Who'd have thunk it? The great British takeaway is now officially the last bastion of civilisation and our brilliant local businesses have brought it to the table like never before. Here's our roundup of where to get your foodie fix.
The Red Lion, Yardley Hastings
The Red Lion are laying on regular special occasion takeout feasts and with Head Chef Emma Fowkes working her creative magic at the helm, they are guaranteed to be spectacular and super-indulgent. We road-tested their Moroccan spread and you can read our review here. Be quick to book on for their Valentine’s Supper asap before they sell out.
Danny Tompkins Private Dining, Harlestone
For something a bit unique, Danny Tompkins is an award-winning private chef bringing a luxury fine-dining experience to your home in lockdown. Think: celeriac velouté, smoked Northamptonshire pigeon breast, and rum chocolate mousse with toasted orange marshmallow. Danny works with you to tailor the menu to your own needs, so you can go wild!
Burnt Lemon Chefs, Woodford
Feeding the ravenous bellies of Northants through the pandemic, Burnt Lemon continue to bring their culinary skills to your table with their set menu delivery boxes. For Valentine’s Day they’ve teamed up with Muddy favourites The Occasion Bar to create a stunning finish at home menu and cocktail box to set the romantic mood… if the Mudlets ever go to bed.
Pinch My Bun, Northampton
Buffalo wings, mac and cheese, chunky chips and wicked cookie dough puds. This menu would definitely put a smile on the Mudlets’ faces, not to mention Mr Muddy’s, and if lobster’s your thing (yup) then Pinch My Bun is the place to go. Oh, and there’s free delivery on orders over £30
Limes Farm, Farthinghoe
Limes Farm tea room in Farthinghoe have been serving their extensive drive-thru menu throughout the pandemic, with everything from all-day brunches to roast dinner baguettes and kids pasta pots to choose from. You can also grab your lockdown essentials such as milk and bread, as well as veg boxes.
The Smoke Pit, Northampton
Irreverent foodie magicians offering us what we all really want, intense flavours and food-coma inducing carby goodness. Nachos piled high with treats, corn dogs, burgers, smoked brisket, loaded fries, cheese cakes, sundaes and shakes plus a dedicated kids menu.
If it’s crowd pleasers you’re seeking then look no further than Wythmails in Orlingbury, where there is something to suit the fussiest of feeders on the mouth-watering takeaway menu, from loaded fries to fish finger sandwiches and halloumi burgers. Order ahead by phone or at the counter for your instant foodie fix.
Hamburger Heaven 81 , Collingtree
What was once a branch of the legendary Buddy’s in Collingtree has re-opened under it’s new name, but it’s still the same brilliant American-style diner beloved of youngsters and the young at heart across Northants. I’ve been visiting since childhood and managed to squeeze in a real-life visit in December, pre-lockdown, so can confirm that kids and grown-ups will definitely be satisfied with the offerings here. There are dozens of burgers to choose from, surf and turf, ribs, wet fries and loads more on the takeaway menu.
Santina’s Wood Fired Pizza, Weedon Bec
Santina’s is a family run business based in Weedon Bec and owner Oli serves amazing, authentic Italian style pizzas from home and various pop-ups. You can often find them at The Bartholomew Arms in Blakesley, Roman Way Brewery at Weedon Depot, The Stag in Earls Barton, The Wheatsheaf in Braunston and The Workhouse in Brixworth, so they pop up all over the county. They also do vegan specials and sweet pizzas, including Nutella and marshmallow and Biscoff and salted caramel. I’m doomed. Follow on Insta or Facebook to find a spot year you.
The Wood Oven, Towcester
A mobile wood fired pizza van based in Towcester, with regular rounds in the surrounding villages including Greens Norton, Syresham and Paulerspury, the Wood Oven’s pizzas boast beautifully thin bases, plus they do a great range of yummy garlic breads and loads of different toppings.
