Posted on 03/07/2019
The River Soar carves its way through rural and urban Leicestershire, a broad and gently winding waterway that can be savoured along its designated walking trail. One section of the trail, ‘route 6’, runs from Barrow-upon-Soar to Mountsorrel, taking in the beautiful Soar Valley.
In the village of Mountsorrel you’ll find John’s House, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Leicestershire. Its name is a big hint to its cosy and laid-back vibe, headed by local talent John Duffin who worked under Gary Rhodes at the renowned Rhodes W1 in London.
John’s farm-to-plate philosophy is evident in the ingredients he sources from his family farm and artisan producers, culminating in a menu that currently boasts halibut poached in spiced butter, potatoes cooked in hay, and meadowsweet cream.
Just around the corner from John’s House is Stonehurst Farm, where you can while away a few hours after your sumptuous lunch browsing the motor museum, exploring the nature trail and petting the animals.
Alternatively, why not continue your walk along the River Soar Trail to Watermead Country Park on the outskirts of Leicester? The site was formerly a sand and gravel pit for the concrete industry; now a patchwork of beautiful lakes teeming with wildlife, including bitterns, Cetti’s warblers and bearded tits. A train from Leicester will take you back to the start of your walk at Barrow-upon-Soar.