Leicester – Blue Boar

Our visit to every Good Beer Guide pub in Leicester this week has been inevitably rather lovely, but it has given me a backlog of posts to write. I can almost sense my five readers waiting in anticipation for each new one….. Anyway and for whatever reason, this pub delivered something very different to what I was expecting. There’s a traditional frontage and I was expecting a handful of real ale options.

But there was this, which has several interesting beers that I wanted to try. I’m always delighted to see Untappd screens, clear and easy on the eye. Someone has put some considerable thought into these options, covering most beer styles. I’ve never seen the port infused Titanic Plum Porter, so I had to go for that. I was very tempted to get the Hard Lemonade, but the bar was quite busy for me to ask if they would sell it as a third (although I suspect that they would).

And there’s the port infused Plum Porter, a decadent and beautiful drink. The aftertaste was just a little harsh, but the beer was smooth and I liked the richness of the flavour and the port element. I was delighted to have ordered this, I’ll remember it positively.

The service was friendly and customers were all welcomed on arrival, even when it was quite busy. This is another pub where someone new to the area would likely be able to find people to talk to, the welcome seemed authentic and genuine. I liked this pub very much and if I had realised how good it was, I’d have found more time to stay there. I’m definitely delighted that this is in the Good Beer Guide and I’ve now seen that it won Leicester CAMRA pub of the year in 2018, 2019 and 2020. I’m not all surprised, this is a brilliant pub.