Food & Drink

Scroll for the tastiest food and drink from across Northamptonshire.

18th Jun 2024

‘World’s priciest curry’ returns to mark King’s birthday

An award-winning restaurant in Northampton is marking Charles III’s birthday by bringing back a curry fit for a King…but it comes with an eye-watering price tag. The lavish dish will be available to order at Saffron in Castilian Street this weekend and features corn-fed chicken tikka cubes in a rich sauce infused with rare spices and topped with 50g of edible 24 carat gold leaf. The no-expense-spared dish will be added to the restaurant’s a la carte menu, but anyone fancying celebrating the monarch’s birthday in style will need to fork out a whopping £2,523 if they want to give it a try – making it officially the world’s most expensive curry. Saffron owner Naz Islam said: “Having first launched the dish during the Coronation last year we thought we’d bring it back as a one-off to celebrate this weekend. We have once again sourced the very finest ingredients from..

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18th Jun 2024

Home town coffee shop invests in expanded new premises

A popular chain of independent coffee shops has underlined its commitment to its home town by opening a new café in Northampton’s main shopping centre. Bewiched Coffee, owned by former Northampton College student Matt Fountain, opens its latest premises in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton on Friday – relocating from the upper mall to the ground floor next to Michael Jones Jeweller. The larger unit is a show of support for Northampton by the growing company, which previously launched the country’s first independent drive-thru coffee shop in the town and has since opened a network of venues around the Midlands. Mark Mullen, operations manager at Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), said: “It’s heartening to see a local company clearly doing well and showing their support for Northampton by investing in expanded premises. “This is the latest in a series of exciting new openings in this part of Grosvenor Shopping Northampton..

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12th Jun 2024

Where to dine for Father’s Day in Northamptonshire

Looking to spoil the special men in your life this Father’s Day in Northamptonshire? Look no further – we’ve got the lowdown on some fantastic spots. Whether you want to treat your dad, brother, uncle, friend, or grandparent, these restaurants will ensure you all celebrate a memorable Father’s Day. The Cromwell Cottage Freshly refurbished with a new menu, The Cromwell Cottage boasts a new look with impressive decor and vibrant vibes. Their Father’s Day menu offers three delicious courses for £31.95, featuring options like 30 day aged rib-eye steak, sticky chicken, trio of roasts, and even a dirty burger. Vegans are catered for, and dessert choices range from homemade brownies to crème brulee. The Fox and Hounds For a stylish and relaxed celebration, head to The Fox and Hounds in Harlestone. This premium pub and restaurant, centrally located in Lower Harlestone, offers a three-course set menu at £30.95 per person...

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06th Jun 2024

Get a real taste of Northamptonshire

It is time to raise a glass to the people, places and producers who will be taking part in the new Northamptonshire Week of Food & Drink. The showcase, which runs from 1st to 9th June, will give a taste of just what is happening across the county’s growing food and drink scene. The first ever Food & Drink Week will shine a spotlight on local produce, pop ups, collaborations, tours, tastings and more, at locations all around Northamptonshire. The week is just one of the initiatives being co-ordinated by Northamptonshire Surprise, a destination partnership, run by and with business leaders. The mission is to champion Northamptonshire as an exceptional visitor destination and to showcase what a great place it is to live and work. The May meeting was hosted by Kettering Park Hotel and Spa and the next in June is at Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa. Andrew Hollett,..

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29th May 2024

Northampton philanthropist given Freedom of City of London

A well-known Northampton businessman has been handed the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his charity work and commitment to the community in his home nation of Bangladesh. Naz Islam was presented with the title during a reception held at The Guildhall in London on Tuesday, 28 May. During a 27-year career, Naz has raised almost £100,000 for local charities and established a school and orphanage in one of the poorest areas of Bangladesh with the help of his family. He said: “Receiving this honour means the world to me and I am grateful beyond words for this recognition. It was a very special moment and one I will treasure forever. “I care passionately about my community, both here in Northampton and in Bangladesh. I have always tried to give back, helping those less fortunate than myself and raising money for local charities that are close to..

