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The Thornhill Arms

4.2
4.2
200 Reviews
£25 and under
British

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Welcome to The Thornhill Arms

Set in the heart of beautiful Northamptonshire in the village of Rushton, close to Kettering, Corby, Rothwell, Desborough and Market Harborough, a family-run Pub and Restaurant. We do our best to offer friendly service, a wide range of fresh home-cooked food, our popular Sunday Carvery, a good selection of well-kept Hand-pulled Ales, Lagers, Wine & Spirits at affordable prices, making this a perfect place to relax and unwind.

A warm welcome awaits parties large and small.

Catering for all events, Weddings, Celebrations of Life, Birthdays, Baby Showers...

We aim to offer tasty, whole-hearted meals to eat in any of our Restaurants and Garden with Decking area overlooking the beautiful countryside.

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2 people

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Food Served
    Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00
    Wed, Thu 18:00–20:00
    Sun 12:00–17:15
    Bar
    Wed–Fri 12:00–15:00
    Wed, Thu 18:00–22:00
    Fri, Sat 17:30–23:00
    Sat 12:00–15:30
    Bar Sunday and Bank Holi
    Sun 12:00–20:00
    Lunch
    Sat 12:00–14:30
    Dinner
    Fri, Sat 17:30–20:30

  • Phone number

    01536 710251

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Kettering

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

Starter

£4

  • Cheesy Nachos

    • Prawn Cocktail

      • Soup of the Day

        Mains

        £5.50

        • Chicken Nuggets Chips

          Peas

          • Spaghetti Bolognaise

            • Fish and Chips

              Peas

              • Sausage

                Chips, Beans

                • Sunday Carvery

                  Only available on Sunday's

                  Desserts

                  £4

                  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Fairy Sprinkles

                    • Crumble of the Day and Custard

                      • Chocolate Fudge Cake & Ice Cream

                        • Cheesecake & Ice Cream

                          Last updated: 12 October 2021

                          What 200 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                          4.2
                          4.2 based on recent ratings
                          • 4.2Food
                          • 4.3Service
                          • 4.2Ambience
                          • 4.2Value

                          NoiseModerate

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                          1. FW

                            FiWa

                            1 review

                            2.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 18 November 2021

                            overall2food2service2ambience2

                            We have long been a fan of this pub and restaurant, came here last night for our wedding anniversary, as it's the pub we had our first date at many years ago. Was hugely disappointed. Food, staff and ambiance have all taken a massive dive. I had the tortellini, naively thinking it came in a sauce, it didn't. Who serves dry pasta with zero sauce. I literally left the whole thing, it was bland, dry and tasteless. I thought I would be able to give the staff chance to redeem themselves but nobody approached us during the meal at all, not even to offer another drink, as we had both finished our drinks, or to check the food was okay. When the waitress came to take your plates away she didn't ask if there was a problem or if the food was okay, bearing in mind my plate was basically untouched. We asked for the bill and were told we have to pay at the bar, to their defence the lady at the bar asked if everything was okay so I express my displeasure with my mail and she took it off the bill. My husband was also put off his food as the woman on the table behind us was discussing her partners hernia and very personal bedroom issues. Now I know this is no fault of the venue, but it was so quiet it was hard not to hear. Don't think we will be returning any time soon.

                          2. F

                            Frank

                            Northampton

                            3 reviews

                            2.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 14 November 2021

                            overall2food2service1ambience1

                            It was not the best I’ve had, cauliflower was hard , carrots and parsnips over cooked. Staff were saying it was fully booked but we were the only party of 3 in the room! There seemed to be a lot of staff on but not knowing what they were doing! Very unimpressed with the whole experience.

                          3. RA

                            RonA

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Friendly staff. Great service. Food very good and beautifully cooked and presented. Parking can be a little tight but found a space on street.

                          4. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 7 November 2021

                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                            Very charming staff couldn’t be more helpful food very good lovely atmosphere will be back very soon.

                          5. S

                            Sueg

                            Northampton

                            3 reviews

                            4.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 7 November 2021

                            overall4food5service4ambience5

                            The food was of an excellent quality. The vegetables were fresh & looked inviting. My husband chose the beef & it was good! The first time in ages that he has had beef that was not chewy! The only drawback was the wait. We waited about 40 minutes & didn’t mind as we enjoyed the drink & the overall atmosphere. The carvery is the reason for the delays I think as it is all served up to you which takes time. I wouldn’t want to go with a large group as we’d all be eating our meals at a different time. Also the plates were not warm which meant the food cooled more quickly. But overall we enjoyed the meal & found the staff very accommodating.

