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The Old Horse, Leicester

198 London Road
Phone: 01162548384
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Old Horse

Reasonably large Everard's pub about a 10-minute walk uphill from the train station and overlooking Victoria Park. The first thing that caught my eye when approaching the pub was the large black sign to the right-hand side of the entrance advertising a Beer & Cider Room. Sure enough, the room to the right of the entrance has access to the bar and had a large number of handpulls all sporting different ciders. The last time I visited here in 2012, they only sold Black Dragon cider. The presence of 8 different ciders certainly seems an improvement since then. Ciders on were Aston Manor King's Apple & Friel's, Weston's Old Rosie, Broadoak Moonshine & Perry, Lilley's Gladiator & Thatcher's Stan's Big Apple.

Off to the left is a much larger sub-divided room also with access to what is an L-shaped bar. Where the real cider range has expanded, the real ale range has reduced. There were 6 ales for my visit in 2012. This time, the regular beers from Everard's (Tiger, Sunchaser & Old Original) only had one guest beer to supplement them. This was Lister's Best Bitter. A CAMRA discount is offered on the ales and the cider.

The main bar area has a rather unusual feature, having a coffin for the table, as mentioned by Steve C below. Beyond this room, steps lead down to an outdoor courtyard area where the toilets can be located, along with table football and an air hockey table. There is a large pirate peering over the yard from the roof above, whilst a couple of skeletons can also be spotted.

Beyond the courtyard, there is a very long garden which had a couple of fake rugby posts erected. The garden wasn't quite large enough for a pitch and the posts weren't full height. I guess they were vestiges of their Six Nations promotions earlier in the spring.

Back inside, there was food available including cobs and rotisserie chicken in a heated cabinet at one end of the bar.

I quite like this place and am likely to return again in several more years time. Although there are not too many other decent pubs nearby, making the uphill walk from the station less worthwhile.

On 4th May 2023 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Old Horse

The Old Horse is a large Everards pub just on the edge of how far I could be bothered to walk from the city centre. There are two entrances, one from the car park to the left and one from the front where there are picnic tables under a couple of jumbrellas. The front entrance leads to a wooden floored bar area with seating and a serving counter on the rear wall that supports eight hand pumps that were all drawing cask cider. To the right is more seating and some Six Nations bunting advertises the rugby. This area of the pub feels a bit like an Irish bar with lots of dark wood everywhere. There is some seating in the window to the left of the entrance where, oddly, a coffin is used as a table. The bar counter runs down the right towards the rear facing high tables to the left and a partition wall that houses a burner. At the rear is open plan seating. There are two banks of four hand pumps on this longer bar counter. Five were unused leaving Sunchaser, Old Original and Tiger as the cask ale choices. Standard and premium keg were also available. The service was friendly and I left thinking that the walk to visit was worth it.

On 10th March 2023 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Old Horse

A large Everards tied house,a good way uphill out of the city centre along the busy London Road.It's a very well used pub by the local community with a regular quiz,pub food ,a sizeable beer garden with internally lots of different sections devoted to seperate interest groups.The PSM review below is very thorough as always,the only change I could see was an internal redecoration in light pastel shades which had detracted a little from a traditional pub feel,while the restaurant section to the left with it's red checked tablecloths was almost a cliche.The mock coffin as a pub table was a joke that nearly didn't work ,old school humour in this day and age ?
There is a whole rank of handpumps devoted to cider in one of the righthandside bars,while the real ale from 8 handpumps will showcase 6 Everards brews both regular(Tiger,Beacon Hill,Old Original,Sunchaser) and seasonal with two slightly anonymous guest ales on my trip.The food was good value pub grub, and there is a rear kitchen opening with lots of rotisserie chicken on offer as well.
One of the better Everards tied houses,good to see it so well used but not really a destination pub for me.

On 24th February 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by hondo .
Leicester, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
South Wigston, 3.95 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Syston, 5.98 miles, 1 hr 55 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Old Horse, Leicester
4th May 2023, 11:10
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
10th Mar 2023, 17:31
Review submitted by Steve C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - May - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 07 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 07 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 07 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 27 January 2017 by Will Larter
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 27 January 2017 by Will Larter
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 22 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 19 June 2017 by Will Larter
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
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