Nothing beats a cosy traditional village pub - they have a beautiful countryside vibe, they serve all of the classic pub dishes and they are generally nestled in the heart of the village community.
We have comprised a list of family-run, independent pubs across Northamptonshire you must pay a visit to this winter.
We based our selections off recommendations submitted by readers, pubs that locally source produce and online reviews - bonus points if they have a log burner, which is perfect for the chilly winter months.
Many of our local pubs fought to stay open over the last two years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and now is just as important as ever that we support our independent businesses.
Here are eleven cosy independent Northamptonshire pubs to visit this winter - can you spot your favourite?
5. The Whyte Melville - Boughton
The Whyte Melville in Boughton is a family owned classic English village pub and has been run by Jeremy and Tess since 2013. They source a variety of local ingredients and have two log burners so it is a perfect place to visit during the winter months. It has 4.5 out of five stars on Tripadvisor and a recent customer said: "Lovely atmosphere, tasty food and great, friendly service. Would definitely recommend. A good all round gousto country pub."
Photo: The Whyte Melville
6. The Old King's Head - Long Buckby
The Old King's Head in Long Buckby has 4.5 stars out of five on Tripadvisor and a recent reviewer said: "The best pub in town! This place is amazing great atmosphere great pub grub. During the month, there are lots of events held its just a great place. We have only recently started going here as we aren't locals but its worth visiting."
Photo: Google Maps
7. The Plough - Shutlanger
The Plough at Shutlanger is an award winning gastropub nestled in the village of Shutlanger, Northamptonshire. They also have a village barn shop on site selling freshly baked goods as well as fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. It has been ranked 4.5 stars out of five on Tripadvisor and a reviewer, last month, said: "I came here with a friend after walking our dogs across the field. We were greeted with a very warm welcome (as were our furry friends, who got lots of attention). What a lovely local pub! I could do with a pub like this in my village. We both had scallops as starters, which were excellent. Then we opted for different roasts; I had the pork whilst my dining companion had the beef. Both main meals were delicious and the best Sunday roasts we've had in quiet a while. The ale wasn't bad either. Wonderful staff and service, which made the visit all the better. We both said we'll be back!"
8. The Royal Oak - Cogenhoe
The Royal Oak in Cogenhoe is famous for their handmade pies, pizza nights and charcuterie boards with cheeses from artisan producers. The pub is ranked 4.5 out of five stars on Tripadvisor with one reviewer, a week ago, saying: "We were recommended to the Royal Oak by our host at Wold Farm. Glad we listened. It’s an easy 20 min drive so not too far. It’s a welcoming pub with a good size rear restaurant. The service was very good and the food did not disappoint either."
Photo: Google Maps