The Axe & Compass

We woke up on the Sunday morning, and with the planning of the Northamptonshire Business Awards, one thing that nearly fell through the net was our monthly anonymous restaurant review. We have a list of restaurants that we want to review, and the Axe & Compass is one I added to the list following several good meals a few years ago.

I called around 11.30am and got a table for 2pm, and immediately thought why have they got space for 4 of us on the same day, as so many restaurants across the county are fully booked for Sunday lunches. They don’t have a website, and I believe they are under new management since I last visited.

On arrival it bought back good memories of when I last visited. A well presented building with a conservatory and as you walk through the entrance to the left is a bar and to the right is a small restaurant which has an open fire place and a larger table positioned in the conservatory area.

For starters, my wife had French Onion soup, which she was very complimentary about. Onion soup does not appeal to me, but my wife insisted I try some and it was very tasty. I chose the Pate, which was accompanied with sesame toast and the right size portion of pickle and pate which impressed me, as so often with Pate you either have too much, or not enough bread/toast, the portions for this were perfect, coupled with good service this was a good start to the meal. For our mains my wife and I chose Pork Belly and our daughters chose Chicken. A generous portion of pork belly was served with crackling and vegetables. The dishes were presented well, and there were no complaints. Our daughters both enjoyed their Chicken, and my youngest asked for extra yorkshire puddings with hers, which was home made and a nice touch. The dessert board was restricted to 4 options. I went with home made Apple & Raspberry Crumble, unfortunately custard was not an option so I had vanilla ice cream and it reminded me of my Mum’s crumble. My wife chose White Chocolate & Blueberry Cheesecake. I did have a taste of this but it was too rich for me, my wife has a sweeter tooth and she loved it.

Our daughters chose ice cream, the portions of which were sufficient.

Throughout the meal I was questioning why we got a table so quickly and why it was not busier. The service was good, the food was very good and the decor and environment was excellent. After the meal I did look at their Facebook page, and had I looked at the Facebook page before 11.30am I probably would not have called them as it certainly is not a reflection, as the pub/restaurant and most importantly food is far better than their representation on social media suggests.

Overall, this was a pleasant and positive dining experience. Would we rush back next Sunday? Probably not. Would we go back as a family? Yes, for sure.

14 Carlow Rd, Ringstead, Kettering NN14 4DW. 01933 622227

This is an anonymous review which was paid for by the diner.