The Grade II-listed building was created to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897.
Business Owner Cassie Soulsby said she had wanted to convert the Grade II listed Victorian Baroque property for some time, and work started on creating the restaurant in May. (Quote from Press Release) .
Leicester now have an iconic building at the heart of the cultural quarter. As well as having member exclusive areas, the Arts Club has an 80-cover restaurant and bar that is open to the public seven days.
Seating in the bar ranges from comfy booths to a fancy chesterfield sofa.
The building has seen a dramatic transformation costing over half a million. The team have managed to keep the style and decor of the period and restored some of the beautiful work. This includes the original flooring, brickwork and murals in parts of the Club.
You just need to step into the Arts Club to be wowed. Soon the walls will be lifted with pieces of art you can buy.
Seating in the public bar area ranges from comfy booths to a fancy chesterfield sofa. The dining area is painted in a lovely green with black modern light fittings.
To allow more light into the Club a lot of windows were created in the building. This gives you a view of Orton Square and the Curve Theatre whilst dining.
Bojan, the AGM, showed us around the Club. It was clear the staff were passionate and proud to be working here.
I went to the launch of the Arts Club around 8 weeks ago and could not wait to go back to sample their food.
The restaurant serves Traditional British Cuisine with a modern touch. The food is seasonal and has a hint of what Queen Victoria would have eaten.
There are two menu options: The Pre-Theatre/Lunch deal (2 courses for £18) or the A La Carte Menu.
To begin with we shared Chicken Crackling (£3.50). The staff member recommended this and we just had to try it. Deliciously seasoned and perfectly fried, this crackling got our taste buds going.
For starters Kev had the Pork Belly with Black Pudding & Apple Purée (£7) and I went for the Duck Liver Parfait, Madeira Jelly Red Onion Marmalade, Hazelnut & Lemon Thyme (£8.50) .
Both were beautifully presented and full of flavour. The dishes were carefully constructed too and the combination of flavours work really well.
For mains we had the Lamb with Peppercorn sauce, Fondant & Lightly Pickled Vegetables (£18) and Roast Chicken with Wild Mushroom & Taraggon Sauce, Roast Garlic Mash & Autumn Vegetables (£16.50).
The freshness of ingredients was evident and quality was of a high standard. The lamb and chicken were succulent and perfectly cooked. The portion sizes were ideal too.
We were pretty stuffed but there is always room for dessert. To end our meal we tucked into a Chocolate & Brandy Tart, Black Cherries & Vanilla Ice cream and a Warm Ginger & Rum Perdu, Coconut Icecream, Toasted Coconut & Caramelised Pineapple.
Kev is not a fan of Ginger which meant I had the dessert to myself. There was no crumb left in sight on either of the dessert plates. The combination of ingredients was well thought out and definitely high-end.
The attention to detail is evident throughout. Staff were focused and always to hand.
The level of service was also exceptional and Queen Victoria Arts Club has filled the gap Leicester needed.
The experience all starts with a warm welcome from the maitre d…Not something you have everyday!
The Arts Club offers an extensive wine list and cocktail list. On the evening we enjoyed perfectly created cocktails with our meal. The cocktails are around £8.50 and the wine is priced competitively too.
At the end of the meal I wanted a decaf coffee however that was not available so I had a hot chocolate. This was the only slight negative part of the visit. I was expecting a nicer hot chocolate, with perhaps a little treat to go with it and one that was a bit creamier.
The Club offers several privileges to its members including a licensed basement lounge that will serve exclusive drinks and host events.
Members also have exclusive access to a private dining and meeting rooms named Leopold and Beatrice.
The official release date for the membership is 2019. If you are interested in membership please contact Julie Proctor, VIP Concierge, at Queen Victoria Arts Club on 07444 059807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts Club is one I would recommend for a drink, a meal or both. Somewhere that is competitively priced with that bit of luxury and a comfortable welcoming environment.
Thank you for having me Queen Victoria Arts Club. My meal was complimentary but all views are my own.