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Beer of the Week (w/e 10th November 2019) with Thuck Phat on the Pub Forum

Olde England, Kingsley Park, Northampton

Pub added by michael furn
118 Kettering Road
Northampton
NN1 4BP

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Moby Duck left this review about Olde England

Quirky three level pub, street level, cellar and upstairs, the downstairs section was closed on our visit and the servery was basically serving hatch upstairs, there was numerous beers on, at least ten from stillage, my Hydes Lowery was very good, the bar maid gave a couple of our group a tour of the downstairs room despite it being closed and it was a very interesting space with lots of nooks and cranny's with secluded seating.
Back upstairs more dark wood and seating areas on the street level area, upstairs is a more basic room but full of curios like suits of armor and mounted Boar and Deer heads, paintings and pictures of interest. A bit of a hike from the train station but more than worth the effort.

On 6th May 2018 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about Olde England

A lovely three level pub (from a shop conversion) on a street corner. The bar (the only one that we noticed, anyway) is downstairs (somewhat smelly with quarry tile floor), with seating on all three levels. Three ales on here that I could see, Vale Gravitas, Ringwood and Church Brewing, the latter of which was in good shape. It appears that more available elsewhere down here but in the crowded scrum post-football we must have missed them. We took our seat in the ground floor (aka the mid-section room) which had wood panelling, wood seating. All-in-all it’s a quirky place that certainly demands a visit when in Northampton and I think I must have missed a chunk of the fun via an upstairs bar so I will definitely be back.

On 13th August 2016 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Olde England

We too enjoyed our visit here, and it was only a five minute walk from the Lamplighter. You enter the pub through a corner entrance into a ground floor seating area. The cellar bar was shut on our visit, most probably as it was a mid week. The first floor consisted of the kitchen on the left at the top of the stairs and on the right there was a small serving hatch and behind this, was their cold room. There was a front lounge area with long wooden tables and robust wooden chairs. There was also a small wood burning stove at one end throwing out plenty of heat.
The young barman was friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the beers. There were 14 ales on the beer board on this visit. We tried Pot Belly Hoptrotter, Crouch Vale Gold, Purple Moose Resolution and Great Oakley Welland Valley Mild, an excellent mild may I add. The prices here were good, around the £2.75 a pint mark.

On 2nd March 2015 - rating: 9
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Thuck Phat left this review about Olde England

The Olde England has been operating as a pub for a year or two and has built up a good reputation. I'd been advised to visit both for the ale selection and the uniqueness of the pub.
It certainly is unusual. You enter into a small room with wood clad walls, wooden floor boards and heavy rustic type furniture all kept warm by a large and efficient log burner. There isn't a bar though. Ahead is a narrow staircase which takes you past the kitchen and the bar is then a small hatch off the corridor which leads to the main upstairs room. This is rectangular and again fitted out with heavy rustic furniture and a warming log burner and was set up for eating on our visit as I'd guess is usual. I only caught a glimpse of the short but interesting menu but it was certainly proving popular on a Tuesday evening.
The beer upstairs is on stillage with the only indication of what's available being pump clips stuck on the wall. Given that the 15 or so available ales at the upstairs bar are predominantly from local micros, a board with some sort of brief description may be useful but maybe the beer turns over too regularly to make this a practical option.
There is also a staircase, to your right on entry, which leads down to the cellar where there is the only conventional bar in the pub although the 10 handpumps are behind a glass window to your right. There's another rectangular room down here which doesn't follow the theme of the rest of pub but is decorated with various pictures in keeping with the theme.
The welcome's warm here and the pub seems to be staffed by knowledgable real ale enthusiasts, some complete with luxuriant beards. Games are readily available and there are packs of cards left on some of the tables.
BEER: As mentioned, the bar upstairs has 15 constantly changing local micros on which included beers from Julian Church (Kettering), Nobbys (Guilsborough), Potbelly (Kettering), Frog Island (Northampton) and Whittlebury (Whittlebury) as well as from Growler and Milestone further afield.
The cellar bar has 10 handpumps which on our visit were taken up with: Adnams Broadside, Dow Bridge (Catthorpe) Praetorian Porter, Castle Eden Ale, Oakham Bishops Farewell and JHB, Nobby's Guilsborough Gold, Newby Wyke Bear Island, Youngs Best and Vale Gravitas and Brill Gold. More of a national bias than the upstairs bar but with a couple of local brews thrown in.
I tried the J. Church Cained and Unable upstairs and Praetorian Porter downstairs both of which were very good but the selection is incredible and includes some very good beers.
I'd recommend a visit for both the range of ales and a look at the imaginative way that this former shop has been transformed. I'll certainly visit again for the beer and perhaps to try the food.

On 12th March 2014 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Olde England

A highly unusual shop conversion at the edge of town with a vast selection of real ale and very popular for food.You enter into a small ground floor room,wood panelled and on different levels with traditional pub furniture but no sign of any bar.The steep stairs lead to the first floor kitchen ,loos and a small serving alcove where the selection of ales is noted by pump clips on the wall,on my trip 15 with 5 coming soon.Polypins are used up here but you cant see the stillage,the barman simply hands you your selection,which up here is dominated by Northamptonshire micros with multiple offerings from Potbelly,Nobby's,Whittlebury,Julian Church and Frog Island available on my trip.The room beyond the serving alcove has a wood burner and several large wooden tables many with reserved signs for the diners,so food can dominate in this section.We slipped back to the ground floor with it's nooks and crannies and another very warming wood burner.
However it is important to descend down to the cellar bar,if it is open,for this is where the better selection of real ale exists drawn from 10 handpumps.The bearded barman was very knowledgeable and explained that his selection here was more dominated by "national "brands by which he meant not brewed in Northamptonshire !There is seating in a seperate section in the cellar where a flatscreen on the wall was off,and pictures of olde England adorned the walls.Eclectic rock tracks were playing at a reasonable volume,there are loos down here and a very charming little alcove but the lack of heating was an issue on a night when few people were populating the cellar,it all felt a bit gothic.
Needless to say ale quality was top notch,I really enjoyed my Nobby's Ralph Revenge (upstairs) and Dow Bridge Praetorian Porter and Oakham Bishops Farewell (cellar),it's in the 2014 GBG.
This pub is really unique and must be visited when in Northampton.By all accounts it gets very popular at weekends,and booking for food seems wise.I am hard pressed to think of any other pub with such a wide real ale choice,it's like a permanent beer festival.

On 6th March 2014 - rating: 9
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