The Vineyard

The Vineyard

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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.

Review summary

9.4 based on 28 reviews
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Reviews (28)

  • Mason Masterman

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    Excellent!! Even though we were a little late due to traffic problems we were made very welcome and told to relax. The only downside was we had booked for a pre-theatre meal and we had to leave much sooner than we would have liked. We shall stay longer next time to soak up the ambiance!

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  • Robert Culbard

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    It had been around 20 years since my last visit to The Vineyard, during which time the restaurant had undergone a face lift and change of ownership. So too, had the cuisine. Formerly, it had been a restaurant specialising in French cuisine, now it was advertised as a seafood specialism. The food was prepared to a high standard, with attention to detail. However, the portions were not particularly generous for their marked prices. Service was excellent and the restaurant was quiet and pleasant, but not particularly atmospheric. There will be further visits.

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  • Wendy Pittman

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    Warm welcome and attentive service. The food was excellent and served promptly so there was no anxiety about being late for the theatre. Good choice of dishes using fresh ingredients. Would certainly recommend.

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  • Helen Reynolds

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    Sadly we had a table by the door on a snowy night and it was draughty for the duration. We did ask to sit elsewhere and were told they were in fact full and that all the dinners were in. This was not true as there were other tables free. The door was in constant use and it was snowing with dinners coming later and sat further into the restaurant. Staff should have been more helpful. An umbrella stand would be useful along with a draught screen or porch door.

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  • Karen Collins

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    Lovely meal, good value, great service. We chose from the pre-theatre menu and it was excellent value for money.

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  • Mia Underwood

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    Excellent restaurant. Lovely food and great service. Very highly recommended.

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    Fab as ever - thanks.

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  • James Spittle

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    With a small pre-theatre menu, one would expect full availability, this was not so. At first we were advised that the Chicken main course was not available, then we were advised later it was (to be fair they did source it from elsewhere) the main order for chicken and ham pie was taken and some time later we were advised it was not available. Apart from that service and quality was good.

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  • Grace Churchill

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    What a fabulous meal, we were all delighted and will certainly be returning in the near future. Many thanks.

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    As ever great food, great service, and great fun. More people should go here it is one of the best value restaurants around and the food is always fantastic. Thanks again girls.

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  • HA

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    Amazing value meal - we opted for the pre-theatre. All waiting staff were very polite and efficient.

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    Another great night - Pie was FANTASTIC as ever and good fun and great service - looking forward to hearing more about and when their next 'music/dining' evening is. Thanks girls, Brian

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    As ever great meal, service and atmosphere. Very busy pre-theatre turning tables a couple of times and having to turn people away a few times as so busy - which is great to see - definitely book to avoid disappointment - be back soon. Fishcakes were fabulous!

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    Once again a great meal and service. Pre-theatre menu seemed bigger with new items - fishcake was fantastic as was the game pie - (the pies are always good and great pastry). They mentioned music nights one a month or 2 months - dine / music and singalong - something different and we are going to the next one. Thanks again ladies.

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  • FS

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    We enjoyed the really superbly priced pre-theatre meal and would definitely advise others to try it!

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    Once again great food and service. Seasonal / lunch staff were great - very attentive and friendly. Nicley decorated for Xmas and a Wedding Lunch as well. The steaks and Duck were great with no fat at all and just melted in your mouth.

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    As ever very welcoming and friendly. They take time to get to know their customers and remember you and it always feels like dining at friends rather than at a stuffy restaurant - the pies are fantatstic def. try them. We will see you again soon

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    As usual a great welcome and great food. It is not like visiting a restaurant it is like 'dining with friends'. As ever relaxed and nothing is too much bother - again ladies thanks for a great night.

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  • Brian Mitchell

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    The reputation of this restaurant locally is such that we have been meaning to go there for years, and a family birthday at last gave us the perfect excuse. The food and staff are excellent - it did not disappoint on any level and i would recommend it to anyone. Thanks to all at The Vineyard for a brilliant evening.

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    As ever a great meal and great atmosphere. The sardines were fantastic as was the liver pate - everyone had a great time and we will be back again soon Brian

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    Another great evening with friends - very relaxed and friendly service always there when you need them but not 'hovering' - food was fantastic as usaul and not hurried to leave. Well recommended.

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  • Brian Jemmett

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    Not been for a long time - reminded of it by recent TV programme - and had a fantastic night - the staff could not do enough for you - very friendly / relaxed service but always n hand to help. Food was great - expecially the home-made ham and the steak & kidney pies. We went for the pre-theatre and not rushed to leave - DEFINITLEY BE BACK AND DEFINITELY RECOMMEND - Thanks ladies

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  • Paul Wikeley

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    Had to refill toilet roll holder only because spares were under hand basin. Delightful meal however slightly off putting was smell of smoke from rear of bar. Cheese cake portion was unfortunately quite small. Apple pie delicious and ample!

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  • Theresa Smith

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    Booked for the pre theatre meal. Fairly good service although we did think the waitress could have been more friendly towards us. I did not appreciate the table being cleared as soon as we had finished.

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  • Victoria Leatherland

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    Lovely meal, service was brilliant, great atmosphere and the food was spot on. Will definitely be going back.

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  • Susan Raith

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    The meal were very good, service was excellent, could not fault anything would happily go back again.

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  • Don Mcnee

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    Congratulations, a perfect start to a theatre night out. Well Done. Don McNee 19th September 2010.

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  • Hannah Walters

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    i had never heard of this restaurant before using Godine and it looked superb when i saw it. decided to go there on the weekend and had an exquisite meal. every aspect from the table settings to the food were all superb. the staff at the Vineyard were very accomodating and were extremely helpful. cant believe i have never come across this hidden gem before!

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