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The Countryman, Daventry

Daventry Road
Postal town: Daventry
NN11 6JH
Phone: 01327311815
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Nick Davies left this review about The Countryman

Very pleasant main road pub unchanged since BF's visit, though I would say that the WhatPub description gushes somewhat. Covid regs mean just one table in the bar, which we nabbed, though there's plenty of space round the back. Friendly service of a spot-on Church End bitter, I forget which, and we felt perfectly safe.

It's not a letter home pub, but does what it sets out to do perfectly well. The village, back turned to the bypass, is a delight to nose around before sampling the beer.

On 9th October 2020 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Countryman

Old stone building with a good sized car park on the main road,this pub has been modernised inside and is now very food orientated.You enter into the tap room,and this is the area if you just want a drink.There is a small fireplace here,sadly unlit on a cold day,and traditional furniture both sides of the central chimney column.There is exposed stonework throughout the interior ,but wall decorations are sparse,mainly old photos and prints of the area and country life.Beyond the bar there is a very large dining room,which extends past a fireplace into two rear sections.Tables here are set for diners,who quickly arrived after opening.
The bar sports 3 handpumps serving Church End Cuthberts,Bombardier and a decent Adnams Ghost Ship.The food is good with an extensive menu of sandwiches,light bites and mains with a long list of daily specials.Most mains are north of £10,but the quality justified the price point.
The welcome was very friendly but with bland muzak chuntering away,there is not much pub atmosphere.A good pit stop,maybe not enough on the ale front for an extended session despite it's inclusion in the 2019 GBG.

On 13th December 2018 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Countryman

The Countryman is a fine village free house on the Daventry Road in the village of Staverton
Like a lot of village pubs it has moved to focus on dry sales to make a living and it is building quite a reputation for its restaurant.
The original stone built pub building now makes up the bar area with its large central brick fireplace, and comfortable lounge seating to the left and right of the serving area. And the building has been much extended over the years and the restaurant section is now in the two roomed area behind the bar with the original exterior stone pub wall now forming the interior wall to the restaurant.
The Countryman is a free house and has three regularly changing real ales, usually from smaller local breweries. For our visit, as well as CW Bombardier, Wagtail from Great Oakley and What the foxes Hat from the Church End Brewery were on and these latter two were tested and found to be excellently kept.
We chose to eat here (which I can recommend as the better option if staying in the DeVere Hotel just up the road) and the menu sits in that space certainly above standard pub grub but just below a typical full blown Gastro menu, and although there are still references to the dreaded “rustic breads” and “jus”, the time honoured pub classics like cod and chips and steak and ale pie are all included. For what we had the quality and flavours certainly justified the price level above normal standard pub fare. As did the service, which was friendly and attentive, despite it being a full house in the restaurant section.
As well as the restaurant being full, there was a lively crowd of locals in the bar just for the beer and it was really good to see a village pub performing so well and long may it remain to do so.

On 19th November 2013 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Old Boots
Long Buckby, 6.91 miles, 2 hr 13 min walk (show)
Rugby, 10.62 miles, 3 hr 25 min walk (show)
Northampton, 15.1 miles, 4 hr 51 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Countryman, Staverton
9th Oct 2020, 09:20
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies
9th Oct 2020, 09:20
Review submitted by Nick Davies amended by Nick Davies

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  • Car Park : Yes last updated 13 December 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - In bar area - last updated 13 December 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 December 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 13 December 2018 by Bucking Fastard
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