Leicester – Sir Robert Peel

Working through the Good Beer Guide, CAMRA note that this pub has been operated by Everard’s since 1901. It’s an interesting survivor on Jarrom Street, as there was once a row of houses here, but only the pub has survived.

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This photo is from Jarrom Street in the 1960s (taken by a forward-thinking photographer named Dennis Calow who recorded Leicester housing before it was pulled down), so I’m guessing that there was some slum clearance going on.

There was a friendly welcome at the bar from the staff member and it was evident that there was plenty of character in the pub. Interesting and quirky decor, there felt like some heritage here. There was an element of it feeling like a locals’ pub, but in a positive sense and the atmosphere was laid-back. There’s one large room at the front, that was once divided, with a courtyard area to the rear.

They don’t tend to name pubs after Prime Ministers any more, but here’s Robert Peel.

This was the Harvest Pale from Castle Rock Brewery, which in my opinion was a bloody dreadful beer and I struggled to get any flavour of anything out of it. The nearest taste I could claim this had was to water. Completely pointless as far as I was concerned, although it seemed to be well-kept. For me this was an appalling beer, although I’m sure others might have a very different experience of it. I thought back to the decadent and exciting choices that I’d had at the Real Ale Classroom a few hours before, a more joyous list of beer options.

I felt the need to have a beer from Titanic to balance things up a bit, and the stout tasted as it should. This is one of the few beers that I’d rather not have as a keg version, which was what was available here, the cask to me has a richer flavour. This was a happier experience.

The choice of beers here wasn’t really what I was looking for, there was a nod towards the generic and bland as far as my taste is concerned. I think that is evident when looking at the Untappd ratings for the pub, there are a relatively low number. There’s nothing wrong with the pub though, it was clean, the staff were welcoming and there was a choice of different real ales, so I can see why it’s been listed in the Good Beer Guide.