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On Saturday 10th June 2017, members of Leicester CAMRA visited over 50 pubs in the Leicester City centre to complete the annual census, taking a snapshot of the variety and availability of Real Ale and Real Cider in the city on a single day. The results are looking most favourable for our favourite tipples. 

We found 145 different real ales available, an increase from the 129 we found last year. There were in fact 210 Hand Pumps dispensing ale on the day with 81 different breweries represented including many local breweries. 

It will come as no surprise to many that Leicester’s own Everards Tiger was the most offered beer, available in 11 venues across the city, closely followed by Sharps Doom  Bar.

The number of venues open and selling real ale has remained at 48 with several new ventures such as The Blue Boar and Wygston's House replacing those which have closed or were not selling real ale on the day. 

We also surveyed the availability of real cider in the city and found 46 different real ciders from 24 different producers. These were available in 24 of the venues surveyed in the census. Westons Old Rosie was the most widespread, available in 5 venues, with Abrahalls Lily The Pink a close second at 4 venues. Local producers were also represented with Bottle Kicking Cider Co. as well as Charnwood Cider.

Many thanks to the following people that participated in the census: Jamie Stenson, Andy Stenson, George Johnston, Michael Harrison, Victoria Harrison, Tonii Leach, Ali Reay, Jim Reay & Rob Macardle.



Bob Reay