With its industrial history, Northampton is home to historic pubs and drinking houses that have served local and guest beers for decades and are handily located a short walk from each other. We’ve shortlisted some of the best, allowing you to drink in Northampton’s rich history while sampling the region’s finest tipples.

Based in the heart of Northampton’s Cultural Quarter, The Mail Coach in Derngate is a traditional pub offering the full gamut of drinks, including a wide selection of cask ales, guest beers, wines, ciders and gins, as well as a fully functioning kitchen offering excellent Sunday roasts.

With over 30 beers on offer – including many in its huge beer fridge – The Princess Alexandra Craft Beer Bar lives up to its billing. Named as Northampton’s Best Bar in 2014, the venue has quickly built up a loyal following, thanks to its relaxed interior, log burner and dedication to weird and wonderful beers and ales from across the world.

Boasting an impressive modern food menu, a large beer garden and a trendy feel throughout, Old House is one of the most popular pubs in Northampton’s town centre. The food is just as much of an attraction as the impressive drinks menu, offering everything from brunch and afternoon tea to dinner and Sunday roasts.

Fancy a gourmet burger and a pint for a tenner? Head to Britannia, just down the road from our Bedford Road hotel, a centuries-old gastropub just a little out of town on the banks of the River Nene – and you can take advantage of that deal every Wednesday. With set deal menus offering good value for money and daily deals, it’s one of the most affordable watering holes in Northampton.

Another award-winning pub, The Lamplighter is a freehouse in the Mounts area of Northampton with an impressive range of beers from across Europe, including six real ales. They regularly throw beer festivals and there’s a Wednesday night quiz with live music on most nights of the week, including Open Mic Mondays.

Not only does The Wig and Pen have the best name in town, it’s an unpretentious pub featuring live jazz, themed nights and guest beers marked on its authentic chalkboard. Priding itself on its beer selection, this pub next to Northampton Guildhall has 13 rotating guest ales, over 40 brands of beer from across the world and a wide selection of lagers and ciders.

If you’re looking for a dog-friendly pub in Northampton, then look no further than The Victoria Inn on the open space by the Old Racecourse. With eight guest ales on tap and an impressive Sunday lunch menu, the owners always look out for dog owners and are happy to supply bowls of water and resting space.

The Mail Coach

Guest ales

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