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Grand Union, Leicester

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24 King Street
Phone: 01162552220
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Broood @ VinQuatre

A husband and wife team run this pub and we had the honour of meeting both of them serving behind the bar on our Saturday eve visit. We found the two of them to be welcoming and chatty. They both share a good passion about real ale and they even went down to the cellar to let us try Intrepid Brewery Myrce 5.8%, which was settling there. The beer was so good I had to send them down to the cellar twice. Seven ales on handpump on our visit, also tried was the Intrepid IPA, which was also excellent.

On 27th September 2017 - rating: 8
[User has posted 3035 recommendations about 3035 pubs]

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Pub SignMan left this review about Broood @ VinQuatre

This place used to be a free house specialising in real ales called Out of the Vaults before it closed in 2009. It has been without ale ever since, until in 2016 the place was taken over by the Broood team who also own the old Prince of Wales pub in Hinckley. We now have a modern beer bar with a pub-cum-cafe vibe in a premises that is deceptively bigger than you first expect. Steps at the entrance take you up into a bare boarded room with a zigzag layout determined by the positioning of furniture and partitioning walls in an otherwise narrow but deep room. The front part of the room is nice and bright thanks to the light let in through the large windows with their etched panes bearing the pub's awkward name in full. High tables and stools are the main form of seating along with a drinking ledge to the left under a mirror and Jackson Pollock style painting. To the right there are a series of padded benches formed into booths and behind them there is a huge cable spool which acts as a mid height table with garden furniture around it. There is a note on the spool asking people to graffiti it, so there were some amusing jokes, doodles and the like scrawled on it - the sort of humour you normally find on the toilet walls. Some standard tables and chairs appear on the other side of the room under another large plain mirror with a TV to one side showing a muted sports channel above another Pollock inspired piece. The servery is to the rear right with a grey counter, plain bar back and canopy lined with fairy lights. A few more high tables and stools can be found opposite the bar under some art prints and beyond there are sofas and some retro chairs offering comfier seating options. The whole place has half panelled walls and is painted in pastel shades, which makes it feel a bit uniform and lacking in character - a feeling which may change as the place settles down over time. Background music was playing unobtrusively throughout my visit and I noticed some pizza menus with a 9" pizza costing £5.50.
There were six beers and six ciders on the bar plus three keg beers from continental Europe and the US. The cask options were North Riding Hunter's Dream and Nue, XT Mild, Instant Karma Brew 2, Ship & Mitre Silhouette and Pig & Porter Skylarking Session IPA. I'm not likely to turn down a beer that references XTC, so I asked the friendly barman for a pint of the Skylarking Session IPA, which turned out to be a pretty decent example of the style.
This place rather reminded me of one of Leicester's former ale houses, 'The Pub' - a place with a real focus on the beer but lacking a bit in terms of character and comfort. There is potential for this place to be a must-do on the Leicester pub circuit, but as it stands, I thought it was worthy of a quick visit without doing enough to encourage a longer stay.

On 12th July 2017 - rating: 7
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paulof horsham left this review about Out of the Vaults

Now called "Vin IV".

Somewhat gloomy inside, and the gents aren't the best, but it does have a large number of (fully-utilised) handpumps, as well as occasional festivals. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly & enthusiastic.

On 2nd June 2009 - rating: 8
[User has posted 309 recommendations about 296 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Leicester, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
South Wigston, 3.96 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Syston, 5.29 miles, 1 hr 42 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Grand Union, Leicester
26th Oct 2020, 15:47
Request to mark pub as open by ROB Camra approved
26th Oct 2020, 15:47
Request to mark pub as open submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Reopened as Grand Union

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  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 02 June 2009 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 June 2009 by hondo .
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