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10 of the best pub gardens in Northants to enjoy this summer

Heat wave alert! Grab those sunnies and head out to one of these gorgeous pub gardens for a fabulous meal alfresco in Northants.

The Tollemache Arms, Harrington

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It’s just around the corner from the Warner’s gin distillery, so we know what we’ll be guzzling at the Tolly this summer with our fave tonic. There’s an extensive menu here, from sharing platters to handmade pizzas, salad bowls and pub classics, so something for everyone. Plus, the spacious garden is perfect for watching the sun go down across the picturesque Northamptonshire countryside.

The Falcon Inn, Castle Ashby

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Ok, not technically a pub, certainly a cut above, the Falcon does have the most glorious terrace to catch some summer sun. You could even enjoy a spot of swimming in the lake while you’re here (book online), or try an outdoor yoga class.

The Swan, Braybrooke

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Not far from Market Harborough, this 17th century thatched inn is everything you want in an English country pub. The outside dining area is super sophisticated, whilst the menu really does raise the bar. Gin smoked salmon, arancini and a large Braybrooke Gin and tonic for yours truly. What are you having?

The Kings Arms, Farthingstone

Everything about the King’s Arms is a bit bonkers , from the chintz sofas to the Northamptonshire skittles room. Nothing about this place fits a slick, modern mould, but spit and sawdust it ain’t, you’ll get outstanding food including fresh fish straight from Billingsgate and Baja Cantina street food, oh, and the garden is a fairytale. Every inch is covered in succulents siphoned into recycled containers (wellies, tin cans, old buckets) trash sculptures and secret hideaways, and each table sits in its own little socially distanced ‘room’. Perf.

Tap and Kitchen, Oundle Wharf

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The river terrace here is the perfect spot to wile away a summer’s afternoon/evening/weekend with people you love, nestled right beside the wharf with lovely views. But you won’t even notice the lovely surroundings because the food is well and truly the main attraction, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients prepared to enjoy socially which, frankly, is everything right now. Plus it’s dog friendly on the terrace.

The Willow and Brook, Apethorpe

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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 pub is set around a central courtyard, which is just perfect for a summer’s evening with a large glass of rosé to accompany chef Jim’s incredible food. The flavours are sophisticated but not snobby, with many ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

The Kings Head, Wadenhoe

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The gorgeous pub garden here sits beside the slowly ambling River Nene, and in the summer months it’s a magnet for water sports enthusiasts, Grab yourself a paddleboard (make sure you have a licence from the Canal and Rivers Trust) and head along to enjoy some hearty fare and a splash about on the river.

The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay

This pretty coaching inn in the historic and unspoilt village of Fotheringhay is a stylish, family-friendly eaterie with an enclosed garden. Food-wise you can expect everything from wood-fired pizza to hand dived Orkney scallops.

The Three Conies, Thorpe Mandeville

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We absolutely love the characterful garden at this delightfully quirky and friendly pub, which is an extension of the creatively decorated rooms inside, with brightly coloured furniture, fire pits and sculpture. You might even spot the odd chicken roaming around. Oh and have you tried the afternoon teas? Top tier.

The Plough, Shutlanger

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Local produce, friendly service, a pretty garden and scrumptious food. It’s no wonder the Plough is always one of the pubs people recommend to us most frequently. There are always great vegan and veggie options on the menu here, as well as a fab cocktail list for those carefree, warm summer evenings.

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