Emma

by Emma

The Red Lion in East Haddon is a lovely country pub in the Northamptonshire countryside that serves utterly delicious food. In fact, it is fast becoming my favourite in the local area.

I may have given the game away just a couple of lines into my review, but honestly, this place deserves it.

I went a few months ago as part of an official Grub Club visit (where a group of friends and I try and go out to a different restaurant once a month), and loved it then, so when my lovely friend Dani (of festival going-fame) chose it as the destination for her birthday dinner, I was practically drooling with anticipation in the run up to the evening…

There were about 10 of us in the group, so we had a private dining room just off the bar – but I have eaten in the restaurant before and the atmosphere is lively but intimate.

And the food was to die for. It is genuinely one of the best meals I have had out in a long time…potentially since the Caxton Grill extravaganza (which you can read about here)

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

For starter I had Local Gin Cured Salmon with Beetroot Coleslaw and Farringtons dressing. The flavours were so delicate, but perfectly combined. It literally melted in my mouth.

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

My lovely Mr YOTY had the chicken liver pate, which is usually my favourite starter pick on a menu, but as I had it on a previous visit and could already attest to its deliciousness, I decided to try something different.

The pate is velvety smooth, with flavours that pack a punch. It was a resounding hit with everyone there that had it. My Mr YOTY was particularly happy with the bread to pate ratio, which was spot on!

Then on to the main course…

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

I had a Glazed chicken breast with Thai squash, pea and spinach curry and sesame dressing. It was so delicious that I can almost taste it now. The thai flavours tantalised my tastebuds. It had a nice kick to it without being overpowering, and had lots of tasty coriander to emphasise the flavours (though some non Coriander lovers amongst the group felt it was a bit strong).

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

My Mr YOTY had Slow Braised Beef with Ale Gracy and creamy mash. A stew style dish isn’t really my thing, but he raved about it. I loved the presentation of everything as well, it really showed attention to detail.

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

There were some other tasty treats on the menu as well which I will certainly be going back to sample, including this Grilled sea bream with a Thai Noodle salad and sesame dressing.

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

Desserts were really just the icing on the cake, the Arctic Role was surprisingly light and refreshing for the palette.

And the chocolate tart was deliciously rich and velvety smooth….

Eating out in Northamptonshire, The Red Lion East Haddon, via Year of the Yes

Main courses were £6 – £7 each, with main courses falling around the £14 – £18 mark, and pudds would set you back about £6. So a three course meal is around £30 (excluding liquid refreshments).

A perfectly reasonable treat for a special occasion, and highly recommended!

 

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THE RED LION, East Haddon

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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