The Lancaster Arms

A classic country pub for eating & drinking.

The home of great beer and fine, earthy, freshly prepared food in a classic old English country pub & restaurant. ‘Let us eat and drink as friends’.

 Winter Menu
Sunday Menu

Located in the pretty village of Desford in Leicestershire, on the King Richard III tourist trail, The Lancaster Arms and the new brand with Richard’s boar honour both sides of the nearby Battle of Bosworth site.

Menu is made from some of the world’s finest ingredients, sourced locally when possible.

Dome dining at The Lancaster Arms
The Winter Dine at Dome experience is your own, all weather private hire space in the great British outdoors. Perfect for birthday celebrations, anniversaries and private dining. 

Located separately from the rest of the garden, our winter space hire includes:
• Play your own music. Domes equipped with bluetooth speaker, that can be paired with your device
• Night-time mood lighting

About the Area
Located on the western outskirts of Leicester, just east of the village of Desford. The Lancaster Arms quite easily reached by anyone travelling on the M1, just exit towards A46, follow Ratby Ln. and Desford Rd. west.


Play Your Own Music

Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Parking Available

Countryside Location

Kids Menu

High Chair

Ambient / Fairy Lights


Play Your Own Music

Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Countryside Location

Kids Menu

High Chair

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Parking Available

Station Rd, Newtown Unthank, Leicester LE9 9FP, UK

59 reviews

  1. First time booking with my 3 daughters. On arrival we were promptly greeted & shown to our dome. We had a young, blonde lady who was smiley, polite, and nothing was too much trouble for her. Even in the rain! She deserves a special thankyou for being so lovely! Food was absolutely delicious & we will definitely be booking again.
    The Bluetooth speaker is a fantastic idea & we all really enjoyed it, we evn
    put on tinsel wigs & flashing glasses! Best evening we’ve had in ages, so

  2. Fantastic 16th Birthday Celebration at Lancaster Arms

    Nothing was too much trouble for
    your staff. Made my daughters 16th celebration a fantastic night. Well done.

  3. Unpleasant Dine at Dome Experience

    Booked a dine at dome experience.
    The dome itself was cosy and well done. The server Grace was excellent.
    However, the waiting times for the food were awful. A number of the main
    courses did not come with advertised ingredients or sides – no asparagus
    alongside the sea bream as advertised, no avocado with the veggie burger etc.
    The burgers were poor the buns were stale. The chips
    were not bad. The stroganoff was served in a soup bowl and was a mush. As I
    said the food and the length of time it took to be served was awful.
    Thankfully after some cajoling one of our party managed to get many items off
    the bill and management agreed it was unacceptable. We then got a round of
    free drinks and puddings so that was well received. But please, improve.

  4. Fabulous Afternoon

    Had a lovely afternoon here for my Husbands 40th Birthday, we had food and drinks and sat in the garden with family on a sunny saturday afternoon, we were served all afternoon by Karen who was so lovely and helpful, will definitely be returning

  5. Amazing 👏

    Absolutely amazing dome experience, superb food and service too. Would highly reccomend to anyone

  6. Will definitely go again

    Lovely setting for a cosy romantic evening with our own music( on iPhones) food was fabulous!

  7. I loved the set up but the food wasn’t great for me

  8. We dined in a dome on Christmas Eve, perfect for our family of 6 adults, baby in a push chair and two dogs. We had all the space we required and didn’t get under any other customers feet. Lovely thank you

  9. The dome was lovely, Louis our water was fantastic. Food was all
    tasty although 1 out of 5 steaks ordered wasn’t the best, the other 4 were
    delicious , would definitely go again.

  10. Beautiful venue, booked the dome for a bday. Amazing service,
    friendly staff. Food was lush, dome was superb!
    Thanks to Sharon & Louis for the great hospitality.

  11. Beautiful venue with amazing food!

    I hired a igloo, there was one other that was hired. They’re located away from the main garden ensuring a peaceful experience.
    Service was wonderful couldn’t fault the venue, staff or food!

  12. Highly recommend

    Absolutely loved the “dome “ experience, was just what we
    needed for me and my partner

  13. Beautiful setting but lacking menu

    The setting both in the dome and the restaurant was stunning.
    Drinks were fine, but the menu had a massive lack of choice and we felt it
    fell short of the standrd of setting and the prices. There was nothing
    different, higher end or exciting and we struggled to decide on what to eat.
    The food when arrived was okay if not too greasy, but again, I could walk
    into any chain pub and get the same meals for half that cost. I feel a shake
    up on the menus and food choices would really help alongside something a
    little more unique. It would give this beautiful place the wow factor.

