Counter service. Serving salads and cakes. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Lacto, Fast food, Take-out
19 Free Lane (Halford Street)
Leicester, England
0116-2626260
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Reviews

First Review by skinnydog
Jeremywhite
Jeremywhite
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+33

Tired decor dairy heavy food,

2
Posted on 09 / 21 / 2014

Hasn't really changed with the times. The food is nice though stodgy and a lot of the main courses contain cheese so it's all a bit fatty. Good salads but expensive. Only open in the day although periodically they do an evening event with 'ladies table gifts'. May not be as sexist as it sounds - never been because the evening menus are set and always seem to contain blue cheese.

Pros: Good Is You Like Cheese, Fast
Cons: A bit dated
GreenT
GreenT
  • vegan
Contributions
+25

A bit old fashioned and few vegan options

2
Posted on 05 / 20 / 2012

This place is a bit weird to be honest. Although I live in Leicester I've only been there once and that was enough. You go up a staircase into an enormous two-level restaurant decorated with fake wood panelling, dried flowers and cottage style decor that makes it look like something out of a 70s cookbook. Although we visited at lunchtime on a Saturday the place was dead though, with total silence and just one person eating in the corner! Given the size of the place, this made us feel a bit weird and awkward - even some music or something would have helped! The food was arranged on a canteen style counter in the corner, with hot dishes sitting on a food warmer. You just chose what you wanted from there and it wasn't cooked fresh. A girl emerged from the kitchen, but didn't seem to have a clue what was vegan or not. After she had checked we ended up with some salad and a casserole-type thing, which was extremely expensive for what we got (and weirdly came on a plate with a bit of cheap supermarket baguette and half of the biggest and most anaemic looking tomato I've ever seen). I didn't bother enquiring about dessert as we had already spent lots and didn't imagine they would have many vegan options. I got the impression that this had once been a thriving old-style vegetarian cafe, but that it needs seriously updating. In the past I would just have been happy to find somewhere serving vegan food and wouldn't have cared if it was of the stodgy, unseasoned, overpriced variety, but there are so many new places in the area experimenting with different flavours and styles of cooking that I won't be visiting this place again unless I hear they've had an overhaul of the menu.


Cons: Food not cooked to order, Expensive for what you get, Doesn't cater well for vegans
VeggieHeathie!
VeggieHeathie!
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+21

Hmm..

3
Posted on 10 / 20 / 2010

I went here when i was vegetarian and i thought the food was delicious although it isn't really clear what food is on offer there and i didn't like the way the food is served.
I went again when i was vegan and they had only one thing to offer me and i didn't like it at all....they don't provide much for vegans at all!

Pros: Good veggie food, Lovely shop next door, Nice setting
Cons: Hardly any vegan food, Not clear on what they have to offer, Rushed service

katandp
katandp
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+56

Love this place

5
Posted on 02 / 11 / 2010

been visiting here for over 20 years and never dissapointing the rissoles are an institution and the salad bowls are fab the choc flapjack cannot be beaten. feel great after a visit and it is a nice calm atmosphere in which to relax. just great.

Pros: great value, menu selection, cakes
Cons: stairs
kathy.hanson
kathy.hanson
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+15

Love it

4
Posted on 04 / 25 / 2009

i really love this place, it is like stepping back in time to the 1970's (in a good way, very folksy interior and really good salads, soups etc.


skinnydog
skinnydog
  • vegan
Contributions
+49

Not good for vegans

2
Posted on 01 / 20 / 2008

It doesn't seem to be good for vegans, though I've never been past looking at the menu outside. Maybe they're ok if you ask? Brilliant shop though, especially for alternative therapy supplies (herbs etc)


Guest
Guest

Beautiful

4
Posted on 11 / 03 / 2006

Hidden away near the Connexions office, next door to the (wonderful) Pot Pouri shop is The Good Earth. It is a beautiful place, with an amazing atmosphere, but you have to go up some narrow, steep stairs to get in - NOT disabled friendly.
However, the food is really nice, with a selection of salads/hot meals on the counter and soup if you ask for it. The staff are helpful and the drinks are cheap and very nice. The food IS expensive but very, very nice. (approx £3 for -big- plate of salad). A tempting selection of cakes by the cash register, but they're quite expensive and contain a lot of nuts.
Smoking upstairs, non-smoking downstairs.
I highly recommend this for the atmosphere, but the food is great too!

Pros: nice staff, beautiful decor, amazing food
Cons: quite expensive, one toilet, not disabled friendly

 

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