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Step into Shipmans where the drinks are always flowing, the food is out of this world and our team live and breathe hospitality!

We're here to shake, stir, and sprinkle some cocktail magic into your life – a place where fun meets flavor in a perfect harmony of liquid awesomeness.

Get ready for dancing, taste sensations and laughter, because at Shipmans, good times are always on the menu!

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From Student nights to weekend sessions and the best Bottomless brunches - stay in the know about all the exciting things happening at Shipmans!

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Work's done and it's time to unwind and have some fun with our signature cocktails all 2-4-1, huge shot deals, great tunes and irresistible food.


Whether you're looking for an intimate dinner, your own karaoke party or even to hire the whole venue for a blow out bash, we can cater to all your needs for an unforgettable event in our customisable spaces. Our private hire options provide the perfect backdrop for birthday parties, corporate events, weddings and much more.

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what our customers are saying

Town Secret Gem

Came for lunch with my friend. Nicely laid, food was lovely we had the Chicken Burger and the Grilled Chicken & Bacon Ciabatta. Would recommend!


Delicious posh fries; a wonderful welcome and really friendly service. The decor and dining spaces were beautiful (really warm and tasteful decor very homely and comfortable). All in all top marks and we intend to return

A Fantastic Father's Day Meal

Been to this pub for a meal a few times now and it never disappoints. But this Father's Day is the best meal I've ever had from here! 10/10 for the steak just the way myself and dad like it, lovely homemade starter for myself

Best little pub in NN!

This place is INCREDIBLE. Hidden away in the centre, Gorgeous decor and lovely staff. Ally, whose hospitality is warm and welcoming - she’s lovely. The food is amazing, truly delicious. I have dietary requirements and they always inform on what’s best to pick and there’s

Bottomless brunch

Amazing bottomless brunch experience .. Ali , caitlyn and staff went above and beyond to look after us . The food was beautiful.. our glasses were never empty . I have a lot history with the shipman’s pub from many years ago .. so lovely


Amazing atmosphere and amazing service and food from Ally and her team during the ladies bottomless brunch, would definitely recommend!!


Excellent food Excellent service Luke was friendly, polite and enthusiastic. Good choice Fish and chips best we have had Burgers looked lovely, will have these next time We will return

Gem of Northampton

A hidden gem of northampton. Excellent experience for the luch/dinner, in a historic pub of northampton. The food was exceptional and high quality. The interior is exceptionally stylish

Sunday lunch at shipman's Northampton

Had the best roast dinner in the shipman's would definitely recommend it thanks also to the two young women that served us, will go back again, just for information if ordering the extras it's enough for two, still ate mine though it was too good

Awesome venue and stunning food

The venue was stunning and the food was amazing. Service for 23 people and everyone’s dish was hot and made to perfection. The staff were attentive and friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful. 100% recommend for food / private dining or just cocktails

Hidden gem

Eve had a great sense of humour and provided excellent service. The food was very nice and we all had a great time. A hidden gem!

Come in for a cupola and some tunes.

Extremely beautiful traditional Decour. Four pub, great music, nice local history and a wonderful view of McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell


Excellent food, staff super friendly. Throughly enjoyed the atmoshere, great value for money. You will be full after eating here. Will definately visit again.

Good food based pub!

I visited last week and remember the place being a scary drinkers pub from 20 years ago! What a change it’s a really comfortable food based pub now. I had a burger which was great. Good service and decent food. I will be back!

Perfect pub

Found this lovely old style refurbished pub whilst in Northampton spotted from afar down a quiet alley away from the busyness of the city. Lovely and comforting food in a wonderful snug atmosphere. The cheerful Alice treated us with a smile and made our meal

Hidden gem in the town

Had a lovely lunch there with my friend. Interior cosy and welcoming as were the staff. A hidden gem!

Lovely lunch

We stumbled upon The Shipman’s whilst in Northampton. We ordered a ploughman’s, halloumi sandwich and posh fries as a pre-theatre lunch. It was refreshing to sit down and the tables to be clean and not sticky as you find in so many places now. The

Will return very soon for another great experience.

Lovely food, friendly staff and great drinks, what’s not to like 😀 Located in the heart of Northampton and a great pub to visit.

A must to visit

Great food and great service have been a few times now and have enjoyed every experience. Have recommended to several friends and they all agree. Will definitely be back again soon.

