#BeerGardenLeicester: The Forge, Glenfield

Bit of a cheat this beer garden assessment, because when we went Glenstock was on. So I will try to blind myself to the festival environment, which can hardly be called typical, and assess what you will find 99% of the time. They can’t win just because I happened to visit when the festival was on, but equally they should have a chance to be scored like everyone else.

Size and exclusivity
Lovely spacious beer garden, mainly set on decking but also a terrace. Generally frequented by locals and occasional weekend day trippers looking for a nice lunch.
Early Doors
Great sunshine potential here in the after work hours. Definitely worth the trip out to catch some rays.

Very nicely presented, lovely smart furniture, some epic barrel tables which I am very jealous of, the odd nicely kept planter – it is not a country garden, but it is refined and comfortable and generally well turned out.

Beautiful day for Glenstock at @ForgeInn. Everyone in good spirits, come down! #Leicester #free

— Laura (@Morrighani) May 16, 2015

You might tap into the wifi, you might not. Sometimes my device knew it was there but wouldn’t connect, mainly it just didn’t know if was there.

Some good umbrellas and canopies ready to pull over in case of rain, this is relatively well sheltered.

Very clean, well maintained and generally pleasant to use. Variations on a wooden picnic table theme, except for the barrel tables I mentioned earlier, which I love.

Nothing to add m’lud.

Pub Dogs
Yes! Points! I didn’t get a photo with it, but there was a baby German Shepherd.


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