Bill’s Restaurant – Rushden Lakes
Whether you’re in need of a mid-shop pick-me-up, or some serious refuelling head to Bills for restoration
We at Muddy Northants HQ are all a little bit smitten with Rushden Lakes at the moment. I mean, clothes, gifts, food, cocktails…what’s not to love! Since I get to eat out quite a lot, I thought it only fair to share the wealth, so game as always, Muddy assistant Sarah Wootton popped along for a refuel after a morning of frolicking on the lakes! Take it away Sarah…
You’ll find Bill’s down on the Boardwalk, right at the heart of Rushden Lakes and my own Mudlets (two boys aged 11 and 9) even agreed to go shopping with me, which is a definite first. Although to be fair, once we got there they were only really interested in having a go in one of the swan pedalos, but I still managed a cheeky browse in a few of my favourite shops without the trip degenerating into the usual moans, groans and brotherly fisticuffs! After they had pedal-powered me and my sister around the lake for half-an-hour, they were definitely in need of some refuelling – I like to try and avoid ‘hangry’ Mudlets wherever possible, particularly when out in public, so we headed over to Bill’s for some brunch delights as Anna-Lou (Muddy editor) had been and had raved about the decor and food on the Muddy Facebook page (some of her pics throughout the piece).
Let me say from the off, I’m a big fan of this place – and I’m not the only one, judging by the number of people queuing to get in! Bill’s has a cool and quirky vibe, without being clichéd and pretentious. It’s part of a chain, but that’s not always a bad thing and on the positive side, can guarantee consistency of quality!
From cosy booths to larger sharing tables, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Plus, outside there’s a large terrace that surrounds the restaurant, truly making the most of the stunning lakeside views, which come summer will be perfect for dining al fresco, with a cheeky glass (or 3) of bubbly whilst watching the sun set over the lake.
Scoff & Quaff
Bill (yes, he is a real person) started out as a greengrocer, so you know that fresh, quality produce is going to be a must and we certainly weren’t disappointed.
We went around midday so had the choice of the breakfast and lunch menu. I was feeling pretty hungry after sitting in a pedalo for half-an-hour – I guess it was all that fresh air – so I opted for the buttermilk chicken burger with sweet potato fries and creamy slaw from the lunch/dinner menu (12.95) and I wasn’t disappointed – what’s not to like, yum! The rest of the clan all went for something from the breakfast menu. My eldest Mudlet chose the 3-stack buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon, smothered in Bill’s maple butter syrup (£7.95) A 5-stack version is also available, happy days, and judging by the speed in which he polished them off and lack of anything left on the plate, much to my disappointment, I would say they were a definite winner.
My youngest was a little more adventurous and had the baked spicy beans, chorizo and eggs (£9.95), whilst my sister went for avocado on toast with poached eggs and smoked streaky bacon (£9.50), bang on-trend. Both of which were very well received.
Good for: Lots! Bill’s is a warm and friendly place to take a break from shopping or exploring the great outdoors, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Perfect for groups, couples and families – there’s room for all.
Not for: I’m struggling to think of anyone who couldn’t find something to satisfy their thirst/hunger pangs. I would recommend booking to avoid disappointment, which you can do by phone (01933 356748) or via their website.
£££ (the damage): I would put Bill’s in the ‘mid to high ish’ price range. Breakfasts range from £3.50 to £9.95. On the lunch/dinner menu, starters range from £5.95 to £6.95, mains from £9.95 to £21.95 and puddings from £4.95 to £6.95. The kids menu offers 3 courses and a drink for £6.95.
Editor’s note – Everything that Sarah said. It’s got a great vibe, food is tasty and it’s in fab surroundings (but on the medium to pricier side especially if you’ve got a fair few kidlets). I’d definitely book too, but if you go off the cuff, there are loads of good eateries to choose from.
Bill’s Restaurant, The Boardwalk, Rushden Lakes, Rushden, NN10 6FA. Tel: 01933 356748.