                          6. L

                            Leah

                            1 review

                            1.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 October 2021

                            overall1food2service1ambience2

                            Not worth the money! Waited 50minutes + couldn't serve yourself! No member of staff checked if we were 'happy with the food'. Heard the bar lady ask for a tip to an elderly man when he was paying by card 'wona give a tip... what £2 or £3?' Very unprofessional! Got Sunday roast, sat in front of the service so seen all the yummy BIG Yorkshire pudding coming out for 50minutes- we waited to be told to go up 'its your turn' but when we went up the Yorkshire pudding were chopped in half as told 'not many people like the Yorkshire puddings and were running out!' WHAT A JOKE!! I was also hard because of halving it. Only gave me 3 roast potato's and peS were put on plate with a laddle with no draining holes- so plate was swimming with water from pea pot. Not returning!

                          7. G

                            Gail

                            Norfolk

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 October 2021

                            overall3food3service2ambience2

                            Very busy but staff were not welcoming at all. Made to feel like a nuisance rather than a guest.

                          8. KD

                            KerryD

                            1 review

                            2.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 October 2021

                            overall2food2service1ambience2

                            very slow service our food came before our drinks which was disappointing even though it wasn't overly busy. Good selection of food at the carvery but we will not be returning

                          9. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 October 2021

                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                            Food was ok. Nice carvery had worse had better

                          10. CD

                            ClaireD

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 17 October 2021

                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                            An enjoyable meal at a reasonable price. Yorkshire pudding was hard but apart from that, would say you get what you pay for x

                          11. RM

                            RosannaM

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 10 October 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent. Service was good, clean tables, attentive waitress. Food very tasty.

                          12. k

                            kerryp

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 9 October 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Very plesant , friendly restaurant. Food very good and service excellent.

                          13. SM

                            ShaneM

                            London

                            2 reviews

                            1.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 9 October 2021

                            overall1food2service4ambience2

                            Unfortunately on this visit, after not attending for a couple of years, it appears to have gone down hill drastically. Poor menu, old boot leather chewy steak, and cold food. This used to be a go to place for a safe meal, certainly not fine dining, and would now not recommend to friends and family. Sort yourself out Thornhill, or with so much competition about, I’m afraid it’s the slippery slope to a for sale sign outside!

                          14. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 8 October 2021

                            overall4food3service4ambience4

                            Went for anniversary meal

                          15. MM

                            MariaM

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 2 October 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Very friendly staff, great food, highly recommend this place

                          16. GJ

                            GemJ

                            Northampton

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 1 October 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            As always the food was excellent and the service was great too. Would recommend it to everyone who likes to eat out. Bloody marvelous

                          17. BN

                            BehzadN

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 25 September 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Great evening at Thornhill, lovely food, excellent service and we enjoyed our evening very much.

                          18. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Northampton

                            2 reviews

                            4.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 19 September 2021

                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                            Got there just before 3.30 and they accommodated us well. Took drink and food order and served really quickly

                          19. DW

                            DeeW

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 18 September 2021

                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent service, good background music, plenty of staff,clean and tidy

                          20. BW

                            BeverleyW

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 17 September 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Food excellent service wonderful and friendly could'nt do another for us nthing was to much trouble

                          21. CW

                            CarolW

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 14 September 2021

                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                            The Thornhill Arms is always a good place to eat. It's very nice for a special occasion and the quality of the foods is always of the highest standard. We have been going there for over 20 years and have never been disappointed.

                          22. M

                            Malo

                            Northampton

                            2 reviews

                            4.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 12 September 2021

                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                            Friendly atmosphere, good food and great service.

                          23. KM

                            KeithM

                            Jersey

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 7 September 2021

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Not too busy as we went on a Tuesday. Plenty of space between guests & very good service. We accepted that the mid week menu was a bit limited, but this didn’t create any issues. Good value for money & would recommend to anyone

                          24. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Manchester

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 4 September 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Jane and Georgina were outstanding and made our meal the best we have had in a long time. Nothing was too much and we felt like their only customers. Thank you for a relaxing evening

                          25. GJ

                            GemJ

                            Northampton

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 3 September 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Swift service and lovely food. Well worth a visit

                          26. LB

                            LisaB

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 3 September 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Always amazing food and service. Staff are so welcoming. Highly recommend

                          27. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 31 August 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            25th wedding anniversary

                          28. EG

                            EmilyG

                            Cambridge

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 29 August 2021

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Fantastic staff and very good value! The atmosphere was lovely and the surroundings are beautiful. Really impressed!

                          29. S

                            Sueg

                            Northampton

                            3 reviews

                            4.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 29 August 2021

                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                            We chose the carvery- the beef was rather flavourless but the pork was very tasty. It seems to be really difficult these days to find a restaurant/pub which serves really good beef. It’s either tough or lacking in flavour. There were lots of veg to choose from & all nicely cooked. The plates could’ve been hotter as halfway through the meal was on the cold side. We thought the room we were in was very nice as it was calm & nicely decorated although the background music was a tad loud. The staff were friendly & efficient. We thought the meal was good value for money.

