Traditional Community Pub


The Artichoke in Moulton, Northamptonshire is a grade II listed building, with a datestone showing circa 1680. The Artichoke name is believed to come from crusading origins and the building of this ancient inn dates from 1680, as can be seen on the datestone set on the front of the building. it is also belived to have been purpose built as a farmhouse and village inn, not as a house turned into a public house as many were. records suggest it could have been a coaching inn on the Northampton, Kettering and Stamford roads.

In 1765 as well as the Artichoke there were 6 other licenses in moutlon - The Old Blue Bell, The Prince of Wales, Shoulder of Mutton, The Sign on the Chequer, The Boot and the Dolphin.

In 1856 the building was put up for auction with cellar, brewhouse, dray shop, blacksmiths shop, pig sties and a rich pasture for a yearly rent of £30.

In 1950 Walter Judkins became landlord for the longest (recent) tenure and in 1973 was succeeded by his son Brian Judkins, Brian was reputed to keep some of the best beer in the locality during his time as landlord.

In 1987 the building was extensively renovated with the back bar area replacing the old famrhouse style kitchen and dining room, the old meeting room becoming a games room and inside toilets were installed.

So over the many years the artichoke has seen many owners, landlords and breweries. at present it is owned by Everards Brewery Ltd, a fully independent family owned business, established in 1849. The current lessee hopes you enjoy a fine meal, take a good drink and have a pleasant relaxing experience by visiting this very fine old inn in Moulton.