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Pub News

We have learned that the Swan & Rushes on Oxford Street/Infirmary Square in Leicester will close at the end of March.

Sadly, The Charlotte on Oxford Street in Leicester also closed on 18th February due to personal circumstances of the owners.

A new micro-pub, the Tap & Barrel, opened on Leicester Road Wigston Magna on 28th January. The two storey pub features a changing range of up to 8 real ales served straight from the cask.

Broood@vinquatre opened on Monday 19th December featuring a changing range of six beers from micro-breweries. A tasteful refurbishment of this bar, located on King Street/New Walk, has taken place, which was for several years known as Out of the Vaults and prior to that as Vin Quatre wine bar. This is the second venue in the Broood chain, after the Prince of Wales in Hinckley.

The Black Horse in Walcote re-opens at 7pm on Friday 2nd December. The pub was purchased by the local community, forming a "Village Community Benefit Society".  A tenant landlord has been found,
Nathan Miles, who intends to specialise in using local produce and locally brewed beers. 

The Criterion in Leicester has now re-opened following a brief period of closure. The popular pub was put up for sale due to health issues of one of the owners. A buyer quickly came forward, who promises to retain the real ale format. The closure featured in several Leicester Mercury articles

The Hansom Cab on Humberstone Gate now stocks real ale in the form of Wadworth's IPA.  This beer is actually quite rare in our area rather than the more commonly available 6X.  It is hoped that if successful, the ale range will be increased.


The Blue Boar micro-pub at 16 Millstone Lane is now open with 8 real ales and 1 cider on tap.  Opening hours are 11am to 11pm every day.  


Steve and Karen Compton have sold the Chandlers Arms in Shearsby, our long standing Country Pub of the Year, and will be leaving on Monday 12th September.  The New owners are a couple from Countesthorpe.  It is hoped that they won't need to make too many changes at this award winning pub.

Hogarth’s on Hotel Street have a loyalty card which the till recognises and credits the holder with 10% of everything spent until enough credit is accrued to by a pint or saved.  They have recently had three different Hogarth’s beers brewed at their Hogarth’s Brewpub in Bolton at £1.95 pint, plus a guest beer from Caledonian.


For other Pub News, see the pages of our Leicester Drinker magazine