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Pub News

The micropub revolution continues apace with the opening of The Sorrel Fox by Charnwood Brewery, at 75 Leicester Road in Mountsorrel at the beginning of December.  Also the Beer Pharmacie at 3 High Street in Syston opens at 4pm on Thursday 20th December.

Charles Wells Brewery has purchased four pubs from the Orange Tree Group.  It is thought these are the Orange Tree on High Street in Leicester, plus sister branches in Loughborough and Nottingham and also Kelso's in Loughborough.  Charles Wells are looking to expand its "Pizza, Pots & Pints" pub concept. The Orange Tree Group will retain the Lansdowne on London Road and the Basement Nightclub on Wellington Street. 

The former Churchgate Tavern, on Churchgate in Leicester city centre, has a "To Let" board and it is understood an application has been submitted for retail use.

The number of micropubs in the county continues to grow with a new one now open in Loughborough called "Cask Bah" at 39B Market Place.  Unlike other micropubs, music features quite heavily.

The Swan & Rushes on Infirmary Square/Oxford Street in Leicester is to re-open on Friday 27th July after being closed for more than a year.  A refurbishment has taken place together with new signage stating it will be a sports bar with food including pizza and fish & chips but no indication that real ale will be available.

A new micropub has been opened by Leicester De Montfort University and their Students Union.  "The Castle Inn" is on Castle View and although orginally described as being open for students and staff only, is now open to the public.

Exciting news for Friday 22nd June which sees two new pubs opening. The "Two-Tailed Lion" opens at 22 Millstone Lane in Leicester, a Grade II Listed building which was formerly The Case Wine Shop & Bar.  This is a venture by Matt Baker & Alice Hubbard, the team behind the Tap in The Square pop-up pub last year.  A changing range of 6 keg and 3 cask ales will be available.  Also a new micro-pub opens at 12 Mill Hill in Enderby, just opposite Aspects/Plough. Called "Mill Hill Cask & Coffee" will offer a changing range of 4 cask ales and 3 key-keg.  Initial opening hours are Tues & Wed 4pm to 10pm, Thur-Sat 12noon to 10pm, Sun 12noon to 4pm. (Closed Mon). The X55 bus stops nearby but the more frequent service 50 is just a short walk away in Enderby village centre.

The Abbey pub on St Margaret's Way opposite Abbey Park has reopened 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 Royal Anglian at Rothley is closed and building works taking place. The purpose of these was not clear.

There have also been works under way at the former Durham Ox on Catherine Street / Dysart Way, although no planning applications could be seen for this site.

The Head of Steam opened on Market Street on 5th April by Cameron's Brewery of Hartlepool. This chain is renowned for real ale and the new Leicester pub will features a changing range of 8 cask beers and up to 20 craft keg lines.  Some of the beers on sale during the first week did seem a little expensive, although recent beers have been more reasonably priced plus a CAMRA discount is also given.

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 and no longer sells cask beer.


 

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