MON to SAT 12pm -11pm

Closed on SUNDAY except when Leicester City FC or Tigers are playing at home or are on TV


Monday - Saturday

12 - 2pm & 5.30 - 9pm



44 Millstone Lane



T: 0116 262 5418

  • Pizzas

    Come and enjoy one of our famous Stonebaked Pizzas

    Available Monday to Friday and made to order using a traditional Italian recipe using only the freshest local produce

  • Quiz Nights

    Enjoy a drink and show off your impressive intellect!

    Join us at The Criterion for one of our regular general knowledge and pop quiz nights - there's beer, pizza's and other prizes to be won.

  • Games Nights

    Monday night is Games night

    Join us at The Criterion on Monday nights from 8pm until 11pm and pit your skills against others playing classic pub games like Chess, Darts, Dominoes and Card games. Improve your play and attend one of our Games Workshops.

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"The Criterion is a busy hive of boho activity...guest ales and a busy programme of gigs, music and film events are the main draws, but the Criterion's stone-baked pizzas play their part. The dough is made fresh, daily, and the exemplarily thin bases have a good chew factor, a nice light char, and are topped with decent, fresh ingredients. Remarkably at these prices, the ham is real pig and not some reconstituted pap. The whole place has a real generosity of spirit about it. Staff are friendly, it's comfy, a little bit quirky, and - but for some beer memorabilia - defiantly unstyled" - The Guardian

5 stars icon 5 Stars from reviewers  at:

"The Criterion is renowned for its pizza. Rather than offering a broad range of mediocre meals – as so many other pubs do – the Criterion specialises in one kind of food, and does it spectacularly well. It’s a unique selling point – or, without my marketing head on, another reason to go out of your way to come here...It’s not just good pizza – it’s superlative. Far better than you’d get in most high street Italian restaurants...For two or three hours the Criterion has been a marvellous little hub where people from different places, on different tracks, can happily intersect and interact." -

"A multi CAMRA award winner, The Criterion is close to the heart of cask ales connoisseurs for miles around. It’s a real ale pub par excellence: a good range of beers, ciders and perries and they have a reputation for serving the best pizzas for miles around." -


"The Criterion has a reputation for stocking real ales from micro-breweries and is part of LocAle.The pub has knowledgeable staff, regular quizzes, beer festivals and music sessions. Food is served too, really wonderful, authentic Italian pizzas heading the menu, but other items are also available - CAMRA Leicester, who named the Criterion 'Pub of the Year' 3 years running.

Trip Advisor Reviews






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