Leicester Restaurant Week will return later this year, BID Leicester has today confirmed. Taking place from Monday, October 17 to Sunday, October 23, the event aims to shine a spotlight on some of the best eateries in Leicester and offer a feast of deals for diners.
According to organisers, it will give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to try somewhere new, or an excuse to head back to their favourite dining spot as participating restaurants offer an exclusive deal, for one week only. Price points will be fixed at £5, £10, £15 and £20 with menus available across brunch, lunch and dinner.
A popular and successful concept in other UK cities such as Newcastle, London and York, Restaurant Week gives businesses the chance to showcase an exclusive menu, or be creative and offer something new to customers for the duration of the week. More than 2,600 vouchers were downloaded by diners during the inaugural Leicester Restaurant Week in 2021, with exclusive menus available at 30 businesses – some of which were fully booked as diners hurried to make the most of limited-time offers.
Restaurants already confirmed to return with deals this year include Sonrisa, Giggling Squid, Knight and Garter and The Rutland and Derby, with many more to be announced – including some new names making their first Leicester Restaurant Week appearance. Organised by BID Leicester, Leicester Restaurant Week was set up to encourage people to support hospitality businesses in the city whilst giving them the chance to try somewhere new.
According to organisers, the timing of the event during October half-term makes it an affordable way for families and friends to dine out together, and the range of offers is designed to entice foodies back to the city more than once.
BID director, Simon Jenner, said: “We are delighted to be bringing Leicester Restaurant Week back for a second year. Last year’s event received great feedback from businesses and customers alike, showing a well-deserved boost in trade for our hospitality sector.”
“There will be even more great restaurants taking part this year, including some of the exciting new openings since last year’s event. Leicester is lucky to have a vibrant and diverse dining scene – Restaurant Week is a celebration of all these businesses that draw people in and enhance their experience of the city. The mouth-watering range of offers will be the perfect excuse for residents, workers and visitors to dine out this October.”
Sam Hagger, founder of The Beautiful Pubs Collective, had two venues take part in last year’s Restaurant Week. “Our Restaurant Week menus at Knight and Garter and The Rutland and Derby were really popular last year,” said Sam. “We saw a great uplift in trade throughout the week in both venues, with both existing and new guests keen to make the most of us offering something a little different that is not available at any other time of year.”
“I’d recommend any business owner to get in touch with the BID and get involved this year. Restaurant Week is a chance to get creative and showcase the best of your venue, knowing that you have the support of a wider marketing campaign to help drive awareness. It’s a great way to attract new guests through your doors and show them what you have to offer whilst encouraging additional regulars to join you for an incremental visit!”
Full details of all the venues involved and the menus available will be published in September. If you’re a restauranteur or business owner who would like to get involved in Leicester Restaurant Week, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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