Old Kings Head

2, Harbidges Lane
Long Buckby
NN6 7QL
Telephone(01327) 842680
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Opening times: Closed Mon; 12-2.30, 5-11 Tue-Thu; 12-11 Fri-Sat; 12-10.30 Sun
Regular beers: Everards Beacon Hill, Everards Tiger, Everards --varies--

Rescued from almost certain oblivion by Everard's Brewery in the summer of 2014, this was formerly a struggling Punch leasehold that had seen no investment for decades. The brewery has invested a lot of time and money in transforming the place from a run down tatty pub into a classic village local with tenants who have demonstrated a real commitment to the community by providing a truly welcoming environment, complete with good beer, good food and a cosy atmosphere. The quiz nights on Sunday have proved very popular and are often highly amusing! The thatched building itself must be one of the oldest in the village and probably dates back to the 17th century. It retains two bars, and the former public on the left has been beautifully restyled into a comfy snug. The L-shaped main bar on the right has very low ceilings (so beware!), leading to a small restaurant (which doubles as a function area). Up to three guest ales complement the three Everard's regulars and real cider is always available. An old photograph reveals that this was once a Hopcraft & Norris tied house and the beers would originally have been brewed at nearby Buckby Wharf. It was later to become part of the large Phipps estate, which in turn succumbed to Watneys in the 1960's. Fortunately, this pub was spared much of the internal structural devastation wreaked during that period. It is well worth a visit to see how the fortunes of a once failing pub have been so comprehensively turned around. It is a rather pleasant irony that the revived Phipps/NBC ales are now quite often featured on the bar. There is a 10% discount for CAMRA members on all guest ales. Recently judged CAMRA Northamptonshire Rural Pub of the Year 2016, with previous awards including Good Beer Guide 2017 (the first ever entry for a Long Buckby pub in the GBG); CAMRA Northants, Rural Pub of The Season Autumn 2016; Winner of Best Rural Pub, the Northamptonshire Food and Drinks Awards 2015;