The Dough Dept. , Boughton
Based in Boughton, The Dough Dept. serve up Neapolitan style pizzas from a converted vintage horse box with weekly pop-ups, but they also offer DIY pizza kits to assemble and cook at home in your own time. They’re doing a special Valentine’s Day cook at home kit, for all you romantics out there. Heart-shapped pizza, anyone? Aaah cute.
The Pizza Hole, Abington
The Pizza Hole offer Friday night takeaways from their base in Abington, you can order pizzas and sweet treats for pudding too, including their divine gooey cookies and brownies. Put your order in by Wednesday for Friday pick-up.
The Water Mill, Rinsgtead
This fabulous tea room has long been a haven for weekend brunches and lunches, especially for anyone getting fuelled up before or after a kayak or paddle boarding session on the river, but now you can swing by for your weekend pizza and calzone fix, just book via their Facebook page to secure your collection slot.
Bangladeshi Street Food: NN Twelve, Towcester
NN Twelve were set to open at the end of the year, with big plans to serve top quality Bangladeshi cuisine at their stunning location in the grounds of Towcester Racecourse, but they’ve pivoted for now, to offer a fancy twist on Bangladeshi street food, with favourite dishes including chot poti, deep fried, filled pastries, dali bora, lentil patties, and amazing curries.
Spanish tapas, Bar Encore, Towcester
Bar Encore are running an extensive takeaway menu that’s a fusion of Spanish Tapas Greek and Mezze and Venetian Cicchetti, and includes kids options too, so no one misses out. I’m all over their berejenas fritas and jackfruit kebabs.
Caribbean, June Plum, Wellingborough
The incredible team at June Plum dish up sunny Caribbean vibes along with their top notch, spicy food. Just what we all need right now. Try their ackee and salt-fish, seafood platters, lobster macaroni and jerk wings to transport you to warmer climes and put some fire in your belly. Re-opening for takeaway from the end of Jan.
Vietnamese, Oren Pho, Northampton
Oren Pho is a genuinely amazing Vietnamese in an unassuming spot perched at the side of a roundabout on Gas Street in Northampton, it’s not much to look at from the outside but the food is exceptional. So treat yourself to a takeaway – the summer rolls and the sticky pandan (pictured) are to die for.
The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay
Owners Zac and Madison took over the Falcon Inn just under a year ago and have certainly had a rollercoaster of a year. (Read our review here.) But they’ve pulled it out of the bag with their tremendous Sunday lunches, which come ready to roast at home. You can choose from a variety of different meats or a veggie option, which are packaged up with all the trimmings and there’s also an extensive takeaway menu which includes wood fired pizzas and fish and chips, as well as a fabulous local shop for all the essentials.
The Plough, Shutlanger
The Plough always gets a mention as one of the top spots on Northants for a Sunday roast and, true to form, they’ve turned their hand to conjuring up the most incredible takeaway roasts, from pork loin, topside of beef and leg of lamb, to crispy nut roasts with roasties, Yorkshires and seasonal veg, you can also order from their regular takeaway menu, which features pies, pasta and noodle dishes, as well as kids menu. While you’re there, you can also pick up your essentials from their shop.
The Folly Inn, Towcester
The Folly, which is a bit of a special occasion, restauranty pub (technical term), have teamed up with private chefs The Brothers Supper to bring high quality, ready to finish, dine at home meals to enjoy in lockdown. You can choose from a five course tasting menu or a sumptuous Sunday roast with up to three meats on your plate and there’s even a special Valentines menu lined up for all you loved-up romantics out there.
The Fox and Hounds, Charwelton
The Fox and Hounds in Charwelton is a super-friendly pub where the menu always offers something a little bit different, so you can expect dry aged sirloin of beed with all the trimmings, but for if you’ve also got family members who want an exciting alternative, these guys have got you covered. Choices include gnocchi with blue cheese and beetroot, monkfish and king prawn curry and a black bream fillet with potato rosti, so a great little pub if your party don’t all want to go for the meat and two veg option.