Food & Drink

Scroll for the tastiest food and drink from across Northamptonshire.

11th Jul 2024

Something to ‘tipple’ your fancy

If, like us, you love a little gin tipple, your palate will no doubt have met with Warner’s Gin before now. The distillery, which is all about quality and contemporary twists on traditional flavour, is set in the rolling hills of Northamptonshire on an estate dating back to the 13th century. Its super spirits utilise the elderflower, angelica, verbena and lavender grown on the farm. The team behind the winning liquor are offering tours of the distillery, which gives you unrivalled access, taking you through the art of gin-making, from those beautiful botanicals to the sustainable practices they employ, showing a commitment to the environment. There are two tours to choose from; a classic distillery tasting tour within the farm, or, a longer nature experience, which will see you tour through the 140 acre farm, where you will tend the bee hives, harvest those farm-grown botanicals, mix up cocktails and..

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11th Jul 2024

Hello Foodies

Go take a bite... Bite Street Northampton has lip-licking events offering fabulous eats, liquid treats and cool beats throughout the summer. The brand will cater for you at The County Cricket Ground (July 26-28), with the promise of epic vendors, house cocktails, foaming beer, good wine and great vibes. Meet the acquaintance of Tapas Zampa, The Patty Freaks, Gyro Guys, and vegan donut deliverers, Flats Doughnuts. The bar will be serving up Budvar, Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn Defender, Punk IPA, Prosecco van, cocktails, cider, Warner’s gin and vegan wine. Cheers to that. There are further chances to tickle those tastebuds at Franklin’s Gardens with a variety of traders – check in between August 9 & 11, and again between August 23 & 25. Food shouldn’t just nourish, it should be an occasion, and Bite Street has got this business bang on. > Let the tasting begin at bitestreet.co.uk Looking ahead, Sophie’s..

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07th Jul 2024

College Student, Artisan Local Product and Artisan Local Drink Finalists Announced in Prestigious...

Northamptonshire is fizzing with excitement as this year’s finalists in the Artisan Local Product and Artisan Local Drink categories are announced, showcasing unprecedented innovation, quality, and passion for craftsmanship. 14 of the county's best Artisan food and drink products have been revealed as finalists, they will now compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze in their respective categories. The ‘Artisan’ classification includes products from local companies that make a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods.   Rachel Mallows MBE DL, Awards Director, said: “Innovation is a theme in the Artisan categories this year, which is exciting to see. Across both categories, judges could not meet my maximum five shortlist. Not only were the entries wide ranging but also every judging session had feedback and enthusiasm about the brilliant innovation of producers, as well as the exceptional taste of the shortlisted products and drinks.”..

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04th Jul 2024

Theatre to open new café-bar on Guildhall Road

Royal & Derngate is delighted to announce that it will be opening a new café-bar this autumn, adjacent to the theatre on Guildhall Road. The theatre will be working in partnership with a local company, behind other successful hospitality outlets in the area, to launch Lola’s Bar in September. Lola’s will be situated at the corner of Guildhall Road and Swan Street, taking over the location of John Franklin’s, which closes at the end of July. Lola’s will initially be offering cocktails and small plates in the evening, and coffee and brunch during the day, opening from Tuesday to Saturday every week, with additional opening hours on Sundays and Mondays dependent on theatre shows. Rob Parkes, Operations & Commercial Director at Royal & Derngate said: “We’re on a mission to provide the best experiences for our theatre and Filmhouse customers and all visitors to Northampton town centre. Lola’s Bar will..

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25th Jun 2024

Ember and Black Ducks Bars to throw Mexican mariachi party at Duston Mill

A pop-up Mexican-inspired BBQ and bar is throwing its doors open for one weekend only in Northampton. Ember restaurant and Black Ducks Bars will be hosting their grand, taco-fuelled BBQ on July 13th and 14th. Tickets are now on sale for the two-day Mexican foodie party, complete with a mariachi band and mezcal cocktails. Robert Prentice, owner of the venue Duston Mill, said: “Duston Mill is excited to host Northampton’s coolest food and drink pop-up event on Saturday, 13th July and Sunday, 14th July. “Our cool industrial event space will be taken over by two of the region's most dynamic and renowned food and drink operators. “James Peck’s award-winning live fire restaurant, Ember, in Wellingborough, and Black Ducks Bars owner Jimmy Emmett, from Northampton, will transform Duston Mill into a Mexican fondita, with a family BBQ vibe during Saturday and Sunday daytime and a live mariachi band for the Saturday..

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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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