While repainting we took down a huge black board. Look what we found! On the back, sad and faded, was this sign. We’ve restored it. Flowers Brewery was founded in 1831 by Edward Fordham Flower in Stratford-upon-Avon. His son, Charles, was the founder of the original Shakespeare Theatre in 1875. Relatives of the Flower family still live in Ilmington Manor. The Lordship of Ilmington Manor “resides” with Lord Howard of Corby after whom the Howard Arms was named.
The pub and dining room have been refurbished to combine an appealing mix of old furniture, broad polished flagstones and a log fire that burns for most of the year. It is an especially attractive and relaxed place to drink and eat, with dogs welcome to join their owners in the bar area. Particular attention was given to the lighting. Local company Lightmasters came up with stunning and original designs, some of which even incorporate soundproofing.
The Howard Arms is well-known for the quality of its menus, locally sourced food, home-baked bread, Sunday roasts, amazing puddings, choice of real ales and discerningly chosen wines.