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Shakespeare's House, Leicester

4 Southgates
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Shakespeare's House

Having never visited this place when it was the Shakespeare's Head, I tried to visit it on Sunday evening, only to find it still closed after lockdown.

A massive pile of letters and leaflets in the front doorway suggests that nobody has even been inside. Although, social media suggests that they were at least serving takeaway food as recently as June.

As such, it is not clear whether this place is still trading. With the nearby Criterion having closed and with the Blue Boar and Two-Tailed Lion also seemingly now closed on a Sunday, this area was pretty much a ghost town.

On 2nd September 2020 - no rating submitted
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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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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
2nd Sep 2020, 14:02
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
18th May 2018, 20:29
Request to mark pub as open by Tris C approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 September 2020 by ROB Camra
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