Atmospheric and beer-led pub just south of the town centre. The decent cask ale selection focuses on local-ish breweries such as Phipps (Iím sitting below a stained-glass Phipps NBC Star), and there are also three Oakham taps, one of which is a new tick for me. Condition is superb. Keg not up to much although they do have a dedicated Kwak tap. While this pub may not be the undisputed top beer pub in Northampton (as seemed to be the case 10-15 years ago), it does what it does well and certainly worth visiting.
Popped in on a hot, sunny Thursday evening in June after a brisk 10 min walk from station. Large single room with 2 banks of handpulls dispensing an interesting array of cask beer from around the UK. Beer I had was in good conditiob. Staff seemed friendly. Nice place and a nice looking pub.
Great selection of real ales, friendly atmosphere, regular beer festivals. The Best pub in Northampton
Fin (1081) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | June 8, 2014
We (me, Loz, Bob & Bill) visited here on Saturday 7th June 2014 on Bobs mini tour of Northamptons finest beer establishments. The Malt Shovel was our last stop of the day in Northampton it was a bit of a trek from the Garabaldi and occupies an island of land surrounded by busy roads and in the shadow of the imposing Carlsberg factory. It was about 18:20 when we arrived and the pub was already buzzing with the late Saturday afternoon & the start of the evening crowds. I didnít explore it too much but it appeared to be a good sized single room pub with the bar on the right hand wall as you enter, in fact I would describe it as a fairly traditional one room pub. Beer paraphanalia was spread around, old beer trays, bottles etc. Beer choice was pretty reasonable with some usual suspects from Oakham, Nobbys and London Fields. The staff were a friendly bunch and whilst I liked the place I didnít like it as much as the Garabaldi.
Visisted a number of times - largely mid 00ís prior to a curroi in Nípton.
10 or so minutes walk from the rail station in the shadows of the Shitsberg brewery.
Trad pub with a longish bar (to the right as you enter) offering a good 10 or so cask lines comprising microís from neighbouring counties and further afield.
Wooden floors, tables/chairs.
Pleasant and prompt service.
I nipped in for a half while waiting for "Kwick-Fit" to fit a couple of tyres (3+ hours!) Not my first time of course, itís the place for real ale in Northampton. Many bottled Belgian beers and enough hand pumps to keep the tickers happy including Frog Island beers which are brewed just up the road.
Popular pub just outside of the centre, itís only a 5 minute walk. There is a good selection of local beers, it acts as the Brewery tap for Great Oakley, it retains a good pubby atmosphere and manages to avoid the circuit pub syndrome. Lots of choice and lots going on. Saturday afternoon is a good time to visit when supporters of visiting sports teams are around, buzzing.
I frequently drop into this pub after visiting my sister who lives locally.. In terms of cellarmanship, I would say that it can not be beaten. So many pubs with half the number of ales on offer canít turn them over swiftly enough to guarentee quality. I never feel that I am taking a gamble when I order any pint here. This pub alone makes Northampton a worthwhile drinking destination. Unlike many íscoopersí pubs itís spotlessly clean and comfortable in all respects (so WAGs are unlikely to object).