Stay Home, Stay Safe & Join Us In The Lock Inn!


times of crisis we are a nation that historically has one of the best records of community spirit in the world.

As a local community pub and a valuable social meeting place for our local population both young to old, we understand the role we play in keeping our locals safe and providing a place open for everyone to chat. If we can't be together in our pub, simply visit our shop, we'll deliver your takeaway and join us in our virtual pub

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Takeaway Food

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Local Community

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Welcome to the

Head Of Steam

a family friendly pub in the village of Lilbourne, set in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.

Pop in and enjoy the comfortable atmosphere of a tradition pub. Choose from a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits, and sample our freshly prepared food.
The Specials menu varies throughout the year as our experienced chef makes the most of seasonal ingredients.

Converted from a house in 2013, this railway themed, thriving community free house serves a wide selection of ales.

Friendly conversation dominates in this welcoming pub creating a comfortable atmosphere. Locally-sourced pork pies and freshly made rolls are available.

‍The large garden with an outside bar makes this a great summer venue, with the local CAMRA branch awarding it Summer Pub of the Year for three consecutive years.

‍ Occasional folk nights and beer festivals are held. Sunday lunches are now served and there are steak and cheese nights every other Thursday.

Lilbourne Castle is also just a short walk away.

‍ We look forward to your visit. And don’t forget – dogs are welcome!

Food & Drink

Our menu is all about fresh, seasonal food. Situated as we are in the heart of one of the UK’s most productive farming regions, many of our ingredients are locally sourced. In addition to the regular menu, we offer some great daily Specials which are listed on the blackboard. ‍ If you have a food allergy or intolerance, please speak to a member of staff before ordering your food and drinks.
food menu
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Head Of Steam Lilbourne

Watch all your favourite sports while chilling in our friendly pub.


Live action from all the major Premiership games! Come and join us complain about V.A.R.!!!


National & League games, 6 Nations and much much more! Come and enjoy the atmosphere!

Horse Racing

Whether you've picked a favourite or just enjoying all the results from the day!


From Test Matches to The Ashes! BT covers your essential games!

Enjoy Our Fantastic Beer Garden

When the sun shines, the garden fills with fans of Wye Valley beers and connoisseurs of gin & tonics. Sprawl over a picnic bench on the patio to catch the last evening rays while chatting with friends and family.

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