The a la carte menu has a tantalizing choice of appetizers including pan-fried mackerel marinated in garlic, thyme and served with horseradish as well as a homemade fishcake of the day with tomato sauce and salad. Make sure to check the specials board to see what freshly caught fish is available. As you would expect from seafood restaurants in Northampton there are classic starters such as smoked salmon drizzled with olive oil, lemon and capers, crispy, deep-fried calamari served with tartar sauce and de-shelled king prawns served in either garlic butter or tomato and chilli. Diners in the mood for something other than sea food will be tempted by the homemade duck and chicken liver pate with redcurrant jelly, basil dressing and toast or the succulent carpaccio of beef served with ‘chefs’ dressing. Vegetarians have not been forgotten with choices like oven-baked goat cheese topped with caramelized onion or the rich and earthy ravioli stuffed with mushrooms in a homemade tomato sauce.
Nothing goes as well with fish and seafood as a carefully chosen wine. Fortunately The Vineyard Restaurant has an excellent wine list and friendly house manager, Tina, takes great pleasure in assisting diners with food and wine pairings. If you want to try something a bit different then monkfish tails served with beurre blanc sauce is a great option, or why not try the sea bass in leek and mustard sauce for a fish dish with a slight bite. A very popular dish when available is the loin of cod with black butter and fried capers, and those who want a real indulgence can order the fish platter with king prawns, cod and sea bass in a decadent saffron sauce.
If seafood isn’t your first choice don’t worry as The Vineyard, like many restaurants in Northampton, also has a great selection of meat, pasta and salads. Steak lovers will be happy to see prime British fillet served with a choice of homemade sauces; Stilton, Diane or classic peppercorn. Other options include duck breast infused with summer fruits, a tender chicken breast topped with parma ham and mozzarella and the rack of lamb with garlic and herb crust comes highly recommended. All the main courses come with fresh seasonal vegetables and potatoes from the local Northampton market. Those dedicated to pasta can enjoy penne arrabiata, spaghetti carbonara and ricotta and spinach tortelloni, while the chicken Caesar salad is always a treat!
The lunch and pre-theatre menu offers a choice of 1 or 2 courses and has a great range of dishes from classic prawn cocktail and garlic mushrooms for starters to smoked haddock and spring onion fishcake and a rich, homemade pie of the day for mains. The Vineyard Restaurant in Northampton serves fresh, delicious and classic food in stylish surroundings. With an established history of quality and excellence, this is a very busy and popular spot for those looking for something special, booking is highly recommended.