  14. We will certainly return

    We had such a lovely lunch at the Lancaster Arms in one of the
    Domes. Our waitress (Karen I think) was so friendly and attentive. The food
    was amazing and plentiful. It was very quiet when we went – which we didn’t
    mind – although we were told it’s usually a lot busier… but it was
    jubilee weekend. We will certainly return – probably in the evening when the
    lights would be on in the lovely garden.

  15. Had a really lovely time in the dome

    Food and service was really good nothing was to much trouble very helpful,
    would recommend booking the dome late evening in the hot weather in order to
    be able to get the full use of it as the air fan wasn’t that effective if
    very hot and it would be to hot to fully enjoy . we were very fortunate and
    got the timing and weather spot on .
    Will definitely return .

  16. Price and menu

    Be nice if you put
    Menu and prices on

  17. Great service, average food

    Experience at the pod was very good, more then i expected, table service was lovely the young lady serving us was brilliant! Food very average a shame and not much to choose from.

  18. Booked for our Anniversary meal, having never visited before, and so glad that we did! Great service, lovely private dining in the dome and one of the best meals we’ve ever had!

  19. We WILL be back ! ( so long as they don’t mind hearing us warbling along to some awful tunes again).

    We had the BEST night! There gin terrace and domes were so beautiful! The food was incredible!!! And the service was second to none. From making the booking (they were incredibly helpful) to The waiting staff who put up with us singing to all of our fav cheesy songs and even got roped in to dance with us! They were great sports and really made our night.
    Would we 100% recommend for a cosie night with amazing food or for a the perfect setting for a giggle and evening with friends !
    Thanks again!
    From Jen and the school mums

  20. Huge portions

    The dome was really lovely. Cosy, comfy with good service. The
    only slight negetive I would say was that the food portions were huge so we
    had a lot of waste

  21. What a fantastic Sunday lunch

    We celebrated my 50th with family in a pod in the garden.
    The food was delicious, plentiful and there was plenty of choice. Service was
    great; friendly and professional.
    The pods are really warm, and well decorated.
    Our only c suggestion
    Would be that the chef makes their own stuffing for Sunday lunch. Everything
    else tasted home made.


    A wonderfull winters venue, space age capsuals cocoon you from the elements with heating table service and good food .

  23. Definitely recommended !

    Overall an amazing experience, dining in a pod as the wind and rain lashed outside ! Great service and great food.

  24. Can’t wait to visit again!

    “We came woth family to celebrate my birthday everything
    Absolutely perfect!

  25. Thank you for a lovely experience and keep up the good work!

    Gabby served us and she was so friendly and nice. The food, service and staff were so kind and nothing was too much for them- from clearing the endless amount of empty glasses and bringing lots of roast potatoes!

  26. It was all amazing

    Couldn’t fault a thing!

  27. We look forward to visiting the lancaster arms again!

    Mike and the staff (all of the staff) really made our night with the impeccible service they offered us. The food was very quick to come out, beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked.

  28. Lovely evening

    We had a lovely evening. Staff were friendly and attentive.

  29. Brilliant!

    I was so impressed with the evening that I couldn’t wait to
    tell all my friends and family. We had booked this experience to mark a
    special occasion and we could not fault it. Even though the food was tapas
    style it was worth it because you can tell all the produce is locally sourced
    and the staff really do put their all into making your experience the best.
    Well done The Lancaster Arms – you’ve done brilliantly!!! The domes are
    such a good idea. Thank you for a great evening and many more to come.

  30. Great night

    Food was spot on and we had a great night in the dome, will
    definitely be coming back

  31. Fantastic!

    We booked the dine at the dome which was fantastic! The service
    was impeccable and Mike was amazing, great personality which made our meal!
    We had the executive sunday roast with lamb and all the trimmings, the
    portions were extremely generous and the meat was cooked to perfection! I
    would highly recommend the Lancaster arms!

  32. Highly recommend

    Excellent evening, highly recommend

  33. Almost perfect

    All 100%. Staff were very helpful. Only thing that should be
    mentioned is to bring your own speaker for the dome as I was under the
    impression that you supplied them. But that is the only thing that I could
    say that I was disappointed with.

  34. 10/10

    We had a nice evening food was amazing & the dome nice and private, service was 10/10

  35. Definitely will return

    A lovely family Sunday lunch in one of your domes. (Would have liked it to rain though to add to experience) will return.

  36. Outstanding

    Felt like we were in a magical garden! You have put amazing measures into place to keep your business up and running and the service we received was outstanding. Thank you

  37. Beautiful

    The dome was absolutely beautiful and was a great first meal out as husband and wife for us. The staff were great, very attentive!

  38. Lovely dining experience

    Really beautiful dome and we had lovely dining experience. The atmosphere was really relaxed and we really enjoyed the food.

