Every so often I leave London with no expectations. I don’t ask too many questions, I don’t think too far ahead, I even give Google Search and TripAdvisor a break. This was one of those bank holiday weekends. I was invited along to visit and review The Star Inn 1744 over in the beautiful country village of Thrussington in Leicester. My girl friend Marissa and I met outside the East Midlands Trains platform at Kings Cross St Pancras International and at 12:29pm on a miserable London afternoon, we were on our way to the soil where the current English Premier League leaders called home, Leicester City.
While Leicester holds it’s own charm, we were more than delighted by the prospect of having some down time outside a big city for a few days and happily called Thussington home for 48 hours. Located in the heart of Thussington, 30 minutes away from Leicester City, The Star Inn gives a birds eye view to the arteries of a stunning British Village. The building’s prehistoric significance stems back to 1744 when it was built by King George II but has been refurbished to a postmodern local hot spot by Nigel Richardson, with hints of it’s traditional past. As one of UK’s leading interior fit-out specialists with former clients such as The Savoy London, Candy & Candy, Grosvenor House and Royal Garden Hotel, Nigel’s years of experience are evident through the attention to finer details at The Star Inn with hints of luxury and modern finishings without interfering with it’s traditional features.
Boasting a comfortable 9 rooms, The Star Inn dazzles the most from the inside. We checked into room 9 on the ground floor and I only recall Marissa declaring she never wants to go back to London. Complete with a King size bed and linen to seduce you, Room 9 ticked all the right boxes with a sofa lounge, flat screen TV, desk and oversized wooden wardrobe. The bathroom held the biggest wow-factor, the size of a typical London living room with wooden floors and an Italian marble vanity top, a separate shower and bath tub- I almost felt compelled to finish the bottle of Armand De Blanc back in the tub.
The Star Inn in Thrussington, Leicester also calls home to a charming split level gastro-pub with a more formal dining area preoccupying the top floor. The United Kingdom is renowned for it’s high-end beer and food, The Star Inn’s dining experience was no exception. With fresh produce sourced from local farmers, presentation to rival Michelin-Star Restaurant Club Gascon and a buzzing local atmosphere resembling Bodos Schloss, The Star Inn is a cosy night out, designed to keep you coming back for more.
For lunch Marissa had the Sirloin stead with hand cut chips, grilled tomato and salad garnish.
I opted for the chicken fillet burger with mushroom, cheddar cheese and bacon. I’ve never had a mushroom in my burger before but it was complimented nicely with the melted cheddar cheese.
I had a portion of mussels marinated in the perfect blend of cream and herbs without spoiling the flavour.
Marissa had the crispy pork belly & prawns with mustard seed potato, spinach and madeira sauce and can we take a moment to appreciate this presentation? It was the standout dish of the evening that tasted as good as it looked.
Nothing says elegance like herb crusted rack of lamb with fondant potato and red wine jus. What I loved most about this meal were the tangy hits of mustard with each succulent bite of lamb.
For dessert, Marissa had a classic creme brûlée while I indulged in a raspberry soufflé with raspberry sorbet. Considering my sweet tooth isn’t too turn on by sweets these days, my soufflé & sorbet combination were the perfect finishing touch to our dining experience at The Star Inn.
Marissa and I both had the top roasted beef with steamed vegetables and cheesy cauliflower. The perfect topping to our Easter Sunday.
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Whether you’re looking for a quiet weekend away or are passing by town and need a place to sleep, The star Inn is nothing short of comfort filled with culinary delights at your feet. You won’t even want to leave Thrussington, just like us!
A special Thank You to Nigel and his wonderful team at The Star Inn for their hospitality and highest standard in customer service filled with many laughs. We look forward to visiting again soon!