Leicester Beer Guide: Your Leicester guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Leicester

84 /100 22 MILLSTONE LANE
“Small bar near the town centre. The selection was all three hill when I was there due to a tap take over. Both keg and cask offered and a small fridge selection. Friendly staff.“
Mr_Pink_152 210 days ago
72 /100 19 BUTT CLOSE LANE,
“Traditional old school pub with wood and tainted glass with different seating areas. Cosy and good service. Availabilities were a good range. Good place for a pint or two.“
BarrelChamp46 211 days ago
54 /100 1 CORN EXCHANGE, MARKET PLACE,
“Usual JDW affair. But managers to walk round three sides before I found the door. Big square bar area with a central bar. Open plan and multi level. Slow service on a quiet Friday morning.“
Mr_Pink_152 211 days ago
76 /100
The Offie (Beer Store)
142 CLARENDON PARK ROAD
“Nice small beer shop with a friendly owner who keeps his small dog on the counter. We went here for Leicestershire ticks, and in that regard it was a little disappointing, but we did walk away with six new ones. They have a good selection of mostly UK craft, Belgians and Germans.“
Rasmus40 232 days ago
70 /100 68-70 BRAUNSTONE GATE,
“Nice little brewpub in the western part of Leicester as the name indicates. They had four casks and one keg of their own beers plus a couple of guests on at our visit. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 232 days ago
76 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“Nice from the outside. Big open plan inside, nice little games room to the back. Friendly staff and great selection of beers. A very good brewdog. “
dantomlinson 485 days ago
68 /100 22 MILLSTONE LANE
“Nice quirky place. Not many taps (6 taps, 4 cask), but brilliant beers that they have on. Worth the visit, got some good stuff on tap that is hard to find! Fridge for take away beers with some good stuff. Seating upstairs and downstairs.“
dantomlinson 485 days ago
72 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“Standard brewdog, good selection of beers, but too stylised for my liking. Would go back.“
BineScout20 506 days ago
72 /100
Tønne (Bar)
1-3 ST MARTINS WALK
“Leicester has lost a couple good beer bars in the last few weeks (Broood and Head of Steam), so the opening of a new craft beer bar was met with enthusiasm. Tønne is in St Martin's Walk, as posh as Leicester gets, although the prices aren't as astronomical as I'd have guessed. No cask, and the 7 keg taps carry both 'macro ex-craft' such as Beavertown as well as more interesting finds (Tiny Rebel, Lervig, White Hag). I missed the 3 Bean Stout they had on draught for their opening weekend but hey ho. There are also some worthy choices in the smallish bottle and can selection, and I got a decent tick from a Mexican brewery which was new to me. The beer is a bit too cold, and the selection is just that little bit too safe. However tgey seem to have the will and the knowledge to push the boat out more once the waters are tested. Here's hoping Tønne thrives.“
jjsint 538 days ago
76 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“Nice BrewDog bar in Leicester. Quite a spacious main room, with a u shaped bar and the cinema style beer list to one side. It was quiet on the Thursday evening I visited. A few local three hills beers available but they admitted the wrong version was on the board and Untapped which suggests some lack of attention to detail. I think there was a pool table in a side room.“
Mr_Pink_152 558 days ago
60 /100 149 GRANBY STREET
“Medium sized, town-centre pub with cask ales from Everards served from a L-shaped bar. The two ales I had was found to be in excellent condotions. Entertainment from two joyful canaries. Polite service. Friendly meet-up with jjsint who brought us some interesting bottled beers, many thanks. (Visited with Finn late on a Monday evening 11.02.2019).“
Rune 580 days ago
68 /100 68-70 BRAUNSTONE GATE,
“We walked for about 25 minutes from the train station towards De Montfort University area to find this brewpub close to the Old River Soar. A bit charming run down pub room in pale green paint with the brewery plant in the back room. Two of their own beers on cask at our stay joined by a fairly good range of guest ales. Quite a good vibe on a Monday eve, mostly young adults/students. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 11.02.2019).“
