At the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, The Yews stands in the picturesque village of Great Glen, as it has done since the 19th century. This attractive pub, with its lushly green and spacious beer garden, is an idyllic spot to enjoy traditional pub food.
An attractive, brick-built 19th century pub in the heart of Leicestershire’s beautiful countryside, The Yews is ideally situated for exploring the impressive scenery and renowned architecture of this region. The little village of Great Glen is a peaceful haven, replete with tree-lined lanes and swathes of picturesque green fields with sheep grazing. The Grade II listed Methodist Church, with its colourwashed brick, and the Great Glen Hall with its welsh-slate roof, give a handsome late-Georgian feel to the village.
Located conveniently close to Leicester Road/A6, the pub is just seven miles from the historic city centre of Leicester, and less than an hour by car from Birmingham, and provides a wonderful spot in which to relax after exploring some of Leicester’s fascinating sights and heritage.
Moving towards Leicester’s impressive city centre, the architecture of Ernest Gimson, whose imaginative buildings, such as the attractive, asymmetrical Inglewood home in the attractive Stoneygate area of Leicester, which retains the 19th century charm of Great Glen. Leicester’s city centre, offers a multitude of cultural riches, including the ruins of 12th century Leicester Abbey and the still operating Grade II* listed Leicester Cathedral, which dates from the same century, in addition to the more modern offerings of splendid theatre The Curve.
Whatever your reason for visiting this scenic corner of Leicestershire, The Yews is a fantastic setting for enjoying delicious traditional pub food and a glass of hoppy cask ale, in an attractive countryside setting.Read more...
A handsome, brick-built 19th century pub, The Yews lies at the centre of the beautiful village of Great Glen, whose fascinating history belies its diminutive size. The village developed in 1272, when the Lord of the Manor was given the right to hold a market at Great Glen, as well as a yearly fair on the vigil of St. Cuthbert – this latter fact probably influencing the naming of Great Glen’s present St. Cuthbert’s Church, which contains two carved stones predating the conquest; believed to date from as far back as the 8th century.
Great Glen was of importance during the civil war, when, after the decisive Battle of Naseby in 1645, the royalists were pursued as far as Great Glen, where the chase was checked by royalist horsemen commandeered by the Earl of Lichfield. William Hewitt, then Lord of the Manor of Great Glen, was an active parliamentarian, and the day after the crucial battle at Naseby, the main parliamentary army marched to Great Glen, before their attack on Leicester. As Leicester became a hotbed for the Industrial revolution, small-scale industry became prominent in Great Glen during the 19th century, with most of the population working as framework-knitters.
Leicester is a city with a spellbinding history, spanning over 2,000 years in which it has played a significant part in everything from the Roman conquest of Britain to the age of the ‘Angry Young Men’, influential mid-20th century realist British playwrights. Believed to have originated as a Celtic settlement, Leicester was captured by the Romans in 47AD. A fort was quickly erected in the area, and although the Romans moved on about 80AD, the town remained wealthy and productive. Leicester reached prominence during the medieval period, a time where wealth created buildings like the spectacular Grade I listed timber Leicester Guildhall dating from 1390, and the stunning Leicester Cathedral, still standing majestically in the city’s centre. The civil war took its toll on the town, as the king’s army laid siege to the city in 1645, but Leicester recovered remarkably quickly, and many of its most impressive pre-civil war architecture, like Wyggeston’s Chantry House (owned by a prominent wool merchant) still remain in their original splendour.
Leicester also held importance throughout the industrial revolution, completing a canal on the breathtaking River Soar in 1794, to transport coal and iron, and became a major player in the shirt trade. The last century has seen a real development in the area’s rich culture. The renowned playwright Joe Orton was born in Leicester, and grew up in the region – and his legacy is reflected in the city’s stunning theatre, The Curve, and the attractive open square it lies in, named Orton Square in tribute. The University of Leicester offers fascinating architectural variety, combining dramatic modern glass structures with handsome traditional brick buildings, and the university’s library holds rare manuscripts and correspondence from notable literary figures including Joe Orton, American poet Laura Riding, and Sue Townsend, author of the much loved Adrian Mole novels. Just three miles across this handsome Roman city, the contemporary National Space Centre offers an incredible range of attractions – from the UK’s only Soyuz spaceship (created by the former Soviet Union), to the impressive shows of the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.