The Victorian Barn is a beautifully converted barn which provides a high standard of self-…
The Red Lion
“A real passion for good wine”
Now refurbished, the interior of this friendly 300-year-old free house is an appealing blend of contemporary and classic decor, with oak beams, leather upholstery and woodburners. Andrew and Sarah Banks have built a loyal following here thanks to their special passion for wine: over 200 bins appear on the list, 20 labels are served by the glass, and an annual wine festival is a high point in the pub’s busy calendar. After tasting, all wines can be bought at take-home prices, avoiding the guesswork of supermarket purchases. The monthly-changing and reasonably priced menu is served throughout, and could feature devilled whitebait, or pork belly and black pudding bites; fish pie with cheesy mash or an 8oz sirloin with hand-cut chips; and caramelised orange cheesecake or treacle sponge and custard.
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About the area
Northamptonshire is a mainly rural county of gentle beauty, with farmland, forest and great country estates. Rivers, canals and meadows are all part of the tranquil scene, providing a haven for wildlife.
This is a great area for walking, touring and exploring villages of stone and thatch. There are also some impressive Saxon churches at Brixworth and Earls Barton. Northampton is the county town, and along with Kettering, has long been associated with the production of footwear. Kettering was the second largest town until it was overtaken by the rapid development of Corby as a major centre of the steel industry.
Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is set in Northamptonshire, although it seems that Austen never actually visited the county. Other famous connections include the poet John Dryden (1631-1700) who was born in the tiny village of Aldwincle; King Richard III (1452-1485) born at Fotheringhay Castle; and American revolutionaries George Washington (1732-1799), whose family came from Sulgrave Manor, and Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) whose father was born in another tiny Northamptonshire village called Ecton.
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