1. The George Hotel            9. The Robin Hood

2. The Cherry Tree               10. The Prince of Wales

3. The Market Tavern           11. The Rising Sun

4. The Royal Hotel               12. The Swan

5. The Talbot                         13. The Angel

6. The Peacock                    14. The Alexandra Arms

7. The Three Cocks             15. The Queen

8. The Kings Arms                16. The Avenue


This guide is designed to steer all discerning Real Ale drinkers in the right direction. There are 32 pubs in Kettering, 26 of which serve traditional ale in a traditional manner. You can refer to the "What Makes Real Ale" section in this programme for precise definitions. However, for the purpose of this guide, we will use the following letters to advise you of the method of dispense:

HP = Handpump. 
E = Electric Pump.  G = Gravity

ALEXANDRA ARMS. Victoria Street.

Friendly local’s pub on inner ring road. Collection of ash trays and framed displays of beer mats adorn the walls. Lounge has many mirrors.

Full menu of snacks and meals. Darts, bar billiards and Shove Ha'penny. Beer garden at rear. Public bar and lounge.

Wilsons Bitter HP. Manns Bitter HP. Ushers Founders Ale HP

THE AVENUE. Russell Street.

Popular pub with small bar and large lounge. Close to the town centre.

Burton Ale HP. Ind Coope Bitter HP.

THE ANGEL. Carrington Street.

Back street pub near town centre with Bed and Breakfast accommodation available. Room for hire for functions holding 60 people. Two pool tables and darts. Snacks and meals available. Public bar and lounge both large.

Manns I.P.A. HP Manns Stag HP

THE BEESWING. Rockingham Road.

Modern Estate pub at north end of town with large busy bar and quieter lounge. Room for functions available.

Everards Old Original HP

THE BOWLING GREEN. Rockingham Road - next to Kettering Town F.C.

The 'Bowling Green' forms part of the "Kettering Snooker and Squash Club" but does not carry the same licensing arrangements. This is the only bar open to the general public. Although the bar boasts a handpump, this is no longer in use. Courage Best Bitter is served by gravity with the barrel tucked away in a small side cellar. A handpump is occasionally used in the club bar, however, this is for members and guests only. Food available. Pub games.

Courage Best Bitter G

CHERRY TREE. Sheep Street.

Upholding the good Charles Wells name, the Cherry is a convenient watering hole near the bus station. Rooms are small, sometimes draughty in winter but beer invariably excellent. K-Tel tapes playing all night but good selection of crisps nuts etc. available to drown this out.

Charles Wells: Eagle HP Bombardier HP


Large Estate pub with busy bar and large comfortable lounge with potted plants.

Home Bitter E

GEORGE HOTEL, Sheep Street

Large, pleasant hotel with two lounges and one bar. Busy and popular with young people.

Springfield Bitter HP

KING'S ARMS. Lower Street.

Modernised one roomed free house near town centre. Food available lunchtimes. Live music a regular feature. No pub games. Beware the mini-Sam Smiths handpump - it's fizz. Large extension under construction. Outside drinking area.

Wilsons Bitter HP. Ushers Founders Ale HP. Whitbread Castle Eden HP.

Greene King I.P.A. HP. Marston’s Pedigree HP.


Modern ‘L’ shaped pub on the Ise Village Estate, the second largest housing estate in Europe. Bar billiards, darts.

Courage Directors HP


Large bar with darts, pool, skittles. Plush lounge bar and restaurant.

Wilsons Original Bitter HP. Manns Bitter HP.

MARKET TAVERN. Sheep Street.

Typical Manns revamp that used to be called the 'New Inn'. Single room around island servery. Young person’s pub. Food lunchtimes and some evenings. Darts and pool.

Wilsons Bitter HP.

MELTON ARMS. Melton Street.

Friendly back-street pub, built like a good pub should be. Emphasis on good beer and good pub games with no frills. If you enjoy darts, pool or cards with your beer, you will find the Melton caters for the basics and has a friendly down-to-earth aspect.

Watneys Stag HP. Manns Bitter HP. Bulmer Cider HP.



Kettering's newest pub; also the only outlet for real mild. Has split level lounge. Pool and darts in separate area of bar. Meals available lunchtimes and some evenings.

Shipstones Mild E. Shipstones Bitter E.

РЕАСОСК INN. Lower Street.

Large lounge catering for young persons. Small basic public bar, darts.

Springfield Bitter E.

PRINCE OF WALES (P.O.W.) Job's Yard, Dalkeith Place.

Once described in the National "Good Beer Guide" as a "boisterous back-street pub" and that's just what it is! Renowned for its excellent Bass. Skittles, darts, pool and piano - but beware, to offer 'Horace' a pint could prove very expensive! Note the large collection of key rings. Food available.

Bass (1043) E

THE QUEEN. Queen Street.

Fine back-street pub with good beer tradition upheld by recent research. Basic pub games and juke box available. Rooms cosy.

Watneys Stag HP. Manns Bitter HP. Bulmer Cider HP.

RISING SUN. Silver Street

Bikers type pub, specialising in live heavy rock music. Pool.

Wilsons Original Bitter HP. Draught Cider

ROYAL HOTEL. High Street.

Several handpumps but only Marston's Pedigree and Adam's Bitter available at time of survey. Beers liable to change frequently. Carvery at lunchtimes. Hotel under refurbishment at time of festival.

Marston’s Pedigree HP. Adnams Southwold Bitter HP.

THE PIPER. Windmill Avenue.

Recently modernised pub. Bar is really a games room with pool table and darts.

Ushers Founders Ale HP. Wilsons Original Bitter HP

ROBIN HOOD. Northall Street.

Always sold "Scrumpy" cider long before the days of CAMRA. Maintains a regular strong fraternity. Saturday night music and singing. Pool darts.

Manns Bitter HP. Bulmers Cider HP.

THE SWAN. Montagu Street.

Drastically altered into one long lounge bar catering for the younger generation. Pink and red decor. Even has a red pool tab: Bar snacks available.

Manns Bitter HP.

TALBOT HOTEL. Meadow Road.

Popular town pub with friendly atmosphere. Copper top bar, pool & darts.

Marston’s Pedigree HP. Marston’s Burton HP. Merrie Monk HP. Mercian Mild HP



THREE COCKS. Lower Street.

Popular local, near town centre. Snacks and meals usually lunch: only. Functions room for hire holding 80 people. Darts and bar billiards for the gamesters. Very sporty pub with football being major topic of conversation. Tastefully re-decorated inside. Pub bar and lounge.

Marston’s Capital Ale HP. Marston’s Pedigree HP


Originally built as a club, became pub in 1930's. Recently modernised. Caters largely for younger trendy set. Open all day for t coffee, snacks etc. Snooker room upstairs.

Everards Bitter HP. Everards Tiger HP. Everards Old Original HP

THE WOOLCOMBER. St. John's Road.

Modern estate pub. Very popular with locals. Second pub to be b on this large housing estate.

Home Bitter E

Also, worth a mention (cider only)

SHIRE HORSE. Newland Street.

Typical old town pub isolated by modern day developers. Most buildings nearby are either empty or demolished, leaving the Shire alone. Traditional cider has progressed to a handpump from former days when a flagon of scrumpy stood on the bar.

Bulmer Cider HP.










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