Individual place with cosy traditional interior, carefully prepared food and lovely garden
The good pub guide review
This charming and quirky pub, run by the same couple for more than 25 years, attracts plenty of chatty customers, creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The cosy flagstoned bar has a huge log fire, comfortable homely sofas and armchairs near the entrance, whisky-water jugs hanging from oak beams, and lots of pictures and decorative plates on the walls. A games room at the far end has darts, dominoes, cribbage, Northamptonshire table skittles and board games. The ever-changing beers are kept in top condition and might include Harveys Sussex Best, St Austell Trelawny and Woodfordes Wherry on handpump; also local ciders, gins and a short but decent wine list. Look out for the interesting newspaper-influenced décor in the outside gents'. The handsome gargoyled stone exterior is nicely weathered and very pretty in summer when the hanging baskets are at their best. There are seats on a tranquil terrace among plant-filled, painted tractor tyres and recycled art, and they've recorded over 200 species of moth and 20 different butterflies in the garden. This is a picturesque village and good walks nearby include the Knightley Way. It's worth calling ahead to check the opening and food times.
The good pub guide food review
Served at weekend lunchtimes only, popular food includes sandwiches and baguetttes, cheese platters, filled yorkshire puddings, casseroles, and puddings such as gingerbread with hot maple syrup, and meringues.
Kings Arms, Main Street, Farthingstone, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8EZ
Weekdays: 6:30-10.30 Tues-Thurs; 6.30-11.30 Fri