The Parcel Yard
March 1, 2013
Earlier this week Leicestershire brewers and pub company Steamin’ Billy opened their seventh pub, this time right in the heart of Leicester. The Parcel Yard had actually been run by them for a good few years as Time, a large cocktail bar right next to the rail station drawing a young crowd. Now though they’ve shifted it into a more mainstream pub approach. It’s a big old barn of a place but the refurb has done a good job of softening the edges and making it that bit more comfortable and more food-oriented, with a range of areas including high bar stools, booths for four or six and a more restauranty area down the far end.
Big venue, named after a building’s previous use, real ales, pub food, loyalty cards - the comparisons to Wetherspoon’s mount up, but this is pitched a fair bit higher than that highly successful megachain. I had a really good club sandwich – huge pieces of chargrilled chicken breast, nice crispy bacon, and a pile of perfect fat chips. Not dainty, refined – well you wouldn’t really expect it of a club sandwich – but good enough to make me think I might risk going for one of the main courses such as coq au vin or confit duck (around a tenner) on another occasion. Maybe not a big meal out occasion, but certainly an informal something nice before or after the match occasion.
It’s also great to have a good pub right by the station. The Sheffield Tap at Sheffield station, opened in collaboration with Thornbridge, has been a great success as a destination beer pub. I could only see three of Steamin’ Billy’s own real ales behind the bar but you’d hope that range will expand in due course. A nice way to mark your arrival or departure from the city anyway.