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The County Tavern, Northampton - pub details

Address: 220 Abington Avenue, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 4PR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1551) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Northampton (1.9 miles)

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After a short closure the County has re-opened after a facelift. There is actually a sign outside now and a name on the wall.

Lot of re-decoration, new furniture, new lights, new bars etc. Lighting still at low level.

TV screens now concentrated in games area which is retained.

4 beers on handpump in good condition (maybe less in future?).

The pub is to do food, although not in time for re-opening night which was much more crowded than usual. Remains to be seen how much the new popularity affects the "unique atmosphere" of the old place.
boblarkin - 29 Jan 2014 18:37
My views haven't changed much.

It is a funny place, dark, dingey, an ancient banner outside describing it as "newly refurbished" (or similar), which was some years ago, and no pub sign (missing for a few years).

But it is strangely OK. You don't exactly feel welcome, but certainly not unwelcome.

TV screens show 2 different sports channels (which doesn't exactly encourage conversation).

New "aquarium" is very minimalist.

1 to 3 real ales on. Always the same but a decent range and usually well kept and not expensive.

(When Australia were playing at the adjacent cricket ground they somehow managed to run out of real ale! But got it on for the next day).

boblarkin - 20 Sep 2009 23:00
Cliquey until you get known, that can take a while.
Several Plasma TV's with Sky Sport, no Sentana yet.
Good Ladies and Men's Skittle teams, Darts Team. Nice Locals of all walks of life. Excellent well trained bar staff, good cellar skills. Generally good beers but limited choice, cask ales can sometimes be variable quality, but usually OK. Best Guinness. Lighting very dull and depressing, don't try reading a paper without a torch. In need of a redecor but otherwise clean. No food, not even a cheese/ham roll. Good garden with children's play area. The best ever Smoking Shelter. Odd hints of hidden CCTV from some?? Self regulating pub so very little trouble. Swiftly dealt with when there is. Children allowed in daytime if behaved. Management can be bit odd, can insult customers but with humour, but oversteps the humour line sometimes. Been going here a few years since moving here from the smoke. Prices high-ish.
secretagent99 - 27 Oct 2008 15:24
WHen I was in Northampton in the early 90s the CT was notorious for giving short measure, which the then staff would defy customers to take or leave. Has it improved?
harfarhs - 31 Aug 2008 07:37
Having moved to the area, this is now my local. It's a good pub, it serves you what you ask for and there are telly's with Sky on, but that's about it. I like it as it's nice and quiet, usually.
itsfoisinnit - 13 Jul 2007 14:32

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