Rune 580 days ago
68 /100
Ale Wagon (Bar)
27 RUTLAND STREET,
“A town-centre, street corner pub with retro, inter war interiors, and an U-shaped bar counter. Outlet for the Hoskins Brothers brewery, four of their beers available on our stay. A few more handpumps with regionally sourced ales. Polite service. Many thanks to jjsint for taking us around to some of the beer places in town. (Visited with jjsint and Finn on a Sunday evening 10.02.2019).“
Rune 582 days ago
72 /100 36 KING STREET,
“A single room, traditional British pub with a good vibe on a Sunday. The pub is an outlet for beers from Black Country, with three of their beers on cask at our stay. Furthermore, there were nine changing ales from UK breweries on cask. Likable classic pop and rock music in the back; Roy Orbinson, Free, Supremes, Kinks, Beatles among others. Friendly service. (Pub crawl in Leicester with Finn and jjsint 10.02.2019).“
Rune 582 days ago
82 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“Since my first visit to a BrewDog bar, in Glasgow, April 2012, I have been to about 20 of them in the UK, Berlin and the Nordic countries. This one in Leicester is certainly one of the best of its kind. Rather spacious, but cozy L-shaped main room downstairs with more seating upstairs. Good range of BrewDog beers including quite a few special ones, seven guest ales and a decent range of cans/bottles. Their draught beers are served in thirds. Excellent, attentive service offering free tasters of their beers. Guns N' Roses music in the back. (Visited with jjsint and Finn 10.02.2019).“
Rune 582 days ago
76 /100
Blue Boar (Bar)
6 MILLSTONE LANE
“A comfortable, four sided micropub offering ten cask ales, available in thirds. All of the beers we had were in excellent condition. Rather classic pub interiors with seating around the walls and a few timber tables in the middle. No music. Friendly service. Next door to Two-Tailed Lion. In great company with local ratebeerian jjsint. (Visited with Finn 10.02.2019).“
Rune 582 days ago
70 /100 22 MILLSTONE LANE
“A cozy little place in a central part of town, combining a pub and bottle shop. A bar counter in the middle serving both sides of the bar. More seating upstairs. Three cask ales supported by modern craft beers on tap, and in a fridge placed at one side of the bar. Mostly beers for the UK, but also a few German and Belgian ones. We came here on a Sunday and after a busy weekend the choice of beers was rather limited, Sandwich options. Some classic Rolling Stones and Joy Division tunes in the back at our stay. Great meet-up with jjsint who showed us around to quite a few of the good beer places in Leicester. The next one, Blue Boar, was almost next door. (Visited with Finn 10.02.2019).“
Rune 582 days ago
68 /100 48B LONDON ROAD,
“A large room with high ceiling, brick-wood interiors, different seating areas with a retro touch to some of them, and a long bar counter to the right. A former warehouse, perhaps. Close to the train station and the Thomas Cook statue just outside the entrance. Seems to be an outlet for beers from Steamin' Billy, three cask ales form the brewery among the six hand-pumps. Some craft beers on the taps and among a few bottles. Decent Sunday lunch (sandwiches), comfortable benches and excellent rating condition. Friendly service. (Visited with Finn 10.02.2019).“
Rune 583 days ago
84 /100 139 LONDON ROAD,
“4 classic everards, 3 guest which they rotate pretty often including a regular porter or dark ale which is a win for me, and 2 rotating guest ciders all on pull. Rotating guest and craft lagers and solid regular ones. Good food, burgers are lovely and decent size. Staff knew what they were talking about and were friendly and approachable. Nice looking and feeling pub, definitely one of my first picks this side of Leicester“
NobleRater26 626 days ago
80 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“Corner bar in a red brick building, inside the usual Brewdog industrial vibe. Quite roomy inside. Around 20 taps split roughly 60% BD / 40% guests. Friendly service from knowledgable staff“
Cheeseboard 771 days ago
