Covid-19 – Guidance for Funeral Receptions

From December 3, wakes or funeral receptions before or after the funeral are limited to 15 people and must not take place in private homes. Where food or drink is consumed, this should be in the form of a sit down meal.

For the moment we are offering a high tea menu only (see below) between 10am-12noon and 2pm-5pm. At other times we offer our main menu (choice of items can be cut down to suit your needs).

Guests need to be grouped in tables of single household (+ support bubble) only.

Anyone working at a wake or funeral is not generally counted as part of the limit. Within these gatherings, people do not need to limit their interaction to groups of their own household, but social distancing should still be followed between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

For full guidance, please visit the government website:

Funeral Receptions and Wakes

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The Walnut Tree Inn in Blisworth is the ideal venue for funeral receptions. The proximity to The Counties Crematorium, Northampton (10 minutes away) and the M1 and A43 along with a choice of free private rooms, plenty of free parking and guest bedrooms make this the perfect venue.

We are currently offering a high tea menu between 10am-5pm or a selection from our main menu to order on the day between 12noon-2pm.

Our helpful and sympathetic staff will assist you in planning the event and providing refreshment to mourners who may have travelled some distance and be in need of sustenance, providing an opportunity for family and friends to congregate and reminisce.

We offer a projector and screen to display any computer-based material, such as a slide show, and can accommodate any music requests.

We have facilities to plug in an MP3 player, iPhone or similar if you wanted to play some music you may have with a special significance.

If you would like any further information, please your interest here or give us a call on 01604 859551 and we’ll be delighted to show you around and discuss your requirements.

Funeral Reception menus

Available between 10am-5pm
£9.30 per person (minimum 12 guests)

A variety of filled sandwiches:
Honey roast ham and mustard mayo
Mature cheddar cheese and pickle (V)
Egg mayonnaise (V)
Kettle chips (V)
Freshly baked scones with jam and fresh cream (V)
Homemade Cakes (V)
Tea and coffee


Or during lunchtime between 12noon-2.00pm choose on the day from a selection of our dining menu (sample). Please ask to see our current menu:


Buffalo mozzarella, blushed tomato and black olives (GF) (V) 4.10

Soup cup (V) 3.40

Fried Halloumi with aubergine caviar (V) 4.50

Devilled Whitebait with aoili 4.20

Prawn cocktail with thousand island dressing (GF) 4.50

Smoked haddock fishcakes with our own ketchup 4.70

BBQ chicken wings (GF) 3.60

Meatballs in spicy tomato sauce 4.50

Smoked pig’s cheek with apple sauce 4.20

Ham Hock and braised shallot terrine with salad (GF) 4.80



Beer Battered Cod
with triple cooked chips, crushed garden peas, tartare sauce and lemon 13.90

8oz Extra Aged Ribeye Steak
baked portobello mushroom, fondant shallots,roasted cherry tomatoes and triple cooked chips (GF) 25.00

Smoked Chicken Salad
with mixed leaves, salad vegetables and a lime mayonnaise (GF) 13.50

Smoked Salmon Salad
with honey and mustard dressing, crispy leaves, cucumber, fennel, red onion, peppers and baby capers (GF) 13.90

Vegetarian Burger
two kidney bean patties with rose harissa crème fraîche,leaves, carrot and caraway and char-grilled halloumi, served with triple cooked chips (V) 13.50

Walnut Tree Burger
in a toasted brioche bun with red onion, gem lettuce, gherkins, triple cooked chips and spicy tomato relish 13.50



cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and cheddar finished with fresh basil (V) (Vg option with Vegan Cheese) 10.70

cherry tomatoes, anchovies, black olives, red onion, peppers, buffalo mozzarella and cheddar finished with fresh basil 12.70

Chicken and Bacon
smoked free range chicken, chopped bacon, cherry tomatoes, pesto, buffalo mozzarella and cheddar finished with fresh basil 13.70

BBQ Pizza
smoked free range chicken, sausage, jalapeños, meatballs, red onion, peppers, black olives and cheddar finished with fresh rocket 14.20

Wild Mushroom, Goat’s Cheese & Rocket
wild mushroom, red onions, peppers topped with goat’s cheese and buffalo mozarella finished with truffle oil and fresh rocket (V) (Vg option with Vegan Cheese) 13.70


served with fries and coleslaw

Mature Cheddar and Sweet Pickle 7.60

Open Avocado Sandwich 7.70

Chicken Club Sandwich 8.20

Rare Peppered Beef 8.20

Smoked Salmon 8.70



Hot Chocolate Fondant, roasted banana ice cream and crushed meringue 6.90

Poached Pear, blackcurrants and vanilla ice cream (GFO) 7.20

Treacle Tart with clotted cream and blackcurrant coulis 6.50

Award Winning Artisan Cheeses with red onion marmalade, celery, grapes and biscuits. (GFO) 8.00

Walnut Tree Ice Creams and Sorbets, made with natural ingredients by our kitchen and served on a bed of chopped nuts (GFO) 4.00 for two scoops, 6.00 for three



Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with penne pasta, topped with grated cheddar 5.50

Mini Burger, chips with peas or beans 5.50

Butcher’s Sausages, chips with peas or beans 5.50

Margherita Pizza (V) 5.50

Fish and Chips with peas or beans 5.50

Ice Creams and Sorbets 3.50

Chocolate Brownie, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream 4.50


Items and prices are liable to change

Allergen info function menus

This downloadable .pdf contains information concerning the allergens present in our function menus.

Guest bedrooms

If you have any guests who may require overnight accommodation please visit our hotel bedrooms page for further information.