Your nightlife options come in all shapes and sizes in Kettering. You can venture into the Northampton countryside to enjoy a pint in a traditional English pub, explore the town’s revamped Market Place and its brilliant array of bars or hunt down the best Sunday roast from a smattering of great gastropubs. It’s all here in our local guide to Kettering’s nightlife.
Nightlife in Kettering
There are a lot of pubs you can choose from in Kettering. Some are absolutely fantastic, others less so. So we’ve done the hard work of picking out some of the best options in the area. It means you can get on with enjoying a well-earned pint or some delicious pub grub.
Make your way to The Stitching Pony on Market Street if you want an easy-going and spacious pub with a big ol’ beer garden, regular live music and TVs to show all the latest sporting events. The Wayfarers is an iconic pub on London Road that enjoys live music on Saturday and a sublime roast on Sunday. In terms of tipples, the ales are good. The gin selection is better.
Further afield, the Olde Victoria is a beauty of a pub in Burton Latimer. It’s just down the road from The Palmichael, one of our favourite places to eat in Kettering. It boasts a great big beer garden and a banging Sunday roast. Although, it doesn’t matter what day you visit; the food is always exceptional.
In the picturesque village of Cranford St John, the Red Lion is a historic pub dating back to the 1700s. It serves sublime food, excellently kept ales and even has a specials board filled with Havanas and other luxury cigars, which you can purchase from behind the bar. It’s only a 10-minute drive from our Kettering hotel.
Last but not least, The Bell may look like it’s stuck in the dark ages. But this old-fashioned pub in the modest village of Little Addington has some seriously good eating up its sleeve. If you’re visiting the Stanwick Lakes, it’s probably among the most convenient pubs for you. Our top tip is to visit on a Thursday for Steak Night. Having visited ourselves, you need only whisper the words “mixed grill” to give us the meat sweats.
Some of the best bars in Kettering can be found in the Market Place. Housed in the Old Corn Exchange, which also happened to be Kettering’s original cinema, the Kino Lounge is a popular choice for many people. It’s a big, historic space with eclectic furniture, reasonably priced drinks and a tasty all-day menu of food.
If you want cocktails, Aura Bar & Lounge is your best bet. Again, it enjoys an easy location in the Market Place. It serves the best cocktails in Kettering in arguably the town’s most stylish bar. In the evenings, especially on the weekend, you can expect a good atmosphere and decent dancing up until its 2am license from Thursday through to Sunday morning.
The Yard has been dubbed ‘The Camden Town of Kettering’. It’s without a shadow of a doubt, the coolest place in town. A collective of independent shops, bars and eateries centre on an open courtyard that’s covered in graffiti, fairy lights and half-filled with places to soak up the sun in the summer months. The Yard Bar and Kitchen has taken over a former fire and ambulance station. It’s now one of our favourite places to grab a drink in Kettering.