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6 Autumn roasts with the most in Northants

Can't be bothered to baste potatoes with goose fat? I hear you. Instead grab your gang and head to one of these local gastropubs and let the experts do the hard work.

I love a big ol’ roast dinner as much as the next woman but, my goodness, aren’t they a faff to make? Hours of peeling, basting and washing up of roasting tins… and then it’s scoffed in 10 minutes flat. So in an attempt to take things easy this season, I’m gathering my brood and whizzing off to one of these brilliant local pubs for a lazy lunch. Yorkshire puds ahoy!

The Red Lion, East Haddon

Red lion east haddon northants

Recently re-opened after a gorgeous facelift, this favourite foodie destination has had a bit of a new lease of life and we are loving it. The decor is cosy country chic and the menu is modern British, think Butternut Squash Wellington and Slow Roast Pork Belly, and save yourself for the peanut better cookie dough ice-cream.

The Fox and Hounds, Charwelton

Fox and Hounds Charwelton

The Fox and Hounds is a super friendly and relaxed pub with a a community vibe that also serves up really exciting and innovative dishes. That’s not to say they don’t come up with the mouth-watering goods when you’re after a hearty Sunday lunch, but expect something extra special from Head Chef and co. owner Sarah’s talented team. Think Fillet of Beef, Salt Beef Roly Poly and Salsify or Slow Roast Pork Loin, Raclette & Caramelised Onion Potato Gratin. Satisfyingly outside the box.

The Willow and Brook, Apethorpe

Wilow and Brooke restaurant Apethorpe

This is the ultimate destination restaurant if you need to cater for various food intolerances or dietary needs, as the kitchen is wholly open to cooking gluten free and they even have a dedicated vegan menu. Loin of Local Venison or Lamb and Mint Suet pudding sits happily on the menu alongside Cajun Butternut Steak, keeping everyone happy. There’s a brilliant kids menu too.

The Plough, Shutlanger

plough shutlanger

The Plough always gets a mention when we ask about favourite Sunday roasts and it’s not hard to see why. This destination pub in an idyllic country setting is famed for fantastic Yorkshires and choice of meats (you can even have a mixed roast if you need an extra protein boost!) plus they always to a great veggie option too. Save yourself for the Tiramisu Trifle (Mr Muddy’s favourite) and don’t forget to stock up supplies in the Barn Shop whilst you’re here.

The Red Lion, Yardley Hastings

The Red Lion, Yardley Hastings

This Muddy Award winning gastro pub is undoubtedly one of our favourite Northants destinations for incredible food in gorgeous and relaxed surroundings. Can’t decide which we love more, the vibe, the decor or the beautifully presented dishes, it’s all brilliantly quirky but totally satisfying. Roasts vary from week to week but think Roast Beef Striploin or Half a Roast Lemon and Thyme Chicken with all the trimmings and it’s aways artistically plated too, which definitely makes food taste better IMHO. Read our review here.

The Four Pears, Little Houghton

four pears little houghton

Seasonal and contemporary food is the order of the day at The Four Pears since the Burnt Lemon catering team took the helm in the kitchen and they’ve brought their brilliant and innovative BBQ style cooking to the trad British Sunday roast. Opt for pressed lamb belly, fillet of sea bass, bang bang cauliflower or one of their famous steak cooked over the Japanese Konro grill.

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