10 Muddy pubs with gorgeous beer gardens
The heatwave is on its way back, so grab the girls (or even the Mudlets) and get thee to a pub garden, pronto. It's something cold and fizzy for me, merci beaucoup!
Here at Muddy, you know we love a good ol’ pub, but why stay inside when the sun is beaming, and quite frankly, what better time is there for sipping, slurping and socialising in a beer garden? Here’s our brilliant guide full of our favourites. So grab the sunnies, order in the pints and pop on down!
The Four Pears, Little Houghton
This pub/ bistro has a fab courtyard garden to enjoy drinks and even a gazebo. (Definitely reserve a table as it can get busy!) So stop by this classic English village to enjoy some Al fresco dining and drinks, with their tapas style menu perfect for sharing with pals. The sticky beef salad is also divine for those Asian fusion fans.
The Old Cherry Tree, Great Houghton
Little Houghton’s sister village, this pub in GH has just had a menu revamp ready for summer. Enjoy a beer (or two) with the plethora of platters on offer. With all locally sourced ales, the pub epitomises a classic, laidback and locally loved English pub. If it’s a beer garden you’re searching for the Houghton duo has it covered.
Cromwell Cottage, Kislingbury
A bit more modern, this pub is great for drinks outside. It’s 2 for £10 on cocktails from Monday- Friday, could it get any better? My personal favourite is the candy floss cocktail.. it literally tastes of sugary heaven. Not to mention they have a 3-page spread of G&Ts on offer, probably the best drink to slurp in the hot weather.
The White Horse, Old
If you’re looking for a large and lovely beer garden then there’s no need to look any further. The White Horse is a hit amongst locals and boasts a luscious green garden overlooking the church. Their annual Beer and Cider fest in late August is a must, with live music and a great atmosphere year upon year – tickets available here.
The Navigation, Stoke Bruerne
A pub where you can stroll along the canal in the summer sun before sipping a bev – sound good? The Navigation has a spacious beer garden and patio overlooking the water, not to mention that they have mains on offer from £5 Monday- Friday. If you’re feeling particularly peckish then you can tuck in to standard, fare, pub grub. With ice coffee becoming the latest summer trend, try their Espresso Martini for a satisfying caffeine (and alcohol) fix. After all it’s far too hot for just a normal coffee.
Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton
We couldn’t make a Muddy list of beer gardens without mentioning this gem: a beer garden over a lake with a bit more of a buzzing atmosphere. It’s the simple things like a jug of Pimm’s and a picnic bench that makes the Halt a popular hang out during the glorious weather. A great one for the Mudlets too!
Whyte Melville, Boughton
This pub in the quaint village of Boughton has a great walled beer garden and terrace, which means plenty of seating for all of the friends and fam. The modern, arty decor is casual and cool. Try a scoop of vanilla fudge brownie or raspberry ripple ice cream as an added treat to cool off and cleanse the pallet between those drinks.
The Tollemache Arms, Harrington
This is one for the gin fanatics as this pub’s house gin, Warner Edwards, is produced just 200 yards away. So get yourself a G&T, (the drinks are worth an Insta snap) and sit in their cosy garden knowing that your tipple is truly local and probably being distilled as you sip. Plus, the pub’s a Muddy Award winner.
The Red Lion, Cranford
This one’s a Northants hotspot and certainly a Muddy fave! Serving up the best locally sourced, traditional pub grub with a contemporary edge taking quaint village pubs to a whole new level. The lovely beer garden comes complete with a play area to keep the little ones occupied- oh, and the pups are welcome too!
The Overstone Arms, Pytchely
Fancy a classic English village pub? This one’s nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Northants countryside. The countryside feel takes over the pub with a large orchard garden where you can enjoy a selection of lager and real ales, and there’s an outdoor play area so you can enjoy that well-earned pint in peace! The menu is very varied from lunches, hearty British pub classics to something a little more special on Friday and Saturday. We can’t forget about the free Wi-Fi at this place, one to keep the teens happy.
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone
Nestled into the picturesque village of Hardingstone, this Muddy fave excels at hospitality. The food is great, and the menu changes on a weekly basis, as does the selection of local ales. I particularly love this Pub, because the team there are so friendly and attentive, and the food and drink on offer is top notch. The outside area is dog friendly, with a small playground at the back for the kids to enjoy, and giving the grown ups a bit of space. The Sun Inn is a real community Pub, where everyone is welcome.
The Aviator, Sywell Aerodrome
The Aviator at Sywell has by far one of the most interesting gardens we’ve seen. Overlooking the bustling airfield this is a particularly quirky place to enjoy a lovely lunch out! With a 1930s Art Deco theme, springing from its history of being an officer’s mess, the Aviator has a very different kind of atmosphere (maybe to do with its heritage?) with aeroplane engines roaring, some fantastic staff and brilliant reviews! Covered terraces are available if the sun gets too much (or rain, of course!) and you can always go inside to the wooden, 30s style booth with a dry martini should it all get too much. Dogs welcome in the garden if they like planes.
