Miller & Carter Northampton is located in Round Spinney just off the A43 where the Toby Carvery was at Talavera Way Thorplands. The new-look premise has undergone an extensive refurbishment with a new outdoor seating area and ample parking.
According to Miller & Carter it serves the finest 30 day aged British and Irish beef steak, using wet and dry ageing techniques to provide optimum succulence and flavour. Likewise, there are other sections on the menu ‘off the grill’ serving burgers, ribs and fish as well as pasta and salad.
Booking the table could not have been easier on the Restaurant’s website. The process was simple and gave you a choice of available times to dine on the day you have selected. Alternatively, you could telephone or drop in to make a reservation. I received a text message to confirm my booking which also gave me an option to make any changes to my booking on-line if needed. The day before my booking I received a reminder by text and on the day a text with telephone number if I needed to cancel.
The entrance was inviting and tastefully decorated for the festive season. We arrived a little early for our reservation and was greeted by a very welcoming front of house. Our table was ready and we were shown immediately to our seats. Considering the restaurant was buzzing we felt that our table for two by the window still had an intimate feeling about it due to the lighting and tasteful decor of the place. Sitting at the table we had a good view of the workshop–like kitchen where you could see the chefs busily working.
Soon after we were seated our waiter ‘Peter’ introduced himself to us and asked if we had dined here before - which we had not. He presented us with the extensive food and drink menu. We had looked at the menu online previously so had an idea of what was on offer. Both the food and drink menu offered a variety of choices, although we had both decided as Miller & Carter is predominantly a steak restaurant we would select something off this section of the menu. Not being a food or wine connoisseur we found it helpful that the menu suggested how best to have your steaks cooked depending on the cut as well as the best wines to choose to complement the steak. However it is down to personal choice and I selected a glass of Prosecco to go with my subtly flavoured fillet not the suggested Pinot Noir.
Our waiter returned and took our drinks and food order suggesting that if we needed more time he could come back. There was a good selection of tasty sounding appetizers and we opted for the hand cut tortilla chips topped with aged Cheddar cheese sauce, tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole and jalapenos to share. The drinks arrived promptly and whilst enjoying these we checked out the Cocktail Menu, which although we did not have one, sounded delicious. Peter returned with our starter to share which not only looked delicious, tasted fantastic.
When we had finished the table was cleared and our waiter asked if we had enjoyed it –which we did. My husband asked for another napkin which was promptly bought over to him on a tray – nice touch. Soon after, the lettuce wedges that are served with the main course arrived in separate wooden bowls. This is literally a wedge of lettuce with your choice of dressing. For the main meal I had ordered the fillet steak (medium) my preference and my husband ordered a T-bone steak (medium).
Considering the restaurant was buzzing we felt that our table for two by the window still had an intimate feeling about it due to the lighting and tasteful decor of the place.
The steaks arrived cooked as ordered served with parsley butter and a sauce of our choice, seasoned fries in a separate pot, a slice of onion loaf and a balsamic beef tomato. We also ordered a side of Macaroni and Cheese, one of my husband’s favourites. The steaks were cooked perfectly and the peppercorn sauce served separately was delicious. The presentation was good and the food looked appetizing. I enjoyed the onion loaf as it made a welcome change to onion rings that are so often served with steak, the crunchy texture complimented the soft fillet steak. However I did feel that although the lettuce wedge added another dimension to the meal and was tasty it may have been an unnecessary extra. During our meal one of the front of house came over and asked if everything was okay with our meal.....which it was. After we were finished the table was cleared and we were offered the dessert menu.
By this time we were both feeling rather full so decided to share one of their delicious sounding desserts. We opted for the silver pail ice cream and cookie. This was a choice of three handmade ice creams, vanilla bean, double chocolate or strawberry. This was served with a home baked cookie and a delicious rich Belgian chocolate sauce which was absolutely scrumptious. I also had a cappuccino which came with a homemade biscuit whilst my husband finished his beer. We were very impressed with the food, service and overall ambience of this restaurant. From start to finish an enjoyable eating experience at a competitive price.