Rainbow and Dove
Charles Street
3 mins from BR station
(0116) 2555916.


Open all day  




Rainbow and Dove  

A Bank's pub, that has now been re-badged into a Festival Ale House. As such it has lost its appeal as part of a Leicester pub crawl - usually only one or two ales on.

The pub itself has high ceilings and a Victorian look to it. There are two seating areas all decked out in bright light wood and subdued lighting, more reminiscent of wine bars than a good pub. There is also a high walled enclosed outside area in the summer and the front windows open to let in the traffic noise from Charles Street.

There is piped music and a fruit machine.

Food is available at lunch times and is traditional pub fare at reasonable prices.

This pub does generally have a guest beer policy so if you have a few minutes, try it out.

Don't be put off by the 'smaltzy' atmosphere.

This is a girls pub, but worth taking your partner to if you like beer while being with them.

No accommodation though. (Steven Braid).



The pub has since been refurbished to the Tap House category and now boasts lighter furniture and wine (no real ale) and patio doors leading onto the street. This makes it more inviting for women.

It saddened me greatly to hear the present state of this pub. I lived in Leicester ten or so years ago and it was an absolutely superb pub then with a really good annual festival featuring 60- 100 guest beers. Such a shame it's gone the way of sanitised chain pubs. Also had a great atmosphere with lots of local characters and friendly drinking to be had for all. (David Reynolds - 15/8/03)

Please note this pub has no real real ale, being now a gay pub only serving FC from Marston's which takes ages to settle. In fact being a gay real ale drinker, I don't know of any gay pubs that serve real ale - just poncy lager! (26/4/05)

Also Try:

Kings - King Street. 4 ales. The Talbot - 4 Thurston Rd. Guest ales.

The Cow and Plough, Oadby - excellent pub.

The Globe, 43 Silver Street, Leicester. 0116 262 9819 - Everads/plus guests.

The Ship Inn, Soar Lane, Leicester. 116 262 4415 - Oakwell Barnsley Bitter and Old Tom.

The Shakespears Head, Southgates, Leicester. 0116 262 2421 - Oakwell Barnsley Bitter and Old Tom.

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