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Ember, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Ember

4.8
4.8
86 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
EMBER SHOW CASES A UNIQUE STYLE OF COOKERY THAT YOU WOULD STRUGGLE TO FIND ANYWHERE AROUND. EVERYTHING IS BASED AROUND THE BBQ CULTURE, WE ARE NOT TALKING STICKY RIBS AND BURGERS BUT MORE ANALOGUE COOKING USING WOOD AND SMOKE, SHELLFISH, VEGETABLES AND CURED MEATS.

EMBER ALSO BOASTS A 12 SEAT CHEF'S COUNTER OVERLOOKING ALL THE WOOD-FIRE ACTION, THIS CAN BE SELECTED WHEN MAKING YOUR BOOKING, WE HAVE A GREAT SELECTION OF WINES & SPIRITS ALONG WITH NON ALCOHOLIC OPTIONS AND COCKTAILS.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary British, Barbecue

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    07464 128878

  • Payment Options

    Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    JAMES PECK

Experiences

  • Chef's Table - a stunning dining experience

    Multiple dates available
    Sat on sumptuous bar stools up at the pass, you get to see all the elements of our full menu as our team of Chefs create your dish right there in front of you. The chef’s table can accommodate up to 11 people with a chance to chat directly to the chefs and really is an experience to behold. Choose from a set tasting menu or meander your way through our menu, changed almost daily based on the butcher, fishmonger and farm finding us the freshest and most seasonal ingredients.
  • Seafood & Wine Supper Club

    £140.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 20, 2022 only
    Join us for a relaxed evening’s cooking, talking and eating all things seafood…. and a glass or two of chilled white wine selected to match by Tilleys Wines of Wollaston. A 6 course dinner with some beautifully prepared fish and shellfish paired with some great wines from around the world. Your chance to experience, watch and taste seafood cooked over flame to create flavours like you have never experienced.
  • Red Meat & Coffee Masterclass

    £120.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 2, 2022 only
    Spend a delightful couple of hours at The Roastery here in the courtyard, one of the few totally organic coffee roasters in the UK, learning the fine art and subtle flavours of making barista quality coffee, with a bit of latte art thrown in. Then wander over to Ember find out how to use a coffee glaze with red meats in a 2 hour mini BBQ masterclass as Chef James shows you how to cook red meat over flames to create stunning flavours. What a delightful way to spend a very full morning...

What 86 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. RE

    RichardE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James and the team were awesome!! Great food, in front of an awesome cooking fire, in a lovely restaurant!! Highly recommend a trip to Ember… we had a superb night!!! Can’t wait to go back!! Thank you!!
  2. CJ

    CoreyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service , even better food. Would visit again
  3. RP

    RobP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing (and deceptively simple) food with a big dollop of theatre from the open kitchen and open fire. Brilliantly open and 'casual' service. Love that the chefs themselves will bring you food out and chat about it in a very down to earth manner. Every dish was brilliantly executed but the smoked pineapple was on another level. Bringing a level of cooking usually reserved for the big cities to our more provincial area - this visit will deffo not be our last...
  4. S

    Sophieb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing and so was the food that James has created. I could eat the tacos all day. Heads up on the main gate shutting at 11 as was locked in for a bit but got out in the end. Can’t wait to go again x
  5. D

    Danih

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great relaxed atmosphere. Would recommend the chefs table
  6. SR

    StaceyR

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful treat! Staff are attentive and the food is amazing. So glad to have somewhere of this quality in the local area.
  7. A

    Anonymously

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've eaten at a high end restuarnts and some questionable ones but this is the best food I have ever had! Pork belly is to die for and i will remember hannahs sticky pudding for years to come. Incredible atmosphere with simple yet extraordinary food, one not to miss. Thank you for an unforgettable experience. Shout out to Maisie and Kaiya for looking after us! See you soon
  8. L

    Lovegoodfood

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food & ambiance, would be great to do a lunch time specials menu as works out quite expensive for lunch, many of the top London Restaurants offer set lunch time specials menu! :-)
  9. RT

    RussT

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely ambiance, food cooked to perfection and reasonable price
  10. JJ

    JosieJo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was fantastic. It's very different to anything else we have in the area and was great to see it so busy! Would highly recommend a visit and will definitely be returning.
  11. GR

    GitaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. I absolutely love the vibe of this venue and the chef passion for good produce and service really comes through.