Red Lion, Brafield on the green
Tucked away in the idyllic Northamptonshire countryside, The Red Lion lies at the very heart of Brafield-on-the-Green. Muddy first visited this pub on a snowy day in December and could have been forgiven for driving past the darkened beer garden, which really does bloom in the summer months. Once again the idyllic surrounds – a lush lawn enclosed with hedgerow – get even better when the food arrives. The Menu is full to bursting with gorgeous bistro food, and so will you be if you make a visit.
The Department of Meat and Social Affairs, Northampton
Photo courtesy of Northampton GentSomething a bit different, this pub/club has a cute little garden where you can indulge in a burger and a milkshake from their American diner style menu. With pretty sterling burgers and such, you can enjoy a meal while shopping (the pub is set in the heart of Northampton centre) and is a lovely place to enjoy an afternoon in the sun while the hustle and bustle of town roars by outside. The garden also includes table tennis to keep the more active members of the family entertained; it’s also a goodie for teenagers!
Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton
Photo courtesy of Northampton GentA bustling (v large) pub set in the quaint village of Chapel Brampton, it has a diverse menu and, of course, a gorgeous garden to enjoy a drink in the sun. The pub is located on a historic railway line and provides breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding countryside. It’s pretty damn perfect if you’re looking to relax and take in the views but still want to enjoy a bit of atmos! Speaking of which, Brampton Halt’s very own Oktoberfest is back soon! Four days of schnitzel, pretzels, schnapps, 20″ bratwursts and of course loadsa German beers await on September 22 – 25. With great live music, we’re hoping we at Muddy can make it along (and not make a repeat fool of ourselves like we did at the actual Oktoberfest, circa 2005).
Old House, Northampton
The Old House pub is a Mr Muddy fave, and does a great line in homemade burgers and ‘proper’ cocktails. With a modern garden space (another town centre one worth a visit when you’re laden with bags) you can sit outside at the large tables and enjoy a very cool selection of interesting drinks (alongside the hipster, tattooed set no less)! The restaurant food is pretty good too; it’s upstairs, but you could do yourself a mini Old House pub crawl; garden, then bar, then restaurant (forms idea for Saturday night)!
The Greyhound, Milton Malsor
Set in the little village of Milton Malsor, The Greyhound is a picturesque 16th century country inn with a beautiful front garden where you can spend a sunny afternoon with a cold cider (or any drink of your choice). The large garden accommodates big family groups well so you can take everyone from the newborn nephew to Great Grandma! The village itself is a beautiful and interesting place to visit with more than 30 listed buildings, so we would defo recommend having an explore! There’s a delicious menu, (because what’s a pub without good food?) and as mentioned, the garden is fabuloso, with its very own duck pond and tree lined lawns!
The Pomfret Arms, Cotton End.
I don’t think we could ignore this one if we tried, everyone seems to love a bit of The Pomfret Arms. No wonder, as it’s always got an event on, from live music to garden parties and has a popular garden perfect for the summer weather. The garden’s just bursting with beautiful plants and sets the scene for a real quirky urban courtyard mixed with a picturesque village garden. It’s also packed full of colour throughout the seasons and has a ray of woodland flowers and horse-chestnut trees that you can hide under to get into the shade. The great thing is, it’s only a short walk into the town centre so this is a great spot to enjoy some pre drink tipples before a summer night out, this is a real hidden gem.
Abington Pub, Abington.
Sat right next to the beautiful Abington Park, that gets really popular over the summer months with their live music in the band tents, the pub is not one to be missed and has a great garden to sit in. Whether you’re there for a drink or something off their food menu you can be sure to enjoy it in their spacious garden. Inside, they have a pool table you can let your teens enjoy a game or two on whilst you kick back the gins and catch up with friends or family before visiting the park. The pub also hosts regular events from live music to beer pong championships so check out their socials for what’s on, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Tap & Kitchen, Oundle
This waterside gem is a bit of London cosmopolitan style in a historic Northamptonshire market town. It’s a buzzing bar where you can catch up with your girlfriends over Mojitos or a dimly lit restaurant ideal for date three. The food is unpretentious, simply cooked with locally sourced ingredients. The menu is changed daily so there’s always a fresh dish to try. The outdoor area looking over the water is perfect for when the sun is shining and the industrial, contemporary building compliments Oundle’s more historic landscapes; you can even walk around the canal for a post-meal stroll. tapandkitchen.com
Words: Lizzie Johnston