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Two openings occurred in Leicester City Centre just before Easter. Wygston's House on Applegate is a restaurant and bar with four real ales, mostly from Charnwood Brewery, in the lovely historic building many will remember as the city's costume museum. Meanwhile, The King Richard III on Highcross Street re-opened after extensive refurbishment by Everards in cooperation with St Martin's Coffee. A contemporary feel has been created, although some of the old features remain and the outside courtyard has been bought into use. Two Everards beers and one from Framework Brewery featured on opening.
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-opened 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.