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23rd May 2024

Discover Genevieve’s Café: Northampton’s newest family-friendly coffeehouse

A delightful new family café, Genevieve's Café, has opened its doors in Pineham, Northampton, offering a warm and welcoming space for the entire community. Genevieve's Café, named after owner Laura Hughes' daughter, Genevieve, is a family-run coffeehouse that prides itself on being dog-friendly, accessible, and equipped with a soft play area for children under five. This new spot is set to become a beloved local hub for residents and visitors alike. Laura Hughes, the passionate entrepreneur behind the Café, decided to open the café for several heartfelt reasons. "Living in the village made me realise that there wasn't anything like this around here. We wanted to create a space that’s not only accessible for everyone, including those with disabilities, but also a place where parents, children, groups, and even dogs feel welcome," she shared. Laura, who previously ran The Mum Club in Milton..

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23rd May 2024

Countdown Until County’s First Food & Drink Week

Northamptonshire’s new Food & Drink Week, taking place for the first time this year, will be held from 1st to 9th June. Organised by Made in Northamptonshire and the Northamptonshire Tourism Business Network, the new initiative raises a glass to the people, places and produce that make up the county’s growing food and drink scene, with over 25 special events, local menus, pop ups, collaborations, tours, tastings and more, at locations all around Northamptonshire. Rachel Mallows is a Director of Made in Northamptonshire, one of the founders of the initiative. Rachel hopes it will help local businesses to raise their profile and attract new customers. Rachel adds; “Northamptonshire offers fabulous flavours and genuine home grown hospitality. Whether pubs, restaurants, caterers, food or drink producers, we all need to generate more sales and attract more customers - and this new Food & Drink Week is a great way to do that.”..

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16th May 2024

Warner’s Distillery Launch unique ‘Nature’s Finest Tour’ in the heart of Northamptonshire...

Warner’s Distillery, the world’s leading farm-born spirits producer, has just launched an exclusive ticketed nature experience at its farm headquarters in the village of Harrington, Northamptonshire. Those lucky enough to get a place will escape to Falls Farm where they will be taken on a journey of taste and discovery at the distillery’s historical English heritage-listed, 140 acre farm. A distillery tour like no other, this one of a kind experience is not only perfect for drinks and cocktail aficionados but also those nature and biodiversity enthusiasts with a penchant for enjoying the great outdoors. This unique tour brings you up close and personal to nature. Participants will dive into the 15 acres of stunning botanical gardens where Warner’s grow the ingredients for their delicious spirits and grabbing some tools they will get the chance to harvest a few of their own. There will also be a unique beekeeping experience..

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03rd May 2024

Introducing Northamptonshire’s Food & Drink Week: June 1st – 9th

Brace yourselves for a culinary celebration like no other as Northamptonshire gears up to launch its inaugural Food & Drink Week from June 1st to June 9th. Organised by Made in Northamptonshire and the Northamptonshire Tourism Business Network, this eagerly awaited event promises a feast for the senses, showcasing the finest gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Kevin Rogers, Partner at Wilson Browne Solicitors, are proud sponsors of the initiative. The firm hopes to encourage visitors and residents alike to support the county’s fantastic independent foodie businesses, and find new favourites. Kevin said; “Whether pubs, restaurants, food or drink products - we are excited to help put the county’s home grown firmly on the food and drink map of England.” Award-winning Chef James Peck, owner of Ember and No.13 bar in Wellingborough, is set to headline the Best..

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01st May 2024

Awards Celebrate Producers who keep Northamptonshire firmly on the Foodie Map of England

The sixteenth year of the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are picking up pace, with more people nominating more food businesses, and entries closing soon for college student and artisan product categories. Recognising and celebrating excellence in the sector’s brilliant local people, products and places, the competition relies on the support of the sector, which is going strong. And as the awards grow bigger and better each year, the awards organisers need more mystery shoppers to review nominees and see if the proof is in the pudding. Rachel Mallows MBE, Awards Director said “It’s been a brilliant start to the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink awards season, with entries in from all around the county, representing our excellent regional offering. Producers sustain our families and communities year-round, and need our support now more than ever, due to rising costs and spending pressures”. Previous winners know how much this competition can..

