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Yeoman of England, Northampton

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
High Street
Postal town: Northampton

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Taylor Walker (Spirit Pubs)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Yeoman of England

On first impressions this appeared to be a traditional, stone-built country inn on a quiet high street, but appearances can be deceptive and you soon realise that all is not as it seems when you discover the size of the car park. The pub itself is quite Tardis like, extending it’s footprint way beyond what you would infer from looking at the outside. Unfortunately it’s not at all traditional inside, and has been decorated in a bland, corporate style reminiscent of a Premier Inn or some similar chain. Even though we’re barely in to November, the pub was fully decked out with Christmas decorations.

Despite the size of the interior, it’s essentially all one open plan space, although segmented in to different areas by the use of some partitioning. Much of this partitioning includes glass display shelves containing champagne bottles, vases and other nic-nacs. There were a couple of old black and white photographs of the village on the wall, but these were very much in the minority and everything else was the same type of meaningless bits and pieces you might find in any chain pub. Décor wise, the paint colours were a mixture of aqua blue, mustard and burnt orange whilst the flooring was predominantly carpeted with some tiling by the bar and wood strip elsewhere. A few low leather sofas congregated around a plasma screen showing a sports channel formed something of a lounge area, but the majority of tables were taken by diners or reserved, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to find a seat, even on a Tuesday evening visit. The most interesting feature architecturally was a large vaulted room at one end with a fire-place in the end wall, although even this seemed a bit of a missed opportunity and didn’t have the character that it could have done.

Food wise, the menu offered an decent selection of pub grub dishes and was divided in to sections such as Pie Shop, Fish & Chips, Burgers and Favourites, and most of these were priced somewhere around the £7 - £10 range. There was also a small specials board, and I chose the Fish Pie with a Cheesy mash topping from here. It was ok, but not especially tasty and there was rather a lot of mash in relation to the fish. It seemed a little expensive for £10.49 I thought, and the accompanying vegetables were an unusual selection and may not be to everyone’s taste – carrot, red onion and sprouts.

Beers on tap were Hobgoblin, Adnams Broadside and London Pride, whilst a fourth pump had sold out. The solitary cider was Aspall’s Suffolk. Overall, there was nothing at all wrong with this pub, and certainly the staff were all friendly, but I have to say it’s not really my sort of place.

On 12th November 2014 - rating: 6
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