Best brunch!!

Thank you so much. We had a fabulous time. The food,drinks and service was fantastic. Alice & team. We will definitely be back. 😃.

Bottomless brunch

We had lovely bottomless brunch the food was lovely, the staff we're loving kept topping are classes up, The atmosphere was brilliant aswell, great time, thanks x

A gem of a place!!

Booked a table here last night for dinner and drinks and to be honest I was blown away. The service was on point, Alice our waitress was fab! The food was really good. I had the chicken burger and it was delicious. Then the cocktails

Amazing service

Excellent customer service Amazing review and delicious food I will definitely come back and I recommend it

6th January 2022 Friend's Birthday Party

Very enjoyable experience Although the food was a little pricey it was of very high quality with prompt service in both the restaurant and the bar. The Atmosphere was very good though I did wonder about a man in shorts being excluded because shorts are

Surprise Birthday Dinner

Group of 11 for a surprise birthday dinner we preordered meals & had upstairs room to ourselves the food was delicious & hot staff looked after us very well great pub love the refurbishment


Came upon this place by chance when looking for somewhere to lunch with a friend. What a lovely surprise. Lovely welcoming, cosy interior. Very friendly courteous staff; good food; reasonably priced. I recommend it and will definitely go again.

Hidden gem.

Had the Christmas menu on an evening out with family. The table was beautifully set in the attractive and cosy upstairs (eco friendly crackers and quality napkins a thoughtful gesture). All the food was piping hot and served in very generous portions, and it was

Friendly staff, little chat as you place your drinks order or food. The place looked really clean and tidy, fire blazing

Fantastic meal, what a little gem of a place. Staff so welcoming and friendly nothing too much of a trouble for them, food just amazing so tasty.


Excellent Sunday roast, really good value and friendly staff. Definitely on the list of Sunday places alongside Lamplighter, make a bee line

Well worth the visit

Had a Christmas dinner there and it was superb, the staff are really friendly and welcoming and i thoroughly recommend a visit to this excellent pub.

Christmas Do Success

Had a works Christmas meal at The Shipmans this week. We were a large party of 30. I can't rate this place highly enough. The staff are lovely and really hardworking. Lauren and Jade took at least 100 calls from me leading up to the

Perfect visit every time!

Been in a couple of times over the last few weeks as my Mum loves to come here, and it has been a delight each time! The staff are warm, welcoming with great banter which makes for a happy atmosphere and experience. Food was spot

Excellent service.

Food was excellent, as was the service and Christmas decorations. It’s such a nice friendly place it’s become our ‘go to’ if we’re in town for a coffee or lovely glass of wine.

Lovely late lunch

Lovely ambience. Went here by chance. Very friendly greeting by Tamara. Showed us to a table and took drinks order straight away. Food came quickly (in the lift) and was very tasty. Nice tunes being played too. Will definitely be back

The perfect pu

Such an amazing pub, great atmosphere. Staff were very kind and attentive. Alice was the best server. Thank you Alice and shipmans. Definitely see you guys again.


possibly the best roast i have even had - and i’ve had a few !!! and great service - no delays - Alice couldn’t do enough and all the staff working here today - will defiantly be back - 11/10 !

Wonderful Service

Amazing service and great food Came for a drink and left well fed. Needed somewhere to duck out of the rain and glad to discover this hidden gem. Welcomed with a smile and after ordering a round we were enticed to stay for food -

Pre drinks and meal

Warm and friendly staff. Good was really good and good value. Staff informative and knowledgeable and offered everything that they do and what they had on that evening

Quick lunch visiting Uni

Really cool little spot, staff were lovely and food (ploughman’s) was a treat, homemade sausage roll was sublime. Would definitely return if in the area for a Sunday lunch.

Best restaurant in Northampton.

Thank God! We found a beautiful restaurant with friendly staff, harmonious interior and delicious food. We thank our waitress Tamara for a smile and a high level of service. Strongly can recommend this place! 💛💙

Great find

Popped in for a drink Friday evening and decided to grab a bite to eat. We went for the ploughman’s for 2 and some sides. Arrived without delay, and the fries were piping hot. Food was fresh, tasty and well presented. Perfect serve on the

Amazing cocktails!

Amazing cocktails and delicious food well worth a visit. We had a lovely time and the cocktails were 2 for 13 on the weekend between 7-11. The atmosphere was really lovely and they had a great DJ!

