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Click the map for tourism ideas Northamptonshire, essentially an agricultural county, has an undulating terrain on which livestock raising predominates. The principal town of Northampton has a long history of shoemaking. Thatch and stone were used in the construction of local villages, and medieval towns like Oundle are worth visiting. The abundance of parish churches and stately country homes, such as Althorp House and Deene Park, has contributed to Northamptonshire's reputation as the county of 'spires and squires'.
Black Horse
Nassington, Peterborough, Northamptonshire PE8 6QU. Tel: 01780 782324
15th-century coaching inn with a warm, welcoming atmosphere serving a good choice of food. Close to Nene Valley Railway and Rutland Water.
Bulls Head
Harborough Road, Clipston, Northamptonshire LE16 9RT. Tel: 01289 525268
Amazing 17th Century inn with old beams and antique furniture with a stunning variety of whiskies and a wide range of ales. There is a tradition started by airmen in World War II of placing coins in the cracks of the inn's beams. Food comes highly recommended.
Fawsley Hall Hotel
Fawsley, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 3BA. Tel: 01327 892000
posh country house hotel
Kings Arms
Main Street, Farthingstone, Northamptonshire NN12 8EZ. Tel: 01327 361604
Kings Head
Church Street, Wadenhoe, Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5ST. Tel: 01832 720024
Dating back to 1662 the King's Head is a lovely thatched inn located on the banks of the River Nene. Good reputation for food and ale.
Red Lion Inn
52 Main Street, Crick, Northamptonshire NN6 7TX. Tel: 01604 822342
17th Century thatched inn located adjacent to Junction 18 of the M1 and approximately 9 miles from the site of the battle of Naseby.
Shuckburgh Arms

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Stoke Doyle, Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5TG. Tel: 01832 272339
17th century stone built inn with Chesterfield sofas and an inglenook fireplace. Good home-cooked food and cask ales are served and can be followed by a game of traditional Northamptonshire skittles or table skittles. Stoke Doyle is amazingly twinned with Barcelona !
Star Inn
Manor Road, Sulgrave, Northamptonshire OX17 2SA. Tel: 01295 760389
17th century Ivy clad village Inn 6 miles from Banbury
The Bell
High Street, Little Addington, Northamptonshire NN14 4BD. Tel: 01933 651700
Good quality home cooked food.
The Boat
Bridge Road, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 7SB. Tel: 01604 862428
Lovely 17th century thatched honey-coloured limestone inn which sits right beside the famed Grand Union canal - try your hand at the traditional Northamptonshire game of hood skittles.
The Chequered Skipper

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Ashton, Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5LD. Tel: 01832 273494
Wonderful thatched pub in a village which only has one road in. The pub sign is made out of nails and is worth a visit alone. The Chequered Skipper is also the venue for the World Conker Championships, held in October. Although Oak beamed and flagstone floored the Skipper has all that you would expect from a modern contempory inn such as being Wi-Fi enabled. The Chequered Skipper offers high quality food using local suppliers along with a range of real ales.
Tollemache Arms
High Street, Harrington, Northamptonshire NN6 9NU. Tel: 01206 710469
Thatched 16th Century inn located West of Kettering just off the A14. Real ales and a good food selection.
Vane Arms
Main Street, Sudborough, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 3BX. Tel: 01832 733223
Superb thatched village inn with a wide range of real ales.