“Modern cooking in historic house” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Dating back to the 15th-century, Grade I-listed Rushton Hall is an elegant country house hotel set amidst 30 acres of landscaped grounds and parkland and surrounded by open countryside. With their roaring log fires and wooden floors, the stylish public rooms include a library and superb open-plan lounge bar with a magnificent vaulted ceiling and plush sofas. Now a sought-after wedding venue, the magnificent Orangery, with its intricate ceilings and crystal chandeliers, overlooks the immaculate gardens. The stunning Tresham Restaurant, named after original Rushton Hall owner Sir William Tresham who fought with Henry V at Agincourt in 1415, is housed at the back of the brasserie in what was once the original kitchen of the house. It’s an elegant room dominated by the large fireplace and walls dotted with photographs chronicling the house over the years. Tables are classically dressed with crisp cloths and high quality tableware, each with a tall crystal candleholder and fresh roses. Although the kitchen is well schooled in classic technique, the food is contemporary and dishes are multilayered. The tasting menu is the best way to explore the full repertoire of the chefs and dinner might begin with lobster, cauliflower and lobster sauce before Dover sole, smoked leeks, oyster and nettle oil. Next, the meat courses might bring saddle of rabbit with a pressing of confit leg and glazed carrot before Hereford beef fillet, sticky glazed short ribs, sprouting broccoli, burnt onion purée and Jerusalem artichoke gratin. When it comes to the sweet courses, a palate-cleansing lemon and pine kernel ice cream with pink peppercorn mascarpone and maple syrup ice cream with honey sponge might lead on to a decadent hazelnut cremeux, tonka bean, caramel and milk chocolate cylinder. An affordable wine list offers a good selection by the glass.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 17
- Wines over £30: 87
- 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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