Independent pub operator, The Orange Tree, has converted its Leicester pub, the Obar, into a craft beer bar following refurbishment.

The specialist venue stocks a range of more than 20 different bottles, 14 beers on draught and two ales, including local and international brewers that will be rotated to feature guest craft beers.

The pub, which first opened in 2001, had trialled a bar menu earlier in the year in with the Smokehouse restaurant above the bar. The pop-up will now be a permanent offering as a bar menu.

Director Ben Hings, who runs the group with Gareth Smith, said: “After getting fantastic feedback last year when we opened the Smokehouse as a pop-up venue above the Obar, we launched the restaurant permanently earlier this year and it’s now become a popular place to eat in the city. As a natural extension, we’ve recently begun offering lighter, smaller meals from the Smokehouse menu downstairs at the Obar and the new range of craft beers we’ve introduced fits very well with these dishes.”

The management and kitchen team have worked together to source beers that complement the food being served at the Obar, as well as beers that are likely to be popular with punters.

Obar will serve four house beers from London-based brewery Meantime, a rotating selection of up to three local cask ales, a range of imported American keg beers, and will serve a wide selection of imported and home-brewed bottled craft beers from Europe and the US, including items from breweries such as Camden Town Brewery, BrewDog, Crafty Dan, Innis & Gunn, Blue Moon Brewing Co, Goose Island, Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor, Founders and Sly Fox.

It will also serve Orchard Pig Explorer Cider, produced in the West Country.

Orange Tree also operates the Orange Tree in High Street, Leicester, the Lansdowne in London Road, Leicester, late-night venue the Basement in Wellington Street, Leicester, as well as the Orange tree and the Kelso in Loughborough, and the Orange tree in Nottingham.