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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

GIN PALACE

Too Gin, or not to Gin? stupid question really – here at the Malt shovel we boast over 50 different Gins which are all served in a Copa glass over ice and garnished and served with Fevertree tonic.   Look out for our Gin nights which are all about the…

Lunchtime food

Lunchtime food

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Cider & Rum Festival

Tuesday 21st – Bank holiday Monday 27th August August bank holiday week we will be filling the Malt Shovel with 50+ Ciders and 20+ Rums for our scRUMpy sesh!! Events include Tutored Rum tasting with Pussers Rum Free cider tasting evening with the award winning Westons cider team Sausage platters…

This week...

Aug
21
Tue
2018
7:00 pm Tutored Rum Tasting with Pussers...
Tutored Rum Tasting with Pussers...
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tutored Rum Tasting with Pussers Rum
“To prepare for a face off, the iron men in their wooden ships found both revival and salvation in Pusser’s Rum, as well as companionship for downtime reverie. From the earliest days of the Royal Navy, these foolhardy brave hearts were issued a daily ration or “tot” of rum by…
Aug
22
Wed
2018
9:00 pm Ben Joseph & the Lay-Lows
Ben Joseph & the Lay-Lows
Aug 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Ben Joseph & the Lay-Lows
If you like country-blues harmonica coupled with upbeat, dance your ass off rock n’ roll then this is your bag. Ben Joseph is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Alabama and cultivated in New Orleans who leads the Lay-Lows to the land of sexy southern blues rocknroll. Ben melds his range…
Aug
23
Thu
2018
4:00 pm Free Cider tasting evening with ...
Free Cider tasting evening with ...
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Free Cider tasting evening with Westons ciders
We have the award winning Weston’s Cider team joining us for part of our Cider & Rum festival to give out free cider samples for you all to enjoy! Get your friends & family out and for this super event..
Aug
24
Fri
2018
12:00 pm Sausage & Cider Friday
Sausage & Cider Friday
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sausage & Cider Friday
Festival Friday is going to be a sizzler! Enjoy 6 x 1/3rds of a pint tray of ciders accompanied with a varied flavour sausage platter for just £12 50 + ciders to choose from along with 20 + rums if you need a chaser to finish 🙂
Aug
25
Sat
2018
11:30 am Rum, Reggae & Caribbean street food
Rum, Reggae & Caribbean street food
Aug 25 @ 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Rum, Reggae & Caribbean street food
As part of our Cider & Rum festival featuring 50+ ciders and 20+ rums we are having an action packed Bank holiday Saturday. All day Rum offers Caribbean street food outside on the terrace hosted by the Caribbean Dutch pot restaurant team 6-9pm 9pm we have one of London’s hottest…

Coming Up

Meet the Brewer

Thursday 9 August, 7pm

Get your tickets now for a tutored tasting from the Head Brewer of Bateman's Brewery. Enjoy six half-pints of Bateman's award-winning real ales and a buffet supper. Spaces are limited, so book your tickets at the bar soon! Tickets - £10 per person.

ScRUMpy Sesh

Cider & Rum Festival, 21-27 August 2018

We're celebrating all things summer over the August Bank Holiday with more than 50 ciders and 20 rums for you to explore. There'll be something going on throughout the week, including -

  • Rum tasting (21 August) and cider sampling (23 August)
  • Live music from Ben Joseph & the Laylows (22 August), TJ Johnson & the Preachers (25 August), and Simply Floyd (28 August)
  • Butchers Block sausages (24 August) BBQs (28 August) and Caribbean street food from the Caribbean Dutch Pot (25 August)

Coming up at the Malt Shovel Tavern

Tutored Rum Tasting with Pussers Rum
"To prepare for a face off, the iron men in ...
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Tutored Rum Tasting with Pussers Rum

Ben Joseph & the Lay-Lows
If you like country-blues harmonica coupled with upbeat, dance your ...
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Ben Joseph & the Lay-Lows

Free Cider tasting evening with Westons ciders
We have the award winning Weston's Cider team joining us ...
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Free Cider tasting evening with Westons ciders

Sausage & Cider Friday
Festival Friday is going to be a sizzler! Enjoy 6 ...
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Sausage & Cider Friday

Rum, Reggae & Caribbean street food
As part of our Cider & Rum festival featuring 50+ ...
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Rum, Reggae & Caribbean street food

Sunday with "Groovy Underwear" & BBQ
Sunday Funday with 50+ Ciders & 20+ Rums during our ...
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Sunday with “Groovy Underwear” & BBQ

August Bank Holiday Monday
All day rum & cider offers on the final day ...
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August Bank Holiday Monday

Chris Corcoran Trio
Chris Corcoran is the guitarist's guitarist. He is one of ...
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Chris Corcoran Trio

The Electric Experience
In its brief history, The Electric Experience has performed at ...
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The Electric Experience

The Bearcats Blues Band
Real deep rooted blues with a feelin', swingin' rythmn and ...
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The Bearcats Blues Band