An excellent gastro pub, with old oak beams, simple wooden furniture and crackling winter fires.
Apart from a short break in the early 2000's, it's been run by the Hoskins family since 1964.
The kitchen is now led by Simon Cadge - his partner Gerda efficiently running front of house. The establishment were fore runners in the gastro pub field, and it goes without saying that they have built up excellent network of local suppliers.
While the menu's follow the seasons, expect the likes of 'Home-Cured Bresaola with Shaved Fennel, Radish, Watercress & Truffle Mayonnaise'; 'Rock Oysters with Shallot Vinegar'; 'Gratinated Scallops with Crab & Cockle Velouté'; 'Snails with Garlic & Parsley Butter' and 'Pork Terrine with Onion Jam' amongst typical Spring starters.
To be followed by the likes of 'Char-Grilled Spring Cornish Lamb with Fondant Potato, Spinach, Wild Garlic & Salsa Verde'; 'Pappadelle of Squash, Mint, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds & Parmesan'; 'John Dory with Olive Mashed Potato, Gremolata, Courgette & Tomato' and 'Stuffed Saddle of Rabbit with Borlotti Beans, Shallot Purée, Artichokes, Broad Beans & Chili'.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Baked Chocolate Tart with Crème Fraiche & Griottine Cherries'; 'Apple Charlotte with Clotted Cream' or 'Ginger & Whisky Parfait with Poached Pears & Madeleines'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.00-14.00; mains about £13 to £23, set L £14.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); Sun 12.00-15.30; set L Sun £25 (3 courses) plus reduced helpings for children
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.30, Sun 18.30-20.30; early supper Tues-Fri (18.30-19.00) £14.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £23
- Seats: 90 seats, plus 30 outside
- Wine: an extensive list, travels the world, kicking off at around the £18 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Wellingborough Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating