While a lot of people use Northampton as a base to travel in and out of London, there’s still plenty to boast about in the town. From the grand architecture found in the centre, to an interesting food and drink scene that’s blossoming every day. Here’s your guide to restaurants in Northampton town centre and near you.
Picking just a few is hard, but we’ve selected three of the best restaurants in Northampton, covering different tastes and cuisines, below:
You have tons of places to get a quick lunch (or something more substantial) in Northampton. Here are three of the top restaurants and cafes that locals rate the best:
Paring wine and food is all about taste. Learn how to really, deeply taste and savour the things you eat, and drink and you’ll start to know instinctively how to put the right wine with your food. Don’t worry, though, there are a couple of shortcuts.
A good place to start is pairing a light wine with light food and heavier wines with heavier foods – a sauvignon blanc with sole, for example.
Another clue is that if you’re boiling, steaming or poaching your food it will have more delicate flavours and will sit better with a light wine.
Finally, be careful at the end of your meal. The sweetness of a dessert can make your wine taste sour, so be sure to pair it with a sweet wine to avoid the stark contrast, Sauternes is a great choice.
A Michelin star is, for many chefs, the culinary mountaintop. The process for giving them out is still happily old school, and surprisingly there are only around 120 inspectors in charge of dishing them up worldwide.
These inspectors have the enviable job of travelling the globe and sampling roughly 240 restaurants a year. The precise metrics they use for awarding the coveted stars is a secret, but Michelin Guide editor Rebecca Burr did tell the Telegraph a few details. It’s naturally very much focused on the food, and technical skill, refinement, signature dishes and having something that sets them apart are all important factors taken into consideration.
It’s fair to say I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with shopping, particularly at the Trafford Centre. The one thing that gets me through the sometimes-necessary trips to such places is the hope of finding somewhere good to dine when I’m finished. You’d think that’d be easy at the Trafford Centre, after all there are over 50 places to eat and drink. Although the majority are either coffee shops or the usual sort of chains you can find on any retail park - from Pizza Express and Nando’s to T.G.I Fridays and Frankie & Benny’s - there are several more interesting options too.
Dashing to the theatre, sweetie, darling? Well not until you’ve pondered the city’s top five dining establishments for luvvies looking for a little pre theatre satisfaction in Glasgow.
Brunch is the most important meal of the most important part of the week - the weekend. Lazing and grazing is the only way for some weekend mornings or to kickstart a slow weekday. Right now, London loves brunch. And there are so many options, from super meaty to Antipodean (and lets be honest, they do lead the way). New Yorkers say we don’t do brunch properly, but really it’s just that we don’t do it like them. Brunch for us is more breakfast style; you’ll never see pasta on a brunch menu. And that seems right to me.