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24th Apr 2024

Ember restaurateur announces ownership of Northampton village pub

A Wellingborough restaurant owner is gearing up to take over a traditional village pub in Northampton - with sights set on an opening date for early May. James Peck, who owns the award-winning wood-smoked restaurant, Ember, has today announced he will be taking over The Four Pears. The Little Houghton pub is the third business in James’ growing catalogue, including Ember and Number 13 cocktail bar at Nene Court. The pub will be a really special location because of its upstairs private dining space and emphasis on family-friendly Sunday roasts, according to its owner. James said: “We’re taking over the pub from the first week of May and we want to hit the ground running. “We’ve got a beautiful upstairs dining room, which is really special. Once we’ve got settled in it will become an intimate, premium restaurant space with tasting menus. “We really want to put this beautiful part..

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18th Apr 2024

Bank holiday street food party with special guest line-up

Chefs across Northamptonshire are uniting for an evening of incredible food, drink and entertainment next month - with doors being thrown open to the public for the first time. Restaurant owner James Peck and DJ duo Reverb Parties are playing host to 70 guests at their latest event, ‘Industry Night’, on Sunday, 5th May at Ember and Number 13 in Wellingborough. The fun-filled bank holiday party not only promises foodies a night of amazing DJ sets and fire breathing performances, but popular county guest chefs will also come together to showcase fan-favourite dishes - with names to be announced in the coming days. Smoked BBQ street food on the night will be cooked by James and his award-winning team at Ember’s restaurant and outside terrace - while mouth-watering specialty cocktails and tasty drinks will be made by their sister bar, Number 13. It’s the second year James has hosted the..

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28th Mar 2024

Lets make time for spring at Rushden Lakes

The new season has officially arrived at Rushden Lakes. The deckchairs are coming out, the lake will soon be covered in canoes and the shops are bursting with pastel shades. This spring, Rushden Lakes wants to highlight that it's the perfect time to enjoy the simple things in life and how the destination offers a space to connect, indulge in joyful fun, and seize the latest seasonal trends. It's time to pause and discover how we can all make time for spring. Donna French, Rushden Lakes Centre Manager said, "We're always excited to welcome a new season at Rushden Lakes. This spring, we've launched our 'Let's Make Time For' campaign, to highlight how visitors can ensure they're making time for self-care, nature, eating well, and enjoying each other's company. At our destination, Shop, Eat, Explore is the motto, and the springtime calendar is full of ways to do just that."..

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26th Mar 2024

YO! Rushden Lakes opens on Good Friday

The UK’s leading Japanese food brand, YO! Is opening its doors at Rushden Lakes on Good Friday, 29th March 2024. The retail and leisure destination will be home to a new format of the famous YO! sushi restaurant. YO! promises to be a quick and convenient option for visitors, who can find the new store between neighbours, Five Guys and Greggs. On the extensive menu will be new customisable donburi rice and noodle bowls inspired by the Japanese food scene, you will find, restaurant quality, sustainably sourced, hand-crafted sushi, and the best of Tokyo Street food. Ramen, poke, and salads will also be readily available, as well as Kid’s Bentos and dessert options including Little Moons Mochi. Visitors will also have the option to click and collect. Donna French, Rushden Lakes Centre Manager said, “We’re delighted to welcome YO! to Rushden Lakes. YO! is joining an already impressive line-up of restaurants..

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21st Mar 2024

Northamptonshire Culinary Awards back for the sixteenth year

The Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards are back for a sixteenth year of shining a spotlight on local culinary excellence. Recognising and celebrating the county’s brilliant people, places and producers, the Awards fly the flag for buying and supporting local, and as spending pressures continue, that support for independent and local is more important than ever. With a sensational set of sponsors, and eighteen categories, this year’s Awards are a toast to all that is great about the county’s experiences, produce and drink; a reward for those who work so hard locally – rising to not insignificant challenges facing the hospitality sector – and keep Northamptonshire firmly on the foodie map of England. Headline sponsor, Weetabix, who last year committed to supporting the competition for another three years, will once again be joined by category sponsors including All Things Business, Booker, British Pepper & Spice Co. Ltd, Daily Bread..

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