Muddy Eats: Bread and Pullet
Getting together with the girls is hardly a chore is it? However, finding the right venue, with a bright lively atmosphere, rather than settling for the nearest, convenient chain restaurant is more difficult right (especially when there are so many bloody dietary requirements)? Well save yourself the trouble, avoid those Facebook Messenger ‘to’s and fro’s’ and poo-pooh those four-way telephone negotiations! For if you find yourself as chief booker in the Northampton conurbation – Bread and Pullet has what you need. It’s on the Wellingborough Road, easy access to town and is a great venue to kick off the night, or BE the night.
As it was, I didn’t go with the ladies, I went with him-indoors, but it was good to see a place that welcomed everyone, and where women waiting for their friends, felt fine alone. This is a place where date night mingles brilliantly with groups of all ages, eager to catch up and ready to be entertained. Now I love my grub (I think Muddy readers know that), but what I’ve never been a fan of, is a mahoosive plate full of food that just ends up over-facing me, especially if I’m off dancing (very rare these days, admittedly). So for the past few years, since I have become confident enough to ask whoever I’m dining with to share, that’s what I’ve done! And isn’t life better when you can try more of what’s on offer? And that’s what Bread and Pullet do really well; relaxed British tapas, a little bit of everything. Now we’re all familiar with Spanish tapas; even Italian tapas with the rise in popularity of restaurants like London’s Polpo. But British tapas? A little bit of Sunday dinner with a wee portion of fish and chips; can that really work? Well that’s chef, Adam Church’s vision (and boy does that man work hard to make it happen)!
There are meaty specials, fish extravaganzas, and vegetarian options galore, so although you might never get a chance to sample every dish, you know everyone will find something they can eat!
But back to the question, does British tapas work? Well tapas isn’t for everyone (we all have a friend who just wants their own plate, and practically battles you to the ground if you steal a chip)! And I’ve heard mumblings that British tapas doesn’t meld as seamlessly as it’s Mediterranean cousin. But as I like to eat this way anyway, yes, I think it works. I like the fact I can have a bit of roast chicken and Yorkshire pud, with a beetroot salad (I know, I’m proper freakin’ crazy I am). And Bread and Pullet’s food is entertaining and imaginative, while being comforting and reassuring. It’s also made with a whole lot of love.
British food isn’t my first choice most days (especially when eating out). The thing is, I’m a big fan of the spice, even Mediterranean fair only holds my attention for a couple of days, then I’m craving the heat of the chilli, or the complexity of a Thai or Indian herb, mash up. But this food made me smile. It made me remember Sunday dinners back at home in the north east when we used to eat Yorkshire pudding and gravy as a starter. And when do you get to order Welsh rarebit (snazzy cheese on toast ) as an evening meal (incidentally, I am Welsh, was born there and moved ‘oop north when I was around four – I think I can lay claim to lots of foodie regions)?
The baby chicken, bread sauce and stuffing were yummy, and alongside the edible goodies, there were plenty of local craft beers and British drinks. Pretty much everything served at Bread and Pullet is freshly made by Adam and his lovely team, and you can really tell (big shout out to the waiting staff too, they talked us through the menu with a smile, and gave us as much time as we needed; it takes me AGES to order).
It you enjoy the familiar with a twist, Bread and Pullet is for you. Ooooooh and a big selling point, which I nearly forgot is, it’s really, really affordable. The small bowls are £3.50, but honestly, they’re not that small; a group of ladies going out for a meal before cocktails in town, could easily spend less than a tenner each.
And what’s not to like about that?
THE MUDDY VERDICT:
Good for: Dates, groups (especially where women have to meet others when they’re on their own, because it’s so welcoming), anyone who wants to be near town, people who love sharing.
Not for: Anyone who wants their own plate (you can do this here, but what would be the point?).
££: Very affordable. small plates £3.50, large plates £6 (specials vary), glass of Sauvignon Blanc £3.50.