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The Criterion (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Lancaster - RedExcellent1
Dancing Duck - Dark DrakeExcellent1
Oakham - Scarlet MacawExcellent1
Phoenix - ArizonaExcellent1
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)Excellent1
Leatherbritches - Owd CodgerGood1
8 Sail - Victorian PorterGood1
Great Newsome - Jem's StoutGood1
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple MildGood1
Abbeydale - Beer Works RetroGood1
Framework - Friday Street IPAGood1
Navigation - StoutGood1
Pig Pub - Claybrooke BitterGood1
Brecon - Red BeaconsGood1
Springhead - OutlawedGood1
Cold Black Label - Nutty AleGood1
Derventio - Emperor's WhimGood1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Ball ReliefGood1
Cold Black Label - Crib GochGood1
Oakham - MusashiAcceptable1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Goat FlushAcceptable1
Derventio - TrollAcceptable1
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - NuggetAcceptable1
Rugby - Play OnNot Tried0
Springhead - Scoring MegNot Tried0
Brecon - Welsh BeaconsNot Tried0
Brampton - Wasp NestNot Tried0
Ramsbury - BitterNot Tried0
Brecon - Lovely TackleNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Abbeydale - Surreal Ale No.2Not Tried0
Cold Black Label - Miners Imperial AleNot Tried0
Oldershaw - Old BoyNot Tried0
Cross Bay - HaloNot Tried0
Serious - Session Pale AleNot Tried0
RCH - Steam SpecialNot Tried0
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Smoking TrunksNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - MayhemNot Tried0
Wincle - Bad BillNot Tried0
Grainstore - Cooking BitterNot Tried0
Abbeydale - DamForgeryNot Tried0
Oakham - 42Not Tried0
Springhead - Oliver's ArmyNot Tried0
Coastal - Autumn GoldNot Tried0
Grainstore - Ten Fifty (1050)Not Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Grainstore - Triple BNot Tried0
Lancaster - BlondeNot Tried0
Oakham - GangsterNot Tried0
Springhead - Spice of LifeNot Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Wentworth - Blueberry StoutNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Navigation - ApusNot Tried0
True North (originally contract brewed at Welbeck Abbey) - Session PaleNot Tried0
Vale - WychertNot Tried0
Oakham - ImprobabilityNot Tried0
Très Bien - Alpha MaleNot Tried0
Derventio - CleopatraNot Tried0
White Horse - LipizzanerNot Tried0
Errant - WinstonNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Criterion, Leicester, Leicestershire
Picture 2. The Criterion, Leicester, Leicestershire

Visits Details

08 Feb 2019 (Stu)
Brecon - Red Beacons5.00Good
Cold Black Label - Nutty Ale5.00Good
Cold Black Label - Crib Goch5.00Good
Brecon - Welsh Beacons3.70Not Tried
Brecon - Lovely Tackle3.70Not Tried
Cold Black Label - Miners Imperial Ale7.50Not Tried
Serious - Session Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
24 Feb 2018 (Stu)
Great Newsome - Jem's Stout4.30Good
Framework - Friday Street IPA4.90Good
True North (originally contract brewed at Welbeck Abbey) - Session Pale3.60Not Tried
Très Bien - Alpha Male3.50Not Tried
Errant - Winston4.50Not Tried
16 Jan 2015 (Stu)
Lancaster - Red4.80Excellent
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Lancaster - Blonde4.00Not Tried
Springhead - Spice of Life5.00Not Tried
Wentworth - Blueberry Stout4.50Not Tried
27 Nov 2014 (Stu)
Phoenix - Arizona4.10Excellent
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Nugget4.40Acceptable
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Grainstore - Cooking Bitter3.60Not Tried
Oakham - 424.20Not Tried
Coastal - Autumn Gold4.20Not Tried
02 Aug 2014 (Stu)
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Excellent
Navigation - Stout4.40Good
Ramsbury - Bitter3.60Not Tried
Abbeydale - Surreal Ale No.24.10Not Tried
Cross Bay - Halo3.60Not Tried
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Smoking Trunks5.50Not Tried
North Yorkshire - Mayhem4.30Not Tried
18 Jul 2014 (Stu)
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Ball Relief4.00Good
8 Sail - Victorian Porter5.00Good
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Navigation - Apus5.50Not Tried
Oakham - Improbability3.90Not Tried
White Horse - Lipizzaner4.40Not Tried
Springhead - Scoring Meg6.60Not Tried
24 May 2014 (Stu)
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple Mild3.70Good
Pig Pub - Claybrooke Bitter4.10Good
Springhead - Outlawed3.80Good
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Springhead - Oliver's Army4.40Not Tried
Grainstore - Ten Fifty (1050)5.00Not Tried
Grainstore - Triple B4.20Not Tried
Oakham - Gangster4.90Not Tried
25 Jul 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A super find happily catering for pizza, beer and music lovers all in one building. The live music I heard was really well performed from the soul.
Dancing Duck - Nice Weather (was Nice Weather 4 Ducks)4.10ExcellentCopper coloured bitter
Dancing Duck - Dark Drake4.50Excellent
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Oldershaw - Old Boy4.80Not Tried
RCH - Steam Special5.00Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Wincle - Bad Bill3.90Not Tried
Abbeydale - DamForgery4.10Not Tried
01 Oct 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Quite busy mid Saturday afternoon.
Abbeydale - Beer Works Retro4.00GoodPale gold with good citrus hop flavours. Good malt balance leading to a citrus and fruit finish. My score 15/20.
Oakham - Musashi4.40AcceptableVery pale, bitter and hoppy. Hint of Sorachi in this giving a floral, pineapple note amongst the citrus hop flavour. Little malt in evidence. Not really to my taste. My score 13/20.
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Goat Flush4.50AcceptableVery pale and quite sweet beer, with a bittersweet hop character probably involving Sorachi. The finish is rather dry and cloying. My score 14/20.
Derventio - Troll4.30AcceptableAmber bitter with a dry hop character and little maltiness. Dry finish. Not to my taste. My score 12/20.
25 Nov 2010 (Andrew)
This has been a pub I've wanted to go to for a long time. I wasn't actually looking for it when I turned a corner and there it was. It was fairly quiet except for the Sex Pistols on the stereo.
Derventio - Emperor's Whim4.20GoodLight brown colour. Light body, tart (hint of vinegar?). Leafy hop on the finish. Nice
Leatherbritches - Owd Codger4.90GoodPale brown. Leafy hop, long finish. Fruity (strawberry hints) in mouth and really peppery hop.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Vale - Wychert3.90Not Tried
Derventio - Cleopatra5.00Not Tried
Rugby - Play On4.20Not Tried
Brampton - Wasp Nest5.00Not Tried

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About The Criterion

The pub sign. The Criterion, Leicester, Leicestershire

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5JN.

70s style two roomed (each with its own bar counter) town centre pub in Millstone Lane, with small outside seating area. Very industrial looking brick (part tiled) frontage. Vast collection of pumpclips sorted into individual brewer's sets. 7 handpumps on each of the 2 bar counters. Specialises in a wide range of pizzas. Regular live music.

We have visited this pub 23 times, seen 177 different beers and tried 60 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LE1 5JN