Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Old Kings Head

2, Harbidges Lane
Long Buckby
Telephone(01327) 508232
Real AleReal FireQuiet PubFamily FriendlyGardenLunchtime MealsEvening MealsSeparate BarGamesParkingFunction RoomDog FriendlyWiFiServes LocAle
Opening times: Mon–Wed 15:00-23:00 or later; Thu–Sat 10:30-23:00 or later; Sun 10:30-22:30

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Rescued from almost certain oblivion by Everard's Brewery in the summer of 2014, this was formerly a struggling Punch leasehold that had seen no investment for decades. The brewery has invested a lot of time and money in transforming the place from a run down tatty pub into a classic village local. The thatched building itself must be one of the oldest in the village and probably dates back to the 17th century. It retains two bars, and the former public on the left has been restyled into a comfy snug. The L-shaped main bar on the right has very low ceilings (so beware!), leading to another very comfortably furnished room on an upper level, with access to the extensive patio garden and smoking area. Up to two guest ales accompany the three Everard's regulars. An old photograph reveals that this was once a Hopcraft & Norris tied house and the beers would originally have been brewed at nearby Buckby Wharf. It was later to become part of the large Phipps estate, which in turn succumbed to Watney's in the 1960's. Fortunately, this pub was spared much of the internal structural devastation wreaked during that period. The first tenants' achieved the distinction of getting Long Buckby's first ever pub entry into the GBG. In June 2019 the pub was leased to the Bolley Pub group of Leicester until they gave up the leasehold in the mid-stages of the Covid19 pandemic. The pub has now staged a terrific comeback with new tenants Alison and Phil at the helm. The beer quality has improved dramatically and the pub is now very much involved in the local community. The quiz nights on Sunday are very popular. Food served Thursday to Sunday with brunch served from 10.30.