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10 cosy pubs for chilly days

Order something stodgy, pour a large glass of red and relax in front of the fire - it's time to hunker down in the best pubs in Northants.

The Red Lion, Yardley Hastings

rd lion yardley hastings

Owners Dave and Nate have transformed The Red Lion into a lush, cosy and very cool space since taking over a year ago, making it all about fresh produce and creative menus. With their quirky, maximalist decor and cosy corners to huddle up in, we’ll be planning to drag Sunday lunch all the way through the afternoon, especially with their impressive cocktail menu.

The Fox and Hounds, Charwelton

fox and hounds charwelton

This is surely one of the loveliest country pubs in the county for cosying up by an open fire. Take your pick from comfy sofas in the dog friendly bar or rustic tables in the dining room and relish landlord Dave’s expertly curated wine list and chef Sarah’s sumptuous menu. There’s always fresh seafood on the menu and it’s never ever boring.

The Willow and Brook, Apethorpe

Willow and brook restuarant northants

More of a dining destination than a pub, but we couldn’t leave this one out. Tucked away in the little village of Apethorpe, The Willow and Brook manages to be cosy and welcoming without being twee. Chef Jim is a whizz at whipping up delicate menus that can suit anyone (No-gluten? No-dairy? No problem), from seared lamb rump with black garlic mash to madeira-infused tofu or Cajun butternut steak. The flavours are sophisticated but not snobby, with many ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay

FALCON INN EXTERIOR

This gorgeous coaching inn in the historic and unspoilt village of Fotheringhay is so lovely, striking the perfect balance between cosy, traditional village pub and slick eaterie. Food-wise you can expect everything from wood-fired pizza and pie of the day, to venison Wellington and brie mash to warm your cockles.

The Kings Arms, Farthingstone

Kings Arms Farthingstone Northants

If you want quirky with your chintz sofas, log fires and flagstone floors then this tiny pub has it in oak barrel loads alongside a fantastically fresh menu as well as regular food trucks making an appearance. You can expect filled Yorkshire pud roast dinners and seafood, cheese and charcuterie platters and they even have a traditional Northamptonshire Skittles table, as well as well-stocked book shelves to keep you entertained for hours.

The Royal Oak, Eydon

Royal Oak Eydon

Idyllic village location: check. Wood burning stoves: check. Friday night pizzas, Sunday roasts and Monday night fish ‘n’ chip van: Check, check and check. This beautiful ironstone pub is run by the team behind Crockwell Farm wedding venue, just up the road, so feel good hospitality is their stock in trade.

The Four Pears, Little Houghton

The four pears little houghton northants

We were super excited when Burnt Lemon Chefs recently took the helm in the kitchen of the Four Pears and rightly so. The pub has kept it’s welcoming, community atmosphere, whilst the menu has destination dining written all over it (not literally, obvs). The team use a Japanese Bincho grill to create their amazing dishes, which gives the food a smoky, charred flavour.

The Crown Inn, Weston

The Crown Inn Weston DiningRoom

Cited by MasterChef judge and food critic, William Sitwell as one of his top places in the county, The Crown Inn is a tucked away little country bolthole dishing up some fabulous fare. The Crown’s famous pies take some beating, but you’ll find traditional roasts on the menu alongside more adventures dishes.

The White Horse, Kings Sutton

White Horse Kings Sutton

Set in the loveliest rural surroundings on the Northants/Oxon border, The White Horse is perfectly placed for a country ramble, rounded off with Chef Hendrick’s locally sourced delicacies. Think Truffle Poached Cotswold White Chicken with Cauliflower; Little Hill Farm Pork Belly, Drinkwater Farm Black Kale & Hazelnut Butter and Northamptonshire cheese board. You had me at truffle.


The Three Conies
, Thorpe Mandeville.

Three Conies Thorpe Mandeville

The Three Conies in Thorpe Mandeville, is an absolute corker. The decor is fabulously dark and the amazing menu is a real crowd-pleaser, from Pork Belly With Hooky Original Cider Sauce to Scampi and Chips. It looks like a standard, traditional village pub from the outside, but inside it is irreverent and fabulous.

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