Review on The Griffin Inn

Nestling in the picturesque village of Swithland, well known for the slate that was quarried in the area, The Griffin Inn is a traditional, family-run pub at the heart of the community. The 17th century building surrounded by the beautiful Charnwood Forest has at one time in its history been a brewery, bakery and village mortuary, whilst in Victorian times the annual village fair was held outside the pub on the Feast of St. Leonard in November. The interiors feature different linked rooms with exposed brick walls and cosy cosy open fires. Outside there's a lovely al fresco area, as well as The Old Stables, perfect for weddings or private parties.

The kitchen draws on local supplies for a menu that changes with the seasons, but typically might start with battered king prawns served with crisp leaves and a chilli dressing or chicken liver pate, red onion marmalade and a honey and sunflower bread. Main courses offer dishes in the shape of pan fried sea bass fillets, sautéed potatoes and steamed seasonal vegetables or Thai green chicken curry baby corn, fine capsicum juliennes and coconut milk. Indulgent desserts include home-made blueberry sponge with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup, or an upside-down white chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake with a peanut butter.

The concise wine list has a good choice of quaffable stuff at realistic prices and there's also real ales available.

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British / International

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Mon-Fri (12.00 - 6.00pm Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm (6.00 - 8.00pm Sun & Mon) (6.00 - 9.30pm Fri & Sat)

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Facilities at The Griffin Inn

  • Private dining room
  • Private parties


WiFi is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Griffin Inn
174 Main Street
LE12 8TJ

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