Guide to Northampton food
Northamptonshire’s beautiful countryside doesn’t just look pretty – it also presents the county with plenty of delicious fresh produce, which the restaurants of Northampton are only too happy to put to good use. On your next visit, don’t miss these top five foodie havens.
For carnivores with class, there’s not a lot that can top a well-cooked, juicy steak. At Franks Steakhouse on Wellingborough Road, they’ve really mastered this art. After making your selection from an array of fine, locally sourced cuts, your steak will be cooked over charcoal in a top of the range Josper oven which seals in the flavour. It’s then served up on a wooden board accompanied by thick, hand-cut chips and your choice of indulgent sides, like crayfish mac and cheese or wilted spinach with garlic and chilli. A fine wine list ensures you’ll hit on the perfect complementary vintage for your feast. Just make sure you save room for some of the delicious hand-made desserts.
Returning to the same road and wandering slightly further down will lead you to the plush, ornate surroundings of Thai Emerald, where diners are treated to a selection of original recipes from all over Thailand. The restaurant goes all out to create an authentic Thai feel, with elaborate silk costumes for the waiting staff and enchanting ornaments and tropical plants adorning the dining rooms. Pick out a banquet meal to experience all the menu’s highlights, including pla priew wan, crispy sea bass fried whole and doused in sweet and sour sauce.
After winning critical acclaim in the capital, Hong Kong-born chef Felix Yu recently returned to Northampton to launch a restaurant bearing his own name, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. The menu at Felix Yu gives diners the chance to sample the very best contemporary Chinese cuisine, covering beloved Cantonese classics like crispy duck and Peking style ribs alongside more innovative, contemporary creations. Try the simple but delicious wok fried lobster with ginger and spring onion, made with lobster fresh from the restaurant’s own tank.
Les Olives Tapas Bar & Restaurant
If you’re after something a bit more Mediterranean, look no further than Les Olives Tapas Bar & Restaurant on Sheep Street, just a three-minute stroll from our Park Inn by Radisson Northampton. This family-run business prides itself on its friendly service, relaxed vibe and, of course, only the freshest tapas. Washing down yourchorizo or Iberican jamón with a glass of sangria or rioja, you could easily be sheltering from the sun on the coast of Catalonia.
The Snooty Fox
Get a taste of rural Northamptonshire by driving out to the picturesque village of Lowick, around half an hour from Northampton. A stellar example of the English countryside’s charms, the village landed firmly on the foodie map with the arrival of The Snooty Fox. A gastro pub set in a beautiful 16th-century manor house, it serves up English classics like West Country venison with the modern panache and presentation of a metropolitan eating house. Make a day of it by touring local attractions Drayton House, Fermyn Woods Country Park and Rockingham Castle, and you’ll soon have worked up an appetite big enough to devour three courses and a sizable cheese platter.