The village of Litchborough lies approximately 3 miles west of the A5 on the former B4525 Northampton to Banbury Road. Towcester is approximately 7 miles away, Northampton 10 miles and Milton Keynes 22 miles. There are British Rail main line stations at Northampton and Milton Keynes. Sporting facilities in the area include horse racing at Towcester, motor racing at Silverstone and golf at Farthingstone. The Village has an excellent real ale public house and a new village hall providing a superb amenity for the village and a children’s park. http://www.litchborough.org.uk/
The Old Red Lion
4 Banbury Road
01327 830 064
The Old Red Lion reopened (May 2010) having been closed for two years, steadily falling into dereliction during that time. Despite the best efforts of its then owners to sell the site for development, the pub refused to die, thanks to the determination of the local community to save it. Realising the building had the potential to become a thriving business, as well as seeing the chance to bring life back into a small village community, the pub was purchased by a local farming family.
Litchborough, is of course, well known to real ale drinkers - being the location of one of the country's first micro breweries - Bill Urquhart's Litchborough Brewery which operated from 1974 to 1986. Bill was the last Head Brewer at Phipps' in Northampton. Litchborough is now the home of Hoggleys. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Old-Red-Lion/116254451731117
Hoggleys Brewery http://www.hoggleys.co.uk/index
The brewery officially began in 2003, but this was really the culmination of years of home brewing by Hoggleys brewer Roy Crutchley.
Roy began brewing in the same way as thousands of others, as a teenager buying tins of concentrate from the local brew shop. After a number of years trying to make the one brew that would be as good as the real stuff you could get in the pub, he decided to look into full mash brewing. From this point onwards he was hopelessly addicted to the whole business of brewing and having a much greater control over the final product began experimenting with different beer types and different brewing techniques.
Litchborough Ladies meet regularly and newcomers to the village are especially welcome. For the next meeting check www.litchborough.org.uk.
The village hall was rebuilt in 2010 and provides a superb asset to the village. Regular events are held there including coffee mornings, bring and buy sales and mums and tots groups.
Opposite the village hall is a modern children’s play area created in 2011.