Criterion

Mayor: Cunningham (4) | Taps: Approx 20 | Bottles: 200 ish
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40  (395) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | July 29, 2017
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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
saxo  (209) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
downender  (464) Bristol, England | April 26, 2017
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.
68
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Boudicca  (1232) London, England | November 12, 2016
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).
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Brugmansia  (666) Jylland, Denmark | July 5, 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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jjsint  (656) Leicester, England | March 12, 2016
Excellent traditional pub. Tired, worn and loved. The beer selection isn’t the largest but what they do have is beyond reproach. For cask, the choice is split between more traditional brewers (Burton Bridge, Adnams) and more experimental ones (Thornbridge, Charnwood); expect local breweries to feature but not overtake. A handful of craft on keg as well. The bottle selection is a tickers’ paradise, with the odd hard-to-get country (Windhoek Lager anyone?) alongside beer royalty such as Gulden Draak. So, this is a resounding yes from me.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Beermenace  (74) Belfast, Northern Ireland | March 25, 2015
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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (1156) Banbury, England | March 19, 2014
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier  (321) Chagrin Falls, Ohio | August 2, 2013
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer  (2060) Hebden Bridge, England | February 15, 2013
Close to the Universities this mid 20th century bar is in a working mans club style. It has two small rooms and does its best to massage the the entertainment requirements of the students with frequent gigs, quizzes, comedy and games nights, practically every night. As far as drinking goes there’s a mix of ale and lager, but a decent selection of both. Can get busy early evening.

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