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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Northamptonshire

Thinking of Northamptonshire conjures up images of classic English villages built from distinctive honey-coloured ironstone. Memories of beautifully cooked food and delicious local beers may well spring to mind too, as nestled in the county’s market towns and villages are some truly excellent Northants pubs and restaurants. Led by editors Lisa (south Northants) and Anna (north Northants), Great Food Club will guide you to the best Northamptonshire restaurants, pubs, producers, delis and farm shops, with some great member offers thrown in.

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  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
  • Up to 25% off with your free membership card

Recommended businesses in Northamptonshire

Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region and their member offers, with more coming soon…

  • 185 Watling Street Pub & Kitchen

    An eclectic pub in the middle of Towcester, offering exciting food and great drink in a wonderful art deco style interior…

    Free bottle of house wine for tables of four
  • Amps Fine Wines

    Since 1901, Amps Fine Wines has been introducing superlative tipples to the palates of discerning zinfandel zealots and pinot practitioners…

    10% off all wines displayed in Amps' in-store tasting machine
  • ARTea Room

    Located inside rural shopping village Wakefield County Courtyard in Potterspury, Northants, ARTea Room is a licenced teashop offering vintage style and a cosy atmosphere…

    Currently no offers
  • Ashley Farm Shop

    The sort of proper farm shop that raises the value of neighbouring houses – a home cook’s dream…

    Currently no offers
  • Beckworth Emporium

    A large food and drink emporium showcasing local suppliers, with attached cafe/restaurant and garden/gift shop. Winner of Best Northants Shop in the Great Food Club Awards…

    Currently no offers
  • Beer Guerrilla

    Beer Guerrilla in Northampton is a cracking family-run shop selling beers, lagers and ciders from around the world…

    Currently no offers
  • Belflair Chocolates

    Only the finest natural ingredients are used in these delicious chocolates made by husband-and-wife team Stefaan and Mervi Moyaert at their Brackley (Northants) base…

    Currently no offers
  • Brasserie 23 at The King’s Head

    A brasserie, pub and cafe in one – County Restaurant of the Year 2014/15 in the Carlsberg Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards…

    A medium glass of house wine when dining from the...
  • Brewbabu

    A creative and quirky independent tea and coffee specialist that offers some lovely food too…

    Currently no offers
  • Bulwick Village Shop

    Maker of an exquisite range of quirky preserves, from eye-wateringly hot ‘Peps’ to the joyously tangy ‘Cuban Breakfast’…

    Buy any three jars at normal price (£3.50) and get...
  • Carmela’s Kitchen

    Carmela’s Kitchen of Northampton offers authentic Italian cookery classes and a monthly supper club…

    Currently no offers
  • Cheggs Scotch Eggs

    Cheggs scotch eggs are fresh, made with locally sourced ingredients and lovingly prepared to a special recipe by two Northamptonshire brothers…

    10% off single eggs or three for £9
  • Cottingham & Middleton Village Store & Café

    A volunteer-run village store and café that showcases locally produced foods, from wonderful cheeses to pleasing pies to artisan breads…

    Spend £10 in the shop and get a free regular...
  • Delapré Abbey Conservatory Café

    The Conservatory Café, with its excellent lunches and Afternoon Teas, gives you another good reason to visit stunning Delapré Abbey…

    Currently no offers
  • Devine Bettys Catering Co

    Bespoke caterers based in Northamptonshire, focusing on creative world dishes of flair, flavour, quality and provenance…

    A free bottle of wine per five guests for private...
  • DonnaLulu Cooks

    Donna Thomas from Thrapston, Northants, produces sweet and savoury cakes and bakes, based on traditional recipes but with an exciting twist…

    10% off any purchase with your GFC card
  • Elliott’s Fine Food (Butcher & Deli)

    A traditional, family run butcher’s and deli in Northamptonshire. The butcher’s sells meat produced on Elliott’s own farm and the deli provides a large selection of handmade foods…

    Currently no offers
  • Exeter Arms

    A beautifully restored pub with extensive, ever-changing menus and a passion for cooking with locally farmed produce…

    Currently no offers
  • Farrington’s Oils

    A delicious range of oils, dressings and mayonnaises made from rapeseed grown on a Northamptonshire family farm…

    Currently no offers
  • Friars Farm

    A delicious, bespoke range of jams and chutneys made in Northamptonshire using local ingredients…

