I’m one of those people that has to have a look at a menu before I go somewhere; I don’t like the element of surprise especially when it comes to pleasing my appetite, so of course the first thing I did was have a look at their website for the menu. If there’s one immediate downfall of The Four Pears it’s that although their website is good, you can’t book online. Call me picky, but booking online is something you begin to expect in this day and age and it’s a much easier process. Nevertheless I called up, booked my table and was warned there would be a couple of big parties (which to me was a good sign with it being Christmas party season - it must be a good place!) and it was also Open Mic night.
We arrived at the restaurant a little before our booked time as the lady I booked with was very stern in telling us we needed to arrive promptly due to them being busy. First thoughts on arrival: this looks like a lovely country pub, just up my street.
We first walked into the bar area; it was open mic night so a few people were setting up, we were then greeted and taken to our table. Immediately I thought it wasn’t as busy as what I’d been told on the phone, but as it was Christmas party season there were a couple of larger tables.
Our drinks orders were taken soon after we were seated; I opted for a glass or merlot and my boyfriend went for an Old Mout cider. We then waited a while until someone finally came over to take our food order.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the range of starters which was a little disappointing as starters are usually my favourite part of a meal. We chose to share some warmed bread and olives, which was satisfying enough and the olives were lovely.
For mains, I chose the chicken burger and my boyfriend opted for the “festive” burger which was a beef burger topped with bacon, turkey and cheese. My boyfriend enjoyed his meal and was satisfyingly full by the end of it, however my main meal was the start of my thoughts changing on The Four Pears.
I took one bite out of my chicken and immediately thought something wasn’t right; the texture was not normal - I wish I could put to words exactly what it was like but it’s what I imagine biting into a raw piece of chicken is like. I could see for myself that the chicken wasn’t raw, however it was very grey; I complained to a member of staff (which is something I do not enjoy doing!) and they took it back to the kitchen only to come back and tell me it was 75 degrees. I ordered something else but after a really long wait, and my boyfriend finishing his meal, we told them to leave it and we got the bill and left.
I would just like to say a thanks to the man that dealt with my meal. Whilst I was waiting he kept checking if I wanted another drink and ensured we were only charged for the starter and one main that was eaten.
Overall, would The Four Pears be a restaurant I’d recommend to people in Northamptonshire? I have to be honest and, whilst I wouldn’t want to influence people’s decisions, unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend it.