Are these Northampton's five best beer gardens?
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
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
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.
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
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.