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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: 5.9/10 (rated by 9 users)
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The Shire Horse was my final stop in Northamptonshire and was a real wild card. It hasn't been in the Good Beer Guide since 2010 and I wasn't sure what to expect. But it's under new ownership and has an impressive row of 15 handpulls. Not all are occupied by ales. Some were unclipped and ciders were included along the length of the bar too. But the selection was Wychwood Hobgoblin & Hobgoblin Gold, Brakspear Oxford Gold, Thwaite's Wainwright, Marston's EPA, Thornbridge Wild Swan, St Austell Tribute, Old England King George III & J Church Gold Testament. Ciders were Lilley's Mango Cider & Lemon & Lime Cider & Lyme Bay Jack Ratt Scrumpy & Jack Ratt Vintage Dry. There was a lively atmosphere here and a band was setting up. Most people seemed to know one another and there were kids too. The interior is fairly spartan. But there is also a garden at the rear. Well deserved 8/10 from me and one to watch.
blue_scrumpy - 31 Jul 2017 21:20
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 d�cor 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

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