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“Proper Pub”
Review of Malt Shovel Tavern

Malt Shovel Tavern
Ranked #92 of 566 Restaurants in Northampton
Cuisines: British
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

We didn't eat here but had a few drinks mid week. Wide selection of real ales and a few speciality Belgian fruit beers were a nice surprise. It has a traditional feel to it and a cosy welcoming atmosphere. One of the few pubs/bars in Northampton I would actually recommend along with the Wig and Pen. Live music too.

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1  Thank TheMacs25
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

There are only a very few pubs I would visit in Northampton. This is one of the best. A real pub- the way pubs used to be but catering for the 21st Century. Great real ales with always plenty of choice and no obtrusive Muzak or gaming machines. Lovely old Northampton (and other) memorabilia. Big Rugby pub but not in your face. Matches shown at the rear so if you want a quiet drink you can have one (Wig & Pen - another great pub but please note). A minor gripe is locals sitting around the bar which makes it difficult to get served. A major gripe is the landlord (landlady a lovely lady). Mate you are hard work. If you really don't like people then stay in the background and let your lady do front of house at which she is superb.

3  Thank Malcthetalc
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

Although we live a couple of miles away, I count this as my local! A genuine old-fashioned pub with great beer and atmosphere. No fruit machines here thank god (or kids running riot) just a massive selection of great beers and good pub food. Super service and very relaxing. We love it - and the music scene on a Wednesday is great too if you like blues. Not often you see the locals playing cribbage anywhere these days. A slice of Olde England done superbly well.

1  Thank neillypie
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Probably the best real ale pub in Northampton
Food good too.
Helpful friendly staff, beers always kept to a very high standard
good music as well

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Reviewed 13 December 2012

Excellent atmosphere ,good food ,good ale ,helpful staff Even the Northampton supporters took their beating with grace!

Thank keirhardy
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