Witch & SowHigh Street
Formerly known as the Ward Arms since the early 18th century and a former regular entry in the Good Beer Guide. In 2014 this pub changed hands and underwent a major transformation and refurbishment, opening in October when it was given its present name that refers to an event in 1612 when it was said that three women, later condemned as witches, rode out to the neighbouring village of Ravensthorpe "upon a sowes back"! The pub is in a delightful position, standing opposite the attractive ironstone Jacobean grammar school. It comprises two distinctly different areas; a contemporary restaurant to the right of the entrance in the oldest section, which is a thatched and whitewashed building probably dating from the 17th or 18th century. To the left in the 19th century brick building is the bar area built on a split level with bare floorboards. This is bright and uncluttered and is complimented by two large bays with big sash-windows. There are usually 2 or 3 mainstream beers plus a locally sourced guest. The landlord is a noted local chef and there is much emphasis placed on food. The old stables used to house Nobby's Brewery, which has now relocated to Thrapston.