Phipps and NBC pubs in the past
These images show many pubs from a bygone age when Phipps and NBC dominated beer supply in the county and beyond.
Many of the images come from Phipps NBC's company archive, some are from Northamptonshire County Records Office, some from the Northampton Chronicle and Echo others from Northampton Central Library while the rest have been sent in to us by well wishers.
At the bottom of this section you will find a Photobook containing over 250 old images of pubs and off licences from many counties which we do not have space for on the website
The Black Lion Northampton, now known as The Wig and Pen, and serving Phipps NBC today
repurted to be haunted by the ghost of a murder victim
The Angel Hotel Market Harborough, except for the car and the Phipps ales sign, hardly changed and still serving Phipps
The Fox and Hounds Great Brington, trading today as the Althorpe Coaching Inn
The Knightley Arms, Yelvertoft in 1924 and serving Phipps and Ratliffes again today
The Alexandra Arms, Rugby in 1940, now brewing its own beer as well as selling real ale
The Nursery Tavern, Coventry in the 20s, still open today
The Pomfret Arms, Far Cotton, with the brewery chimney in the background
Two doors down, The Railway Tavern, taken on the same wet early 60s day as traffic trundled into town.
These images and many others here were taken for the Watney Mann estates department and passed on to us by Alan Gall
The Bold Dragoon Weston Favell, still open today
The Rose and Castle Inn, Braunston, formerly the Rose and Crown.
Its name was changed to sound more canal related as it sits right by the Grand Junction canal
The White Elephant on the corner of the Racecourse and Phippsville
The Pytchley Hunt meeting up in front of the Sun Inn, Braybrooke, in 1912
The Sun Inn in Braybrooke 1940, both sent in by Lindsay Holliman
The Old Crown and Anchor, the P. Phipps brewery tap on Bridge Street, part of the brewery is seen behind
The Railway Hotel but where?
The Volunteer, Northampton
The Cock Hotel, Stony Stratford, one of the inns that gave rise to the "cock and bull" story phrase
The Red Lion, Hollowell, sadly no longer there
The New Inn, Padbury, Buckinghamshire, sent in by Richard Boddington
The Old White Horse in Kettering, sent in by Jan Warren
NBC pub in Aldwinkle, The Rose and Crown, sent in by Jan Warren
Three Horseshoes in Nash Buckinghamshire, sent in by Barry Silverman whose wife's grandfather, John Waters, was the publican at the time.
The Bantam Cock, Northampton
The Star, Geddington
The Pedestrian Inn in Far Cotton, sent in by Paul Issac
One of Phipps' southern outposts, The Hen and Chickens, Aylesbury
One of NBC's southern outposts, The Queen's Arms, Cowley, Oxford
The Five Bells at Bugbrooke
The Victoria Hotel, Wolverton
The Spencer Arms, Chapel Brampton
The Stags Head, Maidwell : Excellent Pub today with Rob the Landlord a real gent
The Griffin, Pitsford
The Tramcar, Kettering Rd, Northampton
The Malt Shovel, Northampton : Without doubt the best preserved Phipps NBC pub left.
It has a vast collection of items to see, the only exterior NBC star light left as well as excellent real ale!!
The New Inn, Kettering
The Bell, Bridge Street, Northampton
The Swan, Lamport. Today part of the McManus Group
Six Bells, Bicester
The Red Lion, Biscester
The Duke of Wellington, Stanwick
The Prince of Wales, Banbury
Crown and Anchor, Wellingborough
The Black Boy Hotel, Wood Hill, Northampton
Dusty Fox ex Fox and Hounds Harlestone. Now a busy Vintage Inn Brand Pub.
Fox and Hounds, Kingsthorpe. You can still see the sign today.
Horse and Jockey, Northampton
Swan Hotel, Derngate, Northampton
Kingsley Arms, Northampton
Naivigation Inn, Cosgrove
The Harborough Arms, St James's Rd, Northampton, originally a NBC pub
Phipps' Green Man with NBC's Harborough Arms right next door. The merger in 1957 may have made sense on many levels but as the two company's range of beers was rationalised by 1960, situations like this with two pubs next to each other selling the same products occured all over the trading area.
The Red House, Northampton
The Greyhound, Milton Malsor. Busy Food Pub under the Chef and Brewer Brand.
The Racehorse Inn, Northampton
The Peacock, Long Buckley
The 3 Horseshoes, Ecton
The Kingsley Park Hotel, Northampton, later The White Elephant
The White Hart, Bythorne
The Crown, Market Place, Brackley
The White Hart, Great Houghton
The Compasses, Rushden
The Old Scarlett in Peterborough, note the Phipps NBC neon star glowing in the night
The Swan Hotel, Newport Pagnell
The Three Cups, Buckingham
The Artizan Inn, Northampton, still open, serving Phipps NBC beers from time to time
The Spread Eagle, Wellingborough Rd, Northampton, now a Charles Welles pub
Beer House, Lt Houghton
The Old White Hart, Northampton, still with Phipps signage today, still open as a gastropub
The Coach & Horses, Brixworth (note the thatched NBC Star)
Dover Castle, Northampton
5 Bells, Kingsthorpe, sent in by Alex Wood
The Grand Hotel, Gold St. Northampton
Phipps and NBC also supplied numerous shops and off licences across many counties.
Alcombe Terrace, Northampton with the signs probably painted between 1899 and 1903 as Jeffery's name was still being used on the Celebrated Stout
Eastfield Road Peterborough
An unknown off licence with a sign advertising beer drawn from the wood suggesting jugs filled from barrels to take out
St Winfred St Leicester
Higham Hill Rushden. Now a private house but you can still see the star shape as you drive past today.
The Stores Daventry
Alfred Street Rushden 1940
St Leonards Northampton
Phipps NBC has far too many images to include in our website so here is a Photobook containing over 250 images (we will add more soon)