Leicester Journals

A Leicester Weekend

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A March 2013 trip to Leicester by Slug

The Exchange Bar Photo, Leicester, England More Photos
Quote: A weekend pottering around Leicester

The Exchange Bar

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Attraction | "Exchange a couple of staff; I'll be even happier... "

The Exchange Bar Photo, Leicester, England
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After a busy Friday Afternoon driving down the spine of the UK on the MI, my beloved was ready for a quick beer before dining, and the first pub we spotted right opposite our car park was the Exchange which looked rather like our type of mature student style. After dropping off our bags at the nearby Ramada Encore, we hot footed it back.The Exchange looks like it has been knocked through from what had been various shops and was directly opposite the swanky new Curve Theatre on the edge of the city centre. I can imagine the bar at the Exchange being particularly busy in the hour before curtains up. At the bar was a fair range of beers and lagers, including an independent organic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2013

The Exchange Bar
50 Rutland Street
Leicester, England
0116 251 3434

Ramada Encore Leicester Hotel

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Hotel | "Comfortable stay at Leicester's Ramada Encore"

Ramada Encore Leicester Hotel Photo, Leicester, England
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The Encore Ramada is right in the centre of Leicester very near the shopping streets and the swanky new Curve Theatre. The local NCP car park offers reduced rate for Ramada Encore guests of £8 a night as opposed to the £18.50 spot price rate. The lobby area is shared by a bar and styled as an upmarket cocktail bar. As to why a mid range hotel chain would ever be likely to offer a top evening is a little beyond me but such is the belief in marketing. The place was hardly cracking when we wandered into the lobby after a fun evening with my bro at 11pm. We would have stayed for a drink at the bar were it not for the terrible easy listening music being played. The bar doubled as a brea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2013

Ramada Encore Leicester Hotel
84-90 Charles Street
Leicester, England
1-800-391-3613

Chutney Ivy

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Restaurant | "Good curry at Leicester's Chutney Ivy"

Chutney Ivy Photo, Leicester, England
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We weren't too adventurous in our evening wanderings as we chose to have a meal at the restaurant which backed onto our Leicester Ramada Encore Hotel, the Chutney Ivy. While things worked out well in the end our first impressions were a little lacking. The notice outside the Chutney Ivy said the place opened at 5:30 for a theatre buffet. We arrived at the door at 5:40 and the wait staff invited us to sit at the bar area first. As this area didn't look terribly inviting (just a space of slightly down at heel seating plonked in the centre of the restaurant space) we explained we were happy to go straight to the table and we then discovered they were not ready although all the tables were nic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2013

Chutney Ivy
41 Halford Street
Leicester, England LE1 1TR
0116 2166868

Just the Tonic Comedy Club

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Attraction | "Leicester's Just the Tonic for a Comedy Night"

Just the Tonic Comedy Club Photo, Leicester, England
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We were looking for something to do during our first Leicester evening, and as we don't often have opportunity to see comedy we thought a fairly cheap evening at Just the Tonic might fit the bill. At £9 for three live comedian acts, it was certainly cheap enough and as we weren't too sure what time we would arrive in Leicester that the place sold food offered a good stand by for us. The Leicester Just the Tonic is in the city centre and in the location formally home to the Jongleur's Comedy Club; I believe the firm went bust a few years ago now. There is a Walkabout chain pub next door. The Just the Tonic Club have regular comedy evenings where "stars of the future" perform and then extra ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 24, 2013

Just the Tonic Comedy Club
30-32 Granby Street
Leicester, England LE1 1DE
0116 262 5050

James' Cafe Bistro

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Restaurant | "Excellent little cafe/bistro in Leicester"

James' Cafe Bistro Photo, Leicester, England
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Feeling just a tad worse for wear after the previous evening's fun in Leicester city centre we were keen to find somewhere for a good traditional (OK veggie) cooked breakfast. We were almost at the point of despair as Leicester seems to lack a good number of home run cafes, but eventually tucked down a side street at the edge of John Lewis' we found a little gem of a place, James’ Cafe Bistro.Our arrival elicited a friendly greeting from the owner and an apology that she would be a minute or two in coming to collect our order. While we waited, we discovered the place also serves home-made lunches of Italian and continental origin, and they looked both reasonably priced (around £7 for a mai...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2013

James' Cafe Bistro
5 East Bond Street
Leicester, England LE1 4SX
0116 251 3323

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