                          30. MC

                            MarkC

                            Lancashire

                            3 reviews

                            3.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 25 August 2021

                            overall3food3service5ambience3

                            Had steak, ok but a bit bland, should have gone for the pie. Service very good though. Great outside area, views.

                          31. MF

                            MandyF

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 21 August 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great meal, had the plaice with prawn and caper butter, it was delicious

                          32. JM

                            JulieM

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 20 August 2021

                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                            Food was excellent, good service, great value for money

                          33. SR

                            SarahR

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 17 August 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            We always have a meal here when staying at Rushton Hall Hotel. The food is simple and delicious, highlights are the chunky chips, and the homemade crumble & custard.

                          34. AS

                            AmyS

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 15 August 2021

                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                            We love the carvery here! We were pleased to see some Covid practices still in place i.e. being told when to go to the carvery. (so not everyone crowds around at the same time). I would've given full marks, but two of the different largers on offer ran out, meaning my husband had to have a less favourable larger. Would still recommend and we will be back again!

                          35. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 13 August 2021

                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                            Not as nice as before - disappointed as it was always our favourite place to eat

                          36. M

                            Markc

                            Northampton

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 13 August 2021

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Great food, friendly staff, lovely place nice decor

                          37. LC

                            LorneC

                            1 review

                            3.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 10 August 2021

                            overall3food2service2ambience4

                            This was the first visit post lockdown and I'd booked on the suggestion of a friend who suggested I visit for a business meeting over lunch. I opted to eat in the garden - it was largely empty - made my colleague feel safe and was a nice day! The lady that took my order was very keen to know my table number... ok... i didnt check, but i was the ONLY one in the garden. That past i had to wait for my cutlery and drinks ... not have them delivered... not a deal breaker but a surprise. The food and value has always been superb in the past vists... I had high hopes. The fish of the fish and chips was pretty greasy sadly. My colleague had asked for a veggie burger with no cheese... the burger itself transpired to be goat cheesed based... not mentioned on the menu or by the lady that took the order... it was left uneaten. By the time I had eaten and my colleague eaten chips from the burger meal the garden was getting busier - no issue with that. Our plates never did get cleared away despite numerous meals being delivered to others in the garden... I left and did consider speaking up, but could see the ladies serving were busy and left it be. I like the Thornhill arms and will give it another try sometime... and yes overall id recommend to others for now.

                          38. AH

                            AnitaH

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 8 August 2021

                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                            Lovely Sunday lunch with a few changes to the usual service at Thornhill. My husband loved the pay/call buttons on the table 😊 Gonna have to get used to not serving myself but still had plenty

                          39. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            1 review

                            2.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 8 August 2021

                            overall2food5service1ambience3

                            Food was amazing as always. Had to wait quite a while to go up to the carvery but turned out someone had been told to get us but they in fact hadn’t. We were given a free drink for the long wait. The service at the table was lovely. When we finally got to go up to the carvery the two young girls serving us really did not look happy to be there. They were very miserable and quite rude.

                          40. LS

                            LisaS

                            1 review

                            1.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 6 August 2021

                            overall1food1service1ambience4

                            Waited over an hour for food, when I realised there were 4 tables that had come in after us that had been served dinner and were then on to their dessert and we were still waiting for our dinner, I decided to ask a member of staff when our food would be brought out. I was pretty much told the chefs had forgotten our table. I had a hungry, bored and very agitated toddler with me so we decided it wasn't fair to make her wait another hour and left to get some food from McDonald's.

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                          The Thornhill Arms is rated 4.2 stars by 200 OpenTable diners

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                          Google Map for The Thornhill Arms

                          2 Station Road Rushton, Northamptonshire NN14 1RL

                          • Area

                            Kettering

                          • Hours of Operation

                            Food Served
                            Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00
                            Wed, Thu 18:00–20:00
                            Sun 12:00–17:15
                            Bar
                            Wed–Fri 12:00–15:00
                            Wed, Thu 18:00–22:00
                            Fri, Sat 17:30–23:00
                            Sat 12:00–15:30
                            Bar Sunday and Bank Holi
                            Sun 12:00–20:00
                            Lunch
                            Sat 12:00–14:30
                            Dinner
                            Fri, Sat 17:30–20:30

                          • Cuisines

                            British

                          • Dining style

                            Casual Dining

                          • Dress Code

                            Casual Dress

                          • Payment Options

                            MasterCard, Visa

                          • Additional

                            Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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