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The Wharf Inn, Northampton

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Welford Wharf
Postal town: Northampton
Phone: 01858575075

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Nick Davies left this review about The Wharf Inn

An interesting early nineteenth-century building with splendid (and hopefully unused) fortifications added later. Inside it is all traditional, with a small lower room out of use when we visited, and a larger bar up a couple of stairs, then a canteeny dining room further on. Best bit is the lovely garden outside by the river which I guess feeds the canal basin a few yards away.

It's in the GBG and very much into real ale, with a changing selection of mainly local brews: the Pheasantry PA we sampled was top notch.

Well worth seeking out.

On 20th May 2018 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about The Wharf Inn

Enjoyed Gundog Jack Spaniels and Titanic Plum Porter in this popular bar which we visited while on a CAMRA trip in the area. Different drinking and eating areas inside, and will be popular with walkers .

On 31st August 2016 - rating: 8
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Wharf Inn

The Wharf is a GBG pub, with garden area, situated at the end of the Welford Arm. This was opened in 1814 and as the pub was formerly called the George Inn, it would suggest a compatible date. The Arm fed the limekilns that once stood behind the pub. The pub itself is part of a long row of buildings, but the frontage of the pub has been rendered in white and given a crenelated look, with a projecting full-hight porch. The interior has a couple of rooms, but the small 'Canal Room' was closed and seemed to be filled with stuff. The main room is part-partitioned by a fireplace feature. The back part is the dining area, with the front part acting as the bar/lounge. We didn't eat so cant comment on that. There was no TV and there was no music. The decor was cream and undressed brick. The walls had varios pictures and they do have music nights (Jazz was the one advertised). The service was fine and the clientele seemed to be local - although boats were at the wharf. Beer; usual stuff with five handpuls that included: Pedigree, St Austell's Proper Job, Newby Wyke Red Squirrel and a class Potbelly Beijing Black. A great pub and definitely one to visit - would love to return

On 2nd April 2014 - no rating submitted
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Wharf Inn

It's a proper boozer The Wharf and is used and prized by locals, boaters and passing visitors alike.
Although the menu is standard pub grub, there are specials listed which tend to be more adventurous and included crab salad and rabbit pie on our visit. Both very good. There is a large restaurant area which you need to walk through the bar to get to but don't be deceived into thinking this place is all about the food.
Yes the food is good and there's a dedicated area for eating but the life of the pub is in the bar, which is open all day and where you will always find a friendly soul or two for a chat. On busier evenings discussion easily becomes general. A proper village pub.
On our visit there were 5 beers on with a reversed Pedigree pump clip on the last handpump. Pedigree is usually available but on our visit beers were: Potbelly Beijing Black, Bass, TT Landlord, Oakham Inferno and Slaters Queen Bee. I tried most of these and all were good and in excellent nick.
Well worth a visit for a decent pint, something to eat or a gentle bit of banter.

On 2nd April 2013 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Wharf Inn

This canalside building was part of the wharf at the end of the Welford Branch,and it has an unusual castellated tower visible from the road but by all accounts this is a folly.The interior is well worn,with the main tap room up a few steps with a semicircular bar to the right and a few tables and chairs to the left with a double sided central fireplace in brick serving both this area and the large dining room to the rear.At the lower level there is a locked door to the The Canal Room,a cozy snug with it's own fireplace and bar access,sadly it is only used occasionally as a restaurant overflow.It's begging to be used and could be a real feature if the fireplace could be brought back to use.There is a very large pub garden with a tent which hosts occasional beer festivals.
There is waitress service in the restaurant,while the bar is well used by the large community of liveaboard boaters;the atmosphere is bohemian and several dogs were with their owners on my trip.It's easy to get chatting with the locals with much yarning about diesel engines and steelwork and there was a very friendly welcome from the barman who also exhibited a sound knowledge about ale.
There were six handpumps in this freehouse and my Oakham Inferno (£3) was in top condition as were the other brews sampled by the crew.There is a good ale rotation policy with an Oakham generally on ,so this is one of the best watering holes in the area,and the best canalside pub for many a long mile.
The food was also spot on ,great cooking skills from the chef who offers a standard pub menu together with seasonal specials.My rabbitt pie and mash was rich and succulent and well worth the £9.
This is an old school boozer with a friendly community atmosphere,a dying breed these days and so highly recommended by me.

On 23rd March 2013 - rating: 8
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Ga Andrews left this review about The Wharf Inn

Visited Evening of 19th September 2011.
At last a Proper canal side pub, this is well worth the 1 hours meandering up the Welford arm of the Leicester Grand Union. The bar area was full of locals when we entered all having a good time, the restaurant gradually became full over the 1st hour, including a bikers group reviewing their Triumph and Norton’s festival. A very happy atmosphere and surprisingly busy for a Monday Night.
Real ales on offer, Pedigree, Slaters Premium Bitter, Oakham Bishops Farewell, Southwold Bitter, Gainsborough Gold and 10/50.
Decoration is modest but clean cream washed walls, with exposed brick work in areas, old fashioned pub bar chairs, stools and tables. Well lit restaurant area but where we were sat was rather dim in the corner of the bar.
We enjoyed from the pub grub menu Chilli Con Carne, Pan Fried Sardines and Scampi and chips all at a very good price of 7.95, really good food

On 4th October 2011 - rating: 8
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