Restaurant Review: Franks Hamburger House, Northampton

Franks Hamburger House, former Riverview restaurant, near Billing Aquadrome, Station Road, Northampton.
Franks Hamburger House, former Riverview restaurant, near Billing Aquadrome, Station Road, Northampton.
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If good things come in threes, then the latest addition to the Franks chain looks set for success.

We headed along on a Wednesday night to see if Franks Hamburger House, which has just opened near Billing Aquadrome, could match up to Franks Steakhouse and Hamburger House in Wellingborough Road.

The new branch has been decked out in a similar style to its siblings and already has a homely feel with its wooden decor and red accessories despite only being open for a few weeks.

We had a warm welcome on arrival and were soon seated on the wooden benches at our table.

Once the menus arrived and we’d ordered some drinks, a quick glance around showed about 10 parties of varying sizes, which had to be a good sign for a mid-week night.

The three of us went for one of the sharing starters, chicken wings with Franks spicy jalapeno sauce (£7).

They were a little too hot for Scott, but perfect for myself and Bernie who happily split the remaining wings between us.

The sauce was spicy, the wings were pretty meaty and there was a good number of them to go round.

Once the starter was done, it wasn’t long until our burgers arrived on wooden boards served with fries and a salad garnish.

Before you even take a bite, the food looks mouth-wateringly good.

And then your tastebuds get to work as you tuck into a juicy burger made from 100 per cent prime beef and sourced locally, like many items on the menu.

I wouldn’t normally order a burger when eating out, but you can really taste the difference in these from a run-of-the-mill burger ordered elsewhere. The chips are also a cut above, being home cooked, nicely seasoned and bottomless!

Bernie was very happy with her la vache au fromage burger, which came with brie and red onion chutney (£9), and I was a little jealous when it arrived as it looked so tempting. But I was not to be disappointed with the pig out burger with pulled pork (£8.50), chosen by myself and Scott.

The pulled pork was melt-in-the-mouth and smothered in a tasty barbecue sauce on top of a plump beefburger.

Our mains were accompanied by a side order of crispy onion rings (£3) to share.

A pudding wasn’t really necessary, but we still took a look and shared a banoffee pie sundae (£5.50). Three spoons made light work of it before asking for the bill.

Again, very efficient service from the friendly staff and our waitress brought us the bill for £60.10, including a small glass of white wine, three milkshakes, two cokes and two lemonades.

The new hamburger house is a world apart from its predecessor, Riverview restaurant, and has certainly beefed up the burger market in the county. We couldn’t fault the food or the service and I’m sure we’ll be heading back soon to sample some of the other burgers, including the Carlsberger and Express Lift Tower.

Station Road

Cogenhoe

Northampton

NN7 1NH

VALUE: Good

FOOD:Excellent

SERVICE:Very efficient

DISABLED ACCESS: Yes

PARKING: On-site car park

COST OF OUR MEAL

FINAL TOTAL: £60.10 (including drinks)

Stephanie’s star rating: 9/10