Review: Frank’s Steakhouse, Northampton
By Andy Hunting
Northampton had been missing a good steakhouse. It now has Frank’s on Wellingborough Road, where you can enjoy steaks sourced locally from renowned Leicestershire butcher Joseph Morris of South Kilworth.
We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening night and what great tasters we had. But what’s so special, I hear you ask? Well, the steaks are cooked over charcoal in a big Josper oven, which is basically an indoor BBQ that creates a lovely unique flavour, with the high temperatures keeping the meat moist.
We booked a table and returned a few weeks later. We decided to avoid starters, which included Brixworth paté and beetroot cured salmon, as we wanted to save room for the main event. The girls chose sirloin steaks while I went for a T-Bone and we selected sides including creamy leeks (lovely), garlic mushrooms and a mixed salad.The steaks are reasonably priced and come with a choice of potato dishes and a sauce.
Beef can be difficult to prepare well but we had no problems with our choices: each was perfect and we all agreed that they were the best steaks we had eaten – they really were that good. The twice-cooked chips were lovely, too: soft and floury on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
With the mains dispatched we decided to sample the puds, choosing lemon posset, chocolate bread and butter pudding, and chocolate and chilli cake. Again these were reasonably priced and thoroughly enjoyed.
We had a fantastic night: the food was delicious, the staff were polite and the table arrangements look great. My sister Helen booked a table of 10 for a work night out and it went extremely well with rave reviews from everyone. We will definitely be back.
Frank’s Steakhouse website.
Cuisine: Locally-sourced steaks
Price per head: £23-£28 (for three courses excluding wine)
Kids welcome: Yes
Customer car parking: On-street
Food times: Tues to Sat: 11-2.30pm and 6.30-10pm; Sun: 12-4pm
Classic prawn cocktail, £5
Brixworth chicken liver paté with toasted brioche, £6
MainsRump steak (280g), £12
Fillet steak (220g), £18.50
Cote steak (450g), £19.50
Haloumi Salad, £10
All steaks are cooked over charcoal and served with a choice of potato and pepper, Stilton, or herb butter sauces.