New restaurant raises the ‘stakes’


There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to quality dining in Warwickshire.

Raising the gastronimal stakes is premium restaurant brand Gusto which threw open its doors to customers in Leamington just a few weeks ago.

So far this eagerly awaitied eatery has received a warm welcome from discerning diners in the area after the company invested more than £1 million in the 4,000 sq ft restaurant and bar, the latest of the Gusto offerings.

The new 160-cover restaurant is located within the town’s buoyant ‘food quarter’ in Regent Court on Livery Street.

The lavish refurbishment has seen the building sumptuously transformed, complete with an outside terrace to seat 40 people. The stylish restaurant is packed with aspirational touches and beautiful décor with a variety of seating layouts and booths from which to enjoy the experience. And, adding to the bustling vibe, most diners are privy to a view of the chefs at work, enthusiastically assembling our culinary creations. This open invitation to catch a glimpse into the kitchen is also, of course, a reassuring sign.

Part of what sets Gusto apart however, is its impressive cocktails menu. With more than 50 to choose from, it’s hard not to indulge. And if you’re there with a celebratory party, a round of Gustos cocktails are a must.

But onto the food. The classic and contemporary menu uses fresh, carefully selected, simple ingredients to offer a wide choice of premium British and European dishes.

The main menu offers a couple of deli board options – meat or cheese – or you can choose from an eclectic variety of starters, including Hand Rolled Meatballs in a Spiced Tomato Sauce; Polenta Coated Wild Mushrooms; Handmade Gnudi; Mussels cooked with White Wine and Oven Roast Pork Ribs.

Main courses offer a healthy choice of pasta dishes – including Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon and Dill; Garganelli Primavera and Lobster and prawn Spaghetti – pizzas; seafood – including Pan Fried Fillet of Sea Bass, Roast Monkfish Tail and Chargrilled Tuna Steak; Meats – including Medallions of Beef Fillet; Roast Lamb Rump and Slow Cooked Pork Belly; salads and sides – including Steamed Spinach with Sea Salt; Tenderstem Broccoli, Red Chilli and Almonds and Creamy Mashed Potato with Pesto.

Tempting as all the extras are however, do be sure to leave room for dessert. Highlights include Nutella and Mascarpone Calzone; Bombolini (handmade mini doughnuts, orange Chantilly and chocolate sauce); Sticky Toffee Pudding and Summer Berry and Prosecco Jelly.

Non-drivers can wash them down with a dessert wine, digestif or liqueur coffee.

A lunch and brunch option, comprehensive worldwide wine list and a selection of unique specials with a family focused Children’s Menu are also served until 6pm.

With so many fine restaurants and gastropubs to tempt us these days, it’s often a minefield when making one’s choice for that family meal or celebration. But there’s something that little bit extra special about this new arrival that helps it to stand out. And its friendly convivial atmosphere certainly helps make this a memorable visit.

Be prepared to pay for the quality of your experience but be equally as confident it will be worth it.

And the benefits of joining the Gusto mailing list:
25% off food when you first join. You can now look forward to receiving the latest Gusto news, events, exclusive offers, promotions and menu updates before anyone else hears about them. We’ll even send you a gift on your birthday!