Northamptonshire news: Magee St Bakery, The Smokepit, Nuovo

Published on January 27, 2015

By Carmela Sereno Hayes (pictured below), our Northamptonshire correspondent

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January has been a month of new openings in Northamptonshire, from restaurants to bakeries.

First up is Magee Street Bakery in Northampton, which opened its doors on January 23. Tom and Maddy are passionate about their new venture and have dived in with anticipation, excitement and knowledge. Tom has a love for good quality bread and is a keen baker, while Maddy is the coffee expert. They’ve taken the leap to bring something a little different to the back streets of Northampton. All of the bread is made using their wild yeast starter and all loaves are stone baked on site throughout the day. Sweet treats are indulgent, scrumptious and seasonal, with a new menu each day. Coffee is hand roasted in small batches from high-grade beans. So offering a combination of freshly made bread, hand cut sandwiches, cakes and coffee, Magee Street Bakery is well worth a visit! Tom and Maddy are ready for you.


Moving onto something a little meatier, The Smoke Pit’s long-awaited opening is upon us. Doors open from January 24 and I can’t wait to have a taste. Located on The Ridings in Northampton’s town centre, set in the Old Bake House, The Smoke Pit specialises in barbecued meat, dry-aged steak and home-smoked dishes. It uses sustainable British charcoal and single species wood in its fires. Having tasted exceptional barbecue food in London, I am incredibly excited to have The Smoke Pit on my doorstep. Pouring craft beers and rare bourbon alongside the meat dishes, it sounds like a winning combination and is set in a contemporary, industrial setting.

I’ll finish this Northamptonshire update on something close to my heart. Nuovo restaurant is a new Italian-style Northampton restaurant serving ‘cichetti’ style dishes. Cichetti are small sharing dishes similar to mezze or tapas, a style brought to us from Venice. Nuovo opened its doors the week before Christmas. It serves perfectly formed arancini, amazing battered cod cheeks and one of my favourite cichetti – Provolone cheese wrapped in Parma ham and baked, among many other dishes. As well as cichetti, Nuovo offers a standard main menu and a vast array of dolci. There is also a small deli on site.

Inside Nuovo

That wraps up January’s update. Northants seems to be once again thriving and holding its own when it comes to artisan producers and excellent eating establishments. If you have any Northamptonshire food and drink news you would like to share through this regular Great Food Club Magazine blog, please email me.

Carmela Serano Hayes lives in Northamptonshire and is the author of Southern Italian Family Cooking. She also runs cookery classes and is behind the website Carmela’s Kitchen.


The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.