The Red Lion, East Haddon

November 4, 2011

Another full-on delivery day yesterday, this time over in Rutland, Northants and Cambridgeshire. I wasn’t going to get caught out like yesterday , and called a halt around 5.30 once I’d arrived at The Red Lion in East Haddon, near Northampton.  It’s a smart but by no means intimidatingly posh gastropub.  Co-proprietor Adam Gray recently returned to his roots having worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc and most recently as head chef at [Gary] Rhodes 24 in London. The pedigree shows – there’s nothing fancypants here rather a focus on doing simple things well.  My belly of pork was beautifully done – fat rendered, meat tender and very flavoursome, crackling extremely noisy. Even the mash was noteworthy, while the gravy was winey and so damned tasty I sneaked a glug from the little jug when no-one was watching.  An apple tart – heavily touted by my waitress was a bit ordinary – pureed fruit, no great depth of flavour – though the clotted cream ice-cream that came with it was fantastic.

Looking at the rest of the menu it seems admirably unfussy – pumpkin soup with oxford blue cheese fritter, slow-cooked lamb with turnip gratin and buttered leeks – and  I’m not surprised the Michelin crew  have already given it a Bib Gourmand.  There’s a small but smartly kitted out cookery school attached too.

Might be worth a drive for those in the South of Leicestershire and it’s certainly worth considering a small diversion if you’re travelling home on the M1 or A5 –  as the crow flies it’s about two miles from Watford Gap services.  I know where I’d rather go.

Advertisements

2 Responses to “The Red Lion, East Haddon”

  1. […] The Red Lion, East Haddon Another full-on delivery day yesterday, this time over in Rutland, Northants and Cambridgeshire. I wasn't going to get caught out like yesterday , and called a halt around 5.30 once I'd arrived at … Source: riponia.wordpress.com […]

    Like

  2. […] think of Brian Baker at the Marquess of Exeter, Dameon Clarke at the Wicked Witch and Adam Grey at The Red Lion in East Haddon as among the local boys who’ve returned from ostensibly more glamourous […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: