Spice is right
Your favourite restaurants revealed
HINCKLEY has undergone a gastro revolution over the last year or so with numerous places to eat popping up all over the town and beyond.
The arrival of The Crescent has seen the opening of Meatcure, Wildwood, Tarro Lounge, and Prezzo while Rossini moved from Coventry Road.
Elsewhere, The White Bear pub has been renovated and renamed with plenty of nice food on offer.
And we also have the arrival of Cassia Spice and 7H Spices among numerous other places.
We decided to take a look at TripAdvisor to see which are the top rated places to eat in Hinckley and Burbage.
On the website, diners can leave their reviews of any place they visit as well as a rating.
Thousands of people have done so for the Hinckley area. TripAdvisor lists the places to eat based on the reviewers ratings.
And it seems that Hinckley people like their spices with Everest Dine coming top with Silchar second and newcomer Cassia Spice Buffet in third.
While Everest Dine is well established, Silchar arrived a couple of years ago and Cassia is a mere one-year-old.
There are also a few nice pubs on the list and some long standing places to eat such as Barnacles and Restaurant 26 - which is now well-established in the Sycamores Pub in Burbage.
So do you agree with them? Tell us what you think.
Just be aware, these ratings can change - even while we are going to press.
1) Everest Dine, Holliers Walk
This has been a firm favourite for many years in town and is currently the top rated restaurant.
The restaurant says: “Our aim is to bring the best of Nepalese and Indian cuisine with a modern twist on traditional methods. Our dedicated chefs continually refine and develop our recipes to the highest standards set by Everest Dine.”
Reviewers give it 4.5 out of 5 and it has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
One reviewer said: “Delicious tasty food, very friendly service, pleasant atmosphere. Don’t miss out on the magic chicken and the lamb momo’s. It is the best Nepalese/Indian in Hinckley!”
Another raved: “I would like say that this restaurant is the best in Hinckley. No contest! Narayan and his staff have outstanding customer service qualities very attentive. And the food is exquisite I have NEVER had a bad meal and currently working my way through the menu.”
2) Silchar, Lower Bond Street
This restaurant is on Lower Bond Street and used to be home to the popular pub the Barley Sheaf.
Silchar says: “Offering Hinckley and surrounding areas a unique and more vibrant Indian dining experience. We pride ourselves in being sophisticated yet family friendly.”
And a reviewer said: “From the moment you walk in, Silchar is a great experience. The staff are beyond polite, and you feel welcome immediately.
“The food is incredible. You have a choice from the full range of spiced dishes, as you would expect from a curry restaurant, but here, you can tinker. Upon request, the staff are happy to advise you as to what to expect from the myriad of dishes, but also will try to adapt thing to your taste.
“The atmosphere is very chilled. Yes, on weekends there are some louder groups, but nothing gets out of hand at all. An excellent dining experience.”
3) Cassia Spice Buffet This buffet restaurant has been open for just a year now and is in a refurbished building on Holliers Walk.
The restaurant says: “Come, join us and tickle your tastebuds with a variety of authentic dishes from India and beyond. Cassia has an extensive bar of drinks to suit everyone, from soft drinks and ‘Lassi’ to beers, wines and spirits.”
A reviewer said: “Went for Sunday afternoon buffet a couple of weeks ago. What a gem. Great environment, plenty of space, good atmosphere, friendly staff and I haven’t even started on the food yet. Everything was freshly cooked and quality of food is certainly on their list of priorities. The meat samosas were delicious and so light, as was the fish pakora. Lamb bhuna was great too, in fact we could not fault a thing. They will even cook your choice of food on request if they don’t have it on buffet.”
4) Barnacles, A5 near Burbage
This has been a long-standing favourite for many in the area since it opened in 1992.
The restaurant says: “Seafood has been our first love since we opened in early 1992 and continues to be to this day. But we don’t just do fish, we have a wide choice of meat and vegetarian dishes available too. Our open plan barn, with contemporary decor and rustic feel offers a warm and vibrant atmosphere.”
