Professor Sir Robert Burgess - My Leicestershire
By Leicestershire Magazine on August 2nd 2010
The village of Wistow
Wistow is a truly beautiful and compact hamlet which encapsulates all the best rural qualities of Leicestershire.
Despite being just a few miles south of the centre of Leicester, it feels much further away – and that is all part of its charm. There’s an impressive country house at the heart of the village and I always find it a pleasure to visit the Rural Centre.
Bradgate Park. Quite apart from wandering around the countryside surrounding Wistow, I hold Bradgate Park in great affection.
It’s wonderful in any season – but I greatly enjoyed some walks there last winter. The atmosphere of the place combines with the historical connections with Lady Jane Grey to make it a special place. Whenever friends come to visit, Bradgate Park’s always one of the places I take them to.
Favourite restaurant or pub
The Tiffin and The Belmont Hotel.
The city of Leicester is blessed with a whole range of fabulous restaurants – and the cuisine reflects the multi-ethnic population here.
I’ve long been a fan of the superb Indian food served at The Tiffin restaurant in De Montfort Street.
But I also greatly enjoy the English cuisine that’s available at The Belmont Hotel, which is also in De Montfort Street.
They are both very popular restaurants among the University of Leicester’s staff as well as the students... and an enjoyable experience.
The National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester.
This is a tricky question to answer given some of the fabulous architecture found throughout the county.
But I’ve always found the thoroughly modern appearance of the National Space Centre particularly stunning. It somehow seems to draw the eye towards it.
The 42 metre tall tower can be seen from miles around – even from the top of the main university building in the heart of the city.
Favourite museum or art gallery
Newarke Houses Museum, in Leicester
It’s a terrific museum which also possesses one of my favourite paintings – Bryan Organ’s picture of Richard Attenborough.
One of the things that I found remarkable about the painting is the way the artist captures the style and dynamism of Lord Attenborough.
He’s a frequent visitor because of his links to the University of Leicester’s arts centre called Embrace Arts and he has been very active on its advisory board.
Bryan Organ somehow manages to capture Lord Attenborough’s energy – it never fails to strike me.
Favourite memory of Leicestershire
Ever since I moved to Leicestershire in 1999, I’ve derived great pleasure from visiting some of the outlying villages, market towns and surrounding countryside. For a long time after first moving here, I used to visit a different location every weekend.
I think that the market towns particularly tend to give you a flavour of the county’s character.
But – if I’m pushed – I suppose that some of my favourite memories consist of long walks through the beautiful Leicestershire countryside.
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