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The Wig and Pen

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Bar, British, Pub, Grill
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19 St. Giles Street, Northampton NN1 1JA, England
+44 1604 622178
10:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good venue for a country pub atmosphere. Delicious mulled cider and the food is very good. Not entirely sure why it has a bouncer because it attracts a very tame audience. At some point during the week it has live music (I think it was a Sunday) - way too loud and not great so we left promptly.

Thank Louise S
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited having looked on Google for somewhere to eat before going to the Derngate. What attracted us was the number of real ales available. The pub itself looks like it should be bigger inside than it actually is but it's cosy with lots of character. The menu isn't extensive but there is something for most tastes. We had the... More 

Thank Glovern
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit to Northampton wouldn't be complete without lunch and chose this pub for good food and space to eat. Popular with locals but clean and friendly staff. Pity about the choice of piped music rather loud and not to our taste but the food was excellent.

Thank RobandCa
Northampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great beer, food not so good. Ordered at 6pm the food didn't reach the table instil 6.50, no explanation given. My wife's fish was good but although my steak was good the wooden platter was covered in salad with only a small salty mushroom and no veg. Chips were dry and indigestible. It wasn't cheap. Somewhere else next time. Pity!

Thank Green-Banana-Man
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like real ale this is for you. They serve a fantastic range of beers, cider and a good selection of wine. Snacks like a beef sandwich are like a main meal and very satisfying and filling. Limited choice of main meals, but what they serve up is excellent.

Thank Bill P
paulatb65, Public Relations Manager at The Wig and Pen, responded to this review

Thnaks for your great review! We have a new Beer menu each week offering 13 Real Ales & Ciders for your enjoyment as well as bottle choices, we believe we are the best pub in the town centre for such a choice. We are glad you enjoyed dining with us as well & look forward to serving you again very... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Burger was chewy and grainy. And for £10 I expect good meat. Buy I was too hungry to complain. Sides were nice and I ate the green vegetables off my partners pie which was small but nice.

Thank HollyJameson
paulatb65, Public Relations Manager at The Wig and Pen, responded to this review

Dear HollyJameson, we pride ourselves on offering the best food possible so i am disapointed to read you was not happy with your Burger, you should have most certainly spoke to us to rectify this, please in future do so, we hope to see you again. More 

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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This is the go to bar in Northampton for the over 25s. The service is excellent, with a clean and tidy bar and garden. The food is of a high standard with a decent selection. I've never seen any trouble in this bar and they have lots of bands and screens for entertainment. The garden has lots of heaters and... More 

Thank Chris H
paulatb65, Public Relations Manager at The Wig and Pen, responded to this review

Hi Chris H, thanks for your fabulous 5 star review! Yes we attract the over 25's crowd in the evenings & like you say always a great atmosphere! We have many screens to show sport especially Rugby. We have a band on every Sunday 4.30pm as well as the last Friday of the month. Something is always happening at the... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Few friends after work some their first visit. Sat outside and every table had an ashtray??? Not impressed, even ashtrays by the door so we could not escape!

Thank Robert H
paulatb65, Public Relations Manager at The Wig and Pen, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The outside seating area is also for smokers, please when you visit again ask a staff member to remove the ashtray for you, or move it away yourself it is not a problem. More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Have been drinking here for over 8 years. Very pleasant place, good range of real ales, beers and ciders, good crowd of people, tend to be the over 25s set which suits me fine.

2 Thank Baz3384
paulatb65, Public Relations Manager at The Wig and Pen, responded to this review

Dear Baz3384, thanks for your review. We bring 13 real ales & ciders to the Wig every week so always a great choice! Yes we do tend to attract the over 25's to the pub in the evenings - and always have a good crowd in enjoying themselves! Always a pleasure to serve you. More 

London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Totally overpriced pub food masquerading as an upmarket gastropub. Very cramped the landlord complained I was using his electric for my lap top, and encouraged me to buy more drinks, to fill hiz coffers ... They have improved since I fell down the draymans entrance breaking my radius, but are still the unglazed face of rampant capitalism. They go for... More 

Thank mulattotvc15
paulatb65, Public Relations Manager at The Wig and Pen, responded to this review

I believe your review has maybe been written for the wrong public House. We do not have a Landlord but a Landlady who has been with us many years running the Wig & Pen. We always encourge and advertise facilities for wi-fi usage for our customers so would not complain about electric use. No-one has every fell down our draymans... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$32
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 St. Giles Street, Northampton NN1 1JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northamptonshire  >  Northampton
  • Phone Number: +44 1604 622178
A traditional pub steeped in history that offers a unique food and dining experience in the heart of a bustling town centre. With 13 rotating guest ales and ciders, 100 plus whisky's and rare spirits, bottled global beers, draught lagers & Belgian beers we have something different to appeal to your palate. Our chefs produce regularly changing menus tailored to showcase the finest seasonal produce. All our recipes are produced on site using ingredients sourced from numerous local suppliers. As a proud supporter of the Northampton Saints we regularly show all Rugby games throughout the season on our many screens. The Wig and Pen is also proud to offer a diverse range of live music every week of the year. CAMRA (campaign for real ale) accredited & we were voted Northamptonshire's pub of the season by CAMRA for Spring 2012 because of our excellent selection of quality local and national real ales.

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