View from the Tollemache Arms, Harrington

Northamptonshire Pubs

CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) has approved a list of pubs in Northamptonshire. ▶

The editors of this site like to visit country pubs in or near central Northamptonshire. We especially like those with with a relaxing garden. So with no special authority we offer these suggestions for places you might like to visit. Use the symbol to see more detail and a map link.

Most pubs welcome well-behaved dogs.

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Brafield, Red Lion

Comfortable pub on the Northampton - Bedford road. Very good bistro-style dining. Paved and grassed areas outdoors.

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Cogenhoe, Royal Oak

Friendly pub in a village setting close to Northampton. The garden is exceptionally peaceful (subject to children playing!). Just remember that the name of the village is pronounced "Cook-noh".

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Earls Barton, The Old Swan

A bar full of cosy character with excellent food. No garden but the ideal place to visit when the weather is not at its best.

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Great Doddington, The Stag's Head

Comfortable village pub with good food. Small garden but also space to sit at the front for an "in the village" feel.

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Harrington, Tollemache Arms

Large garden with superb views across the north Northamptonshire countryside (see it! ▶). Great atmosphere inside and excellent food.

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Melchbourne (Beds), St John‘s Arms

Warm welcome. Spacious garden with lovely views.

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Melchbourne, St John‘s Arms

Newton Bromswold, The Swan

Friendly pub in a small village. Unusual but pretty small garden.

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The Swan Newton Bromswold Photo

Odell (Beds), The Bell

Very friendly pub with a lovely, peaceful garden close to the River Ouse

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Old, The White Horse

Beautiful garden next to the parish church. Or sit under the tree in the front at the heart of the village. Full of character inside with superb food.

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White Horse, Old Photo

Sywell, The Horseshoe

Warm welcome. Good food. Pleasant garden near Sywell Airport. Light aircraft and historical planes overflying for added interest.

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Horseshoe at Sywell
The Stag‘s Head, Great Doddington