    EmberResponded on September 29, 2022Thank you for the lovely review! James

  12. CR

    CarolineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the menu choices, best pork belly I’ve ever eaten. Little and often ordering of many delicious plates. Lovely friendly atmosphere, well done chef and everyone. Will definitely be back and love how the menu gets changed so would never be bored.

    EmberResponded on September 29, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and for the amazing feedback. James

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as always

    EmberResponded on September 29, 2022Thank you so much! James

  14. BW

    BeeW89

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked to go to Ember for a birthday lunch. So glad we did! The restaurant itself has such a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Every member of the team so friendly and clearly loved doing what they do, which showed in their service. There was a birthday card waiting on our table when we arrived, which I thought was a very thoughtful touch, a little gesture goes a long way. As for the food… let’s just say we are already planning our next visit, so delicious and well put together dishes. Highly recommend the flat iron steak, cooked to perfection and the best corn bread I have ever tasted! If you get the chance to go, do! You won’t be disappointed.

    EmberResponded on September 29, 2022WOW amazing feedback thank you so much, reviews like this make all the hard work worth it! James

  15. AB

    AverylB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, just as good as the first time I visited.

    EmberResponded on September 29, 2022Thank you so much! Hope to see you back! James

  16. s

    sadie

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attended Ember last night, which was a mid week booking, it had a vibrancy , truly uplifting and almost transported me to a unique dining experience in London. Menu punched high and was excucuted brilliantly! Top dining experience Sadie Cosford-Rowe
  17. KO

    KeithO

    Northampton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Brought our son here to celebrate his 33rd Birthday. All 3 of us were not disappointed. Food was excellent and staff most helpful. Everything tried was an experience, which was appreciated. We will visit again.
  18. S

    Soph

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent. My partner was blown away by his birthday present
  19. RR

    RichardR

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe about the place. Stunning food, served by really friendly staff. Knowledgable about the dishes, helpful and patient when explaining what to expect of Embers … simply put … BRILLIANT !
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Fabulous food and lovely little restaurant, but the waiting staff were not great. I know it’s a new venture and early days so these are probably just teething problems. The food really was delicious and interesting, so will definitely revisit
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing again. Second visit and James smashed it out the park
  22. OM

    OliverM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough! Great service, great drinks, great atmosphere and the food is absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to go back and work my way through the entire menu. It’s a must try!
  23. N

    Niccy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to have such great food in such relaxed but attentive surroundings! I had a lovely birthday and enjoyed every minute! Will be recommending to everyone I know! Thank you x
  24. CB

    ChloeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, amazing staff, would highly recommend! A hidden local treasure.
  25. JP

    JudyP

    Northampton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3rd visit - it's so very good. Unusual, innovative, delicious, delightful. I've said before - Just Go - you won't be disappointed.
  26. RP

    RobP

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you so much for making my daughter feel like a VIP, she was incredibly flattered and the card was a classy touch too. As always the food is as imaginative as it is tasty. And my daughter said the sticky toffee pudding is the best dessert she's ever eaten.
  27. RD

    RachelD

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food! Had the taster menu which was really unusual and delicious! We were at the chefs table which would work brilliantly for two people but as there were 4 of us it was impossible to all talk together. Will definitely be going again but will book a table next time. Drinks service was really slow.
  28. HB

    HelenB

    Northampton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James has done an amazing job finding a niche in a crowded market. Simple food done amazingly well. Probably one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.
  29. MM

    MicheleM

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Six of us had the tasting menu at the Chef’s Table and it was excellent. We really enjoyed seeing the food cooked in front of us and being able to ask questions and chat to James. A great evening.
  30. KM

    KejalM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible experience! The food was amazing, and the staff were really welcoming and friendly. The head chef/owner took the time to speak to every table which was really nice. Would definitely recommend.

