New smokehouse restaurant opens in Northampton town centre

The Smoke Pit is now open for business NNL-150126-135850001
The Smoke Pit is now open for business NNL-150126-135850001

A former bakery which stood empty for a number of years has been transformed into a new barbecue-style restaurant in Northampton town centre.

The Smoke Pit in The Ridings opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday after months of planning and aims to offer customers a unique dining experience.

The Smoke Pit is now open for business NNL-150126-135901001

The Smoke Pit is now open for business NNL-150126-135901001

The people behind the Smoke Pit are owners and brothers Matt and James Ingram, alongside brother-in-law Jay Miller, who were inspired for their new business venture after a family holiday to America.

Jay said: “After a trip to the USA and a love for barbecue food, we thought it was about time Northampton got to taste a genuine barbecue.

“The Smoke Pit is a USA influenced smokehouse restaurant with a British twist in a contemporary industrial setting.

“We are bringing something fresh and different to town that no one else is doing. Slow cooked meats in our imported smoker, steaks and burgers cooked over locally sourced British charcoal, no gas, 45 days aged burger meat and 35 day dry aged steaks.”

The 3,443 sq ft restaurant - previously home to the Blue Plate Diner and other restaurants in the past - is also known as The Old Bakehouse due to its history as a former bakery.

The Smoke Pit sits between Abington Street and St Giles Street in The Ridings and forms part of a restaurant and pub/bar circuit in the town centre.

After coming up with the idea about a year ago, the owners of the Smoke Pit got the keys to the property two months ago and have spent several weeks giving it a complete makeover.

Much of the work has been carried out by them, with the help of friends and family, including all the tables which have been made by hand and many original features of the old bakery still remain.

Jay said: “The design of the Smoke Pit was influenced from the East London industrial warehouse style and Brooklyn loft apartments.

“The menu is influenced by world barbecue and it will constantly change and update with the seasons.

“Menus will be printed daily with fresh produce and it will eventually be projected in the bar area so people can see it from outside and discuss it before sitting down.”

The Smoke Pit, which has a Facebook and Twitter page @The_Smoke_Pit, is open daily from 12-10pm Monday to Saturday and from 12-9pm on Sundays.