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Franklin’s Gardens to host innovative pop-up restaurant

Northampton Saints will bring private dining to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday 8 August, with the Club launching a new pop-up restaurant experience alongside Burnt Lemon.

Live rugby might be off the menu for the time being, but diners can still enjoy a first-class experience at the restaurant with Franklin’s Gardens providing a stunning backdrop.

The concept will see 12 hospitality boxes within the Barwell Stand transformed into private dining booths for the evening, allowing guests to enjoy a meal with friends or colleagues in a totally ‘COVID-secure’ fashion.

The restaurant will be run by the award-winning James Peck, star of BBC 2 show The Chefs’ Brigade, and owner of Northamptonshire-based Burnt Lemon Chefs.

It will feature five-course and nine-course taster menus, with suggested wine pairings for each dish, as well as a range of exclusive cocktails produced by Brixworth-based Jelley’s Organic Vodka.

“We want to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey as we bring fine dining to Franklin’s Gardens,” said Chef James.

“This pop-up restaurant will celebrate the rich heritage of Northampton Saints, blending incredible flavours with milestone moments from the Club’s proud history.”

Chef James Peck

“A dining experience like no other, our team of award-winning chefs will serve up a stunning menu showcasing the very best in local produce, while you and your guests enjoy the comforts of five-star hospitality in a safe and secure private box overlooking the pitch.”

Featuring dishes such as Aged Beef Onglet with Duck Egg and Bone Marrow Potato, the restaurant will serve up a range of food that promises to be some of the very best in Northamptonshire.

Burnt Lemon @ Franklin’s Gardens will allow the stadium to be open on non-matchdays, bringing in extra revenue for the Club with usual turnover significantly impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We’re very excited to open our doors to the public for the first time since the lockdown began, and to offer a unique dining experience,” said Ed Turnham, Head of Sales at Northampton Saints.

“Hosting great events, as well as rugby matches, is a huge part of what we do at Franklin’s Gardens. We hope we can welcome some new faces to our pop-up restaurant, as well as some familiar ones, as we all look to try to get back to normal together.”

Spaces for Burnt Lemon @ Franklin’s Gardens are limited so book early to avoid disappointment! To secure your spot now visit https://www.burntlemonchefs.co.uk/atfranklinsgardens.

Burnt Lemon @ Franklin’s Gardens

  • 12 boxes available, 6 people max per box.
  • Nine-course evening tasting menu – £90
  • Five-course evening tasting menu – £60
  • Option to add pairing drinks to nine-course menu – £120
  • Parking in VIP Car Park included
  • Drinks to be pre-ordered and will be waiting for you upon your arrival
  • All food will be delivered and served safely to your box by waiting staff
  • Guests will have access from their box to a limited area of the stadium bowl, which will be regularly sanitised and socially distanced from guests in other boxes