For our latest micropub adventure we headed south west of Leicester city centre, to Alyestone Road to be precise, where we visited the appropriately named The Ale Stone, sister micropub to The Blue Boar in the city centre. This small watering hole opened in July 2017 and, as with most micropubs, is located in a former shop unit.
There is a rather rustic feel inside with plenty of subtle wooden features including wall trims, tables and fixed side bench seats. Also to note are the barrel-shaped seats, something that will be familiar if you’ve visited The Blue Boar. As well as these traditional-style elements there are also some modern-day features inside, including wi-fi and power sockets with USB ports, so if you wish to charge your mobile devices whilst enjoying your chosen beverage then The Ale Stone has you covered.
Talking of beverages, there is a wide range of tipples available at The Ale Stone. For starters you have up to 5 cask ales to choose from (increasing to 6 or 7 at some weekends) whilst there are also 3 keg beers available. In addition to the cask and keg beers there is also a vast selection of bottled beers available both to drink in and take out.
Cider fans can also choose from up to 5 real ciders and a keg cider for their enjoyment, whilst wine and spirit drinkers also have a rather decent range of tipples available to them. Not drinking? You’ll find a vast selection of non-alcoholic drinks available including soft drinks, teas and a variety of coffees.
If you fancy a bite to eat with your drinks then a selection of crusty cobs, pork pies and cheeses are available in addition to the usual array of crisps, nuts and pork scratchings. Keep an eye out for cakes from our friend Bitsy’s Emporium of Awesome too!
We were certainly made to feel welcome at The Ale Stone, thanks to the very friendly staff on duty, coupled with the superb atmosphere inside – no wonder this micropub has proven to the very popular in such a short space of time and this a huge credit to those involved in setting up and running this small watering hole. If you are looking for a new drinking venue to try out then I would certainly recommend paying a visit here on your next pub trip.
COOL AS RATING – 9/10
Address – 660 Aylestone Road, Leicester LE2 8PR (easily accessibly by public transport and on plenty of bus routes from town)
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