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Friday, January 28, 2022

Restaurant reviews

Bill’s may be a chain but a good shopping hideout

We usually give priority on our eating out experiences in NQ to independent outlets who, like our humble selves, are battling against the bigger chaps with their deeper, corporate pockets. But after a couple of visits to Bill’s at...

Tap and Kitchen’s an odd modern mixture

WE needed an excuse to move further afield from the county town to discover more of Northamptonshire’s culinary hot-spots. When the in-laws decided, well in advance of their dotage, to move to Norfolk, a suitable meeting point for...

Mother lovin’ noodles

Let me show you what mountain bikers eat, I said to my daughter as we pootled around Northampton on our bikes at the weekend. That's how we ended up at Mothers Wok and Sushi because it is pretty much directly...

Delapre’s Orangery has improved 18-months on . . . but still not for dogs

Back in August 2017 we wrote about the huge redevelopment that had been ongoing at Delapre Abbey in Northampton. One of the major changes was the removal of the much-loved cafe run by volunteers that had been replaced by...

Elwes lunch was a traditional treat

The search for Penda’s perfect Sunday lunch has become a bit of a quest for the family. Not organised enough to plan in advance, there are many weekends spent deciding at the last minute to go out for a...

They have changed the menu at Buddies!

Towards the end of the last century I arrived in Northampton as a wide-eyed bumpkin from leafy Bedford and I asked the grizzled old hacks at the Chron what this dirty old town actually had. The enormous desk of sports...

Review: Posh picky bits at the Bread and Pullet

THERE’S a signature dish enjoyed at Casa Penda known as ‘Picky Bits’. This can come in premium and economy versions. The economy version is basically leftovers, some heated up rice, maybe a handful of olives, half a can of beans,...

Church salvation is historic and gastronomic

Review: The Church, 67-83 Bridge Street, Northampton, NN1 1PD. Tel: 01604 603800 Penda remembers when the church on the island at the bottom of Bridge Street was pretty much abandoned. It seemed desperately disappointing that this ancient building was neglected and...

Try the gin when you treat yourself at the Tolly

By Penda A perfect sunny afternoon with a visit to a country pub is the stuff of a tourism marketing executive’s dream. Thankfully in Northamptonshire we get to do it for real, with dozens of good rural pubs. Part of the fun...

A treat with meat but service needs stations

Review: Hops and Chops. 6 Kent Road, St Crispins, Northampton, NN5 4DR There are two high landmarks that always make Penda glad to be home: Northampton’s Express Lift Tower and the clock-tower at the derelict St Crispin’s hospital site, perched...
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