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Rutland and Derby, Leicester

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Modern hipster place and pricey for Leicester. Beer choice good and good food. The Blue Boar over the road is where you really want to be.
baxterfish - 12 Aug 2018 15:13
The Rutland & Derby was our third stop on yesterday's tour of Leicester. It's another Everards house. But this one had a few guests - in addition to Tiger & Sunchaser, they had Bath Golden Hare & Castle Rock Elsie Mo. Cider was Westons Rosie's Pig. The pub has more of an upmarket feel than other Everards pubs and there was a popular outdoor courtyard at the back which was very pleasant in the sunshine yesterday lunchtime. CAMRA discounts are offered.
blue_scrumpy - 8 May 2016 16:11
Lovely pub a couple of minutes walk away from Leicester Cathedral and The New King Richard III Visitor Centre. I seem to remember this being an Everards pub, but I'm not sure they own it even though Everards beers are still prevalent. It is now billed as a pub and kitchen. I used to use this pub occasionally whilst at college back in the 80's, and it was always at the higher end of our budget (Mind you, compared to the Angel, Nags head and some more of the long gone establishments around this area, that's not saying a lot!). We visited with friends and family on a Saturday afternoon; Beers were excellant and varied ( Shardlow Reverand Eatons, Evereards Sunchaser & Tiger, Batemans XXXB, Symonds reserve Cider and Pilsner Urquell lager). Food was great (lovely choice of smaller meze dishes), staff friendly... Highly recommended
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 9 Apr 2015 12:50
Decent pub, quite large. Wood floor and seating. T lights on the tables and low lighting. Seems like it's trying to catch the All Bar One crowd and it probably does. Decent Tiger for £3.25
rpf1955 - 24 Mar 2013 13:11
Meh. Cold beer, cold atmosphere. Beer available in thirds though, which is nice if you want to work your way through the Everards range.
jjsint - 1 Sep 2011 15:18
Great Eveards pub with loads of choices for beer and lager nicely renovated few years ago draws a decent class of drinker as its in an area where lots of professionals work mainly lawers
rxcbs01 - 1 Jul 2011 15:55
A deli first and foremost (the smell of pimentos when you walk in makes that clear), this is certainly worth dropping in after alonger session at the Criterion for a well-kept (and well-priced) Everards'. The spoof newspaper headline posters are a bit out of place, but that's probably the idea.
getsit - 27 Mar 2011 14:26
This place is good! Friday saw it packed out with a mix of students and young people. Wednesday was much quieter. They carry the core of four Everards ales. Broadside was off on the Friday and there were no other guests, but they had the Broadside and Titanic White Star on good form on the Wednesday. A lot larger than it looks from the outside, this place has a comprehensive beer garden and intimate nooks and crannies and seating booths which I like. Pints are priced around £3, which is a little expensive for Leicester, but this place is clearly attracting a more discerning clientŤle, willing to pay a little more.
dynamiteninja - 19 Feb 2011 17:33
The old Victorian brick exterior hides what is an ultra modern, bright clean interior more aligned to a cocktail bar than a pub. Now I canít work out from the previous reviews if this place has been recently refurb, but it certainly looked like it, with comfortable big spongey sofaís, lots of abstract art on the walls and modern lighting, and a wooden pristine wooden floor that looked like it hadnít had a drop of drink spilt on it yet.
Lots of shiney lager taps but also a couple of hand pumps supporting GK Abbott and Yorkshire terrier from the York brewery.
Now Iím sure this place is or will be very popular with the 20 - 30 somethings, but I prefer my pubs with a bit more character than an uber modern bar more in the style of an Ikea showroom.
And as excellent as our pints of Terrier were, I didnít feel comfortable and thought I should have been drinking a large pinot grigio or something with an umbrella and a sparkler.
Fortunately the Criterion is a short walk down the road and I was much more comfortable here and Iíll leave The Rutland and Derby to you young trendy thingsÖ

Gann - 28 Nov 2009 13:09
The new landlord is the same landlord as at The Hind and The Black Horse if you want an indication of how well-run things will be.
dynamiteninja - 26 Nov 2009 11:30
I swung by here yesterday (9/11/09), and found it open, but not as pleasant as before. It was 12.30, so I asked for the menu, to which I was told that food was not served here, as there has been a new owner, and the kitchen needs new equipment. So a packet of crisps it was then.

As for the beer, there was no Everards, strange when you think that the place is so close to the brewery.

It was obvious the R&D is in a state of turmoil, it was cold in there, the comfy sofas had been moved from the rear of the pub, some of the wall fixtures are missing etc.... I can only hope that the "new" R&D" will the worth the wait!

