Northampton’s Top 10 Wine & Beer Gardens
If there is one thing that we have as gentlemen of Britain, it is an extreme appreciation for the summer. Given the slightest glimmer of sunshine and we cannot be stopped from slapping on sunscreen, firing up barbeques and taking to the great outdoors like a proverbial nation of Andy Duphranes leaving the Shawshank that is the British winter. We understand just how short-lived those valuable and rare rays of sunshine really are. It is of course only natural then that we also seek to combine two of our favourite things in life; sunshine and beer. Fortunately, the Northampton Gent team has been busy searching for the finest pub and bar gardens that Northampton has to offer so you have more time to sit back, sun up and sip away.
The Pomfret Arms
Main features: Greenery, live music, socialising, beers
Heading up the list is the The Pomfret Arms and their spacious outdoor space. The best way to describe The Pomfret Arms is like an iceberg; the modest interior hides one hell of an outside space. With their own brewhouse, the ‘Cotton End Brewery’ crafting the pub’s own delicious beverages, there is also a converted barn which has live music from all around playing music on busy weekend. With flowers and greenery adding to the scenery, The Pomfret Arm’s garden is perhaps one of Northampton’s most well hidden outdoor gems for gents looking to bask in the glorious British summer.
Address: 10 Cotton End, Northampton, NN4 8BS
The Old House
Main features: Heating, socialising, dining, cocktails, outside bar
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; the Old House is one of best beer gardens in Northampton. Found in the heart of the Wellingborough Road, surrounded by shops, restaurants and other pubs and bars, the Old House is one of Northampton’s most popular establishments – as shown by the queues found on a weekend trying to gain entrance. What makes the garden special – apart from its clean, modern look, ample seating and heaters – is the newly installed, outside bar. As mentioned, sunshine is as valuable a commodity as oil, so anytime spent inside ordering drinks is time spent wasting those precious rays of UV. The Old House’s outside bar is the perfect solutions. Whether enjoying some of the gastropubs grub in the day or partying away with other revellers at night, the Old House’s garden is certainly one that will see a lot of use over these warmer months.
Address: 214-216 Wellingborough Rd, Northampton NN1 4EE
The Charles Bradlaugh
Main features: Socialising, heating
With the Bradlaugh Burger Kitchen crafting some of the best burgers Northampton has to offer, the large pub garden of the Charles Bradlaugh is a good spot to spend with friends sipping a beer and biting into some beef in the days and evenings. On any of the Charles Bradlaugh’s busier weekend nights, the garden is a popular spot amongst patrons, with the hustle and bustle of people socialising. The stand out feature is the red room found outside, with comfortable seating and a roof, should the weather turn.
Address: 1 Earl St, Northampton NN1 3AU
The Crown & Cushion
Main features: Heating, socialising, sports
Another pub found on the busy Wellingborough Road, the longstanding Crown & Cushion underwent a somewhat recent refurbishment. Apart from bringing the pub into the 21st century, the pub also created a very pleasant outdoor space. With outdoor seating and tables for small and big groups, the main pull for many a sport loving gent is the numerous flatscreen televisions should sports around the outside. There is something about feeling the fresh air and breeze in the air that simply enhances sports and we are sure this will be a very popular haunt for footballing loving gents during next summer’s Euros 2016.
Address: 276 Wellingborough Rd, Northampton NN1 4EJ
The Wig & Pen
Main features: Heating, socialising, dining, beers, live music, sports
If the Crown & Cushion is the place for gents to enjoy football, the Wig & Pen is certainly the pub garden for the rugby loving gent, with a number of flatscreens circling the garden. With the mouth-watering smell of Marmaris filling the pub garden, forcing an appetite on even the most full of gents, it is fortunate that the garden has seats and tables creating an enjoyable alfresco dining area. Although live bands have now been relegated to the confines of the inside of the pub, the music still blares out in the garden for all to enjoy. Perhaps one of the busiest pub gardens found on a weekend and with a retractable roof should the skies open up, the Wig & Pen offers one of the finest gardens in the town centre.
Address: 19 St Giles’ St, Northampton NN1 1JA
Main features: Dining, greenery, heating, live music, socialising
Take a short trip to the wonderful countryside and you will come across the Brampton Halt and their incredible pub garden. Found in the small village of Chapel Brampton, the Brampton Halt offers views of the beautiful surrounding Northamptonshire countryside. A great space for spending time with friends or family and with various events being hosted throughout the summer, the Brampton Halt is arguably one of the finest pub gardens outside of the town. Certainly worth a car trip on a sunny day.
Address: Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA
The Department of Meat and Social Affairs
Main features: Dining, heating, table tennis
In its past life, the nightclub was known as the Department of Liquor and Social Affairs until they recently swapped liquor for meat. Now with a cool, urban American diner feel, the restaurant has swapped heavy beats and party revellers for meat, beers and milkshakes. The outdoor area is perfect for al fresco burger dining or just to sit and enjoy a tasty beverage with friends. Milkshakes with an adult twist combined with sunshine, table tennis and burgers seems like a winning combination.
Address: 60 Bridge St, Northampton NN1 1PA
Main features: Socialising, dining, riverside
As much as we love our dear town, we are aware that Northampton isn’t exactly Venice. Just because we don’t have the numerous waterways and canals does not mean however that we must necessarily miss out on the joys of enjoying a beverage by the water. With their garden backing onto the River Nene, the Britannia offers gents the opportunity to sit, soak up some sun and barge watch. With plenty of seating, the charming riverside garden is an ideal spot for the summer months… all we need now is a gondola.
Address: Bedford Rd, Northampton NN4 7AA
Main features: Partying, socialising, heating, outside bar
Having spent the majority of its life as a members only nightclub in Northampton, Auntie Ruth’s have only recently underwent a change to allow all gents in and we couldn’t be happier, as it allows revellers the opportunity to visit a little gem at the club; the roof terrace. As previously mentioned, nothing is worse than having to leave the great outdoors to have to purchase a refreshing beverage, so the terraces outdoor bar is a big plus. Throw ample seating and a rather suave setting into the mix and it is a perfect place to enjoy a hot Saturday night with other party goers. Although we hear the grumblings of some of the more fastidious gents out there that would argue that it is not a garden, Auntie Ruth’s terrace, with its relaxed and stylish atmosphere, deserves its place in the list.
Address: George Row, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1DF
The Wheatsheaf Pub & Dining Room
Main features: Beers, greenery, allotment
On a sunny day, there can be nothing better than sitting in a traditional, village pub garden. Green grass, leafy trees, children laughing… it sounds like a scene from the Darling Buds of May. As nice as this picturesque scene we have painted sounds, there is something rather special about the Wheatsheaf’s garden that really caught our eye. As well as having the aforementioned, the village pub has their very own an allotment – the first we have seen any Northampton establishment boast – meaning that you can trust that the pub uses the freshest ingredients in the food. With a selection of wines, beers and ales to choose from, sitting and absorbing the village setting is a pleasant way to pass the time. More work is planned for the pub garden and with only a short five minutes drive from the town centre, this garden is one we would suggest to keep your eyes on.
Address: 126 Dallington Rd, Northampton NN5 7HN
So there you have it gents, a range of different gardens to enjoy a tipple in over the coming warmer months. Do you have a favourite pub garden that you feel has been missed out; let us know in the comments below.