Saturday, 25 April 2015

#BeerGardenLeicester: The King's Head

The exploration of Leicester's beer gardens continues at the King's Head on New Walk/Kings Street. Thanks to @coolasleicester and The King's Head themselves for the nomination! The King's Head has been on the up and up in recent years, with an excellent craft beer selection, lovely staff and exciting status as (I think) the only city centre pub where you can take in your own food. We took a Wagamama takeout there once. It tasted better with better drinks.

Size and exclusivity
This beer garden is pretty much bigger than the pub itself, with terraces both downstairs and upstairs. There are plenty of picnic tables and space for a good group of mates to gather. It is getting more popular and therefore busier, but generally this is still a pretty exclusive spot, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting a table.
 
Early Doors
Not a bad spot for after work sun this. The sun does disappear behind the neighboroughing buildings around 6pm but it is a nice open spot with good access to blue skies, should they choose to make an appearance.

Smarts 
Basic and functional really. There is no great glamour here, it's a pub pub and the exterior decoration reflects that. It's who your with though, right?

Wifi
Not really, I couldn't get it to work outside. Has no-one heard of a signal booster box?

British-Summer-Proof
If you stay downstairs there is shelter from the rain. No heaters or cosy blankets though. so bring a coat if you're going down later on.
 
Furniture 
Again, basic and functional picnic tables. Clean, generally in a good state of repair - all basic needs catered for with no bells or whistles.

Miscellaneous
The view has improved slightly since New Walk Centre was demolished earlier this year. And you can bring your own takeout, as I've already mentioned. Fish and chips and a pint of craft beer? Well it'd be rude not to.

Pub Dog 
Not this time!
Well, that's it for now. Only 6 weeks left to nominate your favourite pub garden using the hashtag #beergardenleicester on Twitter. Where should we go next?
 

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