The blog from the heart of Leicester's Clarendon Park

  • Ghost sign in Clarendon Park, Leicester - Parkinsons

    Ghost Signs of Clarendon Park

    Ghost signs are everyday whispers of the past. These painted advertisements, faded and largely ignored, give a tantalising glimpse into the recent history of an area. Clarendon…

  • Interior of Real Ale Classroom on Allandale Road, Stoneygate, Leicester

    Nightcaps and Nibbles in Stoneygate

    The Allandale Road and Francis Street shopping area has long been one of Leicester’s go-to destinations for cutesy independent gift shops, high-end grooming and a generally more…

  • Candies and Cakes, 270 Clarendon Park Road, Leicester

    Candies and Cakes in Clarendon Park

    This photo was taken sometime in the 1950s or 1960s and shows Ernest and Olive Williams and their pampered pooch outside their Clarendon Park shop. Candies and Cakes was a…

  • Northern Cobbler logo on the window of their shop on the corner of Clarendon Park Road and Queens Road in Leicester

    7 more things you never knew about Clarendon Park

    Ever wondered what the word ‘babelas’ actually means? Or why the board outside Morelli’s barbers shows the proprietor in the guise of a devil surrounded by…

    Maiyango restaurant on St Nicholas Place in Leicester, 2017

    Farewell Maiyango

    I’ve been tempted a little further afield for this post in order to pay homage to my all-time favourite Leicester restaurant, which is closing later this…

    Barceloneta restaurant on Queens Road in Leicester's Clarendon Park

    Review: Barceloneta

    The colourful exteriors of Barceloneta and its neighbours, Salvador Deli and Bar Dos Hermanos, have over the years become synonymous with Queens Road itself. The three…