The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Delis

Battle of the Bangers on St George’s Day

18 Apr 2017

The Welsh may have their leeks, the Scots their Haggis, and the Irish, er potatoes, but what do English Northamptonshire types have to celebrate on our patron saint’s day? Dragon burgers?  Nope – sausages.

I’d like to claim that the common sausage was English, and specifically – from Northants but it’s not, so bear with me dear reader. The manufacture of sausages began over two thousand years ago… The modern word “sausage” comes from Old French “saussiche”, which is derived from the Latin word “salsus” meaning “salted”.

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Muddy teams up with Althorp food & drink festival 2017

12 Apr 2017

This year Muddy Stilettos Northants is teaming up with Althorp Food and Drink Festival, May 6 & 7​ to find out who is the people’s favourite exhibitor at the weekend event. From sausages to sauces, wine to water buffalo, if you’re at the event, pick out your winner – with over 40 to choose from.

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Holy crepe – it’s Pancake Day!

27 Feb 2017


Not sure you want reminding but Pancake Day has crept up on us – it’s tomorrow, Tue 28 Feb – the one day of the year when it’s totally acceptable to throw food round the kitchen. For 24 hours us amateur chefs will be stocking up on eggs, flour, Nutella, bananas and lemons to entertain our friends and family. I’m no masterchef – don’t take my advice for gawd’s sake unless you’re after a gloopy mess – but Muddy Cambs enlisted the help of crepe chef connoisseur John Fenton from Cambridge Crepes to share his flippin’ good recipe plus a few tips on how and when…


  • 250 grams plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 mls semi-skimmed milk
  • 230 mls water
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 4 tbsp of melted butter


Whisk together the eggs and plain flour.

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Arts, culture & marmalade! 8 things to do this weekend…

24 Jan 2017

It seems that January may have upped and gone already Mudsters.  That leaves us with the prospect of a jam (marmalade) packed February with lots and lots to keep us up and at ’em, starting with a good slug of caffeine…

Coffee Cupping/Tasting with Square Mile Coffee roasters, Ground Craft Coffee house,  2-4pm, 27 January

Want to learn more about coffee? Join our friends at Ground Craft Coffee for a tasting session.

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High Five Northants – Tearooms

13 Aug 2016

As it’s National Afternoon Tea Week this week (8th-14th August) we thought it would be fitting to fill you scrummy lot in on five fabuloso tea rooms in the county (admittedly, it finishes tomorrow, but hey, tea’s not just for National Afternoon Tea Week! From jazz lounges to art galleries these tearooms really do highlight the variety Northamptonshire has in all that it does, plus the top quality that we all love and expect when it comes to afternoon tea!

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Strawberry Fields Forever (or at least for lunch)

10 May 2016

I have been driving across that damn A14 for years without realising that nestling just a stone’s throw away in Rothwell, lay food emporium, Strawberry Fields; an utterly fabulous relaxed Mediterranean dining experience (where you can get delicious homemade dishes every day of the week, without an utterly silly 2pm cut off period for lunch)!

I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of one of their various events at a later date (more details on some of them below), but I couldn’t wait any longer to let you know about Father and Daughter team, Jen and Kerry Mcstay and their treasure trove of edible goodies (apologies for photos not being blog friendly, landscape, normal business will be resumed in next feature).

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Two minute pitch for – brewbabu

5 Mar 2016

I know you gorgeous peeps are a busy lot, so I’m kicking off a new regular blog where I do a quick 2 minute pitch for somewhere I’ve visited (a kind of movie pitch if you like; where I think of you lot as Harvey Weinstein, and I’m trying to sell you in the next big blockbuster). So first up on the roster is brewbabu, a cute boutique brew bar in Oundle!

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