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Muddy eats: The King’s Head, Spratton

This all-rounder is a total local gem. Muddy breaks out the elasticated reviewing trousers and heads down.

THE LOWDOWN

‘First time at this pub. It won’t be our last, our experience was outstanding.’ At time of writing, this was the last trip advisor comment on the Kings Head, and it’s one of many glowing reviews this Spratton based pub has received over the last few years. Not least, one from a good friend of mine who cooks for a living.

Tempura king prawns, yum

The thing about the King’s Head is most people fall a little bit in love with it after their first trip and it has diners re-visiting again and again. Plus it’s more than just a pub. It has a coffee shop, it hosts Murder Mystery events – hosts any type of group event really – while also having a bloomin’ delicious restaurant. It’s a true Northamptonshire gem that delivers on both the food and warm, friendly hospitality.

 

THE VIBE

From a relaxed coffee shop atmosphere throughout breakfast and lunch to a more fine dining experience in the evening, it still has a pretty laid-back feel. The Artisan décor gives a warm and calm welcome, reflected throughout the venue, so even the private dining doesn’t feel too posh. The staff are smiley and welcoming and are happy to help.

A little pit stop when you’ve had too much gin

The private dining spaces and dedicated function room are great for all sorts of events and you can even create a bespoke menu; which is exactly what The King’s Head is about. It’s dog-friendly too with pooches welcomed in the bar and garden.

SCOFF & QUAFF

The pub is Artisan style inspired and is the perfect spot to soak up the fine gastro atmosphere over a drink or two from their very generous menu.

They only serve the finest quality food using the very best, fresh seasonal ingredients, locally sourced. The coffee shop style is carried through the pub from breakfast to lunch, serving Illy coffee and homemade cakes and treats, as well as their lunch menu. The award-winning restaurant, Brasserie 23, is a fine dining experience where you can be sure to leave sated after a flavoursome meal from their A La Carte menu which is led by Head Chef, Brett Rollings (try the panko duck egg, pickled mushrooms with tarragon emulsion. It was super sophisticated and something I’ve not tried anywhere else). There’s something for everyone (even those of you with a fussy palette), from tempura king prawns with garlic & saffron aioli (amazing – fresh, light and super tasty) to roasted fillet of cod with sauce vierge (huge piece of cod, cooked beautifully). It’s a sophisticated and comprehensive menu, turning your experience into first class dining.

Their incredible roasts always go down a storm, so a Sunday visit is well worth the trip. The King’s head is soooo versatile, with lots of rooms to cater for any event, whether private dining, a celebration or even a work meeting, there’s no standard customer here and it seems to suit them just fine.

OUT & ABOUT

Situated in the village of Spratton, The King’s Head is close to Brixworth Park and Coton Manor Garden for a post-dinner amble taking in some of the best countryside the county has to offer. Award-winning hotel, Highgate House is nearby, which offers dog-friendly rooms and hot tubs rooms so your relaxing evening can turn into a full weekend.

MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: Those who want a fine dining experience but without all the poshness (although it does feel special). Fab for anyone looking for a family get together with a menu to keep everyone happy.

Not for: Those who want the all out silver service. This is fine dining in relaxed surroundings, but still darn fine!

The damage: Reasonable but slightly more expensive than your average pub. Starters around £5 – £9, mains around £12 – £18, with steaks at around £23.

The King’s Head, 23 Brixworth Road, Spratton, Northampton NN6 8HH

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