Pubs to visit in south Northants
Baby it's cold outside. Brr! So what better way to stay warm than with a drink and food at one of these cosy and welcoming pubs in and around Northants.
February is such a funny old month. Dark and cold, the festive fun of December is but a distant memory while we wait for the weather to get better and for spring to come bouncing in like an over-excited lamb. The Danish concept of hygge, a word which has become part of our vocabulary in recent years, seems to sum up what we’re really in need of at this time of the year. It describes a feeling of warmth, of coziness, of enjoying good company and something nice to eat and drink. There might be an open fire, candlelight, soft music, cushions and blankets. Serious February goals. But where can we find the elusive hygge? To me, it seems synonymous with a visit to one of the lovely pubs that we are so fortunate to have here in South Northants. Get yourself a drink, settle in for a natter with your loved ones or have a crack at the crossword while the weather does its worst outside. Here are 8 of the cosiest, most characterful pubs in our locality to get you started. These have all been recommended to Muddy by our readers so let’s share the knowledge and hygge the heck out of February.
The Crown, Weston
A family-run gem of a pub that has been recommended to Muddy a number of times. The owners of The Crown place great emphasis on the quality of the food that is served in the chic environs of the bar. The focus at the Crown is on handmade food, fresh, and keeping it real. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and with a wide range of wines, cask ales, premium beers and gins, it would be easy to while away an afternoon here.
The Butchers Arms, Greens Norton
Recently re-opened under new management, The Butchers Arms has been refurbished and remodeled to an extremely high standard and is the epitome of coziness. Woodburners, leather sofas, cushions, fabulous textiles – the ‘modern rustic’ bar calls out to you to grab a drink and get comfy.
The White Horse, Kings Sutton
A pub with a far-reaching reputation for style, quality and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, the White Horse is cosy with a capital C.
The Folly, Towcester
As featured on Muddy, The Folly is the quintessential thatched English Inn with an original building dating back to the mid 1700s. The interior has been tastefully and sumptuously decorated and will draw you straight in to enjoy the delicious food, a wide range of drinks and an atmosphere that has earnt The Folly many fans in the local area.
The Plough, Shutlanger
The Plough embodies cosiness. A sweeping bar, a number of different areas to gather in, candles, wood and subtle personal touches all make this pub stand out. The food and drinks all earn rave reviews from Muddy’s readers.
The Fox and Hounds, Whittlebury
The Fox and Hounds is well known in the area for both a high standard of food, produced with local ingredients, and a well-stocked bar. The pub is welcoming and has a great atmosphere. Pop in for a drink and relax!
The Fat Landlord, Helmdon
Opened again after a transformation from The Bell Inn, The Fat Landlord has village life at its heart. Teaming up with the Secret Kitchen Company has resulted in a menu packed full of pub classics with an individual twist. Be your tipple a real ale or a cocktail, The Fat Landlord will bring you in from the cold and offer you a warm welcome.
The Red Lion, Evenley
A warm welcome awaits you at the charming Red Lion. Situated on the green in the beautiful village of Evenley, the pub is packed full of personality, with lots of little nooks in which to enjoy a beverage (or 3).
The Royal Oak, Cogenhoe.
Winner of SME Northamptonshire Business Awards 2019, The Royal Oak is a lovely country pub with exceptional food that has a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with food served up daily, made with lots of love. Known for their handmade pies, pizza nights and artisan cheese, you can be sure to relax and warm up with friends or family.
The New Inn, Abthorpe
Recommended by a few of you lovely lot for being a friendly and welcoming pub, The New Inn offers a traditional village pub atmosphere with friendly staff to serve you up a drink and home-cooked pub grub all in the centre of the community. It has rave reviews online with lots of people saying how great value for money it is.
Words by: Bethan Fanthorpe