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The Western, West End, Leicester

70 Western Road
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Gill Smith left this review about The Western

Enjoyed our visit to this friendly pub. We chose beers from Hook Norton and Highland / Swannay breweries which were fine. There is a bar and lounge, plus a beer garden, and there are a lot of old pub signs forming a lot of the decor. There is a theatre upstairs here.

On 16th July 2016 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Western

A short walk from the city centre, this is a pleasant two bar pub run by the local Steamin’ Billy brewery. Entering through the lobby, doors lead into separate bars on either side of the pub. On the right hand side is the main bar which has bare floorboards and some decent banquette seating formed into small booths along the wall opposite the servery. There was a TV screen on one wall, but it was turned off during our stay. A connecting corridor at the rear leads past a flight of stairs which give access to a small theatre, and into the left hand side of the pub, signposted as the Theatre Bar. This room is partly carpeted and has standard table and chair arrangements with a couple of old settles here and there. There is a dartboard available and the walls are nicely decorated with a mix of old adverts and pub signs. Out the back there is a garden area where several more pub signs are on display.
Three Steamin’ Billy beers – Tipsy Fisherman, Bitter and Skydiver – were on alongside Everards Yakima, Hilden Barney’s Brew, Abbeydale Dark Side and Oldershaw Academy. I gave the latter a try and thought it was pretty good – all the more so thanks to the unexpected CAMRA discount offered to all PuG crawlers by the genial barman.
I enjoyed the visit to this pub and thought it was worth deviating slightly from the city centre pub circuit in order to take it in. The friendly staff and decent beer range make this a good addition to any pub crawl.

On 24th April 2013 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Western

An impressive-looking building that has survived in the redeveloped backstreets in the De Montfort University area and as such often has a younger crowd in. However our visit found the place fairly quiet on a Friday afternoon outside term-time with some piped rock music providing background. Taken over by the Steamin Billy Brewery a few years back (presumably with assistance from Everards ‘Project William’ judging by the presence of their beers). Two rooms served by a single bar with three Steamin Billy plus Everards and a couple of guests. My Steamin Red was in good nick and we were given a CAMRA discount of 20p a pint which I assume is the norm here. Service was jovial and prompt. The walls are decorated with brewerania plus a number of old pub signs including, interestingly, a Wetherspoons one. Décor is fairly plain, with unfussy wood flooring and furniture with some fabric covered banquettes. There was also a fire which looked like a proper one to me. However, it’s not particularly homely in other respects. There’s a theatre upstairs according to the signs though I didn’t explore there. A good pub for the area and worth taking in as part of an extended crawl.

On 21st April 2013 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by paulof horsham
Leicester, 1.2 miles, 23 min walk (show)
South Wigston, 4.01 miles, 1 hr 17 min walk (show)
Narborough, 4.91 miles, 1 hr 34 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Western, Leicester
16th Jul 2016, 10:53
Review submitted by Gill Smith
1st Apr 2015, 19:58
Web Link submitted by Will Larter approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - 21st to 25th May 2015 - last updated 02 April 2015 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Same discounts as a Steamin' Billy card - last updated 07 February 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 01 April 2015 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 02 February 2015 by ROB Camra
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