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Ruth is a communications professional and freelance writer. Her writing reflects her adventures as a foodie, travel addict and arts festival aficionado. She’s traversed Leicestershire and Rutland reviewing restaurants for Food & Drink Guides and writes uber-local blog Clarendon Spark.

Feature: Cue

“We freshly prepare 95% of our food in-house”, Feroza Bham, founder of Cue, tells me. “From brining the pastrami for seven days before smoking...

The Great Central Guide to: Stoneygate

Described by one local business owner as “the Primrose Hill of Leicester,” Stoneygate is a rather refined area of town two miles south of...

The Great Central Guide To: The Cultural Quarter

Leicester’s Cultural Quarter has seen more change than just about anywhere else in the city. During the industrial revolution, this part of town was...

Feature: Lilu

Lilu is an innovative Indian restaurant in the heart of Leicester. The pioneering fusion menu showcases ingredients as unusual as ostrich, guinea fowl and...

The Great Central Guide To: The Lanes

Nestled between fashionable St Martin’s Square and the tourist hotspot of the Cathedral district is The Lanes. A stone’s throw from the Clock Tower,...

Interview: Lucy Porter

“Leicester is pretty special to me,” Lucy Porter tells me. “My first boyfriend came from Leicester, I have had many of the best curries...

Feature: Grounded Kitchen

Every so often a new independent business pops up that’s a culinary game changer – energising the local food scene and gaining a following...

Feature: Knit One

As the evenings begin to close in and the autumn leaves start to fall, the craft-lovers amongst us yearn for the contentment to be...

Feature: Cured at The Cookie

Two of Leicester’s best-loved independent businesses are joining forces. For two years, the folk behind Cured have been honing their craft to sublime perfection...

Feature: St Martin’s Coffee Shop

Across Leicestershire and further afield, the name St Martin’s is becoming synonymous with speciality coffee. The independent roastery’s bespoke blends are popping up in...