The Sondes Arms – Rockingham, Corby

A 16th Century coaching inn, sitting at the foot of Rockingham Castle.

Pub bit
On our trip this week we headed out to the teeny village of Rockingham and the Sondes Arms Inn just a stones throw from Rockingham Castle and a slightly longer throw to the Rockingham Speedway Track. For an old pub (it dates back the C16th apparently) there is an abundance of space which makes pushchair manoeuvres through doorways and around the dinning area pretty easy, so we didn’t have to do the normal rearranging of the furniture just to get to a table. There’s a few tricky steps to keep your eye out for, and an unguarded log burner – though I’m not sure if its ‘real’ or not as it wasn’t on, but it did become a a very handy storage place for the Dixie’s to keep sticking her prized toys in to. Thankfully we left with the full squad of stuffed animals we arrived with.

Food & drink bit
There’s a good selection of traditional pub grub (lasagnes; fish & chips; Carvery on Sunday’s) all at fairly reasonable prices. The kids portions come in two different sizes as well, depending on the ages (or how hungry you are as a parent) which is a nice touch. The Dixie’s ‘Pasta of the Day’, was left relatively untouched, but this was more to do with the fun she was having wearing my lunch as jewellery, than a reflection on the dish itself. What was left of my burger and hand full of chips was washed down by a delightful pint of Trelawny Bitter from the St Austell Brewery in Cornwall.

Being so close to Corby, the pub is clearly a popular place for people to visit on their lunch breaks and so our trip was busier than we are generally used too, but I’m pretty sure everyone successfully escaped without us causing to much of disruption to their day. A nice pub, with some good little touches that help make it a easy place to visit.

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