Nowadays you're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat in Leicester. In the past few years we have seen numerous new bars and restaurants opening in the city centre. Whatever ambience, tastes or theme you're looking for, you're most likely to find it here!
So you fancy something a bit cute and quirky? Somewhere with high ceilings, eccentric decor, and big comfy sofas? Something... *ahem* cosy?
Cosy Club on Leicester's Highcross Street has recently celebrated their 2nd birthday, opening in a former knitwear factory in 2014. The building still has the industrial factory feel, with ceiling high windows, factory lighting and steel girders. Throw in some quirky decor, unusual paintings on the wall and clashing furniture and you have the Cosy Club.
I've visited a couple of times before, once for dinner with some fellow local blogger ladies, and once for a Sunday morning brunch with a friend. So when I was invited to try out their new menu, the babysitter was booked and I was dragging the Mr into town before you could say 'pass me the cocktail menu!'
It was a Thursday night and pretty busy, the bar area is huge with comfy sofas, tables and bar stools to enjoy a few cocktails. And the main restaurant area is full of quirky dressed tables and chairs, with low hanging lighting.
The staff were friendly and attentive, considering it got quite busy, we were well looked after throughout the whole evening and never had to wait very long for anything. And their outfits were super cute!!
But onto the food and drink...
I started the evening with a cheeky little cocktail, the aptly named Cherry Bakewell (£7.95) was right up my street. A sweet mix of cherries, almond liqueur, rum and caramel, it was definitely my kind of cocktail.
We're a '2 course' kinda couple. I can't manage a full 3 courses, I usually fill myself up on the starter and leave no room for a dessert, and well, we can't be having that can we?
So main courses. I'm a huge meat fan and love a good steak. I ordered the Black Angus 8oz Sirloin Steak (£15.95) which was served with thick cut chips and a parmesan salad. It came served medium rare, as requested and was cooked perfectly. It was juicy, tender, seasoned beautifully and had minimal amount of fat, which is a big plus for me when it comes to steak. The chips were hot, floury and soft on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. I'm not usually a huge salad fan as a side with a main meal, I'll pick at it a little but prefer some veg. BUT I loved this, soaked in melted parmesan cheese it was the perfect accompaniment to the steak. It really was delicious!
James went for The Empire Curry (£13.95). He orders a curry at every opportunity when we're out, since I don't like them so don't cook them at home. Bad housewife! Separate dishes of tandoori chicken with vegetable curry underneath, fragrant rice complete with naan bread, popadom and mango chutney were served in traditional Indian bowls and trays, to create your own plate of food however you wish. He said it was really nice and full of flavour!
Of course we found a little room for dessert, there's a second stomach just for pudding of course. ;) Whilst James went for the Warm Chocolate Brownie (£5.95) with chocolate sauce and clotted cream ice cream. I ordered a little lighter with the Marshfield Farm Sorbet (£3.95). James couldn't quite finish his as it was a bit sickly and heavy after his curry. Eyes bigger than his belly. But it was super yummy, soft and oozed chocolate-y goodness - perfect for those chocolate fans!
Mine however, was the perfect light refreshment after my meal.
We couldn't fault the food, the service or the atmosphere at Cosy Club. We both really enjoyed our meals and we'll definitely be back for date night soon.