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britain's best sirloin steak at the parcel yard, leicester.

Part of the The Steamin' Billy brewery,The Parcel Yard in Leicester has been making its name in craft beers and cocktails for some time now. Offering up the likes of Thornbridge, Thwaits, Mordue and their very own 1485 Return of the King, it's a great place, right by the rail station, to meet up before catching your train home.

The Parcel Yard itself takes its name from the building’s former purpose as a sorting office and parcel yard for British Rail. It's a pretty cool and quirky place with high back armchairs, stacked up books and bowler hat lampshades. You'll find the well stocked bar at the front of the establishment, with their candlelit restaurant at the back - take your pick. 

As well as their impressive drinks menu, it's also becoming a foodie destination too, with UK Burger Battle and Praise to the Pork to name just a few events. This week saw the celebration of England's Best Sirloin Steak Winner, launching a menu to show off the Owen Taylor & Sons produce. 

Founded in 1922, the Derbyshire based family butchers won the coveted award with their Larder Trim Sirloin Steak in the Independent Butcher Category. Luckily for us, this 10oz steak was the central part to the evening meal. I personally don't eat much meat, but I do save myself for good quality, traceable produce - especially steak. So this was the perfect time to sample their award winning offerings. The offer was brilliant too; two steak meals with a choice of chips, jacket or mash served with peas, tomatoes and onion rings for £35 total. This included a starter and choice of drink too, so I opted for a glass of French Chateau de l'Abbaye Fleurie (£26 a bottle) to complement my meal. 

A fan of fruity reds, I was recommended this wine as a light and delicate wine with dark fruit flavours. Preferring spicier notes, my boyfriend went for a medium bodied Andean Vineyards Malbec from Argentina (£20 a bottle). Both glasses came right on time for our mains - great service!

To start, we both went for the crispy pork belly. Other offerings included crab cakes (a usual fave) and marinated olives with warm bread. However after sampling these on their Praise to the Pork night, I didn't even mind that we'd chosen duplicate dishes. These came with a chunky chutney which harmonised with the super crispy pork bites. 

Now on to the main event. Neither of us would usually opt for a sirloin, as I'd go for fillet and my boyfriend for a marbled rib eye, cooked medium. I went with peppercorn sauce with an extra helping of grilled king prawns (+£3.50) whilst he went for Stilton sauce. I have to be honest, we were both seriously blown away by the quality of flavour, texture and overall cooking skills. I had clearly been seasoned really well, cooked with precision and rested properly too. Really impressed. 

The sides were great too - although we ran out of room and kept going back to the steak. Because, priorities. As you can see the king prawns were really well presented - these were slathered in delicious butter and were the ultimate addition for seafood lovers like me. We really rated the sauces aswell. Mine peppercorn had an array of real peppercorns running throughout and a really aromatic hit too. The Stilton sauce I found really nice as it wasn't too strong, with a more creamy and subtle taste. Maybe hardcore smelly cheese lovers would be disappointed about this - but I thought it was just enough flavour. 

Dessert? On this occasion, no chance. (Did I really just say that?) 

Overall I'm sure you can tell we were fans of the steak. After knowing about the award, I'm so pleased it lived up to expectation. Although the special steak offer was for that weekend only, I was assured that the critically acclaimed sirloin will be making its way onto the menu for a more permanent residency. Watch this space!

the parcel yard
48a london road
le2 0qb

Note: We dined as guests of The Parcel Yard. All opinions are honest and my own.

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