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Pub News

Exciting news is that the Reynards pub on Market Street in Leicester is to become a "Head of Steam" under owners, Cameron's Brewery of Hartlepool. This chain is renowned for real ale and the new Leicester pub will feature a changing range of 8 cask beers and up to 20 craft keg lines.  Building work is to start in February with opening due towards the end of April.

The former Shakespeare's Head has now reopened as "Shakespeare's House", a restaurant/café bar.  Tasteful refurbishment work has been carried out and the menu looks interesting, although sadly no real ale is available. See Leicester Mercury article.

The Slug & Lettuce on Market Street in Leicester has been totally refurbished and rebranded as "The Distillery". A wide range of gins and  craft beers supplement four handpumps.

Also just refurbished is O'Neills on Loseby Lane which has three handpumps.

Yate's on Belvoir Street has been refurbished and has become a Walkabout bar.

The Queens Road Tap micropub at 109 Queens Road, run by Tollgate Brewery, opened at the beginning of December and is already proving a hit.  A range of Tollgate beers plus guest ales are available. 

The Abbey pub on St Margaret's Way opposite Abbey Park is set to re-open soon as "The Abbey by Trivelles" which is a small hotel chain providing Travelodge type accommodation. It is not know yet whether a bar will feature. 

The Ale Stone micro-pub in Aylestone has ended the early morning 9am opening time and will now open at 11am.

New tenants have taken on the lease of The Swan at Kibworth

Also under new ownership, the Bell at East Langton has a greater focus on food.

The campaign to save the Red Lion at Great Bowden continues, with the owner appealing against the ACV on the building.

The Font on Gateway Street in Leicester has been refurbished and reopened as "The Gate".  No real ale as yet but we are told beers from Castle Rock will be available soon.

The Rose & Crown, Tilton on the Hill is closed for refurbishment, meanwhile villagers are organising a pop up pub in the village hall.

There is a planning application for a bar at 7/9 Market Place. Plans suggest a cocktail bar without an obvious bar area.

Wetherspoons have applied to turn the space above the Last Plantagenet into a hotel.

The Brookside at Barkby is under new ownership and free of tie. They are working hard to build up the business.

The Tudor on Tudor Road has closed and signs have been removed.


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