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Top family-owned pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access

The mildly eccentric pub signage reflects the 'hopping' element; as it's hard to explain, a visit will clarify. Having seen, enter the bar, where several national real ales accompany Saxby's cider, made on a local farm, and around 11 wines by the glass. For his modern British dishes, head chef Grant Wentzel hand-picks his suppliers, so knows how his meats were reared, his fish caught, and his vegetables grown. The result: pan-fried pigeon breast, beetroot, pickled girolles and toasted hazelnuts, and that's just a starter! Main dishes could include slow-roasted Bedfordshire pork belly, croquette and loin, pressed potato, sage and onion purée and red wine jus, followed by a home-made treacle tart. Sandwiches, omelettes and salads are also available.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–10, Sunday 12–8.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 12–10, Sunday 12–8.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Black Sheep, Adnams Broadside, Towcester Mill
  • Real ciders: Aspall, Somersby, Saxby's Cider

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets

Getting here

Take A428 from Northampton towards West Haddon. Left into Hopping Hill Gardens, pub signed.

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