Royal & Derngate takes inspiration from Denmark for name of new special bar in Northampton

The new Bar Hygge opens in Guildhall Road next week
The new Bar Hygge opens in Guildhall Road next week

A new bar will be launched in Northampton next week by the team at Royal & Derngate Theatre...and drinkers might need some help saying its name.

Bar Hygge, pronounced “hooga”, will be specialising in craft beers and opens on Guildhall Road on Friday.

A spokeswoman said: “Bar Hygge will be serving draught and bottled craft beers, along with local spirits and wines from the “not beer menu”, and a selection of meats and cheeses.

“Offering table service and a very warm welcome in a stylish and relaxed setting, it will extend the facilities on offer for audiences as well as non-attenders, with entrances from both Guildhall Road and the Royal & Derngate foyer.

“Taking inspiration from contemporary Danish design, the bar encourages its customers to embrace the simple pleasures of life,” the spokeswoman added.

Bar Manager Alan Lynn explains: “It’s hard to pinpoint a definition for the Danish word ‘hygge’. It sits somewhere between warmth and comfort, cosiness and friendship, making the most of every moment, away from worries. We wanted to borrow some of that and bring it to Northampton.

“Providing an excuse to spend time with friends in great surroundings, we hope people will enjoy the candlelight, the outdoor blankets, the beer and the table service, finding their very own cosy corner in Bar Hygge.”

The bar will be open from 5pm to midnight, Monday to Saturday, regardless of what is on at the theatre or filmhouse.

Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate, Martin Sutherland, said: “The success of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse has proved that there is an appetite for a wider variety of leisure and cultural activities in the town centre. I hope that this new development will make a positive contribution to the night-time economy, offering a welcoming environment for people to enjoy a few drinks with friends and colleagues in the Cultural Quarter.”