Situated on Derngate in the centre of Northampton is the well-reputed Vineyard restaurant. Featured on Channel 4’s The Restaurant Inspector, the Vineyard has been open for over 20 years serving fine dining cuisine in relaxed surroundings.
This family-run business has built up a fantastic reputation in Northampton over the years for serving the best fresh fish in the area with a different special available daily according to the latest and freshest catch. The restaurant is light and airy and decorated in a neutral palette of creams and fern greens with simple black and white paintings adorning the walls.
The menu is wide ranging and offers something to suit everyone’s tastes. The seafood dishes range from king scallops and prawns to beautiful halibut and monkfish, which are always perfectly cooked. The grilled monkfish wrapped in smoked salmon and set on a beurre noir sauce is just one of the superb specialities that the Vineyard have on offer. The restaurant aims to have a wide selection of great fish dishes always on the menu but there is also a good selection of meat dishes if you or your dining partners are not seafood lovers. Saddle of lamb topped with Portobello mushrooms and melted brie is a firm favourite with regulars and breast of duck in a fruit chutney with redcurrant and balsamic glaze is an excellent alternative.
Tina the restaurant manager is a very friendly and knowledgeable host making sure that you will always enjoy first class service and a welcoming atmosphere. She has an extensive love and knowledge of top class wines and advises diners on the perfect wines to accompany any dish.
Due to its close proximity to the Derngate and The Royal Theatre, The Vineyard restaurant in Northampton is a very popular pre-theatre dining destination. With fantastic pre-theatre offers it is no surprise that this venue is packed day in and day out. It is perfectly set up to cater for larger parties as well as couples and more intimate groups. Booking is highly recommended.
Photography by Katrina Harrison.