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The Malt Shovel Tavern

The home of real ale in Northampton

The Malt Shovel Tavern has been specialising in real ales for more than 20 years and has won many awards, including Northampton's community pub of the year and Northamptonshire CAMRA Pub of the Year.  We've got a great selection of award-winning real ales, single malt whiskies, Belgian bottled beers and continental lagers to tempt you, as well as a great line-up of local, regional and national blues talent. What you won't find is a pool table, jukebox or fruit machines - just a great place to relax and enjoy a good drink!

This week's events & the latest news from The Malt Shovel Tavern

Come join the team!!

Cook/Chef Looking for a new challenge?? Our well established kitchen is a key part of the Malt Shovel Tavern & we want to ensure we deliver great freshly cooked food and a friendly, welcoming service & are looking for passionate & energetic team members to join us in our kitchen.…

Enjoy a pint of Sam smiths here!!

Samuel Smiths beer & cider range proves very popular with our customers, why not give it a try when your next in..

Homecooked food served daily

Monday – Friday 12-3pm Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm Snack bar menu & daily specials board all home cooked using locally sourced, fresh produce.


We cant wait for our gin festival week which is packed full of exciting events and of course lots of super, unique gins !

This week...

Coming Up

Meet the Brewer

Thursday, 28 June - 7pm

Tutored tasting with Bateman's Head Brewer. Tickets £10. Limited availability so book soon at the bar.

Gin Festival

2-8 July

150 + gins and live music. Watch the website for details.

Coming up at the Malt Shovel Tavern

The Travelling Riverside Blues Band
A gutsy mix of original and old blues covers ...
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The Travelling Riverside Blues Band

"Gin & Tapas" Tutored tasting with Warner Edwards Distillery
We can't wait to kick of our Gin festival with ...
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“Gin & Tapas” Tutored tasting with Warner Edwards Distillery

Wimbledon Wednesday - Day 2 of our Gin festival
Day 2 of our Gin festival featuring 150 fabulous & ...
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Wimbledon Wednesday – Day 2 of our Gin festival

Gin & Food pairing, & Cash prize Quiz
Like wines a good gin complements certain foods and to ...
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Gin & Food pairing, & Cash prize Quiz

Gin & Soul Saturday
Don't miss the last night of our gin festival featuring ...
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Gin & Soul Saturday