51 Bell Street, Wigston, LE18 1AD

A Traditional Pub Comes Up Trumps: Two Steeples Wigston Review

A cosy English pub - where better to spend a cold autumnal evening? I've always had a soft spot for traditional public houses with their hearty food, time-honoured decor, and strong community atmosphere. If you're seeking all of these delights in Leicestershire, there's no better destination than the Two Steeples, Wigston. Located just five miles outside of Leicester city centre, the Two Steeples is well worth the short trip. The pub was reopened in 2015 after a period of closure and what a transformation! It is now an enormous family pub/restaurant with a children's Wacky Warehouse play barn on the first floor. The pub's name derives from the fact that Wigston has two spired churches. In the Middle Ages, the town was known as Wigston Two Steeples! I was recently invited along to try the pub's brand new autumn menu and today's post is dedicated to sharing my experience with you.

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Drinks

When I first arrived at the pub and realised that there was a three for two offer on all gins, my drinks order was an obvious one. Alongside my lovely dinner companions Sarah and Hannah, I ordered a Chase Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo gin, paired with Schweppes tonic. I must admit that I'm not normally a fan of grapefruit as I find it too sour, but when combined with subtle hints of juniper and lime zest, this gin was fruity and simultaneously very refreshing. It was dangerously easy to drink and I could've happily enjoyed more than one!

But as it was a school night I avoided the alcohol for my second drink, instead selecting an Orchard Spritz (£2.29) from the mocktail menu. This was a delicious mix of  Bottlegreen elderflower cordial, apple juice and lemonade. It wasn't overpoweringly sweet and worked very well with the food that I ordered. For anyone looking for a more traditional pub drink, the Two Steeples has plenty on offer - it is a proud member of the Greene King family, serving a huge selection of craft beers, ales, lagers, and ciders.

Two Steeples Wigston Greene King review Leicester Leicestershire gin drinks
Two Steeples Wigston Greene King review Leicester Leicestershire pub menu

Starters

I was thoroughly spoiled when dining at the Two Steeples - I was offered the chance to try not one but two starters! First on my list came the Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Red Pepper Koftas (£4.79) which came presented on mini skewers alongside pieces of roasted pepper. The skewers were served with mango, chilli, and pineapple sauce and a dressed salad garnish. I was thoroughly impressed by this dish - koftas can often be a little too dry for my liking but these were deliciously soft and delicate in terms of texture, with just the right hint of spice. It was great to see the amount of effort that had gone into creating a tasty vegan dish

My second starter was something of a surprise - the Two Steeples offers Chicken Tikka Nachos (£6.75) as a sharing platter but the kind kitchen staff put together a veggie friendly version especially for me! The nachos were some of the best I've ever tried. Instead of the usual yellow tortilla chips that you get in a plastic bag, these had been hand-made and seasoned with paprika in the Two Steeples kitchen. They were much less greasy than regular tortilla chips and certainly packed a punch with their thick, spicy tikka sauce. However, the mint dressing and coriander garnish balanced the flavours out beautifully. I'd certainly order these nachos again.

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Two Steeples Wigston Greene King review Leicester Leicestershire vegetarian

Main Course

Another vegan option was on the cards for my main course. I selected the Char-Grilled BBQ Beetroot Vegan Steak (£9.99). This arrived accompanied by chunky chips, grilled tomatoes on the vine, roasted peppers, and a watercress garnish. When I had spoken to my fellow diners about ordering the steak, it received an enthusiastic endorsement from Sarah (a local Leicester blogger over at Everything About Sarah) who had tried it on a previous occasion. This really impressed me due to the fact that Sarah usually eats meat. Any vegan dish that has won over a meat-lover has got to be worth a try!

Happily, the steak more than lived up to expectations. 

The steak was made of beetroot and wheat gluten and had been hand-pressed by the Two Steeples chefs and was bound together with BBQ sauce. On the plate it was presented in exactly the same way as you'd expect to see traditional beef steak, which I really liked. This meant that veggies or vegans ordering the dish wouldn't feel like they were missing out due to their dietary restrictions - nobody could single you out for eating a vegan meal either! My only complaint about the dish was that while the middle of the steak was lovely and moist, the edges were a little dry and I couldn't taste any of the promised BBQ flavours. Perhaps some extra BBQ sauce could have been poured over the steak before serving. The accompanying peppers on the other hand deserve a special shoutout because they were so sweet and juicy - roasted to perfection!

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Dessert

Finally, if all of that wasn't enough, we moved on to dessert. The Two Steeples kitchen put together a bountiful selection of miniature versions of their best selling desserts. I was most excited to try the Sticky Toffee and Bourbon Pudding (£4.99), served with custard. This was a real winter comfort food - the bourbon was definitely the dominant taste, with the sticky toffee mostly contributing to the texture, but it was nevertheless very moreish.

A surprising favourite for me was the Vegan Bakewell Tart (£4.99). I often find jam based desserts to be too rich and sickly so I wasn't expecting much going into this tasting, but the tart turned out to be one of the best options on the plate. The almond sponge was light and fluffy and the fruit had just the right amount of tartness. I'll definitely be reconsidering my opinions on the humble Bakewell Tart in future!

Rounding off our dessert extravaganza was the Cookie Dough Cheesecake (£4.99). My boyfriend is a huge cookie dough lover (he really enjoyed sampling it from The Botanist Birmingham's menu!) and I am confident that he would have adored this. The cookie dough was certainly a sugar overload and the small ramekin that I tasted was more than enough for me, especially given that the cheesecake was paired with a sweet toffee sauce. An added bonus is that when you buy this dessert, the Two Steeples will donate 20p on your behalf to Macmillan Cancer Support - another great reason to tuck in! 

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Two Steeples Wigston Greene King review Leicester Leicestershire dessert menu

Service and Atmosphere

In addition to serving up some excellent pub grub, the Two Steeples nailed the hearty and welcoming vibe that you'd expect from your local. As soon as I entered the pub, I was warmly greeted by the bar staff which was lovely, it made me feel right at home. Homely is definitely the right word to describe the decor as well - there is great attention to detail throughout with some fun, quirky elements like the pair of dogs sitting on the mantelpiece. Importantly, the Two Steeples is also immaculately clean and well maintained, all the way from the dining area to the toilets.

A special thanks also must go out to the wonderful waiting staff, Georgie and Cory. Both of them were so attentive but without being overbearing, our table wanted for nothing all evening. I hugely enjoyed my time at the Two Steeples. The value for money was excellent, the quality of the food couldn't be faulted and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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Are you a fan of pub grub? What's your favourite item from a traditional pub menu? Let me know down below.

You can find the Two Steeples pub at 51 Bell Street, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 1AD.

*My meal at the Two Steeples was complimentary but I was not required to write a blog post about the experience.

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