    EmberResponded on August 24, 2022Thank you for th kind words, can'y wait to welcome you back Regards James

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not fault our first visit to Ember at all. Food was beautifully cooked and staff were great! Very attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend a visit and can’t wait to go back
  32. MB

    MattB

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably good food at very reasonable prices. The service was brilliant and slick, especially considering they’ve been open just 5 weeks. We will be back as soon as we get a chance to try the rest of the menu before it changes (and when it does, we’ll be back again!)
  33. p

    paulh

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inspired food, good wine, friendly service. Hope James and the team do very well with Ember

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you for the kind words, we look forward to welcoming you back James

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. We went to the previous venue in Woodford and liked it there. Ember has a nicer feeling about it. Food was adventurous and flavoursome. Service was great. James has done a cracking job again. Definitely recommend

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022What an amazing review, thank you so much, we look foward to welcoming you back James

  35. JB

    JamieB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food, flavours were fantastic, my wife is Vegan and everyone did a great job in accommodating her , will definitely be back.

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you for the review, hopefully we can turn the 4 for great food and flavours into a 5 next time Regards James

  36. W

    Woody

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fabulous food - every dish was wonderful. Service could be improved but did not spoil the evening.

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you so much for the lovely review

  37. B

    Bluestu

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch food cooked over charcoal in small plate / sharing format. Nothing like it locally! We tried all but one dish on the menu between 4 of us and all agreed that the freshness, presentation, concept, flavour and service was first class. Fish, meat, vegetarian all catered for. James (owner) coming across to introduce himself and bring a few of the dishes out himself to serve us was typical of the set up he’s trying to create with his excellent team. 5 weeks in so clearly a couple of wee operational issues that will iron themselves out as they get up to speed but for now; superb and well done to all involved 👌

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022Hi there, thank you for the glowing review, means a lot... glad you left happy and we look forward to welcoming you b ack! James

  38. RM

    RoxanneM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, good number of options in the menu. Great service would definitely return

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022Amazing feedback, thank you so much!! James

  39. RS

    RuthS

    Northampton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    James and the team where fantastic as always. Food tastes really good and fresh and flavours are great. Kaiyas customer service was 10/10 and she is a very interesting young lady. She will go far in life. Her attention to detail was 100%.

    EmberResponded on August 15, 2022Thank you for such kind words, we can't wait to welcoming you back! James

  40. MC

    MartinC

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Was looking forward to my first visit to Ember as the concept of a wood fired kitchen certainly appeals and my girlfriends birthday was an excellent excuse. The menu is concise which is welcome, ensuring ingredients are as fresh as possible. Its worth mentioning that the menu is tapas style so whatever plates you order may turn up in a different order than expected. The meal got off to a great start with the smoked lamb breast tacos and burnt cornbread with gochoujang. The three little tacos were an absolute delight. The cornbread was exactly what it said on the menu and was pretty much cremated and tasty. Whilst still enjoying these small plates, our remaining dishes of cod loin, Carne Asado and embered carrots turned up. This was rather disappointing as a simple check by the waiting staff could have delayed them by a few minutes as they were a lot cooler by the time we tackled them. The loin was rather disappointing, failing in cooking fish 101 basics in that if youre going to serve skin, make sure its crispy. Saying that, the fish was well cooked but lacked any 'wow' factor. The steak was described as 'cooked rare ' on the menu which is how I like skirt steak, but I reckon a good vet might have brought it back. The eating utensils provided weren't really up to the job of cutting the meat which the provision of a steak knife would have rectified. The steak was unevenly and slightly under seasoned. The giardiniera which accompanied should have added a spicy pickle flavour to the dish but this was also rather underwhelming. The embered carrots were however excellent. We opted to try the dessert menu as this was after all, a birthday meal. The peaches with bacon was as schizophrenic as it sounds and the 8 hour smoked pineapple actually managed to not carry any of the smoky flavour I expected as it was too sharp from the amount of lime used. The total, with drinks was £73 which was reasonably priced. All in all, it was an ok meal but didnt hit the heights I hoped for

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners

FAQs

Ember is rated 4.8 stars by 86 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ember

Unit 42 Nene Court, Embankment, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 1LD

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Wellingborough

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary British, Barbecue

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    JAMES PECK

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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