Tired, worn and loved by Leicester. No longer owned by the now defunct Market Harborough brewery. Still a decent cask beer choice but (good) keg and bottles/cans are much less of a focus. Gone are the keg taps of Wander Beyond, Unbarrd, Kernel, and the wonderful little bottle selection. They seem to carry fewer casks than I remember, but the choices are good, independent outlets. Still a great pub but not the hands-down destination it once was.
Small, cozy, friendly and nice pub. Little heaven. Absolutely a favorite in Leicester. More or less a must to get here. No fancy pancy. Just nice. Beers in good condition. Friendly and helpful staff. Possible to get tasting glasses if you wonder what to buy. Or just buy it all. Highly recommendable Not as many local beers as Blue Boar. So a visit to both are best choice
Nice pub with very friendly staff. They had nine new rates for me, which is great, but some of the beers were somewhat boring. There were a couple of local beers but most of them were elsewhere in England. Very diverse selection in terms of geography.
saxo (333) Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark | July 29, 2017
About ten casks and ten kegs. Good mix of local beers and other UK beers. Friendly service. When I told staff to save the beer and pour less in, he only charged half, so it was cheap to sample there.
Visited in March 2017, when there were major roadworks taking place outside the pub. Friendly pub with a wide selection of beers, although, unfortunately for me, the guests were mainly from my hometown of Bristol. The two staff were on good form and the beer quality was good. Worth a visit.
Outside and in, the Criterion looks a bit like a working men’s club but it’s actually OK, despite the sports screens showing football in the bar. It’s not usually open on Sundays but we were lucky because one area, the Grist Room, was being used for the last day of Dave’s Comedy Festival so the main bar was open as well. According to the leaflets on the table, the comedy club was featuring Joanna Neary, a Joyce Grenfell of our age! The beer list was reasonable - six casks and a couple of keg beers served in two thirds measures.
(Visited 21 February 2016).
Visited February 2016 with beery friends. Old style twinroomed pub. Cosy and a lively, friendly atmosphere. Friendly staff. Not the biggest beer range on tap or bottle. Beers in good condition and some only sold as 2/3 pints. They have WiFi with password.
Good pub with a decent selection of ales, drank a Pale Ale from Kelham Island and very tasty it was too. Engaged in conversation with a couple of locals and left feeling very satisfied. Worth checking out.
We have visited this a few times on our visits to Leicester as it is on the must visit list. Generally we prefer the small room on the left if it isn’t too full. It is in a slightly seedier part of town but really friendly when inside. Really good assortment of beers and I haven’t been through the bottles yet. Very good. Re Visit March ’14. Right hand bar. The beer range has got even better now, plenty to go at all in good nick, good atmosphere, friendly and welcoming apart from if you arrive early, it doesn’t open until 12. The beer garden is a bit of a disgrace, otherwise excellent.
I might have visited during a day when the selection was off its usual quality but there was not much here. The service was friendly enough and it was not like you were stuck drinking Carling or Extra Cold Guinness. Normally I’m told they have a few more regional beers on cask. The outside beer garden is an odd arrangement squeezed onto the sidewalk but the inside does not have much more ambiance. This is a typical English pub in the heart of the city. Give it an hour or so then decide whether to move on to the next spot.