It's a real local in every way

The quirky history of the 14th century Hatton Arms can be traced back to when it was surrounded by fields and was a mere gatehouse to the grand Kirby Hall several miles up the road.

The picturesque pub in Gretton is home to a tangled web of myths, legends and stories connected to its rich past.

Regulars mingle among a gravestone that is now a stone step, the regal three crowns stamp on a 12th century beam and relics of its former life as the manor court for hearing minor cases within the parish boundary.

It is also thought to have been home to the first black landlord in Britain and is believed to be Northamptonshire's second oldest pub.

And if these reason's aren't enough to visit the Hatton Arms – try its breathtaking views over the Welland Valley.

Manager Shaun Williams has only been in charge of the popular tavern since February but already he and partner Kirstin Ward have made their mark on the venue.

Chef Shaun has made it his mission to ensure the pub serves up tasty morsels of local ale and food.

Real ales include Wot's Occurring and Gobble from the Great Oakley Brewery as well as a refreshing brew from Cottingham-based Rockingham Forest Cider. Meat comes from a specialist butcher in Market Harborough, rape seed oil from the Welland Valley and fish from the Eyebrook reservoir.

Shaun said: "We try and buy as locally as possible. We've got a nearby farmer rearing two Gloucester Old Spot for us and one's going to be used as a hog roast at the Welland Valley Beer Festival this summer.

"We can order fresh trout as late as 4am from the reservoir and it will be here by 9am.

"It's cheaper and more environmentally-friendly to buy locally and our customers love it.

"Because we have such wonderful views we can often just do a barbecue on the spur of the moment in the summer."

The pub has two menus, one with snacks and an al a carte selection for those with a healthier appetite.

Gretton Silver Band has held meetings in the pub since the 1800s and a darts team plays regularly. A football team was also founded this season.

Bar manager Kirstin added: "It's only our first season but we're third from bottom so it could be worse!

"We try and offer something for everyone here. It's hard work but there are so many rewards."