Hops & Chops
Hops & Chops opened in March 2018 in the village of St Crispin’s on the outskirts of Northampton. It describes itself as a ‘modern chophouse’. Chophouses were popular in the 1600s, and brothers James and Matt Ingram have brought this one right into the 21st century.
As soon as you walk in you are faced with a display fridge containing the most amazing large cuts of marbled meats. The décor can only be described as ‘butcher chic’. The walls are adorned with pictures of cows and butchery equipment.
We chose the ‘Honey Heat Tomapork’ – bourbon-glazed pork belly and pork popcorn – plus the Steak Frites. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and the portion sizes are generous, so make sure you are hungry when you arrive. Vegetarian options are available.
As well as the fantastic food menu, there is an extensive drinks list with a large selection of craft beers, plus a gin selection that spans two pages.
Hops & Chops is open Monday to Thursday 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm–10pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-10pm and Sunday 11am-9pm. Booking is essential in the evenings as this place can get quite busy, especially at weekends.
By Lisa Hayter, regional editor