One reviwer said: “My husband and I chose Barnacles for our anniversary treat - so glad we did! Brilliant restaurant. Food delicious. Nice setting . Will be back next month for my birthday treat.”
5) 7H Spices, Coventry Road
This is another new kid on the block and it has not taken long for it to make an impact.
This is a South Indian restaurant which tries to offer something different.
They said they offer South Indian cuisine which includes four states - Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala.
These states have seven common spices which the restau- rant uses primarily.
They said: “The similarity among the cuisines include the presence of rice as a staple food, the use of lentils and spices, dried red chilies and fresh green chilies, coconut, tamarind, garlic and ginger. The four cuisines have much in common and differ primarily in the spiciness of the food.”
A reviewer said: “Do try this for a different taste of Indian food. The flavours are completely different to what you would expect. The southern Indian spicing and flavours make this so different . The fish dishes especially. We have been twice, and the food and service both times have been excellent. How often are you advised to order less, as what they are serving will be enough?”
6) The Tin Hat Bar and Grill This pub has been popular with foodies for a few years now.
They also organise plenty of events.
A reviewer said: “I have been to the Tin Hat several times and they are hands down the best restaurant for food in Hinckley. The menu isn’t the most extensive but everything on it is cooked to perfection and tastes amazing. The staff are always pleasant and friendly. I recommend the pork belly and the steak are my current favourites.”
6) Restaurant 26 This popular restaurant has now moved from the centre of Hinckley to its new location in the Sycamores pub in Windsor Street Burbage.
The restaurant says: “Head chef Thom Sleath created an exciting range of dishes to showcase some of the best British cuisine.
“The menus regularly change to reflect seasonal produce, using meat, vegetables and fruit from high quality suppliers.”
A reviewer said: “Without doubt the best Sunday roast meal I have ever eaten out.
“Service was excellent and the food scrumptious, so much so that I ate three courses, something I have not done for a long while.
“We ate upstairs in the air conditioned restaurant on a hot day where we had different starters and meats for the Sunday lunch. Nothing to fault.”
8) The Railway, Station Road
It is a few years now since this place was renovated and relaunched as part of the Steamin Billy chain which is local to Leicestershire.
The pub says: “The Railway has an excellent restaurant area ideal for great lunches and traditional British fodder including traditional beer battered fish and chips and our popular Thursday Steak Night.”
A review raved: “We went for lunch yesterday and found the new menu offered an exciting choice of dishes to choose from and from previous experience we knew could try some thing different safe in the knowledge it would be prepared to the same high standard.
“I tried the Mexicana burger as I like spicy food which was really tasty, but must admit was tempted by the subtle variations such as the whole grain mash and peppercorn sauce with the lambs liver, which my wife enjoyed.”
9) Simla, Coventry Road This is one of Hinckley’s most established places to eat and does not need much of an introduction.
The restaurant says it has been “providing service to Hinckley and the surrounding area for nearly 20 years.”
A reviewer said: “I use this place about one a month. The food is excellent and the menu offers an extensive and varied choice. I have to travel around 15 miles to get there so obviously I think it’s worth the trip even though there are lots of good Indian restaurants nearer home. Staff are always willing to alter things to suite individual requirements and I honestly have no idea how they offer such quality food for the price.”
10) Golden Spoon Thai Restaurant
Another new arrival on the scene, this is located on Coventry Road in town.
A spokesperson for the restaurant said: “I was raised in a small village to the north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. I had a passion for cooking from a young age and spent many hours with my mother and father at their restaurant helping them. They taught me how to prepare and cook the most amazing dishes out of everyday ingredients and herbs.”
A review said: “First time at this restaurant and what a great find. The choice of dishes is excellent and left us wondering what to try for ages, however the seafood banquet was too good an option to pass up for two.
“Lovely mix of dishes, all fresh tasting and complimenting each other. Starters delicious, mains too. All in all a lovely meal, impressed.