Bringing a splash of seaside chic to landlocked Northampton, the Seafood Café also adds a large helping of culinary talent. Its long, thin dining room is a bright and modern space incorporating an open, stainless-steel kitchen to the rear and vintage posters of holiday resorts on the walls. The eclectic menu spans everything from Spanish tapas to fish and chips, via well-presented starters such as scallops and chorizo with rocket, lemon and olive oil or flavour-packed seafood risotto brimming with prawns, squid and chunks of cod. The specials board displays whatever's best at Billingsgate that morning, steaks appease the carnivores, and homemade favourites such as exquisitely light plum crumble grace the desserts list. Service is knowledgeable and friendly, the well-priced wine list includes plenty by the glass, and there’s beer from Northampton’s Frog Island Brewery.