    Currently no offers
  • Ganders Goat Gelato

    A Northamptonshire farm producing low-fat, naturally flavoured and delicious goats’ milk gelato…

    Free single-scoop cone with any 2 x 450ml take-home tubs...
  • Gourmet Spice Co

    Inventive and original spices, rubs, oils and vinegars hand-blended in Northants using natural ingredients…

    10% off on the website by quoting the code GFC10
  • Hambleton Bakery Oundle

    Crowned Britain’s Best Bakery, Hambleton Bakery traditionally produces a mouthwatering array of breads and pastries in its giant woodfired oven…

    Free loaf or jute bag when you spend over £10
  • Hamm Tun Fine Foods

    The producer of Cobblers Nibble, an award-winning Northamptonshire cheese made using milk from a local dairy herd…

    10% off purchases from food festival stands
  • Hart Family Brewers

    A family-run microbrewery and brewery shop, which brews with high quality, UK-grown ingredients…

    30% off any mixed case of 8 x 500ml Hart...
  • Hobby Cooks

    A food school in the heart of Northamptonshire that offers a range of Indian cookery courses in a relaxed atmosphere…

    10% off courses for GFC members
  • Honeysuckle Hampers

    A one-stop online shop for the best of Northamptonshire’s independently produced food and drink, available in gift hampers or as individual items…

    15% off all purchases for GFC members
  • King’s Cliffe Bakery

    A traditional Northamptonshire village bakery, making and baking no-frills, high quality bread, rolls and cakes, as it has done for around 300 years…

    Currently no offers
  • Limes Farm

    A family-run Northamptonshire farm, farm shop and tearoom that focuses on traditional farming methods – nothing grown here is hurried and that really shows…

    Currently no offers
  • Magee St Bakery

    A tiny back-street bakery/cafe offering delicious, hand-roasted coffee, artisan loaves and sweet treats…

    Currently no offers
  • Most Marvellous Baking

    Wonderful gluten-free flours, baking mixes and breakfast cereals made in Northamptonshire…

    10% off your online order – enter MMB-GFC10 into the...
  • Nene View Dairy

    A family-run dairy in Stanwick, Northants, which produces several varieties of award-winning hard goats’ cheeses…

    Currently no offers
  • Pastures Poultry Farm

    A free-range poultry producer – fantastic chicken, duck, guinea fowl and more available from the Yardley Hastings farm shop, farmers’ markets and online…

    Currently no offers
  • Replete Flatbreads

    Baker of sublime flatbreads. Think Indian kulcha filled with onion bhaji or Greek pitta filled with spanakopita and many more. Gluten-free varieties too…

    Four flatbreads for the price of three when you show...
  • Saul’s of Spratton

    A small, traditional, family-run butcher and producer which sold its first joint in 1926. Saul’s now has an online shop too…

    10% off in the shop or 15% off if you...
  • Saxby’s Cider

    An award-winning family-owned Northamptonshire producer who use a blend of dessert and cider apples from their 3,500-tree orchard…

    Currently no offers
  • Seed and Bean

    An award-winning chocolate maker whose products are bold-flavoured, organic, Fairtrade and ethically produced…

    Currently no offers
  • Squisito Butchers & Provisions

    Winner of the BBC’s Best Street Food Midlands Award, offering a spectacular range of hand-produced Italian foods made using local ingredients…

    10% off sausages bought in the shop
  • St Giles Cheese

    A wonderful independent cheese shop that also sells wines, condiments, meats, breads, Belgian chocolates and more…

    Currently no offers
  • Stanley Street

    This Northamptonshire-based caterer offers an eclectic and international menu, inspired by worldwide street food and served in a festival style…

    5% discount on private catering for GFC members
  • Stanleys Coffee House & Eatery

    A contemporary and friendly town centre coffee house in Kettering, offering a selection of loose-leaf tea, barista coffee and food…

    Currently no offers
  • Tap and Kitchen

    An excellent restaurant and bar owned and operated by Oundle’s Nene Valley Brewery…

    Currently no offers
  • Tea Lab

    A contemporary and creative producer of loose-leaf teas based in Northamptonshire, combining the science of health with the art of flavour and design…

    £5 off first order of £15 or more. Use code...
  • The Apothocoffee Shop

    An award-winning traditional coffee shop in Earls Barton with an unusual name (and plenty to see and do when you have finished your food)…

