“Stately surroundings for a contemporary repertoire” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The black sheep of the illustrious family who built Rushton Hall in the 15th century was a player in the Gunpowder Plot, and the magnificent pile was the later inspiration for Dickens’ Satis House in Great Expectations. These days it earns a crust as a stately leisure retreat with all the trappings of a grand country hotel. The Tresham Restaurant – named after the former owners, including the ill-fated plotter – has relocated to a new spot, and makes a refined and elegant setting for Adrian Coulthard’s precise and refined modernist cooking. Smoked ham hock, chicken and foie gras are allied in a carefully composed pressing, with lovage mayonnaise, pickled onion petals and potato crisps. Main course brings pan-fried halibut with brown shrimps, gnocchi, cucumber, tomato and butter sauce, the happy colours reflecting the summer seasonality. The 1593 Brasserie is the more informal dining option.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 17
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 19
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Northamptonshire is a mainly rural county of gentle beauty, with farmland, forest and great country estates. Rivers, canals and meadows are all part of the tranquil scene, providing a haven for wildlife.
This is a great area for walking, touring and exploring villages of stone and thatch. There are also some impressive Saxon churches at Brixworth and Earls Barton. Northampton is the county town, and along with Kettering, has long been associated with the production of footwear. Kettering was the second largest town until it was overtaken by the rapid development of Corby as a major centre of the steel industry.
Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is set in Northamptonshire, although it seems that Austen never actually visited the county. Other famous connections include the poet John Dryden (1631-1700) who was born in the tiny village of Aldwincle; King Richard III (1452-1485) born at Fotheringhay Castle; and American revolutionaries George Washington (1732-1799), whose family came from Sulgrave Manor, and Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) whose father was born in another tiny Northamptonshire village called Ecton.
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