Swan and Rushes
19 Infirmary Sq/Oxford St
(0116) 233 9167.
Open all day
Swan and Rushes
Now owned as a free house, this pub has come a long way towards being a real ale Mecca near the hospital.
Just 10 minutes walk at a leisurely pace from the railway station, it is not far from The Pub or the Criterion. The Swan is on the corner near the university and the hospital and without a car park, road parking can be at a premium.
Inside there are two bars. The first is the long thin public bar with 'booth type' seating areas comprising kitchen style tables and chairs. On the walls are odd bits of Leicester and posters promoting real ale. A chunky carpet welcomes with its warmth.
The second smaller back bar has horseshoe bench seating plus some stools and round tables. The padded bar is only about 8 feet long here, but there is a beer menu above it. Up to 9 real ales are always available, including Batham's Mild and an Oakham ale as regulars. All were kept in tip top condition the night we tried them.
This is also one of two places you need to visit to try over 100 bottled beers from around the world - they even have a menu to help you choose. For those who like the apple, scrumpy is served.
Food is also served 12-2.30 and ranges from baguettes to main meals (including Xmas meals) and includes a vegetarian selection. The staff are friendly and service is speedy. Now serving pizzas Wed-Sat 12-2.30pm & 5-9.30pm; Mon/Tue 5.30-9.30.
Toilets are accessible for the disabled, though not with concomitant WC, as is the pub with a ramp for access.
Quiz night on Thursday. Well worth seeking out if in Leicester.
No accommodation here.
Frequent foreign beer festivals are held here and you can get one or two on draught at all times.
Back under the old management when it was rescued previously.
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up to 9 guest ales.
10 Westcotes Drive
Leicester, LE3 0QR.
From S:£40, D:£55