    Currently no offers
  • The Beer Garage

    The Beer Garage is a one-woman beer business bringing the world of craft beers to a corner of Northamptonshire…

    A free beer glass with your first order
  • The Bottle Mix

    The widest selection of real ales in Northamptonshire, complemented by cider, fruit wines, local spirits and traditional soft drinks…

    Currently no offers
  • The Falcon at Fotheringhay

    A multi-award-winning dining pub in historic Fotheringhay that’s been named the best in Northamptonshire by the Good Food Guide five times in a row, with the latest being in 2016…

    10% off all food Mondays to Fridays when dining before...
  • The Good Loaf

    An ethically focused bakery and café located in an old shoe factory in the heart of Northampton’s Boot & Shoe Quarter…

    Currently no offers
  • The Happy Little Cake Company

    A specialist gluten-free bakery that designs and bakes bespoke cakes, for both individuals and the trade…

    10% off when you quote Great Food Club and your...
  • The Italian Shop

    A hidden independent gem offering wonderful bread, fantastic pastries, fine coffee and many more Italian treats…

    Currently no offers
  • The Little Soup Kitchen

    This pop-up caterer based in King’s Cliffe offers sweet and savoury foods to eat on the go, freshly made with a creative twist. All served from Hugo…

    50p off soup, tea and coffee for GFC members
  • The Magic Bean Emporium

    Opened in 2014 by children’s writer Michella Dos Santos, this quirky, fun café in Northampton is great for anyone who loves books, coffee and desserts…

    Currently no offers
  • The Old King’s Head

    A cosy Grade II-listed village pub where everything is freshly made, including the breads and ice creams…

    Free dessert after your starter and main course, Tuesday to...
  • The Pantry Door

    The Pantry Door is a small, welcoming family-run delicatessen and cafe in the heart of the picturesque Northamptonshire village of Bugbrooke…

    A free hot drink with any sandwich
  • The Plump Partridge

    A coffee house and cafe in central Northampton with a creative take on pizzas, a passion for making the best coffee, and impressive attention to detail…

    10% off every day apart from Saturday
  • The Pudding Parlour

    A small, traditional pudding parlour in the picturesque village of Yardley Hastings, specialising in handmade desserts and cakes…

    Currently no offers
  • The Red Lion at East Haddon

    Pretty Northamptonshire country pub focusing on perfectly cooked, seasonal British classics, which recently won its first Michelin Bib Gourmand…

    Currently no offers
  • The Rose & Crown

    The best food pub in Northamptonshire? The judges of the county’s 2013/14 food and drink awards think so. And CAMRA likes their cask ales, too…

    15% off food at evening dinner from Sunday to Thursday...
  • The Saracen’s Head

    This welcoming traditional pub has a passion for local ingredients and was a double award winner in the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards…

    Currently no offers
  • The Shires Cookery School

    Improve all aspects of your kitchen skills and learn completely new techniques at this rurally located Northamptonshire cookery school…

    10% off the cost of any full-day course
  • The Sourdough School

    Sourdough baking school with a laid-back approach, offering a range of courses for up to five people in rural Northamptonshire…

    Free copy of hardback cookbook 'Prepped' when you attend a...
  • The Swan at Braybrooke

    A traditional rural inn offering good food and cask ales – named Best Northamptonshire Pub or Restaurant in the Great Food Club Awards 2015…

    Currently no offers
  • The Wheatsheaf

    A beautiful old thatched inn that serves well-cooked traditional pub food made with high quality local ingredients…

    10% off the total bill at any time for up...
  • The White Horse

    Shortlisted in the Great Food Club Awards 2015, this is a freehouse next to the village church that serves good, locally sourced, homemade food. Dogs and drinkers – as well as diners – are welcome…

    10% off food only on pre-booked tables
  • Three Hills Brewery

    This unique brewery in Woodford, Northamptonshire, breaks the rules of brewing by producing exceptional ales and lagers to ever-changing recipes…

    10% off a mixed case of 24
  • Warner Edwards Distillery

    A craft gin distillery located on a farm, which makes a delicious, unique-tasting spirit using local spring water and ten different botanicals…

    10% off bottles of Northamptonshire-produced Harrington Dry Gin
  • Waterloo Cottage Farm

    An award-winning 125-acre farm, shop, butchery, food school and community garden not far from Market Harborough on the Northants/Leicestershire border…

    A free large pie or curry with any order over...
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