Monday, 29 July 2013

love highcross food: a summer of food in leicester.


from vibrant mexican street food to delectable sushi and inspiring italian to stacked up gourmet burgers... you can travel the world flavours at the outdoor food court at highcross in leicester. but with the hustle and bustle of end of season sales, bags full of bargains and that new dress you've gone especially into the city centre for - how often do you plan an evening out to enjoy al fresco dining in that part of town?

this weekend saw the launch of #lovehighcrossfood. a calender of summer foodie events at st. peter's square in highcross leicester to get people smiling, talking and thinking about paying a visit to one of the lovely restaurants there. 


one of the most obvious changes is the colourful edible themed garden around the square. (note themed: made me chuckle at the notice saying the food isn't real - imagining someone trying to climb the tree for a plastic pineapple). i hope to see lots of people getting involved with social media on this one - tweets and instagrams galore of all the edible (not edible) trees and most importantly picture of their meals with the hashtag #lovehighcrossfood :)

so what's in store? i went along on saturday 27th and there were all sorts of things going on; including samples of patisserie valerie's sweet treats, chilacas mexican street food, nando's wings, a vintage ice cream bicycle serving leicestershire ice cream, ping pong tables and a set menu offer at carluccio's.


but don't worry you haven't missed out! here is a calender of events and offers up until 23rd august...


MONDAY (29th July, 5th, 12th, 19th August)

Ed's Easy Diner: Ed's breakfast from 9.30am-11am Monday to Friday and get another totally free!
Shake up Mondays with Ed's world famous handmade milkshakes for just £2.50 after 5pm!
Millie's Cookies: 10% off cookies.
25% off family tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux.
£5 tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux all day for all Insider members.

TUESDAY (30th, 6th, 13th, 20th August)

Millie's Cookies: 10% off cookies.
25% off family tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux.
£5 tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux all day for all Insider members.

WEDNESDAYS (31st, 7th, 14th, 21st August)

Millie's Cookies: 10% off cookies.
25% off family tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux.
2 for 1 at Pizza Express.

THURSDAYS (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd August) and FRIDAYS (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd August)

25% off family tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux.

SUNDAY'S (4th, 11th, 18th)

25% off family tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux.
£5 tickets at Showcase Cinema De Lux from 7pm for all insider members.

There is also a weekly Twitter draw to win £100 Highcross vouchers with the hashtag #LoveHighcrossFood + your foodie photograph.

Find out terms and conditions and more info as well as download vouchers for the offers at Highcross Leicester Love Food :)


these pictures were taken quite early of a morning and i tried to avoid taking picture of any people in case they told me off for disturbing their breakfast but just to get a feel of how the outdoor food court/square is :) i can usually be found in yo! or wagamamas and have previously written about coast to coast, yo sushi and 1573 bar and grill if you fancied a sneak peek of the food on offer! i'm yet to try the mexican place so will definitely be hitting here next. they're also in the midst of bringing caribbean eatery turtle bay to the mix - another one to try!

the lovely people of highcross also treated me to a voucher to try out a gourmet burger at handmade burger co. coincidentally i used to work here back when it first opened in 2008 and i was studying at uni of leicester. how funny! i used to get a free burger on my breaks so thought i'd already tried the whole menu - however they've now got patties with meat from jimmy's farm. so i had the jimmy's farm cheeseburger. really flavoursome and the chutney was incredible!


naturally i hashtagged this on twitter :) an excuse to take pictures of food and share it on social media? i'm in!

note: as you can see i was given a voucher to try out a handmade burger. however i was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own :)  the terms and conditions for the food offers are all on the highcross site.

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