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.
British / International
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm tue-Thu (12.00 - 9.30pm Fri & Sat) (12.00 - 8.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.00pm Mon-Thu
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card