72 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“Leicester's BrewDog bar is well located in the heart of the city. Larger than one might expect from the outset. Relatively low ceilings and spread over a few floors. 13 BD beers on tap, 1 cider and 5 guests from obscure US breweries mostly. Mini merch / takeaway beer shop on the left of the bar. Well trained staff and decent vibe in general. A good addition to the Leicester beer scene I would say. Decent stuff.“
Scopey 777 days ago
82 /100
Blue Boar (Bar)
6 MILLSTONE LANE
“Nice little micropub located a couple of minutes walk from the cathedral. Even by 11am on a Saturday it was pretty busy with a nice local vibe going on. Considering this hasn't been opened for a long time it feels like it is very well established. Plenty of banter coming from the owner / barman. Beer selection is rather great - 9 cask hand pull, several on stillage, 2 keg, 3 keg cider and a variety of bottles. Local breweries to further afield like Doncaster and Elusive. Don't think I have had anything that was on tap, which is unusual. Excellent condition beer. Pretty great all-round. Could probably spend all day here.“
Scopey 777 days ago
90 /100 22 MILLSTONE LANE
“New pub in an old building. The Two-Tailed Lion is almost certainly the top beer venue in Leicester after a flying start, and they're starting as they mean to go on. Some international beers but they concentrate on the great and the good from the UK, and there are no surprises, just decent craft beer. Six keg by the likes of Verdant, Magic Rock and the local Framework, with Tiny Rebel and Blackjack on casks. The fridge holds some tempting offerings from Siren, Cantillon and Evil Twin. Prices are in line with craft pubs in the area (i.e. not cheap but reasonable). Within 30 seconds of the Blue Boar.“
jjsint 811 days ago
90 /100 22 MILLSTONE LANE
“Great addition to the Leicester beer scene. Good selection of six kegs and three cask. Well stocked fridge. Food platters are available although I will only go for the beer. Over two floors in an interesting period building. Excellent start.“
leaparsons 826 days ago
62 /100
Friary (Bar)
12 HOTEL STREET,
“Straightforward open plan city centre pub. Comfy seats where you can charge your phone. While it doesn't focus on beer per se, there are a handful of decent national cask ales available along with four Lilley's ciders. My beer is not in top condition but it's drinkable. Within spitting distance of BrewDog but the experiences couldn't be more different.“
jjsint 859 days ago
58 /100 144 LONDON ROAD
“Neat little student pub that caters to locals (like me!) as well. It's not the most welcoming place from the outside but if you venture in it's nicely open plan. Loud with sports screens galore and more than its share of neon. Beer list won't change your life but they've got five keg lines with the likes of BrewDog, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn (scoff if you will but I've gotten a few good ticks here), a few Lilley's ciders, and a small but decent bottled/canned craft line with the likes of Wild Beer and Tiny Rebel on offer. As befitting a student pub, it's got wonderful weeknight deals (Thursdays for craft keg pints at £3). I must warn you never to touch the cask in here as it has been known to be in deplorable condition. Is it naughty if me to say this place is better when the students are away?“
jjsint 883 days ago
64 /100 149 GRANBY STREET
“Convivial pub near the train station on the way to the city centre. Not unpleasant, especially after a recent smartening up, but not really a beer pub. I counted eight beer handpulls, with five Everards beers on one side and... three Everards beers repeated on the other. Three ciders are decent, including a cidery that was new to me, but there are so many more beery places in town. Expensive as well.“
jjsint 920 days ago
66 /100 48B LONDON ROAD,
“With 25 mins to spare between the Leicester Beer Festival and my train, called in to this place right next to station. Based on some previous reviews I wasn't expecting to find a modern, vibrant place serving some decent beers but based on my 20 minutes I had there, that's what it is. Would have liked to stay longer and if I go back to Leicester I will:“
Grumbo 932 days ago
66 /100 50 JARROM STREET,
