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About Us

The Northern Inn on Cobwell Road is one of Retford’s best-known pubs, having stood on its corner location for over 100 years and having opened originally as a licensed premises.

It’s a traditional drinking pub with a warm, friendly and lively atmosphere that makes it a popular local. It boats a large selection of draught beers, lagers, spirits, wines and soft drinks, a log-burning stove, bar snacks, quiz machine, fruit machine and jukebox.

Among the choices are Caffrey’s, Coors Light, Singha, Holsten Pils, Stella Cidre and Kopparberg.

The Northern is also a keen supporter of local sport, and runs a Sunday league football team as well as pool and darts squads.

The pub can be hired for special occasions, with buffets and hot food available.

The business expanded in December 2014 to become the home of Thai restaurant Som Tum. This successful venture is run by Som Jan, an experienced chef who previously ran a restaurant on Grove Street, and diners can choose from a huge range of meat-based and vegetarian dishes, with green and red curries among the choices. Dining is available on Fridays and Saturdays and all food is freshly prepared on-site.

Som’s authentic cooking features chicken, prawn tariyaki, beef, pork, duck and seafood – and there are an impressive 83 dishes on the menu. Sharing platters and vegetarian options are available

Whether it’s a stir fry, curry, spicy fishcakes, tiger prawns, sirloin steak, fried sea bass, grilled salmon or coconut rice, you can be sure to find a dish to suit your tastes.

Prices are competitive, with a meat-based main course costing on average between £8-£10.


The Northern Inn offer a warm welcome to friends, old and new – it’s the little pub with the big atmosphere!