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The Blue Boar, Leicester Central, Leicester

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16 Millstone Lane
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Blue Boar

Opened in 2016 ,CAMRA branch POTY in 2018 and a must visit if you care about top quality real ale.Formerly an office,the square room is well described below and although calling itself a micro,I've been to lots of smaller pubs.A huge display of hops both on a roof beam and above the bar give you the focus here,although ciders and wines are well represented too.
Leatherbritches brew the house beers,sold at £2.90 and called Blue Boar(standard bitter),Packhorse (session pale) and a Best Bitter but these brews are cheap for a reason and nothing to write home about.However what caught the eye were the 9 guests ales from outstanding brewers such as on my trip Wilde Child ,Squark,XT (their M was an outstanding strong IPA 6.4%),Arbor (Breakfast Stout sumptious and drinkable at 7.4% ) with more options from Hartshorns and Beowulf.Expect many of these guest ales to be high ABV and out there in terms of flavour and prices will reflect strength.There will also be unfined ales which may catch the unwary,but the bar staff are excellent at highlighting issues before pouring.
Millstone Lane is popular with many GBG hangouts,but from my point of view this is the outstanding choice.The guests will rotate but the owners can be trusted to stock only from highly respected brewers.I could have stayed all night and next time I probably will.

On 25th February 2019 - rating: 9
[User has posted 1950 recommendations about 1950 pubs]

Alex Conway left this review about The Blue Boar

The Blue Bore is one of the newest pubs in Leicester City Centre and has just recently won the Leicester Pub of the year award from the local Camra branch so I was Eager to try it out. Located on the popular drinking stretch Millstone lane it brands itself as a Micro Pub but is on the larger end of the scale and muck h more like a small city boozer than a micro. The inside is just one square room with the bar at the back wall. The interior is all wooden with a hard wood floor and half and half wooden walls and whitewashed tops. There is scattered bench and chair seating and converted hogshead into tables with a lot of standing room only as seating is limited. The beer selection is very good with 9 hand pulls dispensing mostly beers with one or two traditional ciders thrown in for good measure. The beers are stored in a see-through cellar behind the bar and not all pumps are attached to the barrel and the barman has to go and collect beers on gravity dispense from the back. Leatherbitches brew a house bitter that is always available and possibly a pale from another brewery but aside from that all beers regularly change. On my last two visits I have sampled Moa from the Shiny Brewery and Hazelnut Mild from Brass Castle each at £3.60 which is about the going rate for most of the average strength guest beers. I hate to report that both pints sampled a few months apart were fine and drinkable but distinctly average and not up the quality standards I would associate with a city pub of the year with he Moa being a little on the hazy side. This was a real shame as it is a rather nice down to earth city boozer with a good selection, the only problem being that on a Saturday evening the hard surface nature of the pub made it absolutely deafening and minimal conversation was amplified to uncomfortable levels. Overall compared to the pretty non existents good pub competition in Leicester this can only be considered a good place but with so so beer I’m afraid it has failed to really impress on two occasions. I would pop by if around the area as its one of the definite better pubs in the area but pub of the year? I think that’s more down to lack of viable competition. Broood has much better quality beer but in less than great surroundings. I prefer this pub much more than the beer it sells, a few cellar tweaks and it could be a real gem but at current id only rate it as decent.

On 17th September 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 424 recommendations about 424 pubs]

andy plant left this review about The Blue Boar

We were on one day visit to Leicester and managed to call in three times to this clean simple relaxed pub close tot he city centre/ 10 hand pumps all serving quality small brewery beers, including their own. The beers were clean and fresh from a range of Midland breweries and a variety of types of beer. Staff and customers were pleasant and welcoming On the lunchtime we also tried their lovely snack food with quality pork pie and nice cheese board. Happy to recommend to any beer lovers

On 19th August 2018 - rating: 10
[User has posted 5 recommendations about 5 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Leicester, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
South Wigston, 4.12 miles, 1 hr 19 min walk (show)
Syston, 5.15 miles, 1 hr 39 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blue Boar, Leicester
25th Feb 2019, 15:26
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
25th Feb 2019, 15:22
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
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  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 17 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 25 January 2017 by Will Larter
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 July 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 November 2016 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 January 2017 by Will Larter
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
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