The Greyhound is a picture postcard 16th century country inn with extensive tree-lined lawns and terraces in the delightful village of Milton Malsor.
The Greyhound is a traditional English country pub with a welcoming atmosphere and large beer garden. Set in the picturesque village of Milton Malsor, this attractive pub restaurant, with tree-lined lawns and its own duck pond, dates from the 16th century, and forms part of the Milton Malsor conservation area that defines the heart of the village. Settled since at least Roman times and recorded in the Domesday Book, Milton Malsor has more than 30 listed buildings including traditional thatched Northamptonshire limestone cottages, a 12th century church and two fine manor houses.
With a delicious pub menu and friendly service, The Greyhound is a popular choice for a relaxing lunch or evening meal, offering an extensive menu and an excellent specials board in the restaurant, bar or beer garden every day of the week.Read more...
Dating back to the 16th century, The Greyhound once served home-brewed ales to the local community, and an ancient malting house stood to the rear of the inn. In 1806, the landlord and maltster Thomas Cockerill built a brewery next to the inn, the Hope Brewery. Expanded and enlarged thoughout the 19th century, the brewery was bought by the Northampton Brewery Company and successfully operated until 1906.
The village of Milton Malsor dates back much further. The Domesday Book, compiled between 1085 and 1086, tells us there were two large manors in the village of Milton Malsor at that time. By the late 13th century John Malesoures was Lord of Middleton, descended from a Norman Conquest knight. The village gained the latter part of its unusual name from his family. The historic core of this picturesque Northamptonshire village is now a conservation area, and includes The Greyhound along with over 30 listed buildings, most dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.
James Harrington, the controversial 17th century author, once lived at the Grade II listed Manor House. A political theorist, his book ‘The Commonwealth of Oceana’ was seized off the press by Oliver Cromwell’s men. Later that year, after securing the favour of Cromwell’s daughter, the book was released back to him and went to publication, with a dedication to Cromwell himself. Today, there is a blue plaque on the Manor House bearing the Harrington name.
The Greyhound sits on the old turnpike road that ran from Cotton End in Northampton to Towcester and beyond, to Oxford, with the toll house located in nearby Blisworth. The Grand Union Canal, providing vital transport links from London to Birmingham in the early 19th century, was extended to Northampton in 1815 via a branch that skirts Milton Malsor – the Northampton Arm.
Today the canal towpath provides enjoyable walking and cycling routes, or simply the chance to watch canal boats tackle the famous 17-lock Rothersthorpe flight. The Canal Museum, in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne just south of Milton Malsor, tells the story of Britain’s canals and vividly portrays life on the waterways.
The popular jumps racecourse at Towcester and the Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, are both within easy reach of The Greyhound, and the breathtaking landscaped gardens of Stowe are just 12 miles away. Bustling Northampton lies just 4 miles north.