Magnificent Food, Drinks & Service

Shak was our server; he was friendly, polite and helpful. The food was fabulous, there was plenty and it was delicious and the drinks were great. We sat by the window, the atmosphere was intimate and calm. I would highly recommend & we will definitely

Amazing service

Went for food with my dad. Kallum was super friendly and professional and all other staff very welcoming and kind. Food was so good and very filling. Interior is very cozy. Pina coladas are the best ♡♡♡

Quality food in a stylish place

We booked online, a very simple process and were greeted by friendly staff who gave us a choice where to sit. The building is a historic old pub in the centre of town which has been very sensitively restored after many years being derelict. The

Great food, good atmosphere, great choice of allergen free options

Went for a quiet bite to eat with the wife tonight. The food was very good and the atmosphere was excellent. Far better than pub grub and very reasonably priced. I am Gluten and Dairy free and i had multiple options, which is a rare

Quality addition to town centre.

Went here for mid week lunch with a couple of friends as we were eager to see the renovation. They’ve done a brilliant job: decor is classy and completed to a high standard. We were made very welcome by Shak and Alice and the food

Smashing lunch

I just had a lovely lunch at Shipman’s. Shak took some nice photos and our server Alice was friendly and helpful. Food was freshly cooked and delicious. The decor was great. We got a seat overlooking The Drapery with lovely views. Keep up the good

Best Sunday Roast ever!

I Visited this classy pub with an old friend on Sunday and had one of the best roast dinners to date in a beautiful dining room above the pub. We wasn’t expecting much from a town centre pub , but the quality and taste was

Sunday lunch

Went here today for Sunday lunch with 4 of my friends. The refurb of the pub is fabulous .. friendly staff and the food .. WOW .. I had the beef it melted in your mouth and then they brought out cauliflower cheese and pigs

Exceptional Meal

We visited The Shipmans with friends for a meal before going to the cinema. The pub has been very tastefully refurbished keeping many of the old features of the building. We were warmly welcomed and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We were seated


Very friendly staff, in an excellently restored building and then the amazing food arrived. No words would describe food and do it justice. Will be going back again to try some more choices on the menu.

More than just a pub lunch

An outstanding spot of lunch in one of Town's legendary pubs, beautifully refurbished and staffed to a high standard.

Highly recommended

Fantastic service and delicious food. The pub was recently renovated - and it looks lovely! One of the best Sunday roasts I ever had. Alice was super nice and made us fell really welcomed. We’ll definitely come back!

Amazing Experience

We had heard a lot about the reopening of The Shipmans and the history of the place so me and Three friends went for dinner last night . The food and cocktails were out of this world. Best Espresso martinis I’ve ever had. The staff

Exceptionally GOOD

We visited The Shipmans for lunch, it was exceptionally good. Five stars for abeyance, five stars for food and service with a smile. Tastefully refurbished on several floors. This pub is cosy and modern. It offers lots of original nooks and eating bays for intermate


Shipmans is a narrow 3 storey Grade II listed pub, built by the Shipman family in 1790, with entrances in The Drapery and Drum Lane. Now refurbished, it reopened on 22 July 2022, having been closed since 31 July 2014. Main features are still present,

Lovely meal at this super pub restaurant.

Just got back from a delicious Sunday lunch at Shipman’s. The food is really great and so is the atmosphere and decor in the pub and upstairs restaurant. Ally, the host, ensured we were well looked after. It’s good value too. Highly recommended.

Wonderful evening

Lovely atmosphere staff so friendly and free cocktails at 5 Ambience is so good with mix young and old brilliant old pub with modern vibe Food was wonderful fresh tasty and so nutritious this is the difference with independent pub food cooked properlyMore

Great evening out with friends

Great food and service. We ordered the platters and would definitely recommend. We have also been in for Sunday lunch which is amazing!!

If in Northampton- give this place a go!

Fantastic food, great set up and really friendly and welcoming staff! We ordered 3 platters (highly recommended) and to be honest, I was expecting a typical pub platter- far from it, the variety of flavours was great and the servings were generous. Best of all was the quality of staff.

