The French Partridge is a boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant situated in the estate village of Horton, Northamptonshire. Easily accessible thanks to its roadside location on Newport Pagnell Road, the venue has been attracting hordes of visitors since the restaurant was first opened by David Partridge in 1963.
The French Partridge has a fascinating history that has seen them on the receiving end of a Michelin Bib Gourmand, AA rosettes and featured in the Good Food Guide for more than 35 consecutive years. It has never strayed far from the restaurant reviewers ‘must dine’ list and after reopening under new management on the date of the Royal Wedding in 2011, it has been packed to the rafters day after day thanks to their vibrant continental menu, excellent service, beautiful surroundings and luxurious bedrooms to boot!
Accommodated within two Grade II listed, 17th century houses that were once part of the Gunning Arms Coaching Inn, The French Partridge is a historic venue that is both comfortable and homely whilst being luxurious and elegant at the same time. Boasting a ten-bedroom hotel that features two well-appointed family rooms as well as holistic spa treatments and, of course, a top-class restaurant, The French Partridge offers everything you need to enjoy a romantic weekend get-away, wedding reception, dinner with the family or lunch with friends. A private dining area is also available for those looking for a little exclusivity for their dinner party, conference or meeting whilst an al fresco terrace provides the perfect perch for summertime dining or drinks.
The restaurant offers an exciting selection of cuisines ranging from continental on the a la carte to tapas prepared by Spanish master chef José Luis and a traditional roast on a Sunday. Making the most of the fine local produce right on their doorstep, the kitchen team create a delectable menu that features, when seasonally available, dishes such as roast lamb shank served with roast potatoes, fresh vegetables and a calvados gravy; roast suckling pig with fresh vegetables, jacket potatoes and candied apple; and slow-cooked wild sea bass served with a crunchy vegetable bouquet, an asparagus and pancetta bundle and citrus perfume. The tapas menu provides an authentic taste of Spain with a mouthwatering selection of paella and rice, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes that are ideal for those looking to try a little bit of everything.
The restaurant at The French Partridge is a real delight to dine at. It’s no wonder why gastronomes were so eager to visit after the re-opening; the combination of cuisines, ambience, service and style on offer ensures that the French Partridge will continue to enjoy their successful reputation for years to come.
Photography by Katrina Harrison.