Sunday lunch is one of life’s greatest comforts and so finding a new Leicestershire gem is always exciting.
MP Catering have taken over the kitchen at Kirby Muxloe Golf Club and their Sunday lunch is without doubt a highlight. Having been based previously at The Pumping Station and then moving to Kirby Muxloe just before lockdown it’s been a journey to get here, but they’re now offering a regular Sunday service and it’s one you should certainly try.
Nestled in the village of Kirby Muxloe, the golf club provides a lovely setting with a bar and terrace overlooking the green. Arriving at 1pm on a sunny Sunday the course is busy with groups completing their game, many of whom no doubt will soon be filtering through to the bar and restaurant for lunch.
MP Catering is fronted by Michael Paparozzi who is on hand as you arrive to provide a superbly warm welcome to guests and answer any questions on the menu. The first stand out feature is the homemade bread rolls that are brought to the table as we sit down. With 2 bread options of Buttermilk Bread and Garlic and Chia Seed loaf, Michael explains that they’re baked fresh every Sunday morning whilst the chefs are prepping for lunchtime service. With the bread served warm to the table it’s an excellent start.
In fact pretty much everything on the menu is made from scratch, which in such a competitive market really makes the menu stand out.
As we move onto starters, the ham hock comes with fresh homemade piccalilli offering a sweet and tangy addition to the generous portion of tender terrine. Meanwhile the breaded chicken option is served as 3 good sized tender chicken pieces, in a lightly spiced coating and a wonderful homemade sweet chilli jam.
Onto the main event and both of us chose the Striploin of Beef. Michael explains that this is served pink to check we’re happy with that (which we are, of course, the more pink the better in my view) and the menu simply states it comes “with all the trimmings” as opposed to any additional side order options.
The service between courses is swift and the main courses were soon brought out the table. Two thick slices of beautifully cooked beef are accompanied by a large Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, roast potatoes, carrots and red cabbage, before additional vegetables of broccoli, green beans and cauliflower cheese also appeared. The beef was superb, so tender and melt in the mouth. Michael explained that they always use Striploin to ensure the tenderness and full flavour.
The cauliflower cheese comes in a generous amount of real cheese sauce with a good cheddar flavour, with the homemade Yorkshire pudding and stuffing really completing what was a rather superb roast dinner.
Other main course options include Breast of Turkey, Roast Gammon, Pan Seared Chicken Supreme, Oven Baked Salmon or Lentil & Carrot Roast.
So full we had to leave a couple of roast potatoes, we had a little breather before perusing the dessert menu. With everything so far being homemade and delicious, it seemed only right to try out the desserts too. It’s a good job we did! The standout option is absolutely the homemade cheesecake. There’s something about homemade cheesecake that makes you never want a poor shop brought one ever again. The flavour changes weekly and today’s was White Chocolate & Raspberry, with two layers of flavoured cheesecakes layered atop a crumbly biscuit base. Delicious. Alongside this we tried the Triple Chocolate Brownie, which had a wonderfully rich flavour and a thick layer of chocolate on top of the brownie base. It comes served with vanilla ice cream and grated chocolate, giving a truly indulgent end to the meal.
The menu is priced at £17.95 for 2 courses and £22.95 for 3 courses, which is excellent value especially considering the quality of food on offer. Drinks are served separately from the Golf Club bar and I recommend the house Merlot if you’re having the beef main course.
Being in a golf club setting, the atmosphere is a little quieter than the hustle and bustle of a busy Sunday pub, but the lovely green surroundings and outdoor terrace make it a great spot for a relaxing afternoon. With plenty of space to roam around it’s also family friendly.
Leicestershire is lucky to have a number of quality Sunday roast dinner options available but this is one we’ll certainly be returning to.
During the week MP Catering also host a pizza night at the Golf Club every Thursday, serving their traditional Neapolitan style pizza from 5-9pm. Another one we’ll be check out soon.
Kirby Muxloe Golf Club is located on Station Road, Kirby Muxloe, LE9 2EL.
*We were invited to Kirby Muxloe Golf Club by MP Catering and received our food free of charge, but paid for our drinks in full. We were under no obligation to leave a positive review.