This restaurant with rooms can sometimes be too much of a temptation when passing on the M1 only a few fields away. On entering, heavy old beams come as a slight surprise, as the building has a modern appearance from the outside, but some parts were originally an 18th century pub.
Ingredients have been carefully sourced from around Europe so beef from Scotland, meets lamb from Cornwall and foie gras from the Auvergne.
Starters such as 'Leek Soup, with Smoked Haddock and Gruyere'; 'Rillettes of Duck with Foie Gras' and 'Pear with Fig and Parma Ham' set the style.
While a winter menu offered 'Roast Pheasant Breast, Leg Meat Sausage and a Red Wine Sauce'; 'Breast of Cornfed Chicken with Chorizo and Cream' and 'Grilled fillet of Artic Char with Pea Compote, Prawns and Prawns in Beurre Blanc' among the main courses.
If you have room, you might be tempted by 'Strawberry and Raspberry Trifle'; 'Chocolate and Ginger Cake with Orange Marmalade Sauce and White Chocolate Ice Cream' or 'Prunes in Cognac with Cognac Ice Cream'.
There's a genial atmosphere, and service is friendly, professional and unhurried.
What's more - if you need a break in your travels, you can stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Fri & Sun 12.00-13.45; set L £20.50 (2 courses) to £23.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.30; set D £26 (2 courses) to £31 (3 courses); mains about £17 to £24
- Seats: 50
- Wine: a good list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Northampton
- Directions: close to Junction 15 of the M1. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Sun; 1 week Christmas; Bank Holiday Mondays
- Rooms available