The Leicester Gateway
52 Gateway Street
(0116) 255 7319
Open all day
The Leicester Gateway
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This pub is situated right in the heart of the De Montford University buildings area, right where the students live. So, of course it tends to be full of students during term times. Quieter over the holidays it is still worth a visit, though the beer choice can drop dramatically.
On Tuesday's there can only be two or maybe three ales on and that's a big maybe. However, don't let that put you off as the beers are well kept and it's not too busy.
They do good food as well, usually specials from the blackboard and there is a standard menu, but the specials are more attractive. All the food is cooked to order and is well presented. They do small snacks to large meals and have special events, i.e. Valentines day, etc. Food is served all day till 6.45pm Monday-Wednesday, 12-9 Thursday, 12-5.45 Saturday and 12-4 Sunday for roasts.
There is air-conditioning here for the hot summer months (OK, so I was dreaming).
Part of the Tynemill chain it is not far from the Phoenix bar in the Phoenix centre and the Swan and Rushes round the next block.
No beer garden here, but the inside is pleasant and comfortable. Seating is in one large room. The bar is on the left as you enter through the corner entrance. It is a long affair, which can pose problems for getting served as the staff never know who was first and trust me, good grace is dead.
Seating here is at tables and chairs and there are pillars with tall stools and a small shelf. The far seating area has tall settles with cushions and chairs round square tables. More intimacy can be found here.
As for Belgian and bottled beers, there is a wide selection available with some on draught changing weekly.
For those not interested in sport there is a large drop down screen for sports events, so be warned. Live music events are also featured, not always student bands mind.
All in all, I would recommend a visit. Disabled access is very good with a lift and toilet.
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