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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Restaurant reviews

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...

Late lunch a winner at the historic Lamplighter

Review: The Lamplighter, 66 Overstone Road, Northampton, NN1 3JS Penda’s small dining companion is trying to eat with her hands again. She’s gnawing on a chunk of crackling and wiggling as she does so. “I’m trying to get this wobbly baby...

Tea for twelve was an icy treat

Review - Beckworth Emporium Restaurant, Glebe Road, Mears Ashby, NN6 0DL. That chilly, dark section of the year - post-Christmas, pre-spring- is not Penda’s favourite time.  But the winter blues were wafted away in the company of good friends at Beckworth...

Hits and misses at laid-back Red Lion

Review - The Red Lion at Brafield, 6 Bridle Path, Brafield- on-the-Green, NN7 1BP After being recommended a visit to The Red Lion at Brafield by a family of vegetarians, it seemed somehow wrong to start by ordering pork scratchings....

The Press brings you tomorrow’s chips today

Matt Moore finds he has a taste for a pun... Hot off the press… it’d be a great way to start this review, but instead I’m just namechecking one of the many burgers available at Northampton’s latest gourmet burger restaurant....

Fabulous fine dining in theatre’s top room – Hibiscus, Northampton review

Penda had been looking forward to this. A promise of an up-market dining experience in Northampton for less than £30 a head? Yes please. Hibiscus is tucked away upstairs in Royal & Derngate’s building, in the former Crown Room, a...

Kids rocked at Foodies.(Rock)

NQ's Penda looks at another county eaterie... There were  furrowed brows from the younger Penda friends as they looked at the menu at uber-trendy Foodies.Rocks (not my punctuation). They were conflicted: they’d been given their own menus and a little tick-box...

Stuffed by saucy steaks at Miller and Carter, Northampton

Penda is old enough to remember when the height of dining sophistication was to go to an Angus Steakhouse. They may have gone on to have a reputation for serving shoe-leather steak to tourists in London, and were unluckily  affected...

The Smokepit is still hot

It took a while for us to get to The Smokepit in Northampton, which opened in 2015. The building had been so many things before, including the Blue Plate Diner and briefly Chilli’s Indian Buffet. On our first visit we’d...

Is Delapre Abbey’s cafe worth the premium pricing?

After a multi-million pound project to open its 900 year history to the public, Delapre Abbey has removed its covers and opened its cafe. The new conservatory cafe is a beautiful reveal and the Billiard Room next door is a...
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If it’s good enough for the King of England… 19 places that put Northampton at the centre of shoe and boot making

If no lesser figure than King Charles III likes a rummage around in the shoe factories of Northampton then...
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