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All change at Stanwick Hotel restaurant

There's a new chef (via The Snooty Fox in Lowick) at this charming, traditional hotel restaurant in Stanwick. Shall we go for lunch?

THE LOWDOWN

We’ve reviewed The Stanwick Hotel previously and enjoyed ourselves very much (have a gander at our review here); but there’s a new head chef in town now (Thomas Marshall previously at The Snooty Fox in Lowick), so we went along again to try the grub and have a little nosey around. Just off the A45, Stanwick Hotel is a quaint, independent spot with 30 bedrooms split between the main hotel and their quirky guest house.

Situated in the lovely village of Stanwick, this picturesque location can cater for business and pleasure, with the restaurant open to any visitors. This family run business offers a high standard across all areas, giving a well-rounded experience for any kind of trip.

You really wouldn’t think you’re just off a main road, it’s so peaceful and surrounded by greenery and nature, like you’re really out in the sticks. Their restaurant is a bit of a hidden gem really, whether it’s for lunch, dinner or both!

People often forget hotels can be a good place for a spot of lunch, often thinking there’s a premium to pay. This is certainly true of some establishments, but Stanwick Hotel is offering great deals to get people in and try all of the seasonal food they’ve got on offer.

 

THE VIBE

The restaurant at the Stanwick hotel is a light and airy option for when you’re not feeling a posh date night or you just want a casual lunch with friends. The bar and restaurant is open to all, and is working on becoming a go-to place for a meal out rather than just catering for weddings and events.

It isn’t an uber modern restaurant and could possibly be labelled slightly outdated, but there’s lots of big windows and light and plans are afoot for an update. The staff are welcoming and happy, putting a smile on your face as they invite you in to the bar for a drink. There are plenty of tables with lots of space, so you don’t feel like sardines all crammed together. With several doors and windows around the outside, it allows the daylight to give a gorgeous glow throughout the place with a beautiful view overlooking the gardens and greenery.


SCOFF & QUAFF

We delved straight into their generous menu and were quite excited by what was on offer; homemade pizzas, a decent fish offering and mid-week roasts, oh my (and so much more!)! With loads to choose from, it took us a little while but that was no bother as we nursed a glass of new world Sauv Blanc while we perused. They have great number of gins too and our intern found a new fave drink – first time trying Rhubarb and Ginger gin (local biz, Warners gin) with Ginger Ale Tonic.

We kicked off with a tasty chicken liver parfait which we shared and snaffled in minutes. The sourdough was scrummy and plentiful, which was good, as Ciaran our intern had said he didn’t want a starter, then hoovered it up before you could say redcurrant jelly.  I had pan fried salmon which was cooked to perfection (you think it would be hard for restaurants to screw up salmon, but you’d be surprised)! And who said roasts are only for Sundays? The roast spuds were amazing and were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside (and we’re tough critics when it comes to a roasty).

What we love is that the kitchen are introducing more local ingredients and you can pretty much customise the dishes to how you want them.

They’re also focusing more on vegan and gluten free dishes to make their menu perfect for everyone and, if you want a smaller dish, they can make that for you without a fuss. In fact, just ask when you’re there and they’ll try and accommodate.

OUT & ABOUT

Not only have you got Stanwick Lakes just around the corner, which is a great place to have an amble and take part in some of their regular events and activities, you also have Northants’ number one shopping destination, Rushden Lakes, just is a few mins drive away! As you know, it’s a fab place to spend the whole day mooching around the shops, grabbing a drink, popping to the cinema or even hiring a canoe. It’s all going on this side of town.

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: The Stanwick Hotel restaurant is good for those who fancy a cosy treat with hearty, homely food. There’s loads of choice across the food and drink menus so there’s something for everyone. It’s an easy-pleaser and a sure thing (we haven’t had a bad meal there in over 4 years).

Not for: Anyone expecting a posh night out with fine dining and silver service.

£££: Starters around £7 and mains around £15. Go on certain days for cracking deals, including Friday Steak Night with a steak and bottle of house wine from £35 for two.

Stanwick Hotel West St, Stanwick, Wellingborough NN9 6QY. Tel: 01933 622233.

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