Come in and warm yourself by the Chronicle & Echo's top choices for a cosy drink this festive season.
If you're looking for a comfortable few hours in the warm this Christmas break, here are just of 10 of Northampton's cosiest pubs to make a trip for.There might not be space on the books for Christmas dinner this close to the big day, but every pub here can offer a cosy drink inside in the run up to the 25th. Be sure to check out their websites for opening hours leading up to New Years Eve.
A little way out of Northampton is The White Horse. This dog-friendly rustic tavern has those classic cosy hallmarks with low ceilings, wooden floors and an open brick fireplace.
The owners have added a great modern twist to The White Horse and have gone all-out in the decorating. It's half a Tudor farmhouse and half a snug restaurant in an idyllic village.
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The Old Cherry Tree is the oldest pub in Northampton and carries the historic charm to boot. Grade II listed, thatched roof, log burner, wooden bar - it's got it all.
Come get cosy under the thatched roof of the Old Cherry Tree Inn. And relax - there's still wifi.
We had to have at least one pub from the town centre. The Wig and Pen is a lively old tavern with a huge line-up of ales and gins.
The Wig and Pen's is often bustling and the low-ceilings and traditional stools give it that community-pub buzz. The beer garden out back is heated in the winter too, so don't be afraid of the winter chill outside.
Another of Northampton's pubs that is steeped in history. The Cromwell Cottage was a hiding place for Oliver Cromwell and his pesky longhaired cavaliers in the 17th-century.
The Cromwell's owners have gone all-out to make a tavern full of character with unique decoration, bare-brick pillars and thick rustic oak beams. Take Oliver's lead and hideaway here for a while in this top-rated cosy pub.
Nestled in the Althorp Estate is the Fox & Hounds, a beautifully rustic pub where walking up to the front door feels like arriving at a stately home.
It's another Northampton pub with all the cosy classics - thick timber pillars, several roaring fires and stone-flag floors. Plus a big wooden bar stocking a long line of taps. What could be better?
The rustic Rose & Crown dates back to the 17th Century and is steeped in rural charm.
The Rose & Crown has that perfect blend of stone-flag floors, bare-brick walls and those white-and-black beamed ceilings to bring that sleepy village tavern charm.
This pub's best feature in the summer is its riverside terrace, but the Britannia is still a comfy, cosy treat on the inside.
Inside, the Britannia is a well-decorated hideaway with comfy sofas a snug atmosphere, log fires and a good choice of real ales. Come back in the summer, the terrace is a treat on its own.
The Windhover used to be a cold-store to keep perishables like butter from going off... Well, none of that here now. The Windhover is a warm, comfortable and rustic treat.
The Windhover is stacked to the ceiling with farmhouse charm and fireside cosiness. Not to be missed.
One of Northampton's most celebrated pubs has reimagined the image of a comfy winter tavern and given it the well-earned title of a 'boutique' country pub.
Get lost on The Four Pears comfy sofas and 'giant' chairs (pictured). It's a distinctly modern treat following a complete renovation in 2010. The sort of place to fold a knee and read a newspaper in.
What list of cosy pubs in Northampton would be complete without The Sun Inn? We're talking about a proper old-fashioned welcoming pub with this one.
The pub's owners say their motto is 'there are no strangers here, only friends who have not been introduced'. Come make friends beside the Sun Inn's roaring fire in a classic village pub setting.