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In the village of Barton Seagrave, just outside Kettering, this community pub provides the local populace a meeting place and hub for various events throughout the year.
They offer a full menu of pub grub from Wednesdays to Sundays when they have a traditional roast dinner which is great. During the week, you can feast on steak, lasagne and burgers or indulge in the dessert selection of ice creams, crumbles and cakes.
Whether you choose to sit in the bar or the lounge there is free wi-fi available for those who want to keep up to date with WeekendNotes while supping an ale, of which they have a selection. The dark and rewarding Reverend James was the guest beer on last time we visited but they also offer IPA and London Pride.
In the bar, there are pool tables, a dart board and televisions showing all the latest football on ESPN and Sky Sports while the lounge is a bit more sedate. If you are lucky you'll be able to get a cushioned seat in the "pig pen", a nickname with dim origins for the corner booth.
On Sunday nights they have a pub quiz or music quiz which is great fun and surprisingly tricky while Thursdays mark Jazz night where the likes of "All That Jazz" play to an appreciative crowd. We came here after my Grandad's funeral and although at first the music may have seemed a little inappropriate he had always been a big jazz fan and it lightened the mood for the family to celebrate his passing.
They also have other bands playing occasionally and the "Wildfire Sessions" Open Mic night on Wednesdays where musicians can show off their acoustic skills.
The pub has dogs and cats in residence and they are friendly to visiting pets as well. There is a large car park out the front and a beer garden at the side for those balmy Northamptonshire summer evenings. It was awarded the "Pub in Bloom" East Midlands division award in 2011, beating 186 other pubs to the title.