A short route to The Long Shoot
The Long Shoot Hotel restaurant is somewhere that you can go to get some fantastic English food and spend some time in a really great family-orientated atmosphere.
On several occasions I have enjoyed a sunday lunch during the sunday-carvery afternoons that are held every (you've guessed it) sunday. When I have visited with just my partner, there was never any need to book, because they can slot you in fairly quickly when a table becomes free. However, if you are a group of five or more, I would definitely recommend reserving a table for a certain time because it can get very busy at lunchtime. It is probably worth giving them a call if you decide to eat there on friday or saturday evenings too.
I do not live far from the Long Shoot Restaurant, and so on one snowy sunday in January my partner and I decided to treat ourselves to a carvery lunch there, and then walk the way back. The Long Shoot is situated on a main road called the A47 which is easy to reach and well sign-posted from the town centre (Hinckley Road) right the way through to Leicester (where it becomes known as Hinckley Road once again!).
We were seated within 10 minutes of arrival, after the waitress had cleaned up a bit. On of the waitresses came over straight away with a menu in hand - but we already knew that we wanted the carvery! Basically, you go up to the carvery stand and tell the chef which meats you would like. The choice is usually between turkey, ham and beef, but you can have a mixture of them all if you like. I particularly recommend the beef because sometimes the turkey can taste a little bit dry. Finally you help yourself to vegetables, potatoes and sauces and then simply tuck in!
The desert menu doesn't have a large choice, but what they do offer is varied at least. The options are between ice-cream, apple pie, sticky toffee pudding and some kind of cheescake if I remember correctly! More often than not I go with the apple pie with some ice-cream on the side, but custard is also available should you want it. All in all, the meal was tasty, fresh and satisfying and the waitresses were helpful and attentive when we wanted to order more drinks. Although not the custom in England, tips are still welcomed if you think your meal was particularly great. Mine was indeed great, and so was the walk back home in the snow! [more ]