What to say about this place…. A lovely place? No! Great selection? No Nice place with a fine atmosphere? No! A place to visit? Yes! Why…..good question. Kind of old un spoilt place you kind of have to visit. I do not think anything have changed for the last 60 years. Not even the man behind the bar. Friendly guy anyway. One good reason for beer tickers is that they do have a fine range of Hoskins ale. I did not see them any other place in Leicester. Just pop in, have a couple of beers. And move on. That is my advice. The beers was in a quite good shape. And you understand why you have to visit this place when you get here
saxo (209) Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark | July 27, 2017
Run down pub with old interior in poor condition. Five casks being cleaned, so not that many available for us.
This is a really run down pub and not cosy in any way. The landlord was cleaning five of their cask lines at our visit, so selection was unfortunately limited. We had the four different Hoskins beers on plus a guest.
The Ale Wagon feels like a throwback to the past. I wouldn’t be surprised if it hadn’t changed since the 1930s. The mirrors over the bar advertise Hoskins (established 1877) and although the Hoskins Brothers brewery is now closed the Ale Wagon still has beers bearing their name. An unusual place - not particularly comfortable or cosy as it just has a functional bar area, where a line of elderly men sat nursing their solitary pints, and attached to that a long room, bare but for the fireplace - but it’s somehow quite charming and well worth a visit.
(Visited 21 February 2016).
Visited February 2016 with beery friends. Oldstyle townpub, housing the Hoskins beer. Beers served in OK condition, pub placed just outside the city center. Nice atmosphere, local. Lovely fireplace and no wifi..
jjsint (658) Leicester, England | March 12, 2016| Updated September 12, 2017
A Hoskins Brothers pub, although their ales are brewed by Tower. The Ale Wagon is the sort of place your granddad would’ve loved. Two separate areas will some light music in the background. Bare floors, and old fireplace that probably works in theory, and bags and bags of character. Hoskins Brothers beers won’t blow you away, but if you don’t love this place then you have no soul.
My first and last visit to Leicester, not a city I would recommend in terms of sightseeing. Started off at this old boozer that is definitely stuck in a time warp, the beer selection being from the Hoskins stable with a few guest ales thrown in. Service was quick and the beers drinkable but the atmosphere was non existent and I was glad to leave in all honesty. Mediocre is the word for this place.
This is an old fashioned pub just a few blocks from the station. As far as atmosphere goes if it ever got busy I could see it being a fun place. I certainly would not return just for the beer selection which mainly covers a number of Hoskins beers. If you’ve got the time stick your head in the door but don’t expect to find anything amazing besides a typical English pub thrown 70 years in the future.
Single rooomed street corner boozer harking from the 20’s or 30’s in architectural terms.
I’ve never seen this place overly busy, but neither have I seen it empty.
Service is efficient, beers from Hoskins. Carry out cartons available which I’ve employed for my train journey back south on occasion. A short 3 or 4 minute stroll from the Leicester London Road BR station.
On the widest street through the city centre it occupies a rounded corner building at a junction. The building has seen better days, both inside and out, but this adds to its charm. Inside the floor tiles are worn and some parts look like its under renovation, except the dust on some of the stepladders suggest its been under for quite some time. The furniture is simply and there’s no attempt to fill the floor space with them, most people prefer to sit against the walls in the long cushioned pews. There’s a fantastic original open fire at the end of the bar to the left as you walk in that provides some good heat on a cold day. Perhaps the downside to this place is the ’all eyes’ attitude of some of the regulars that make for an uncomfortable atmosphere, even the bartender stared at me without speaking as I perused what was actually a fairly good selection of ales.