Situated right here beside the theatre, John Franklin’s serves locally roasted coffee, carefully crafted cocktails, hand-poured pints, a great selection of wines, and a vast spirit collection to cater for just about anyone. Boasting its own in-house bakery, all the cakes, bread, sausage rolls, and pastries are made right here, on site.

John Franklin’s offers a sophisticated yet cosy venue for your visit, with exposed brick and sage green theme, the bar brings class and comfort. A variety of seating is available, with high tables and barstools, low tables and chairs, comfy armchairs, and a snug nook with leather sofas. A lovely group of outdoor tables are also available among greenery, with a wonderful view of the Guildhall and Northampton Museum. Please note that booking is recommended if you require a table best suited to a wheelchair user.

Feeling peckish?

John Franklin’s displays a mouth-watering Deli counter, filled to the brim with delicious cheeses, cured meats, hams, olives, and more. You and your party can build your very own board, finished with crusty homebaked bread, chutney and grapes. Our menu includes a range of toasties, and of course, gluten-free and takeaway options are also available. Food is served all day & night.

John Franklin’s is accessible from Guildhall Road (including wheelchairs) or from a door directly from the Royal & Derngate foyer which you can use both pre and post theatre visit. 


To book a table, please email [email protected] or call 01604 655 790. Walk ins are  welcome!


Opening Hours:

Mon – Thu 10am-11pm
Fri – Sat 10am-12am
Sunday – Closed *

*Please note, when the Theatre is running a show with near to full capacity, John Franklin’s will open for pre-theatre customers.