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The Shire horse, Kettering - pub details

Address: 18 Newland Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8JH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29752) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Kettering (0.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.6/10 (rated by 8 users)
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To begin I was tentative about entering this pub as the exterior is not welcoming, I also felt rather intimidated upon entering as the locals were crowded around the bar and pool table. These fears soon subsided however, as I received a warm welcome from locals and friendly service from the young barman. I opted for the Burton Ale, and must say I was very impressed, excellent quality and presentation and at £2.60 not over priced. I had only planned to stay for one, but the atmosphere and beer quality led me to indulge in 2 further pints. I will say at this point that there were a lot of banter and crude jokes flying about, however they were done in very good spirits and I was not offended. The final pint I had did come cloudy, however the barman was very quick to noticed and changed it with a fresh pint without me even needing to ask! That’s a rarity these days!! Overall this is a quality, traditional boozer which pays more attention to good beer, service and atmosphere than it does to décor and in my eyes that’s what a PUB should be! The Shire Horse is not trying to be anything its not. I shall return when I am next in the area.
danthompson - 3 Apr 2010 18:38
Tired, rundown atmosphere, indifferent and not-exactly-welcoming service, cloudy pint of Burton (as a non-local visiting for the first time, I got the distinct feeling that querying its quality would not be a good idea)......this may have been a good no-nonsense boozer once upon a time, but it's gone badly to seed. What's it still doing in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide?
E17Bee - 5 Feb 2010 14:17
Years since I last drank Burton, so worth a visit on that basis alone. Apart from that, didn't like it.
Wilson_MacDonald - 25 Jan 2009 11:14
Somewhat intimidating. Uninviting exterior, bare interior dominated by locals crowded round the bar, and the pool table (though the players seemed perfectly inoffensive on my visit.) Not exactly welcoming, but a good pint of Burton which seems a rarity nowadays.
mpeteracmoor - 23 Dec 2008 21:39
went in on a Saturday lunch pre-football on the basis of its Good Beer Guide listing and had a good cheap pint of Tetley (a rare find) for £2 so can't complain...but at the back around the pool table was dismayed to hear some fairly crude and racist banter which really spoilt the experience...if I was the landlord or manager I wouldn't put up with it!
jeremyb - 21 Nov 2008 06:18

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