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The Plump Partridge

The Plump Partridge opened its doors for the first time in July 2015. Owned by father and daughter team Justin and Fay Partridge, it is a calm oasis right in the heart of Northampton.

The coffee house is open for breakfast and lunch. The lunch menu offers salads, flatbreads and wood-fired pizzas. Pizzas available when we visited included ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘Some Like It Hot’ and ‘Notting Hill’ (a pizza containing Portobello mushrooms, which I think is genius naming!)

What really impressed me when we visited was the attention to detail – in the drinks, food and decor. On one of the walls there was a blackboard that explained the importance of heating the milk for coffee to an exact temperature. Too hot and the milk starts to taste bitter – it needs to be just right to get the correct level of caramelisation to complement the coffee.

My coffee of choice is always a mocha – I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth. I don’t mind admitting that I was a little confused when they asked me what kind of chocolate I would like in my mocha. They showed me the jars behind the counter that contained four varieties of chocolate. After asking their advice I went for the Classic, which was a chocolate from Equador with 70% cocoa. It made a delicious mocha. My plan is to return soon to try out the different varieties.

Photo: Dynamic Viewing Club

By Lisa Hayter, South Northants editor

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18 Horse Market, Northampton, NN1 2DL
01604 207377

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  1. Gill says:
    Nice waitressWaitress v nice and was helpful and the surroundings good. Sadly my salad was poor, an enormous bowl of the cheapest salad leaves, no nice lettuce or rocket, 3 halved cherry tomatoes, no cucumber or other salad and a drizzle of balsamic, no other dressing. Bought in, I suspect, Cajun chicken microwaved to warm up and underripe Mango. Will need to up its game.
  2. Jane Draper says:
    Lovely!Great hot chocolate, wonderful cakes. What more could a girl want?

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