Making a meal of it: The best places in Leicester for your pre-Little Theatre nosh

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Fancy making a night of it? Don’t know where to go? Then look no further….


Named after Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, the ‘plant’ (as it is affectionately known), features as my cheap and cheerful choice. Situated on the corner of Dover Street, just steps from The Little Theatre, The Last Plantagenet is one of the few places you can get a main meal and a drink for £10 and still have change left over. What’s more, most nights you can find special deals such as Mexican Mondays and Fish Fridays.

Little Theatre show ticket holders and members can get 20% off their meals on presentation of a ticket (for that night) or a membership card.

The Last Plantagenet


A favourite with our members, La Vida prides itself on offering authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed environment. It’s only a two minute walk to The Little!

If you are dining Monday to Thursday, La Vida have a special two course set menu at just £12.90 per person.

Tip: The side of sautéed potatoes with bacon, onions and rosemary are to die for…

La Vida


In keeping with Mediterranean cuisine we have Casa Romana. Serving Italian food, this quiet, humble restaurant has bore witness to many a cast and crew gathering during show weeks. Simple, honest, great tasting food — mamma mia!

Casa Romana


As a nation of curry lovers I couldn’t not include an Asian choice.

Kayal is a southern Indian restaurant specialising in the ‘Kerala‘ way of cooking. The restaurant has plenty of fans including famous faces such as The Hairy Bikers.



In a beautiful, grade II listed building at the ‘town’ end of New Walk you’ll find The White Peacock. Presenting luxury cuisine at reasonable prices, The White Peacock has a pre-theatre offer on a Friday between 17.30-19.00, with two courses at £19.95.

The White Peacock is also fabulous for supporting local businesses. In their food you’ll find locally sourced ingredients and they support local charity ‘Soft Touch Arts’ by holding special fundraising ‘foodie’ events and offering up their kitchens for young people to experiment with cooking good food.

The White Peacock

Ella Morris