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8 of the best cheap eats in Northants

Feeling the January pinch but desperate to get out of the house and sack off being a slave to the stove? We've cherry picked 8 of the most bargainatious local eateries to keep you smiling.

Whether you’re after fine dining, a weekend brunch, midweek supper with a mate or something to keep the kids happy and a night off from cooking, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite local spots for eating out without having to sell the kids on eBay.

The Orangery, Delapré Abbey, Northampton

The Orangery, Delapre Abbey Northampton

Delapré is always one of our top spots for some fresh air and a leg stretch, so The Orangery café here makes a brilliant pitstop for brunch or lunch with a view that won’t break the bank. Our favourites include the eggs royale (£8) and and the vegan burger with chips and salad for a mere tenner.

The Fox and Hounds, Charwelton

fox and hounds charwelton

One of our favourite destination pubs, The Fox and Hounds is a gourmet delight, serving up everything from freshly delivered native oysters to a truly whopping selection of wines (Landlord Dave is a Le Manoir trained sommelier) but, if you’re feeling the crunch and don’t fancy forking out a la carte, why not opt for the Wed-Sat set menu? You can order 2 courses for £18 or 3 for £23, and you’ll also get coffee and petit fours included. Black pudding Scotch egg and a venison tagine sound ok? Not half, I’ll polish mine off with a coconut rice pud with mango, passionfruit and lime please. That’ll most certainly perk up the bleakest winter’s evening.

Jurassic Grill, Rushden Lakes

Jurassic Grill Rushden Lakes

If you’ve got kids begging for fun and a rather January-ish looking bank balance, try Jurassic Grill at Rushden Lakes. Parking is free across Rushden Lakes and there are crowd-pleasers galore on the menu that won’t devour all your cash in one chomp. Dino themed kids mains are all £6.50 and prehistoric pizzas start from £6.95.

Pudding and Bear, Daventry

Pudding and Bear daventry

I may have been banging on about healthy eating lately, but the truth is, in the depths of winter, sometimes you just need comfort food and Pudding and Bear are the champions of comfort food. You can eat in or takeaway to munch at home, so whether it’s a mac and cheese toastie (£7), a pile of nachos (£5) or a Biscoff waffle (£4) – or maybe one of each – this is seriously hygge nosh that’s easy on the wallet.

The Picturedrome, Northampton

picturedrome northampton

We love this cool event space and restaurant at the heart of Northampton. Pop in with a pal, many of the dishes on the menu are included in a two for the price of one deal, including burgers (from £9), beef stew (£10) and chicken Caesar salad (£9). There’s always loads of fun stuff happening here too, like salsa and comedy nights. What better way to beat the January blues?

The Farmhouse Cafe, Chester House Estate, Little Irchester

chester house farmhouse cafe

Explore the historic site and visitor centre, stretch your legs on one of the picturesque walks and do a spot of shopping (or maybe window shopping if you’re not feeling flush) at one of the fabulous shops (there’s a farm shop, florist, vintage store and more) before lunch at the cosy farmhouse cafe. From sausage rolls (£2.50) and soups (£4) to fish and chips (£10) there’s something to suit all appetites and it’s all reasonably priced. I can personally vouch for the epic hot chocolates too.

Grounds Cafe, Salcey Forest

Grounds cafe salcey forest

Always one of the Muddy crew’s favourite weekend haunts, you can let the kids run or cycle around to their heart’s content at Salcey Forest and then cosy up in the dog-friendly cafe to refuel. Toasties, wraps, panini and kids lunch bags are all under a fiver.

Blue Mountain Yard, Rushden Lakes

Blue mountain yard rushden lakes

Close your eyes and you could be barefoot in a beachside shack in the Caribbean and getting to Rushden Lakes is way less pricey than jetting off to Jamaica. Feeling peckish? Try the all inclusive Beach Party, usually £40 a head, this massive blow out feast is now £30 per person when you pre-book in January. What do you get for your dosh? Unlimited drinks, including cocktails, plus a banquet of jerk chicken, curry goat, sticky mango prawns, coleslaw, plantain, bammy (that’s cassava bread, btw), rice and peas and salad. There’s a brand new vegan banquet too, for a mere £7 a head and plenty more picks on the menu.

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