“Since the closure of the Swan and Rushes, I've struggled to find a place to suit my post-hospital drinking needs. Well, the Sir Robert Peel is as pleasant a pub as you're likely to find. It's traditional, with a 'local' rather than a city pub feel. The beer selection is heavy on the Everards, with guests from the likes of Burton Bridge and Derby. Titanic Stout on keg, and there's a small bottle selection with popular Belgians such as Chimay Blue and Duvel. Daytrippers can miss this one out, but I'm very happy to make its acquaintance.“
jjsint 939 days ago
76 /100 109 QUEENS ROAD
“Friendly and enjoyable micropub opened in 2018 on Queens Road. Smartly laid out with wooden furniture and enough space to host a halfway decent crowd. I sometimes struggle with the traditional Tollgate beers, but this pub has quite a lot of choice: 4 cask, 4 keg and a couple of handpull ciders. As well as Tollgate, you can find Weird Beard, Wild Beer, Great Heck, Blackjack and Market Harborough beers. They lean toward the sessionable, but this isn't the part of town you get pissed in anyway. Or is it? This is a massive addition to this part of town. Watch the hours though and make sure you're here when it's open.“
jjsint 941 days ago
70 /100 149 GRANBY STREET
“An old favourite of mine, going back donkeys years. Classic Everards range and traditional pub atmosphere. Busy on matchdays - and why not? It will be no skin off your nose to visit here, especially if you are also ticking off the Last Plantagenet.“
DanielBrown 965 days ago
74 /100 70 WESTERN ROAD,
“Visited on route to LCFC v Swansea (the former should have thrashed the latter, but hey ho). 10 mins walk from Filbert Way, so it was obviously rammed. Quite a few cask choices, mainly from local breweries, with a high occurrence of Bitters and Milds. Nice multi-roomed boozer, with well kept beer. 5 mins walk from West End and Black Horse.“
DanielBrown 965 days ago
70 /100
Ale Wagon (Bar)
27 RUTLAND STREET,
“Pretty much what others have said. Whether you regard it as "unspoilt" or just downright scruffy will depend on your perspective. I kind of like the timeless retro character and it would be a big shame if it ever ceased to be, or even changed much. Despite its shortcomings it somehow manages to be an essential visit in Leicester. For one thing it's a rare outlet for the Hoskins beers, of which you'll probably find half a dozen or more (don't forget to check the keg taps) plus a couple of guests.“
chriso 1003 days ago
66 /100 103-105 HIGH STREET,
“Yet another one of these large Spoons. You know what you get. And sometimes that is ok. Absolutely a decent tap, cask and bottle selection.
But I really liked this one. Nice clean interior. Freindly and helpfull staff. Clean toilets. Good food“
Cunningham 1032 days ago
58 /100 93-97 HIGH STREET
“A mix between a traditional and a modern English pub. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing exciting either. Like a Spoon without a good beer selection. You might find a tick or two, and then you look for the next pub…“
Cunningham 1032 days ago
82 /100 8 FRIAR LANE,
“I think it is always nice to know that there is one BrewDog in the area. Especially when I get a bit bord with cask ales. Then BrewDog is heaven. Always something interesting and some hop monsters to clean my body.
This place is no exception. Absolutely a wordy visit. Nice selection both on tap and bottles.
Recommendable stop in Leicester“
Cunningham 1032 days ago
50 /100
Friary (Bar)
12 HOTEL STREET,
“A kind of JDW looking pub. But they lack a decent beer selection. Just had a look and went to next place. Not a place for beer tickers. Or if you just want a good beer“
Cunningham 1032 days ago
58 /100 44 OXFORD STREET
“A kind of JDW looking pub. Traditional and friendly English pub. Not that good beer selection. But I found some ciders here that I had not seen before. Also possible to watch football“
Cunningham 1032 days ago
82 /100
Blue Boar (Bar)
6 MILLSTONE LANE
“Small, cozy, friendly and an excellent selection of local beers. 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
A bit better local selection than Criterion“
Cunningham 1032 days ago
66 /100 MILLSTONE LANE,
“A very good looking pub/bar. Everything in good shape. Still a quite ok atmosphere. Also a decent beer selection. Fine Everards range. So what is the problem here (if any…)well….it is to close to the two best pubs in town. Blue Boar and Criterion.
To eat here and then do some serious ticking at the two other pubs are maybe a good idea. Nothing wrong with this place“
Cunningham 1032 days ago