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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.

  • FREE to join
  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
  • Up to 25% off with your 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…

  • Amps Fine Wines

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

  • 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…

  • Ashley Farm Shop

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

  • 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…

  • Beer Guerrilla

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Brewbabu

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

  • Brooklyn Pizza Bar

    Brooklyn Pizza Bar in Northampton does exactly what it says on the tin: serves New York-style pizzas and Brooklyn Brewery beers…

  • Bulwick Village Shop

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

  • Carmela’s Kitchen

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

  • 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…

  • Delapré Abbey Orangery Café

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

  • Devine Bettys Catering Co

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

  • DonnaLulu Cooks

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

  • Dovecote Farm

    Dovecote Farm comprises a farm shop, restaurant, tea room and PYO area set in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside…

  • Exeter Arms

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

  • Farrington’s Oils

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

  • Friars Farm

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

  • Ganders Goat Gelato

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

  • Gourmet Spice Co

    Gourmet Spice Co was born in a Northamptonshire kitchen by obsessive foodie, Mark Hughes. Tired of a corporate life, Mark stepped away from the office in 2011 and hasn’t looked back…

  • Hambleton Bakery Oundle

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

  • Hamm Tun Fine Foods

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

  • Hart Family Brewers

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

  • Hartwell’s and Towbury Court Fine Foods

    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…

  • Hobby Cooks

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

  • Hops & Chops

    As soon as you walk into Hops & Chops in Northampton you are faced with a fridge containing the most amazing large cuts of marbled meats…

  • I’m Real Ice Cream

    Created by third-generation gelato makers, Northampton’s I’m Real combine the best of Italian tradition with modern flavours to create truly delicious gelato…

  • Karmana

    Karmana in Northampton is a laid-back vegan and vegetarian restaurant and juice bar, where all food is made to order…

  • 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…

  • Limes Farm

    Limes Farm in Farthinghoe is a family-run Northamptonshire farm, farm shop and tearoom that focuses on traditional farming methods…

  • Magee St Bakery

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

  • Most Marvellous Baking

    Northamptonshire’s Most Marvellous Baking is a multi award-winning gluten-free bakery with a fantastic product range that includes pies, snacks and store-cupboard ingredients…

  • Nene View Dairy

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Seed and Bean

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

  • 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…

  • St Giles Cheese

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

  • Stanley Street

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

  • Tap and Kitchen

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

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • The Beer Garage

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

  • The Bottle Mix

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

  • 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…

  • The Good Loaf

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

  • The Happy Little Cake Company

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

  • The Italian Shop

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

  • The Old King’s Head

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

  • 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…

  • The Pudding Parlour

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Shires Cookery School

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

  • The Sourdough School

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

  • 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…

  • The Wheatsheaf

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

  • 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…

  • Three Hills Brewery

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Wharf Distillery & Deli

    Wharf Distillery & Deli makes spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs and traditional ciders in small batches from raw ingredients. This distillery is home to a fantastic shop and tasting table…