In spite of living in Kettering for over 20 years, we’d never discovered Frank’s! The establishment has apparently been in business since dinosaurs roamed the one-way system here, and although Frank is now looking down on his business, it continues the thrive!
In short, Frank’s sticks to what it does best - Italian food - and more specifically, pizzas! And although apparently there has only ever been seven types on offer, they all came highly recommended by B & J.
Once inside, two things became immediately obvious: the decor and how busy they were. The decor was basic, with very simple wall coverings and functional tables & chairs. Bev had jokingly mentioned that no two pieces of cutlery are the same and all the plates suffer the same identity issues, but we were in luck - everything matched on our table!
Even though it was early when we arrived - 7pm - the place was already heaving, including a table for 20 celebrating a birthday in full-flow! Frank’s continued to fill-up with all tables taken by 7.30. They also do a takeaway service as well and tonight that added to the heightened activity near the entrance to their (what seemed like) very small food-prep area. Maybe not surprisingly then, it was noisy, requiring us to raise the volume of our own voices to chat. However, all-in-all, it added to the unique atmosphere of Kettering’s hidden gem.
Food, by-the-way, was beyond delicious and served with a genuine smile. It certainly felt like a family business, and it was clear that there was plenty of passion in the food and the service… and these days, that makes a very change!
It was good value as well! The four us had a pizza each, Bev and I got through four beers, whilst the girls had some House Wine and a Southern Comfort. To finish, we all had coffees and I squeezed in a dessert. The damage? just under £55 - not bad at all in my book!
Well, I’m certain we’ll be going back before too long.