You can find The Old White Hart just outside of Northampton’s city centre, just down Bridge Street and over the River Nene. This laid-back restaurant serving modern British food is in a fabulous location for any purpose, whether you don’t want to head back into the busy town centre for some great food, or you’re already in the centre and don’t mind walking a minute down the road to visit the Old White Hart.
Inside, the former working men’s club has been transformed in to a modern, sophisticated space. The central curved bar makes a statement as you enter, and the warm, aubergine and red colour scheme makes the space instantly hip and contemporary. You can sink back into the comfy leather seats, or alternatively choose to relax outside on the gorgeous terrace area, where the outdoor heaters are sure to keep you toasty if the weather turns a little chilly.
The menu features plenty of great dishes, from gourmet steak burgers, to pulled pork sandwiches, to pan seared duck. Look out for Northamptonshire produce including rapeseed oil, cheese and free range eggs: every dish is made with love and care. To start with, go for the whole roasted garlic served on a rustic bread base, or the yummy pan seared scallop, cockle and saffron risotto with crab beignet. For your main course, opt for a traditional poached chicken with a medley of baby summer vegetables, minted potatoes and a tarragon aioli, or opt for an in-house smoked goat’s cheese with sweet red pepper and red onion filo tart, served with a courgette, pine nut and spinach salad. If you visit on a Sunday, go for their amazing selection of Sunday lunch roast meats, fish and vegetarian options, which changes weekly to make the most of seasonal produce. If you’ve saved some room, make sure to sample the mango baravrois, coconut sphere and pistachio cake, or opt for the new twist of strawberries and cream served with lavender scone and clotted cream ice cream.
The Old White Hart Inn is one of Northampton’s hidden gems; the innovative menu and excellent ingredients have established it as one of the hotspots of British dining in the area.