The Trading Post has always been popular – and with hundreds of houses being built on its doorstep it’s about to get busier.
The first houses in the Westhill development just off Northampton Road have already been built, and the estate’s new residents will be delighted to find a quality established restaurant just a two-minute walk away.
My wife and I have paid the Trading Post many visits over the eight years that we have been living in Kettering, and on this latest occasion we had our two children and two of their grandparents in tow.
What marks the place out as much as anything is the quality of the service you always receive.
Without fail the staff are always friendly and willing to help with any issues that arise – in this case our youngest needed something to distract him while we were still perusing the menu, so some colouring crayons and paper were promptly produced.
Talking of the menu, it’s fair to say there are no radical departures from what you would expect a family-friendly pub/restaurant to offer.
All the usual favourites are there – lasagne, burgers, beef and ale pie, fish and chips – but the menu also includes seasonal variations such as spinach, onion and mushroom tart and pasta salads.
Having such a wide variety of choices – there is also a full carvery option with choice of three meats and as many vegetables as you can eat – is invaluable when there are more than two of you in your party as there is bound to be something for even the fussiest eater.
It being a Friday I naturally chose the chicken tikka masala, which comes with a giant poppadum covering the whole dish, while Karen decided to break with convention and try something she hadn’t had before – in this case a vegetarian butternut squash moussaka.
My parents-in-law stuck with what they know best and came back from the carvery counter with plates laden with chicken, beef, Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes.
The colourful children’s menu also has a large number of choices and is set out in a mix and match style.
It’s simple enough for our youngest to be able to pick his own meal from – in this case chicken dippers, pasta and baked beans, while our eldest chose the burger, chips and peas.
Kids eat free between 3pm and 7pm during the week so what was already a good value experience instantly became an even better one.
Our main courses all went down very easily, as did the various puddings we optimistically thought we had room for – the cake portions in particular were huge!
All in all we had a very satisfying evening. I suspect in years to come getting a table at the Trading Post will become harder and harder.
Service: Very attentive Parking: Plenty
TOTAL COST: £56.25