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Bowling Alley transforming into great outdoor venue

With the much awaited reopening of bars and restaurants after the 12th April, many of Leicester’s establishments are preparing themselves for a surge of customers in beer gardens and outdoor eating spaces.

Nestled in the city centre, is Leicester’s biggest bowling alley and “social gaming zone”, Lane7, which has understandably been impacted by the lockdowns. However, in light of the restrictions being eased, Lane7 is swapping the pins for the pitchers, and has extended their outdoor drinking area to accommodate up to 400 customers! 

Lane7 – Image Credit: Cool As Leicester

The extended area is located right next door to the venue on the adjacent car park and will feature its own bar, service from the resident street food traders and also has measures to shield visitors from the elements.

A wide array of street-foods and independent food vendors are lined up to provide options for guests, ranging from bao from Deckards, award-winning burgers from What’s Your Beef, and a fusion of flavours from Thai Express. Food will be served 7 days a week. 

In May, Lane7 will also be welcoming The English Indian to their food court, famed for their award-winning Indian take on Fish & Chips every day. This will coincide with the re-opening of Yardbirds, serving their all American fried chicken, and the relaunch of all indoor activity, as the bowling alley itself reopens.

Lane7’s existing outdoor areas, The Goods Yard and Jamie’s Lady Garden, will also be open for outdoor seating, taking the venue’s outdoor capacity to nearly 500 during April and May. Furthermore, The Goods Yard and Jamie’s Lady Garden will both have outdoor TV screens showing live sport. 


The venue will re-open on Monday 12 April and bookings can be made online now. They will be open on Monday – Thursday 3pm- late and Friday- Sunday 11am-late.

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by Sam Ellison