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

Off Licences

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

Earls Barton


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)