The Kings Head Spratton is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion or date night. Any Instagrammer’s dream with stunning modern, shabby chic interiors and food presentation that is second to none!
I have dined here once before on a second date with my now partner, so the restaurant itself holds some special memories for me. But this time, I decided to treat my Mother after telling her a million times she should take a visit. I hoped it was everything I had remembered!
The restaurant itself is located in the village of Spratton, a perfect venue to relax with family and friends outside on a summers evening, yet equally as cosy inside for the winter months. There is a coffee shop which serves breakfast, coffee, lunches and home made cakes, too. The fine dining restaurant, Brasserie 23, opens daily at 6pm and is led by Brett Rollings using ingredients sourced directly from producers across Northamptonshire.
It was an alcohol free evening for us, however tempting the extensive local gin collection was! But, the soft drinks menu didn’t disappoint either. We both chose a flavoured presse and decided to sit in the garden area in the sunshine for half an hour, before our reservation.
When entering Brasserie 23 you’re greeted by an ambient atmosphere and flattering lighting. This accompanied with the artizan decor is very visually pleasing. Open fireplaces, brickwork and fairy lights create a very cosy dining area indeed.
Staff were incredibly friendly and had great knowledge of the menu and specials. The menu is not extensive but there is certainly enough variety for all tastes. The prices, although are a little higher than the Northampton average, are set realistically for the fine dining experience. Great care is taken in presentation and is something the restaurant clearly take great pride in - some too good to not post on social media!
For starters, my Mum chose the Heritage tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, olives, basil sorbet, tomato consomme and sourdough toast. Her initial thoughts were that she didn’t want to ruin the perfect presentation by digging in. But when she did, the flavours were incredible. Small in size but most definitely not in flavour. I very nearly chose the duck leg, sesame crisp, coriander emulsion and orange gel, but with a last minute change of heart, I went for the garlic & chilli king prawns, butterbean and tomato sauce and freshly baked focaccia. I was not disappointed! The prawns had the perfect ‘kick’ and the bread was still warm and freshly baked.
After visually appealing starters, which were just as appealing to our taste buds, we were excited to receive our mains. The wait in between courses was a little lengthy, but was definitely worth the wait as our mains arrived. I went for the lamb burger, using locally sourced lamb, tzatziki, crunchy gem lettuce, pickled shallots, ciabatta bun and hand cut chips. The burger was perfectly cooked, pink in the middle and melted in your mouth with the gorgeous accompanying flavours of the tzatziki and shallots. The chips were crispy and flavourful. My mum pinched one to try and was impressed. She went for the chicken breast for main which was paired with chorizo, spinach & basil puree, potato rosti and tomato gel. She was delighted with the flavour pairings and thoroughly enjoyed the dish.
We were comfortably full, but when shown the desert menu, quickly made more room. The flavourings on every dish, once again, sounded insane! Mum has a sweet tooth, so struggled to decide between the chocolatey options. Where as I love fruity, palate cleansing desert options, which the menu was not short of either.
After much ‘umming and ahhing’ Mum chose the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. She described it as ‘the best sticky toffee pudding she had ever had’. A new compliment followed after every mouthful. She let me try a little and she was right! The pudding was light and fluffy while still being naughtily indulgent. The salted caramel sauce was delicious! Although, I did feel smug, as my desert was equally as impressive. I chose the local strawberries, elderflower sorbet, shortbread crumbs, toasted marshmallow and basil gel. It was delightfully presented, light and full of fresh, aromatic flavours. If you like elderflower, the sorbet is incredible and well paired with the sweet flavours of the marshmallow and shortbread. I’d
choose this desert again, and again and again!
The restaurant was busy for an early Tuesday evening, making me think many people must love this restaurant as much as me, therefore, I’d definitely recommend booking in advance like we did. In all, a stunning location, amazing presentation coupled with incredible flavour explosions makes this a stand out restaurant in Northamptonshire. We will both be back very soon!
This is an anonymous review which was paid for by the diner
23 Brixworth Road, Spratton, Northamptonshire,