Are these Northampton’s five best beer gardens?

The Hopping Hare pub in Duston
The Hopping Hare pub in Duston

The Hopping Hare, Hopping Hill Gardens, Duston

At the side of the pub through a double iron gate, this one is open to the sun but has umbrellas and awnings. The hedges somehow allow the

The Abington, Wellingborough Road

The Abington, Wellingborough Road

feeling of exclusive privacy.

The Abington, Wellingborough Road

Not the prettiest of the bunch but has attractive views of Abington Park when the gates are open. Nice and roomy for those popular sunny days.

The King Billy, Commercial Street

The King Billy, Commercial Street

The King Billy, Commercial Street

South-facing courtyard with plenty of benches. Most people visit for the rock bands but, hey, it’s not like you won’t hear the guitars outside.

Pomfret Arms, Bridge Street

Surprisingly spacious and attractive offering tucked behind this pint-sized boozer. Bonus points for the small building in the garden that hosts live music and

on-site brewery that aims to meet regulars’ tastes.

The Pomfret Arms, Bridge Street

The Pomfret Arms, Bridge Street

Wig & Pen, St Giles Street

Five outdoor television screens can make watching football (or more likely the rugby) a real event. A retractable roof and heaters also make this one almost English weather-proof. One to keep in mind for the Euros, perhaps.

And one more...

The Old House, Wellingborough Road

The Wig & Pen, St Giles Street

The Wig & Pen, St Giles Street

One of the most stylish beer gardens in town, attached to one of the swishest pub restaurants and featuring outdoor pumps. Put your sunnies on your head and order some Pimms on ice.