Michelin Bib Gourmand Awarded Chef, Krishnapal Negi launches his new venture in the village of Lyddington, Rutland
Following a pioneering fifteen-year stint in London shaping modern Indian food as we know it today, (1947 London, Tangawizi) 2022 sees chef Krishnapal Negi donning wellie boots and waxed jacket as he embarks on an exciting new rural adventure.
In spring this year, Krishnapal Negi and business partners took ownership of The Marquess of Exeter, a Grade II listed thatched-roof building dating back to the early seventeenth century.
The pub with 17 simple rooms now boasts the eponymous ‘Krishna’s’ an Indian restaurant inspired by Krishna’s Himalayan childhood located in the light and airy space at the back of the property. In the historic pub, revamped and carefully-crafted pub classics are served.
Set in the historic village of Lyddington in rural Rutland, our celebrated chef has come to land in the foodiest county in the country.
The Marquess of Exeter has reopened under New Ownership
The offering at this historic thatched roof property includes The Bar at The Marquess serving pub classics, Krishna’s at The Marquess serving authentic Indian dishes crafted by Krishanpal Negi, The Meadow, a delightful grassy spot behind the building for al fresco drinks and dining and Rooms simple but comfortable ‘inn’ style accommodation
Food and Drink
Today, guests can choose from two dining options: The Bar at The Marquess for carefully-crafted classic pub fare, ales and wines and Krishna’s, an exciting new Indian restaurant by award-winning chef, fresh from London, Krishnapal Negi.
The Bar at the Marquess
The characterful bar oozes history from its ancient flagstone flooring to inglenook fireplaces, beamed ceilings and cosy cushioned nooks just perfect for whiling away an evening with friends.
Today, guests can look forward to carefully-crafted British pub fare, think prawn cocktail, £7.50, juicy steak, gammon with pineapple or burger with homemade chips from £13.95 followed by hearty puds: Sticky toffee; Lemon tart and the like, from £6.95
KRISHNA’S at the Marquess
Creating menus for some of London’s standout Indian restaurants fuelled the desire in Krishnapal to run his own proprietary kitchen, a place to create a simple menu of authentic dishes inspired by the Himalayas where he was born. Krishna’s at The Marquess sees the acclaimed chef realising his dream.
A concise launch menu includes
Snacks and starters:
Wild mushroom cake served on chickpea masala with mint (from the herb garden) tamarind and sweet yogurt. £7
Chicken ‘65’ marinated breast pieces in spices and tomato chilli sauce £8
Butter chicken, the guaranteed crowd pleaser is a suitable entry point for residents unfamiliar with real Indian food. This one is delicately spiced and simmered in tomato and cashew sauce £16
Lamb masala melting pieces of lamb cooked slowly in savoury onions £16
Sides, from £4 include pulau Basmati, truffle naan, Aloo jeera and Pindi chole.
Sunday Roast is coming soon and is expected to include a clever ‘Krishna twist’ here and there.
About Krishnapal Negi
Chef Krishnapal Negi’s competitively-priced Indian menu is drawn from recipes that he loved as a child growing up in the Indian Himalayas.
Short and easy to navigate, the menu focuses on light and healthful dishes. Vibrant with flavour and colour, aromatic with precisely balanced spices and herbs, Krishna’s menu is an introduction to authentic Indian cuisine.
Negi first made his name when he launched Tangawizi in Richmond Upon Thames in 2004. Recognised at the time as ground-breaking for its innovative menus it became a regular haunt for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and it was from here that George Clooney was famously turned away for lack of an available table.
From Tangawizi, where Negi achieved a Michelin award, he went on to work under Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia who spotted Negi’s raw talent and harnessed it. Until early 2022 Negi was executive chef at acclaimed London Fitzrovia restaurant ‘1947 London’ where he found full expression for his unique style eventually hailed as one of the capital’s foremost chefs by leading food critics across the UK.
This summer 2022, Krishna is delighted to welcome you all to Krishna’s at The Marquess
Rooms at The Marquess
Make a weekend of it. Come for dinner and stay the night in one of seventeen comfortable en-suite bedrooms. Pretty décor, tea, coffee, kettle, hairdryer and gentle views over meadows of grazing horses and sheep.
Set in the heart of the historic village of Lyddington, this is a perfect pit-stop for walkers, cyclists, antique hunters, art lovers and visitors to Rutland Water.
Meadow at The Marquess
Secreted away behind the pub, guests can retreat to this beautiful green meadow boasting pretty views over the rolling Rutland countryside. Through summer it’s a peaceful spot for a delicious al fresco meal, a convivial drink at sunset before the stars set the night sky on fire.
The Village of Lyddington, Rutland
Built in the red limestone that characterises Rutland villages inside, the Marquess is loaded with history and character. It is thought there has been a tavern on this very site since parish records began in 1563.
What To Do in Rutland
Walkers, cyclists, water-sports aficionados, antique lovers and foodies. Rutland might be the smallest country in England but it’s bursting with fun things to eat, drink and do.
Ideal for outdoor adventurers. Art and antique lovers will enjoy nearby Uppingham’s galleries and curio shops. Rutland Water is approximately a 12-mile drive away. The smallest country in England also boasts some to-die-for PGI foods from Red Leicester and Stilton Cheese to Melton Mowbray pies. Feeling tired already? Then get a glass of something and come stargaze the glorious Rutland night skies in our lovely meadow.
The Marquess of Exeter
52 Main Street, Lyddington, Oakham, LE15 9LT