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THE PLANNER

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GETTING THERE

Leicester is served by regular trains on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras (1hr). There are also direct services from Sheffield, Birmingham, Derby, Peterborou­gh and beyond. www.thetrainli­ne.com

WHERE TO STAY

Live like a lord at Stapleford Park, a Georgian country house in a Capability Brown landscape near Melton Mowbray, or why not stay with a duke? Belvoir offers sumptuous bedrooms in the castle for special occasions like weddings, but also glamping in bell tents and shepherd’s huts on the estate. Alternativ­ely, The Manor House at Quorn is a restaurant with 12 restful boutique bedrooms. www.stapleford­park.com; www.belvoircas­tle.com; www.themanorho­useatquorn.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT

Enjoy home-grown food cooked with flair at Michelin-starred John’s House in Mountsorre­l near Loughborou­gh. Leicester is famous for its Indian cuisine and has its own annual Curry Awards. Try Mumbai Inn in the cultural quarter. Don’t leave the area without trying a Melton Mowbray pork pie; Dickinson & Morris have been baking them in the town since 1851. www.johnshouse. co.uk; www.mumbaiinn.co.uk; porkpie.co.uk

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