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The Old Horse, Leicester Central, Leicester

London Road
Phone: 01162548384
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Old Horse

Located just over the road from Victoria Park and within easy walking distance from Leicester station, the Old Horse is a fantastic rambling old coaching in, currently under Everards ownership. A huge central servery acts as a focal point for the pub's multiple room layout, with the main bar area to the left on entering. This room is partly bare boarded and partly carpeted and has the dark wood bar counter running down the right hand wall under a stained glass canopy decorated with a stuffed fox, US flag, pump clips and all manner of mugs, bottles, tins and the like. There is a raised seating area in the front window bay, masked slightly by some pleasant stained glass partitioning screens, with a tap and spile display to one side. Opposite the bar is one of the most memorable pub sights I've encountered over the years - a table made from a coffin under a 'Charge of the Light Brigade Union' flag, some pitchforks, a witches broom, a bat, a violin and a set of bull horns. To the rear there is a triangular space set up for diners with a carvery in full flow at the far end of the servery where some more stained glass can be seen, this time with a Belgian theme (one panel reads 'Smeets', for example). There is a lot of standard chair and banquette seating back here under fake brick wallpaper and a massive collection of tankards, jugs, teapots and mugs hung from the ceiling beams. To the front left there is a much blander second dining area with pastel shaded walls and a TV screen showing muted sports coverage whilst pop music played over the top. To the right of the main entrance there is a second bar which has two distinctly separate areas, presumably operating as individual rooms back in the day. The first area has a few standard tables and chairs under the front windows with horse and coach themed pictures on the walls. The bar here is notable for having eight ciders on handpull, but for ales you will need to go through to the main bar area. Further to the right there is a second area with a modern looking, unmanned servery to the rear. High banquettes fill the window bay with standard seating elsewhere. Both areas are bare boarded and a couple of large upturned barrels fill the dead space between seating and bar, offering punters somewhere to rest their pint. There is a nice fireplace with a modern stove in it on the far wall and some rugby themed items are prominently displayed including some framed shirts, a trophy cabinet and an Aylestone Athletic RFC sign painted on the front wall. To the rear of the pub there is a nice old courtyard and former stable block. The courtyard has a fun pirate theme which includes a Jack Sparrow statue and various skeletons and skull and crossbones, which made it a good place to let kids loose. An archway leads on into a huge beer garden with plenty of picnic benches in a good spot to enjoy the sun's rays.
Everards beers unsurprisingly dominate the handpulls, with Tiger, Original, Sunchaser, Beacon Hill and Midland Red all available along with two guests in the form of Burton Bridge Mystery Mild and Hydes Provenance Prohibition Pale. Allied with the eight real ciders in the second bar, this is a substantial range and I was keen to try the Tiger, which has always been a personal favourite. I was pleased to find it was in excellent condition and most worthy of the pub's regular appearance in the Good Beer Guide.
This is a great pub with so much going on that it positively demands repeat visits. I thought the pub worked as a great showcase for Everards beers and their and pub estate, but judging by other customers, it also works well for diners, children, al fresco drinkers and those just wanting a quiet pint. Leicester's pub scene seems to be in constant flux, but this place looks like a reliable venue that I will very much be keen to revisit when I'm next in town.

On 7th July 2017 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Old Horse

A roadside pub just out of the city centre with a view across the park. Opened up and extended, but retaining separate areas, two of which have tables set for dining. There's a pleasant window seating area that is slightly raised above the general floor height and I enjoyed sitting here and catching a glimpse of sunlight. There's a fair amount of bric-à-brac, especially a collection of jugs, mugs and teapots suspended from beams.

The centrally placed bar has two aspects - one to the right on entry has eight hand pumps serving exclusively ciders (this was local Camra cider pub of the year 2015). To the left, with a large area for standing drinkers in front, is a larger bar counter with eight hand pumps serving real ales - six on at the time of my visit, with four from Everards and two guests.

My beer was in excellent condition, and the pub offers numerous little add-ons that show how much thought has gone into making it a welcoming local and not just a place to come for a beer. For example, free phone charging is offered - how often do you see that?

Date of visit: 27th January 2017

On 19th June 2017 - rating: 9
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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Horse

A ten minute walk uphill from the train station (or a much nicer stroll if you’re coming from New Walk), this Everards pub is directly opposite Victoria Park. Exterior flower baskets make the place look worthwhile and this effort has been extended into the interior, which is full of left-field nik-naks (hanging jugs, rows of toy soldiers, one of the tunics worn by Sean Bean in Sharp, as well as a full-size TRADIS in the back garden). The pub is divided into distinct areas with dark wood fittings and some nice stained glass above the bar and in some of the doors. There’s a very pleasant large bay window seating at the front, a rear conservatory and a smart small room off to the right of the bar. A large beer garden (apparently with barn owls) makes this place a hit with the families in the summer. The full range of Everards beer were available plus a seasonal and a guest in the form of Castle Rock Sheriffs Tipple. My Beacon and Original and were both in good order. Plenty of food is served and on my Sunday visit it was chock-full with people eating the obligatory roast, plus what looked like a budget wedding reception (or divorce party?). We managed to find a seat (a chez lounge, actually) with a mock coffin doubling-up as a table; maybe a bit much for some tastes. Darts and pool were also available. This is an impressive place and a model of how to run a ‘welcome to all’ pub without compromising on beer and charisma.

On 22nd April 2013 - 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)
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • 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
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 10:30pm
Tuesday11am - 11:30pm
Wednesday11am - 10:30pm
Thursday11am - 11:30pm
Friday11am - 0:30am
Saturday11am - Midnight
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: September 6th 2018
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