Leicestershire pubs you owe it to yourself to visit in 2022
Chains of pubs know what they’re doing. Every time you stroll through the door of one you get exactly what you expect inside. And that’s nothing to be sneezed at.
But across Leicester and Leicestershire there are swathes of pubs, bars and assorted venues that are like nowhere else you’ll find. The Great British pub comes in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve got so many on our doorstep to be proud of. Here are some of the ones we think everyone should visit in 2022 at least once, from country locals to bustling bars in the city.
Just don’t attempt them all in one night! : ‘Adults have had enough’: Call to have kids ‘seated and not heard’ in pubs sparks backlash from parents There really is something for everyone.
Here’s some of our favourite haunts, and a few words about why each one is worth raising a toast to. And don’t forget to let us know which you like the most in the comments below!
The Marquis Wellington
This cosy pub on London Road in central Leicester has lots of great beers and good food too. There’s a big outdoor space, with heaters, and cosy seating inside, and with how snug it is it never seems too quiet, either. TM
The people’s favourite – every time we ask our readers for the best pubs in Leicester this always gets heralded.
CAMRA has also repeated awarded it their top gongs. And no wonder – this Richard III-inspired micro pub in Millstone Lane has a range of drinks that is impeccably cherry-picked, and the cheese and pork pie snacks are worth going for alone. A real Leicester experience. IA
Inside The Bottle Garden
The insides of this St Martins Square venue leave other pubs green with envy – it’s really like stepping into a garden.
As well as being great to look at, the cocktails are always on point and it has just a great vibe overall. Be warned though, it’s that good it’s really hard to get bookings so plan in advance. SH
A stone’s throw away in St Martins Square is Veenos winebar, with its Italian tapas type foods. They do amazing sharer boards, pizzas with excellent Italian wine pairings. SH
The Old Horse
Near Victoria Park, this is probably the best pub in Leicester.
Good beer and tasty, reasonably-priced food, very friendly staff come as standard. It has a nice layout – there’s lots of space but areas, each packed with quirky furnishings, are all slightly separate from each other so you’re not just in a huge room. It’s lovely when the fire’s going, too. TM
The Soar Point has a new look (Image: Stonegate)
It’s a city student bar, sure, but it’s continued to be an oft-visited haunt for grads for a reason.
It has a good variety of booze, cheap food, every sport under the sun available to watch, and – most importantly – it has Mario Kart to drunkenly thrash your friends mid-night out. What more could you want? CB
One of Ashby’s oldest pubs, the White Hart in Market Street has plenty of history to attract visitors as well as lots of live music, a great beer garden, sports almost always piping out over their screens… But the feature you’ll find nowhere else has to be the chance to spot the bar’s resident stuffed bear.
It’s rumoured the bear was once kept in the cellar by a landlord to help control rowdy customers. IA
This Evington pub has to be on the 2022 must-visit list after having major improvements carried out. It has great grub, is family friendly, and you just feel at home when you’re there. SH
Fernie Hall is new spot in Market Harborough. Very cool vibes, lots of little snugs and private areas to drink and snack on small plates – excellent cheese boards and wine list.
The weekend brunch is very boozy with AM cocktails – espresso martini or Bucks Fizz are my go tos. The fried chicken and waffles *chef’s kiss*. They also have private rooms for larger groups so you can get a little rowdy. BB
Hope and Anchor
If it’s nice views you’re after, this Syston pub lets you sit outside on the canal.
There’s always really really good service and as it’s right by the waterside is great for the summer outdoor drinks. SH
Fancy cocktails, jazz aesthetic and music, and found in the heart of Leicester, 33cankstreet stands out around plenty of other amazing bars and restaurants. Expensive but well worth a visit and one of the most distinctive cocktail bars in the city. CB
If you’re after a venue a little more spit and sawdust you should head along to The Vic in Coalville. It’s an attraction all of its self so follow the brown signs to find this bikers pub.
And depending on the time you arrive you can catch a raucous live band, enjoy a belly-busting fry-up, admire the rows and rows of motorbikes parked up outside, and on chilly nights warm up next to a roaring brazier. IA
The King’s Head
This King Street spot is very nice little local, the sort of local you imagine when someone says a pub is their local. There’s a friendly landlord and a great roof terrace as well, and always a good selection of not-too-expensive beers. TM
A new bar in Market Street, where the old Slug and Lettuce used to be, has a really good atmosphere. The cocktails are really good, the interior is Insta-friendly with lots of places to pose.
They do a good bottomless brunch in the daytime, and in the evening the music is R&B heaven. SH
Completely underrated dive bar in the centre of Leicester. Loved by students and locals alike, it offers cheap cocktails, a good atmosphere, and a stellar soundtrack – not to mention pool tables if you fancy a quick game. CB
Out in Burton Overy, there’s good family vibes at this village venue. The roast dinner is delicious and the atmosphere is great. SH
Anne of Cleves
The Anne of Cleves in Melton Mowbray (Image: Everards)
If you’d like a side of history with your order, head to Melton’s Anne of Cleves pub.
At one point, this 14th Century town building was owned by Henry VIII after it fell out of the church’s ownership and into his, and then onto the pub’s namesake as part of her divorce settlement. Still trading today, the pub has a distinct Tudor feel but both food and drink more than meet modern requirements! IA
The Queens Head
This family owned pub in the small picturesque village of Billesdon is worth a visit for the food as much as anything else. The menu is all home-made and so tasty. SH
Literally has it all.
Drinks, food stalls, bowling, pool, crazy golf, and more. It’s open ’til late and has so much on offer that no night is the same. CB
The Cherry Tree
The Cherry Tree is cosy pub with low ceilings and comfy booths in Market Harborough. The large garden out back is a great hang in warm weather.
The back room is good spot for watching football (they put the sound on for any game you ask) and they have a pizza truck outside on nights they don’t serve food. BB
Atmospheric evening shot of the Milking Parlour’s outside area not long before opening. (Image: Tollgate Brewery)
Tollgate Brewery has a small chain of micropubs and tap rooms across the area, and they’re all worth visiting. But if you fancy saddling up I recommend cycling out to the Milking Parlour, on the edge of the county somewhere in the wilds between Ashby and Calke Abbey. And after your cycle enjoy a foaming ale sat on an old churn in the courtyard of a converted cow shed on a working farm.