A true gem of Northampton

We had such a lovely time here it’s one of the nicest places in Northampton to have a drink and a bite to eat, we are really glad we chose this place for date night! The staff worked incredibly hard to give us a nice experience. We were greeted by Lauren who was incredibly friendly and explained the menu and suggested we should try the cocktails as it was happy hour which we took full advantage of. The restaurant and bar is really nicely decorated. We chose from the 2 for 1 cocktails my favourites were the Long Island and the sweet berry martini. You HAVE to order the lemon cheesecake cocktail from the mixology section it’s to die for! Tamara made our cocktails in front of us and kindly gave us a little demo on how to get a cocktail very frothy and let us choose edible flowers for a garnish which was a really nice touch! The food was delicious! We really like the new menu which is tapas style, we got a couple of plates and a flatbread to share and we were absolutely stuffed! We were checked on throughout our stay to make sure we had everything we needed which you just don’t get in lots of restaurants these days. The staff are chatty and very friendly this is a perfect date night spot we are certainly coming back!

Great Hosts

Tamara, Jade and Ally were fantastic hosts who served some brilliant cocktails! Definitely recommend!

Excellent Sunday Lunch

Early Birthday celebrations!!! Amazing Sunday Lunch and a really great setting. Big shout out to Ally who looked after us and to all the team

Amazing Sunday roast dinner

We decided to the the Shipmans, and old haunt from decades ago. It has been refurbished and now serves the best Sunday roast I’ve had in years! Everything was home cooked, fresh and fabulous. Little extra touches like beetroot purée on the side, which mixed fabulously with horse radish, made it a real treat. Definitely NOT a roast I could cook at home. Excited to return asap

Lovely food and service!

Went for lunch today and the food was fantastic. There were also tons of gluten free options! The service was also brilliant, Alice was lovely!

Why go elsewhere?

Friendly staff, helpful service and great food. Thanks Shipmans, we'll be back regularly. Jill and Irene.

Perfect Sunday Roast

Stopped in for a roast dinner on the way back from an appointment. I had the slow cooked pork belly with sausage meat stuffing which was amazing. To me , the sign of how good a roast dinner is is how well the roast potatoes are cooked, and these were perfect. As usual the bar and serving staff were great.

Perfect Sunday Roast

Stopped in for a roast dinner on the way back from an appointment. I had the slow cooked pork belly with sausage meat stuffing which was amazing. To me , the sign of how good a roast dinner is is how well the roast potatoes are cooked, and these were perfect. As usual the bar and serving staff were great.

Cosey like Home but better no washing up

My husband found this delightful place in the Summer of 2023 Walked past it for years thought was just a drinking den if we honest as outside didn't look that welcoming at 1st As it was pouring down with rain we went in WOW never so glad to be caught in the rain As soon as we went in was very pleasant surprised by the surroundings Very tastefully decorated beautiful fireplaces tealighrs and cosey seating with cushions The two ladies Alley & Lauren (l think are Chef & Landlady) were so welcoming We ended up staying for more than 1 drink and ordered food Homemade and tasty Blade of Beef amazing Have since changed the Menu so can only get Blade of Beef for Sunday Lunch However all the other food on New menu looked tasty when went for small plates We now go once a month via bus (to have a few tipples :) ) On a Sunday for the roast dinner As a fussy eater my husband knows l not going to complain here So he's more than happy to travel Thanks girls See you again soon

Lovely Sunday Lunch

We enjoyed a Fantastic Sunday Roast. I had the chicken and my husband the beef. Excellent service from Alice. Nice atmosphere.

Great Sunday spot for roast

What a lovely spot for a Sunday toast. Staff can’t do enough for you, and get you the best seats near the fire. Arrive with love and heart. We had a trio of roasts and beef was our favorite. We like lashing of gravy and they were only too happy to keep it coming. Finished with biscoff cheesecake, teas and coffee. My wife loves the music so we chilled after. Thanks team. 💙

Great for a Special Sunday Lunch

A tremendous place for Sunday Lunch, maybe a little pricey but I’d say totally worth it for the quality. Top notch service also, felt very looked after by our server Alice. Thanks a lot!

Wonderful meal

We had Sunday lunch here today, well my granddaughter had three small plates and cauliflower/brocolli cheese. Her mum had the belly of pork and I had the blade of beef. A little pricey but worth every penny as everything was cooked to perfection, the gravy was delicious and the yorkies were light and crispy. The service was also great, Allie was very warm and made sure we had a day to remember.