I really hope the new owners don't mess this pub up.
Big_Jimbo - 10 Nov 2009 08:41
I liked it on a previous visit, great selection of beers. however it was closed yesterday when i tried to visit - it was 5.30 maybve they don't open till later not sure
SGA - 23 Jul 2009 09:32
Had a great night out at the Rutland on Saturday. The staff were friendly and helpful despite being obviously very busy (there were enough of them to cope, which made a change). The customers too were friendly and ready to chat, something you can't say of all pubs in Leicester. It was packed but noty uncomfortable. My son (recently graduated) and I sampled a selection of the large quantity of whiskies on offer interspersed with lagers (huge range). Also enjoyed some excellent pork scratchings. Spent a fortune but it doesn't happen every week - and I don't get out much these days...
pressforaction - 22 Jan 2008 17:26
contrary to the previous comment i am a student and i drink in the rutland all the time, yeah it is a bit expensive but it does have an awesome range of lager and thats quite important actually, because not everyone sees a range of ale as being the be all and end all of a pub, and as for students being unable to venture out of the designated 'student pubs' that is rubbish, and if they didn't it would be because they dont enjoy being looked down upon beacuse we value cheapness and atmosphere over ale selection by everyone over the age of thirty. the rutland is a cracking boozer and i implore more students to visit it with loan money in hand
alfonso_ribiero - 13 Jan 2008 15:40
The rather suspiciously effusive previous review should be taken with a pinch of salt. From the food to the drinks, it is an expensive pub. (You'll find your Frulli, or soemthing similar, is served cheaper in the Criterion down the road.) The drinks list and range of beers is impressive (for lager that is, ale is not so well represented), but they are on the pricey side. Anyone who knows pubs in Leicester will be aware that it has several pubs which boast impressive drinks list, so the claim about taps and range of beers is laughable. The food is overpriced given that it is really not that amazing - it's not bad, but nothing more. The luchtime menu is not far off the price of eating at The Case restaraunt, which is in a different league entirely.

Having said that, it is a nice place, especially in the summer. The staff are friendly, it's true. But it is more of a bar like atmosphere than a pub, so it tends to attract an identikit kind of punter, rather than a more cosmopolitan mix that you would get in a classic boozer. Of course students don't drink in here, it's firstly too expensive and students are so timid and parochial these days that they only drink in their designated 'student' pubs.
insekt - 26 Oct 2007 16:17
A rather nice eclectic bar slightly away from the town centre. Serves quite a number of foriegn lagers (no Budvar Dark though, tsk tsk). Three handpulls from Everards in good nick, served by knowledgeable staff.

Has hireable board games (all pieces included!) and a very eclectic (that word again) playlist which was refreshing. Decor is nice with a beer garden thrown in, and the punters vary from students to This Life-style workers.

They could fit a great disco in here if they wanted.

Serves food, but didn't get chance to sample.
Quinno - 4 Jan 2007 15:23
We really like this bar. The staff and ambience are great, especially the non-smoking. The music is good too - you never know what they will play next: anything from jazz to Rolling Stones to Frank Sinatra. There's also live music too. The beer garden is lovely when the weather is dry and warm. If you are a wine drinker, try their Santa Puerta white (the red's not bad too) because it is lovely. The food is excellent. On street parking is close by all around the pub. Highly recommend this pub.
holyref - 18 Dec 2006 10:55
A world away from its previous incarnation, and somewhat overdone in its refurbishment. Feels a bit showroom-like. Wide selection of imported beers, some decent ales, all outrageously expensive. Nice beer garden. All a bit too clinical.
insekt - 27 Nov 2006 18:16
A fantastic pub, serving the biggest selection of imported beers you will ever see on draught.
A really friendly atmosphere, with a very relaxing ambience and decor, but still with the atmosphere of a pub. And its non-smoking. Also, one of the few places in the area selling the excellent Innes And Gunn sigle malt ale, which is splendid.
Incarcerator - 3 Apr 2006 16:35
This venue was completely re-furbished at the beginning of 2005, transforming the place from a bit of an "old man's" pub to a gleaming bar with acres of stainless steel throughout. Now there is a great range of lagers and bitters on offer, including a fruity Belgium one and a couple of wheat beers on draft, along with a large whisky selection and of course heaps of all the other stuff you'd reasonably expect to find. However, the main thing to mention here is that it's non-smoking. Yup, that's right, completely cigarette, cigar and pipe free. Which, of course, is fantastic news for all of us who love going to pubs but hate coming home wreaking of nicotine. Situated as it is a little way off the main drag of Leicester's pubs and bars, it's still reasonably quiet most nights and as a welcome alternative to some other bars, the music tends towards the chillout end of the spectrum, fitting perfectly with the ambiance of the place. Friendly people, good beer, great atmosphere with no smoke: what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to the Rutland and Derby Arms on Millstone Lane.
JstarJ - 27 Apr 2005 13:48

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