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The Wharf – Bugbrooke

Muddy Towers is situated in the Wellingborough area, and one thing we really struggle for is a big beer garden. But not just any beer garden, one that gets the sun till sunset (for some reason, there’s always a tree, a building or something in the way)! Not so at The Wharf in Bugbrooke, which is well worth the 20 odd minute or so drive to be canalside, getting every last drop of sun, G&T in hand!

Situated in the very picturesque countryside of Bugbrooke, it’s a lovely drive out to The Wharf, which stands alongside my new fave place, the Grand Union Canal. It’s a pub-restaurant stylee, selling traditional pub fare like hunters chicken, burgers and steaks, but there are also healthy options like superfood salad (erm, no, I didn’t plump for that, but one day : )

It was really busy last night (well it was the hottest day of the year), and had a couple of families, but mostly groups of mates sinking a few after work and Narrowboat owners mooring and popping in for dinner.

The beer garden is sizeable and clearly bustling in the warmer months, and it really is the perfect place to sit and watch the boats pass by.

Mr Muddy is trying very hard to be marginally healthy and plumped for a Caesar salad, which he really enjoyed, and which came avec anchovies much to his delight (sometimes pubs seem to miss off the integral ingredient of the Caesar salad)!

I went in for a pancetta wrapped, gorgonzola stuffed chicken, with green beans and new potatoes. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much as it was really busy and it seemed like that night especially, it was more for the drinkers than the diners, but it was super tasty and didn’t last long.

Being in a land-locked county, there’s something so lovely about having dinner next to the water, and we had a lovely couple of hours chewing the fat with each other (no kids, tee hee), and passing by narrow boat owners, buoyed by the beer and the sunshine. Speaking of beer, there’s a cider and ale festival on this weekend with a great line-up of beers and ciders, some fantastic bands and a BBQ to fuel you through the fun (all details below)!

The Wharf has a lovely atmosphere outside. It was 25 degrees so I didn’t sit inside, but it looked like you could also cosy up there in the colder months and there are big tables and loads of space for larger groups.

Last night it was definitely more groups of lads and older families rather than babies and young ‘uns, but then I was there after 7pm. There’s ample free parking and space for buggies, wheelchairs and all those other things that need consideration for lots of people and it’s also dog friendly (yay)! It’s reasonably priced for a destination pub (£3.50 a pint, around £4 for a wine and £10 plus for a main) and it had a very wide mix of customers. I can imagine it’s going to be a blast over the weekend for the festival, especially as the forecast is a whopping 27 degrees. Cheers!

The Wharf By Road – Cornhill Lane, Bugbrooke NN7 3QB.

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