Excellent Sunday roast!

We had a really lovely meal here on a Sunday afternoon - a trio of roast meats followed by a superb apple strudel. Great service from Ali and the kitchen team. Thoroughly recommended.

What a great venue!

What a great establishment and a credit to the group. Staff were so professional and polite and the food was exceptional ! One of the best roast I’ve had and of course Ali our waitress was exceptional! All staff were brilliant and quality of service was second to none Highly recommended

Very good food in nice atmosphere

We have been greeted and looked after by very nice staff and enjoyed our stay very much. Looks tiny from the outside but has great spaces inside.


Excellent food and service Shak and Luke looked after us very well Would recommend as good for after/before theatre/cinema

Great food and an excellent atmosphere.

After months of walking past and seeing the lovely food through the windows we finally managed to call in for a Sunday roast and we were definitely not disappointed. The food was excellent, well presented and served quickly. The roast beef was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth. The staff were friendly and attentive and a special mention to Ali and Luke who made us feel welcome. Also excellent music 🎵 Would definitely recommend and we will be back.

Friendly, welcoming & good food

Great customer service and fantastic food. Welcomed at the door and had three small plates for £16. Would come again! Thanks Ali for your hospitality.

Sunday Lunch

Great Sunday lunch with friends, I think this is fourth time we have eaten at shipman’s since it opened and we have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. Alice was our server today and she definitely knows how to look after customers, nothing was too much trouble, thank you for a lovely afternoon.

You made Aunty's day!

What a lovely Sunday lunch had out this afternoon with my aunt. I booked a table on line, all very easy and asked for a table down stairs, we picked where we sat so that was great. I'd explained we needed downstairs as aunt in her early 80's and I was bringing her for a birthday treat. The staff were lovely, attentive and my aunt told them a story about my nan and great nan coming to Shipmans in the 1920's with nan sitting outside with her pop and snacks. My aunt was presented with a lovely pudding of her choice decorated with candles and happy birthday - a lovely touch and we sang happy birthday. It made her day and she thoroughly enjoyed herself - thank you Shipmans it was great and the pudding was on the house, how sweet of you!!


Atmosphere is amazing… the musics a vibe and the staff are lovely … Andy’s an amazing manager and bartender. Drinks where amazing

Great Pre Theatre / Cinema Pub

Chilled atmosphere, nice food and friendly staff. Had dinner and a couple drinks with a friend before going to the cinema. Convenient location in the centre of town. Will definitely go again.

Great Time!

Came for a couple drinks, drinks were lovely had a rum then pornstar martinis which were lovely, reasonably priced, lovely staff as well, Andy was incredible, thank you Shipman’s! We will be back!

Five star Shipmans

Great atmosphere, super friendly staff. Know how to pour a Guinness unlike some other pubs in the town centre… Food is excellent, always ensure to mention the specials too. Definitely recommend for a visit.


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We're located in the centre of town, between Market Square & All Saints' Church, and accessible from both The Drapery & Drum Lane. There's plenty of parking less than a five minutes walk from us, including Mayorhold, St John's and Grosvenor Centre. 

12 Drapery,

Opening Times

Monday - 12-11 pm
Tuesday - 12-11 pm
Wednesday - 12-11 pm
Thursday - 12-11 pm
Friday - 12 pm-1 am
Saturday - 12 pm-1 am
Sunday - 12-11 pm

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Served with crispy onions, and bread and butter.

Smoked Salmon Mousse
Served with crème fraiche, lime and dill.

Chicken Liver & Wild Mushroom Pate
Caramelised onion chutney & toasted bread.


Christmas Roast Turkey
All the traditional trimmings.

Beetroot Wellington
roasted potatoes, root vegetables and a mulled wine gravy.

Crispy Pork Belly
cranberry and thyme puree, potato and truffle gratin, garlic green beans & red wine jus.


Classic Christmas Pudding
Brandy sauce & red currants.

Chocolate Brownie
Winter berry compote, vanilla ice cream.

Vegan Banana Bread
toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Christmas buffet

Christmas Nacho Wreath
Spicy Christmas Cracker Wings
Festive BBQ Rudolph Wings
Cauliflower Bombs
Sausage Rolls
Pigs in Blankets
Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls
Roast Potatoes
Cranberry Coleslaw
House Salad
Garlic Bread
Chocolate Yule Logs