  39. We were very happy

    We were very happy & comfortable in our Dome. It took a while for our dinner to come, but on the whole we enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you.

  40. Delicious!

    Food was excellent, however it wasn’t clear when we arrived
    that the food was tapas style, we were expecting full size meals, however
    it was delicious! The baby highchair hadn’t been cleaned from previous use,
    so I had to clean it myself with wipes for my baby to use.

  41. Great for Father’s Day

    What a fantastic experience for Father’s Day. We’ve never been before, loved the dome and the food was amazing, fantastic staff and a fabulous customer experience, we will be back with friends.

  42. Had a fantastic night

    Had a fantastic night will definitely be going back looking to book a dome again especially in December we were in the VIP area food was great taste and hot waitress was very helpful and pleasant and quick service maitre d’ was attentive but not over bearing so you could relax have recommended to all my friends

  43. Will definitely return!

    A super experience in the dome. Will definitely return!

  44. Amazing

    Couldn’t fault it, absolutely amazing!

  45. Fabulous time

    We had a fabulous time firstly on the terrace for a drink which makes you feel like you’re abroad and secondly in the dome for dinner which was such a unique experience and perfect for our anniversary meal, food was delicious!

  46. Super!

    Visited today & had a dome. Very good staff, all needs catered for. Fantastic roast platter. Beautifully cooked meats. Great pint! Loved it & would recommend to all.

  47. Lovely birthday

    Had a lovely evening celebrating my birthday.
    Food, service and venue all amazing. Such a lovely setting outside! Only slight niggle would be the menus are slightly confusing!

  48. Outstanding

    Absolutely outstanding, food, drinks and service was excellent, you must book when we come out of lockdown.

  49. Would definitely book again

    The terrace, dome, seating area outside of dome and ambience were all fantastic. Menu was quite limited and too carb heavy, but what we did have was cooked beautifully, very fresh and tasty.

  50. Would definitely come again

    Lovely vibe and fantastic service given by the host Ollie. He made us feel welcome and recommended things off the new menu. Would recommend this place and would definitely come again

  51. Excellent

    Excellent experience booking the dome, have booked again. Highly recommend.

  52. We will be back!

    What a wonderful evening. We sat on the garden terrace and were looked after so well from the welcome to the service and farewell. The weather was dry but cold so the heater and the blankets were really welcome. Cocktails, delicious tasty hot tapas style hot food and lovely desserts followed. We enjoyed 4 hours in a beautiful and very comfortable atmosphere and really felt a sense of normality after a long lockdown. Thank you to Ian and his team for making our evening so special. We will be back!

  53. Thank you for a lovely dining experience.

    Great food, great service and it’s great how Ian and the team have developed the place!

  54. Loved our evening in one of the domes

    Absolutely loved our evening in one of the domes, customer service was great and everyone was really friendly. Will definitely be back soon.

  55. Great way to start coming out of lockdown

    What a way to start coming out of lockdown , Dome at The Lancaster Arms . So good we’ve booked again . Service , cleanliness, everything just spot on . Highly recommend.

  56. Lovely

    The dome experience was lovely.

  57. Great job with the new garden

    What a great job the Lancaster Arms have done with their garden and Gin Terrace – it was a super experience and will, I am sure, be the first of many.

  58. Perfect date night

    We visited one of the Domes Friday it made a perfect date night with my husband. A really romantic setting cosy, peaceful and warm. The food & service was excellent. Definitely will be booking again!!!

  59. Fabulous!

    Opening weekend for the globes at The Lancaster Arms in the village I live and booked one for my daughter Lana’s birthday. Was a lovely surprise for her and she absolutely loved it. Ollie was our host and couldn’t do enough for us so we didn’t need to use the walker talkie to request anything. Lovely and warm in there and a fabulous Sunday roast sharing board. Great experience thank you Ollie!

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Your private dome hire 
✅ Please note that the dome booking fee only covers private hire of your dome, it does not include the cost of any food or drink.

Smaller groups
✅ Minimum group size is 4 people – for smaller groups a £200 minimum spend will be applied (This rule does not apply on February 14th)

Booking duration
✅ Friday-Saturday: 4 hours
✅ Sunday – 2.5 hours
✅ Valentines day – 2 hours

Booking cancellations & refund
✅ Get a full refund of the dome booking fee if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to the start of your reservation. All you need is to click ‘Cancel booking’ button below the booking calendar and provide your 8 digit booking number.

Hot Weather
✅ Should the dome dining experience be impossible because of the hot weather on the day, you will be offered a full refund of the booking fee and a regular table by the restaurant’s staff.

✅ Have questions about the Dine at Dome concept, dome booking fees or need help making your dome booking? Get in touch via email