As far as Monday evenings go, this wasn’t going to be a bad one, as I made the hop, skip and jump over to Rushden Lakes for a spot of shopping and a girly catch up over dinner.
No navigation required as it most definitely wasn’t my first visit, I’ve been more than a few times since the park opened.
Rushden Lakes has something for everyone. Everyday essentials meet fashion favourites, combined with the great outdoors, family fun such as the IMAX cinema, climbing centre and crazy golf, accompanied by many delicious places to eat, drink and relax. It really is the perfect day out for any family, date day/night or guilty late evening shop (yes, the shops are open until 8pm on weekdays!)
We started the evening with some retail therapy. After remembering to purchase my mothers birthday card from paperchase, grabbing some food favourites from M&S and having a little mooch around the wide range of shops- we were ready for some grub.
We decided to dine at the two independent restaurants in the park after much deliberation as to whether our taste buds were calling for a Katsu Curry from Wagamamas or stone baked pizzas from woodfire. But we do love to support independents and ‘Blue Mountain Yard’ stole our foodie hearts with its quirky industrial interior and wide choice of traditional Jamacian options which neither of us had tried before.
As soon as we walked into the restaurant the staff were very welcoming. The scene was set with reggae playing and we were encouraged to try jamacian classic drinks. So on their recommendation we opted for a ‘Ting’ and a ‘Pineapple Soda’. Jamacian fizzy drinks full of caribean feels.
The menu has many street food style options with a variety of Jamacian dishes for all pallets. Some spicy options and some mild - indicated on the menu for easy choosing.
The prices were reasonable considering both the quality and portion size. We both opted for a traditional goat curry. It was incredibly tasty. Full of flavour with a slight kick, yet paired with coconut rice and classic roti bread, it was not overpowering. A great introduction to Jamacian cuisine.
We could have gone for one of the delicious sounding classic jamacian puddings on offer in Blue Mountain Yard, but when you have so much option within Rushden Lakes itself, we thought, why stick to one restaurant?
I knew what was on my mind… cookie dough! So off we skipped with excitement to Heavenly Desserts. If you’ve never been, you NEED to go! It’s basically heaven for those with a sweet tooth. An extensive desert menu full of all kinds of naughtiness and you can customize your desert exactly as your cravings desire.
The restaurant itself was buzzing, considering it was a Monday evening, we did have to wait a few minutes to be seated. But as soon as we were, we were served very quickly. The staff member explained how the menu works and how they had THREE different kinds of waffles! Wowza.
I struggled for choice, but gave in to my cravings and opted for the white chocolate cookie dough topped with ferrero rosher and pistachio ice cream. My friend opted for the american waffles with nutella, sprinkled with hazelnuts and paired with peanut butter ice cream. The fact you could totally design your desert was such a novelty! My oh my, they were both delicious!
The interior was instagram worthy, chic girly american diner style with little 2 seater booths perfect for dates and larger booths perfect for any social occasion.
In conclusion these are two funky, new independent restaurants - both with delicious food options and appealing interiors. Well worth a visit!