and served us well. The food was a tad bit on the sweeter side but nevertheless delicious. You could always add a hit of chilli if you ask them. They even accommodated my Jain request and prepared a couple of starters and mains. As an Indian student at Loughborough, id recommend Mount Gurkha to all who crave for some good Indian food! Will definitely come back again :)

9. TARBOUSH

12-12A Market Street, Loughborough LE11 3EP, England Television, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Turkish, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$220 +44 1509 264470
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 709 reviews

TARBOUSH

TARBOUSH is the Arabic name for red hat or fez, which is traditionally worn in the Middle Eastern region as part of the traditional custom. TARBOUSH Loughborough is a traditional yet modern fully licensed Arabic & Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant opened in April 2010 with a menu inspired by the Middle East. It brings some of the magic from the ancient world to the area & is the ideal place to escape if you want a break from the norm. The menu offers an array of tantalizing tastes & light refreshing bites which will take you on a journey from Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt, Morocco to Turkey, Greece & back. Enjoy the opportunity to dine alfresco in our spacious outdoor garden. Sit alongside the water Fountain and enjoy our traditional charcoal BBQ which serves a variety of dishes or just choose from our selection of drinks and relax with a flavoured Shisha water pipe. TARBOUSH offers a selection of fruit flavored smoking SHISHA water pipe in the covered garden. With the air filled with the sweet scent of rose, lemon and strawberry, you will find it easy to forget where you are as you relax and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere.

Reviewed By retsel M

Lovely place, literally like a breath of fresh air going to this place after the weather we've had recently. Very warm and cosy, lovely smell of burning coals, food was lovely and very tasty loads of little pots on the table of different starters to...MoreDear retsel M, Thank you for your visit to TARBOUSH restaurant and for sharing your experience. We appreciate all the positive feedback and are glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Kind regards, TARBOUSH Management Team

10. Fernandez Grillhouse

7 High Street, Loughborough LE11 2PY, England Parking Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Steakhouse, British, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$220 +44 1509 262828
Excellent
69%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 667 reviews

Fernandez Grillhouse

Fernandez Grillhouse is Loughborough's casual dining restaurant suitable for everyone! Friends, Family, Couples and Child friendly too! Fernandez specialises in grilled, healthy and fresh food, including, steak, chicken, fish, lamb and some amazing veggie options too! Dishes are cooked to each customers individual taste chosen from our very own Spicemeter! With the choice of Plain (without being too plain!) Lemon and Herbs, Gazebo (tomato based sauce with a little kick), Medium (warms your mouth without causing a fire), Hot (a heat wave of flavours bursting in your mouth) and Volcano Hot!!! (Only for the bravest of the brave... Or a dragon!)

Reviewed By KJR42 - Ibstock, United Kingdom

The food was totally average, there is not one thing i had that i could say was outstanding, unique or would bring me back. The burgers were overcooked, dry and looked similar to the cheap ones you used to get a fun fairs. the chicken was juicy enough but the skins were soggy and sauces were uninspiring. The fries were like KFC fries, so if you like that type of chip then it will be good for you.
However, the staff were excellent, very friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

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