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Shakespeare's House, Leicester Central, Leicester

4 Southgates
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Shakespeares Head

Built in the mid 1960’s for the Shipstone’s Brewery, the Shakespeare’s Head has remained pretty much untouched ever since. The building has an unusual wedge shape, and is thought to have been designed this way because there was supposed to be a roundabout built on the busy road that runs alongside it, although the council eventually opted for an underpass instead. The entrance is through a large glass doorway, past two dubious busts of Shakespeare that look like they were sculpted by the blind girl from that Lionel Ritchie video. You emerge into a lobby with a small serving hatch and the two main bars either side. To the right is the lounge, which is carpeted with banquette and low stool seating formed into semi partitioned bays with some rather nice copper topped tables. The public bar on the left side of the lobby has a linoleum floor and is dominated by a centrally positioned pool table, around which run a few banquettes, with a dartboard at the rear and a TV set which was turned off. Throughout the pub there is plenty of original panelling and most of the windows have etched glasswork. The time warp effect was clinched when the barman slipped some Pink Floyd onto the sound system, which sent most of the PuG crowd into a youthful reverie.
Three ales were on at the bar, all from the Oakwell Brewery – Barnsley Bitter, Dark Mild and Senior, with the Mild turning out to be in pretty good nick. Some of the clientele looked like they’d been in situ since the mid 1960’s as well, but they seemed like a friendly bunch and the barman was full of good natured banter.
This was certainly an interesting pub to have a look around and is well worth a stop-off if you’re interested in well preserved post-war pub architecture. The pub is just over the road from the Criterion, and it would be a shame to do one without the other.

On 29th April 2013 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about The Shakespeares Head

A real throwback, both the pub and the clientele. A 1960's lump of what looks like an estate pub, but in Leicester city centre. Lounge to the right as you enter and a proper tap room to the left with a dartboard and a pool table, ROBCamra 2 - Trainman 0 :-)). Three beers from Oakwell on the bar and my pint of Senior was in very good nick. The PuG crawl was met with a friendly welcome (especially Real Ale Ray) and soon we were chatting to the locals. I quite liked this pub although I can see why it wouldn't be to other peoples taste.

On 28th April 2013 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Shakespeares Head

A proper bit of 60’s architecture that fits in nicely with the ring road if you like your urban topography. After noting the concrete Shakespeare bust by the glass doors, enter via the lobby to find that the inside has also been left fairly unmolested and is worth a visit for that alone, with the original banquettes and dividers still in place. Spread over two rooms (lounge to left, public bar with pool and darts to right) this is a true survivor, even the signage on the toilet doors looks original. The pub is currently up for sale, having been owned most lately by Oakwell brewery whose ales (three of) predominate the bar. As mentioned elsewhere, prices are rock-bottom and frankly this knocks all of the Leicester JDW’s into a cocked hat. On my latest visit the Mild was £1.05 a half and in very good nick. The clientele are local and well-established (yes, that’s a euphemism) however they are very friendly and welcoming of strangers. Service behind the bar is always friendly and prompt. Plenty of things to read, including an old Viz annual. Worth your time for many reasons, let’s hope a buyer can be found who wants to preserve this place and the ethos that comes with it.

On 21st April 2013 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Leicester, 0.78 miles, 15 min walk (show)
South Wigston, 4.28 miles, 1 hr 22 min walk (show)
Syston, 5.19 miles, 1 hr 40 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Shakespeare's House, Leicester
18th May 2018, 20:29
Request to mark pub as open by Tris C approved
18th May 2018, 20:06
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Tris C, with included notes: Reopened under the name Shakespeare's House, with separate bar.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 May 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 17 June 2018 by Alan Hurdle
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