Whether you’re looking for Italian restaurants in Northampton, American diners or simply the best restaurants in Northampton, here are 12 favourites as voted by you (and me!), as well as a few bonus nearby restaurants at the bottom of the post. Bon Appétit!
Best Restaurants in Northampton
Fox and Hounds Harlestone
This is my go-to pub restaurant whether I’m eating out with friends or family. The décor is modern rustic and the food is always great. There’s a dedicated vegan menu that I’m currently working my way through, but I’d highly recommend the spiced coconut curry with sticky jasmine rice. Vegan food can get a bad rep, but these guys are doing a fab job. The cocktails and desserts are also amazing. Truly the best restaurant pub in Northampton in my opinion. Definitely book ahead.
Fox and Hounds, Harlestone Rd, Lower Harlestone, Northampton NN7 4EW
The Church Restaurant
The Church restaurant in Northampton is popular for special occasions. Housed in a beautiful Grade I listed 12th Century church, menu choices include hake, steak and more. They now offer a vegan menu too, though you do need to order in advance.
The Church Restaurant, 67-83 Bridge Street, Northampton, NN1 1PD
I think my dad is their number one customer as he eats there most weeks, enjoying things like roast pheasant, duo of beef and pan fried sea trout. The Hopping Hare in Northampton serves fairly traditional food, but with a contemporary twist. They have a multitude of menus, including kids, gluten free, breakfast and more. The Hopping Hare has won numerous awards, including two AA Rosettes, so they know their stuff.
Hopping Hare Menu
Hopping Hare, 18 Hopping Hill Gardens, Northampton, NN5 6PF
Red Lion Yardley Hastings
This is my other go-to pub, mainly because it’s the nearest one to me that serves good food. It’s a cute village pub, with a modern design interior. The staff are really down to earth and lovely. The halloumi burger is a beast of main and the pizzas are great. Children can even create their own pizza at the table, which is a nice touch.
Red Lion Yardley Hastings Menu
Red Lion, 89 High Street, Yardley Hastings, Northampton, NN7 1ER
If you’re looking for Italian restaurants in Northampton, many locals would recommend Sophia’s Restaurant. It’s in the town centre and serves Mediterranean food, including pasta, risotto, pizza and speciality dishes like veal marsala. Admittedly I’m not a massive fan of this relaxed trattoria style place, but I seem to be the odd one out.
Sophia’s, 54 Bridge Street, Northampton NN1 1PA
Right in the centre of Northampton, this family run restaurant serves Spanish style tapas. It specialises in small dishes that you share with your fellow diners and there’s a mixture of vegetarian and meat options. It won an OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award in 2018 and can get very busy, so make sure you book ahead. This place is a firm favourite with my sister.
Les Olives Menu
Les Olives, 18 Sheep Street, Northampton, NN1 2LU
The Swan at Lamport
The Swan at Lamport serve their thrice cooked chips in a little mesh frying pan, so you know, winning. They also offer halloumi chips served with honey and soy dip. The summer squash, chickpea and cocout tagine is pretty good, as is the roasted vegetables with quinoa and feta. In the summer months it’s nice sitting in the garden.
The Swan at Lamport Menu
The Swan at Lamport, Harborough Road, Lamport, Northampton, NN6 9EZ
The Smoke Pit
If you like meat, you’ll love this Northampton restaurant. The Smoke Pit’s website is titled cowpigchicken.co.uk so I’m sure that tells you all you need to know! 15 hour pulled pork, 10 hour ox cheek and Donald Rump are just some of the meaty options on offer. There are a couple of vegetarian options (tomato and mozerella ravioli, a veggie burger etc) but really it’s all about the meat here.
The Smoke Pit, 11A The Ridings, Northampton, NN1 2AQ
Ah my true love. Buddies Northampton serves a ridiculous number of over the top and delicious burgers. Their pouring cheese is legendary and their sundae list is incredible. It’s an American diner and one that I’ve written a whole post about here.
Buddies, Dychurch Lane, Northampton, NN1 2AB
Mu Mu Northampton
This Northampton restaurant serves big burgers and completely over the top milkshakes. They also serve pizzas and creative sides. You can smother your chips in Dr Pepper BBQ sauce or Nutella and popping candy or a multitude of other bonkers toppings! It’s the kinda place you go to hang out with friends and ignore the calories.
Mu Mu Menu
Mu Mu Northampton, 47-49 St Giles’ Street, Northampton, NN1 1JF
This popular restaurant is at Sixfields in Northampton and is beautifully designed. You can watch the chefs cooking your meals, sit next to a fire or beneath the twinkly lights near the bar. It’s definitely better for meat-eaters, with a whole section of the menu dedicated to steaks and burgers. If you’re a fellow vegetarian there’s a sweet potato and bean burger or you can go for halloumi in a bun. Better yet, just stick to the drinks list.
Firejacks Northampton, Walter Tull Way, Northampton, NN5 5QJ
Turtle Bay Northampton
This popular chain restaurant has recently landed in Northampton town centre. It serves Caribbean food and colourful, strong cocktails. There are a couple of vegetarian curries, but the majority of the menu is centred on BBQ meat.
Turtle Bay, 2-6 Gold St, Northampton, NN1 1RS
Chinese Restaurants in Northampton
Looking for a Chinese restaurant in Northampton? The two choices that come up again and again are The Wok Inn and Oriental Paradise. The latter is next to a petrol station, so it’s not the venue that people come for, but the food. I’m not a fan of Chinese, buy you guys seem to love them!
Bonus Nearby Restaurants in Northamptonshire
The Navigation Inn
I use this pub restaurant for special occasions. It’s set on the canal, so it’s beautiful, especially in the warmer months when you can sit outside. They have a really good brunch menu – the sweet potato, avocado and feta hash is a favourite. Main meal options include woodfired pizzas, build your own salads, home comforts and grills. The desserts are really good, so make sure you save some room.
The Navigation Inn, Thrupp Wharf, Station Road, Cosgrove, MK19 7BE
This is a chain and the nearest branch is at Rushden Lakes. It’s made the list because we often visit when we want to go out for a family meal. The staff are always so good with our little ones. They have highchairs, serve their drinks in novelty cups and give them stickers and crayons. The restaurant opens out onto a wooden deck that overlooks the lake, so if the kids get restless we can easily let them run about.
The food is simple and good; pasta, pizza and grills. The desserts are excellent, especially the hot chocolate brownie with mint ice cream.
Wildwood, Unit R1, Boardwalk, Rushden, NN10 6FH