We haven't yet decided where to cruise this year, but if the weather is favourable and we have enough time, we'd like to go back to the Nene and the Great Ouse and the little tributaries thereof. The Nene in fine weather is a lovely river, but neither of its main towns, Northampton and Peterborough are exactly tourist magnets. However, today we have found a very good reason to make a stop at Northampton.
Rick and Marilyn took us to look at the museum where they have a large section devoted to shoes and shoemaking. Very interesting, but no, that's not it. After the museum we found our way to the Malt Shovel.
Wow! What a really great pub.
Warm atmosphere, interesting beer related bric a brac, very tasty cheap nosh and thirteen well kept real ales on hand pump. I had a pint of the Phipps IPA which was as well kept a beer as you could wish for.
What's not to like? They have regular events, including live blues bands, a quiz, special menus on match days for the football team's supporters etc. and it's only a short walk from the river moorings by Morrisons.
Five minutes stroll at the most. If we do go down onto the Nene, we'll make it a must to pay the Malt Shovel a repeat visit.