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“Stationary pleasure” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dunkley's

Dunkley's
Grendon Road | Castle Ashby Station Whiston, Northampton NN7 1NP, England
01604 810546
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Ranked #218 of 397 Restaurants in Northampton
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Kettering, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Stationary pleasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Dunkley's is set in an old railway carriage in the middle of the Northamptonshire countryside. We visited as a family group for a Christmas lunch. The menu was excellent value for the choices from the two course Christmas lunch option. The only complaint about any part of the meal was that the lamb had been cut too thin causing it to be a little dry. The staff were very efficient and friendly considering we had an extremely fussy individual in our group. I would definitely recommend this venue, particularly at this time of year. For those looking for a touch of nostalgia, looking back to the steam age then this is the place for you.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Rushden, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

A group of 4 couples spent a most enjoyable evening at a converted railway station and carriage . We were warmly welcomed, invited to sit in the "railway carriage" bar whilst we chose our meals from a good choide of satarters and main courses. After some ten minutes we were shown to our table and the starters were served promptly. Everyone had selected a different main course but they all appear at the same time and received excellent comments. Most of us had left room for desserts and these were from a wide selection with generous portions.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Having been recommended to us, we went to Dunkleys with a group of friends. It was not a particularly busy evening, but the ambiance of the restaurant, set in old railway carriages and attached to the old station was welcoming. We made our choices, and were a little surprise at how soon we were taken to a table after placing our order. As far as the starters were concerned (we nearly all chose something different) they were nicely presented and very tasty. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the main courses. As they don't serve lunches, 'roast of the day' gave the impression that the meat would have been freshly cooked - in fact it was tasteless and certainly didn't look freshly carved. Others ordered the liver and bacon, which although not overly salty, was hard and overcooked, the gammon too, was tough and chewy. Having said that, there was an abundance of fresh, well cooked vegetables, and the desserts were delicious. Summing up, our overall impression was that although the majority of the meal was acceptable, the meats served at Dunkley's left a lot to be desired.

I would feel very reluctant to recommend this restaurant to others and only wish I had read the reviews already on this site before we booked.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Whatstandwell
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good meal had by all.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

On a recent visit to friends in the area we were treat to a wonderful experience of a visit to this restaurant. Food was excellent, surroundings themed to trains was a real change to the normal and the staff were great. A good time had by the four of us.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“great venue... grubby chef”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

This was such a shame asI hadwanted togoto Dunkleys for years after finding out that it was essentially an old train carriage andthat it had been done up to function as a restaurant. My parents said they had often dined here acrossthe years and that it was always well known in the town as a really nice place to hang out back in the day but that in later years they had enjoyed good meals here with friends. so based on this information we bookeda tablefor my birthday...

when we arrived the place was desserted andaswe entered the station doorsthere was a sort of dampsmell which i dismissed asit was a wet evening and i thought that this might be the reason why. Drinks were served really quickly and professionally in the carriage and when we were directed toour table everything upto the point we made our order and...

then a very dry looking chicken kiev which was crumbling as if it had been craftedfrom a mish mash of different left over chicken pieces arrived infront of me. other complaints were the liver.. which had a curious smell and taste about it and wasmore like a paste fashioned to look like a piece of meat. It was nothing like lievr at all infact - my friend was able to cut his liver with the back of his spoon!

we bought this to the waitresses attention and she called the chef who whilst covered from head to toe in a thousand different sauces and foods spluttered over our table that everything was fresh in this morning...he became defensive and aggressive swearing on his childrens life that the food was fresh - i hope he did not have any real children however as this food was NOT fresh. it didnt look it, smell it or taste it!

the staff were apologetic and offered another meal but i was reluctant to as we were the only diners in that evening and i wasstill wondering where all that food on his chef 'whites' had come from? he didnt look particularly clean and niether were his clothes and to be honest if i had seen him before placing the order i wouldnt have ordered at all!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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