#BeerGardenLeicester: The Crown Inn, Anstey
Size and exclusivity
This is a really good sized garden, with both grassed areas and a patio, and a two level effect with a little path running down the middle (a path, a path!). There is lots of furniture so plenty of room for everyone. It does get busy on a sunny day and is a very family friendly pub so there tends to be lots of kiddywinks running about making merry.
You get full sun at lunchtime and early afternoon, but it heads behind the trees by ‘end of work’ time, so you have to pick your table very carefully to be able to catch that elusive early evening sun.
It’s got a nice, homely feel, but is starting to look a little tired. It needs a post-winter smarten up – the paint on the furniture is cracked and peeling, the grass needs cutting and there was quite a bit of litter around the place when we visited. All of the planters with the spring bulbs were lovely though and all the little extra decorations were very sweet. So it’s nice, but could just be tweaked a little to make it really lovely.
The free wifi is The Cloud so it’s really easy to access. The wifi signal just reaches in to the garden and just about reaches everywhere. So it’s weak, but it’s there.
It’s pretty rainproof to be fair. There is a small permanent shelter on the side of the building, currently a small marquee/tent shelter on the grass and also umbrellas for the tables, so you are good against a sudden downpour. No heaters or blankets for those of you who feel the cold though.
All the wooden tables, chairs and benches are in relatively good nick, but starting to show their age a little bit. For some reason the chairs on the patio are the heaviest in the world, so be prepared to heave slightly to get yourself seated.
There are speakers for music to be played in the garden, but these weren’t operational during our visit. They also have a serious looking gas BBQ out there which I presume means potential meat grillage on a nice day.
No dogs – sad times.