Last Flashy News Flash 2019
What's the hot gossip going on in and around Northants?
Beautiful Northamptonshire pub reopening start of the new year.
Opening their brand spanking new doors on Feb 3rd next year, The Kings Head at Wadenhoe are excited to invite us all over for their launch night on Feb 7th with new landlady Andrea at the helm. During the day the bottom restaurant will be running as a lovely little tearoom and in the evening it’ll be a welcoming and inviting restaurant. They are working closely with our friends Canoe2, who run canoe trips from 1st May through to the end of September, with The Kings Head being a stopping point on the Thrapston to Oundle day-trip. It takes you right into the garden so you can have a bite to eat before heading back out onto the water. This was a great pub with a superb location and amazing food; so we have high hopes once more.
We love delicious chocolate as much as the next person, but what we also love are sustainable and ethical brands that really practice what they preach. At online retailer Cocoa & Cacao, it’s all about chocolate with a purpose. Not only do 25% of profits get donated to the reforestation charity TREE AID, all the chocolate they stock is plastic free (the only plastic they use is home compostable and biodegradable). ALL of the chocolate is palm oil free too. So when you treat yourself, you know you’re doing some good. Their aim is to become the Majestic of chocolate and they’ve recently launched with a solid list of brands; including Northamptonshire’s very own Seed & Bean. On the website you’ll also see Cocoa & Cacao’s weekly recommendations and they have something for everyone’s taste buds. Dark to vegan, white to milk, plus a whole lot more choco goodness.
One of Northamptonshires most popular country pubs wins top food and drink award.
The Brampton Halt which is in the lovely Chapel Brampton has won the Food and Drink prize at the Northamptonshire Business Awards (NBA). The pub which is family run is popular for its outdoor dining that overlooks the beautiful greenery, and also popular with weddings and a great venue for most occasions. The award was given to recognise their excellent service and high-quality menu. After the McManus family brought the pub, they injected £1m into kitting it out and giving it a new look and it has now been run by husband and wife team, Tim and Donna Leah for over 15 years. Gary McManus said “The Brampton Halt represents the epitome of traditional English country pubs. We have a passion for excellence, coupled with constant investment. We pride ourselves in serving quality, locally-sourced food and beverages, combined with first-class service”. If you’re yet to visit the Brampton, it’s located on the Brampton Way, which is the old railway line that ran through Northampton.
New Northampton interior designer wants to transform your home.
Fancy doing up your home but haven’t got a clue where to start? Or you just don’t have the time to give it the love it needs? E.C Interiors is here to lend a hand. It’s a new interior design company based in Northampton with the aim of creating beautiful spaces at an affordable price. Offering a good variety of services to suit your needs, from styling tips for a little refresh or a whole room makeover, check out their services on their website and book in for a consultation meeting. Before the fun kicks off, have a chat with the stylist where together you will create your vision that’s crafted to your look and style. You’re in great hands as the stylist has worked alongside many fashion and interior magazines including Elle Decor and Vogue and studied in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, so pretty well qualified for the job if you ask us.
Gin and Rum festival is returning to Northampton.
Guess who’s back? It’s only the largest touring Gin and Rum Festival and it’s coming back in March next year at The County Cricket Ground in Abington Avenue. There are over 120 expected drinks, obviously we’re not recommending you drink them all, but you can spend the day browsing and chatting to find the drink that’s right for you. The festival went across 30 cities this year and the team are super excited to bring it back to Northampton, and so are we! Last year the event sold out so book your tickets here before they go. As well as a whole lot of drinks, there’s live entertainment, street food and a great atmosphere. Everyone booked in to go in 2020 will get a re-useable steel straw and two miniature gin or rum bottles to take home, plus the guide to see you through the event. It’s happening on Saturday 14th March with an afternoon and evening session available.
One of Northampton’s most loved pubs, The Lamplighter has a brand new food menu ready for you to tuck into. Delicious homemade food is available everyday from 12pm – 9pm and over the weekend 12pm – 7pm. Indulge in their homemade roast menu on a Sunday or treat yourself to a weekly dinner with a proper pub classic dish. If you’re over on a Monday, all their burgers are half price from 4pm – 9pm so get stuck in. The Lamplight has always been a local fave, and they were a runner up in the 2019 Carlsberg Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards in the Community Pub of the Year category; pop down and see why, you won’t be disappointed.