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Alexandra Arms, Kettering

39 Victoria Street
NN16 0BU

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Aqualung . left this review about Alexandra Arms

This pub looks relatively modern from the outside but the sign has an old picture of a pub building here where the left side of the current building is a ladies hairdressers. Maybe it got bombed in the war. The Mannings Brewery sign in the picture refers to a Northampton Brewery near the Railway Station that was taken over by Phipps in 1933 so this was probably once a Watney's pub. On the left above the bar inside is an old Watney's Special (there was nothing "special" about it!) tray that supports that theory.
You enter into a wooden floored front room with the small bar on the right and just tables and seating to the left. In front there is a narrow corridor that leads to the back bar which is a long narrow room with a wooden floor and the other side of the bar area at the top end and darts & Northants skittles at the other. This is a "beer festival" pub that has been around some time so the walls and ceiling of the front bar are literally covered in pump clips.
I didn't count the hand pumps on the front bar but it was at least ten and the back bar had around four. One of the front ones had a cider.
There was a huge beer selection including Nobby's (who no longer brew here), Potbelly, Jenning's, Marston's Revisionist, Bude, Church End, Burton Bridge, Abbeydale, Skinners and Lincoln Green. I went for the local Potbelly Crazy Daze (£3.40) and Nobby's Swift Nick (£3.15). Sadly the Potbelly beer was in poor condition but the Swift Nick was good.
This isn't a large pub so their claim of selling 14 beers seems too much. I might have just been unlucky with the Crazy Daze but I'm prepared to mark it down only one point for the dodgy pint.

On 10th April 2016 - rating: 8
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michael furn left this review about Alexandra Arms

Nip keeps one of northamptonshires award winning freehouses, regular real ale changes and choice, CAMRA pub of the year 2006/7 for Northamptonshire.

On 27th May 2008 - rating: 10
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Peter Ford left this review about Alexandra Arms

What a Pub !!
Camra pub of the year Runner up in 2004 it has just been named Camra pub of the year for 2005. Good quality ales with a choice of 10 hand pumps including its own home brewered nobby's ales. In a little under 3 years the current landlord has served over 2500 different ales. Well priced, friendly staff & locals it is always busy, especially with the introduction of the popular no smoking bar at the front. Lots of beer memorabilia including the walls been decorated with the pub clips of all the beers served to date. Well worth a visit, i'll certainly be going back

On 11th August 2006 - no rating submitted
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