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Sloanes, Leicester [Closed] - pub details

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Previously called: Out of the Vaults

Sloanes
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Address: 24 King Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 6RL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 18386) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Leicester (0.4 miles), South Wigston (3.5 miles), Syston (5.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.9/10 (rated by 57 users)
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This place is now called Sloanes. It was very quiet on our Sunday afternoon visit with only one other customer. I'm not 100% sure, but the wife and I guessed it was a gay friendly bar, unless everybody refers to one another as 'duckie' around these parts! There are no real ales on offer any more. The keg selection was Stella, Budweiser, Guiness & Gaymers Cider. Not our kind of bar. Try the Pub, just up the street.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jun 2012 21:30
The Pub now has it's own page................
Leicesterbeer - 19 Mar 2010 18:12
Just to update, have received a PM from Paul at The Pub advising that the Leicester Morris Men are still very much a part of the new venue, the support for Leicester Tigers fans remains solid and there are indeed plans for a Beer Festival in the pipeline.

Great news, and nice to have a direct response from a licensee!
All_Hail_The_Ale - 15 Mar 2010 11:48
As a huge fan of the old Out of the Vaults I was very much enthused at the prospect of this place opening, and after a shaky start there are some indications that this might become a cracking little place - but there are some aspects that seem to be putting a lot of people off.

Initial teething problems (such as having brand new lines fitted for the draught ale but not seasoned prior to opening, resulting in all the beers tasting of rubber for the first week or so) have been ironed out, and the full 15 handpumps are now in use, reflecting a steady increase in trade.

What seems to be lacking however is the feel of OOTV; yes, the old place leaked when it rained, and yes, there were sometimes mushrooms growing out of the window panes, but there was an easy charm and comfort to the establishment which is sadly lacking from the new place ... gone are the CAMRA publications, and most of the Leicester Tigers paraphenalia has failed to make its way on to the walls of the new venture; nor have I seen any sign of the Leicester Morris Men who used to frequent OOTV.

The problem (I think) is that the guys running it are trying to court a different type of customer - the wealthy business and legal types, rather than the serious ale drinkers and rugby fans who made up the core trade base of The Vaults, and that's a shame.

Rather than recreating a traditional pub feel they have opted for subdued (gloomy) lighting in a building that still feels like a mid-eighties wine bar, and an emphasis on over-priced and slightly pretentious food.

Sadly the range of real ale seems to have gone downhill too (plenty available, but not as many rare and exciting brews), with condition being somewhat hit and miss (beers coming on while still hazy, others hanging around for a week or more) and, rather disturbingly, I have yet to hear of any plans for a beer festival - once a regular mainstay of OOTV.

As a result, a lot of people have not taken to the new venue, and it's a shame - the potential is there, but there's still a way to go; it is perhaps unwise to forsake the custom base that has made you a success, and perhaps a little arrogant to adopt a monicker like "The Pub" for the new venture.

Having said all that, kudos to the guys running the place for trying something new and not being afraid to take a risk - I sincerely hope it pays off!
All_Hail_The_Ale - 13 Mar 2010 15:22
Am slowly warming to The Pub (see posts below). The interior is NOT at all like a pub, so the name is very misleading. It's a dimly lit corridor of a place. It used to be a pub many years ago named The Demontfort. Then it was knocked about and half of it became a burger bar.
Anyway, there is a great selection of ales including Oakham, Beowulf, Leatherbritches and loads of guests.
Jazz on Friday lunchtimes.
Closed Sunday evenings.
The food looks OK, but not the usual pub fayre.; a little pretentious maybe.

Slake - 31 Jan 2010 21:14

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