Good Food Guide 2013: Leicester restaurant Entropy, in Hinckley Road, included again!
Yesterday it was pubs, now it's the turn of quality restaurants.
The latest additions to the Good Food Guide 2013 are revealed, a day after the Mercury printed county venues mentioned in the Good Pub Guide.
Its name may mean equilibrium, but neighbourhood restaurant Entropy, in Hinckley Road, Leicester, continues to nourish its reputation in the food world.
For the fourth year in a row, the West End eatery has cemented its place in the pages of the Good Food Guide.
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It is one of nine Leicestershire and Rutland restaurants that appear in the 2013 book.
Entropy's owner and chef Tom Cockerill attributed his success to the quality of his raw materials.
The 37-year-old businessman said: "I think our success is very much built on the efforts of our suppliers.
"Our inclusion into the guide is definitely a team effort.
"We use small-scale producers because there's a level of service and quality you get with that, which you wouldn't necessarily get with larger companies.
"Our coffee, for example, comes from St Martin's Tea and Coffee Merchants, in St Martin's Square, and the coffee they supply is roasted bespoke to us.
"Our meat comes from W Archers and Son, in Queen's Road – they're fantastic. They're not a big business, but have the same commitment to quality that we do."
The restaurant has a menu which changes almost every day, but includes classics such as steak and chips and bangers and mash.
"At the moment, we've got deep fried pig's head," said Tom.
"Seasonality and cool ingredients are things I like to get into the menu."
Foraged mushrooms and rare breed cattle are two restaurant favourites.
"I want to give people things they wouldn't get at their local supermarket," said Tom
The Good Food Guide describes the restaurant as "unpretentious" and "relaxed".
It says: "The cooking is underpinned by seasonality and careful sourcing of ingredients, which extends to lamb and beef from the family farm.
"There were no grumbles over the beautifully-cooked Gloucester Old Spot sausages with mashed potato and onion gravy.
"Pineapple tarte tatin with lime-chilli caramel and coconut sorbet is one of the recommended desserts."
Tom previously worked at Hambleton Hall, at Rutland Water, which also makes it into the guide as the highest-rated restaurant in Leicestershire and Rutland. The country house was also chosen for the guide's overall top 50.
Rochelle Venables, the guide's managing editor, said: "It is a huge achievement for a restaurant to be included in the Good Food Guide – we only include the best of the best places to eat.
"We received a huge amount of feedback from members of the public about the places where they are eating and, on the back of this, we then send out our team of anonymous inspectors to visit the restaurants we've been hearing about.
"Our inspectors never announce who they are, so they get a genuine customer experience and can make a true assessment of whether an establishment should be featured in the guide."
Leicester and Leicestershire restaurants featured in the Good Food Guide 2013
The Olive Branch – Clipsham
Perfect country pub with great-value food.
It seems everyone falls in love with this perfect country pub two miles off the A1 – the very image of a lovingly nurtured hostelry.
Hambleton Hall – Rutland
Country house grandeur and amazing food.
Hambleton has always been run as a welcoming, unfussy sort of place, reflected in the approach of the dining room staff: “silver service, but with a smile” as one reader neatly puts it.
Firenze – Kibworth Beauchamp
Just-right neighbourhood Italian.
People love the way the place strikes just the right note for a neighbourhood restaurant.They applaud pleasant service and chef Lino’s seasonal cooking.
Boboli – Kibworth Harcourt
All-day Italian bristling with artisan treats.
The all-day menu bristles with artisan treats – dip into the list of antipasti (beef carpaccio with gorgonzola and walnuts), order a bowl of beetroot and goats’ cheese risotto or feast on veal milanese with sauce agrodolce.
Entropy – West End, Leicester
Buzzy all-dayer in an old butcher’s shop.
An open kitchen and a modern rustic look add to the unpretentious, relaxed atmosphere, and the food is just as straightforward and unfussy.
Red Lion Inn – Stathern
Satisfying, honest grub.
Satisfaction is guaranteed when it comes to honest dishes such as braised pork fritters with black pudding and apple sauce or roast breast of chicken with sherry and mushroom sauce.
Paul Leary at The Woodhouse – Woodhouse Eaves
Village restaurant with big ideas.
A pretty white cottage with a striking red interior, this is a far cry from what you might expect in the gentle Leicestershire countryside.
The Berkeley Arms – Wymondham
Admirable country charmer.
Spruced-up and brimming with country charm, this centuries-old village inn offers a lot more than a “deep sofa and a pair of well-worn armchairs by the roaring open fire”.
Maiyango – city centre
Exotic decor gives boutique hotel restaurant Maiyango a Moroccan air, though the culinary influences are as likely to be Thai or Italian.
Read more on the Leicester and Leicestershire entries in the Good Pub Guide 2013