The importance of the Tudor period to the town shines through wherever you look. Naturally, then, the town has some brilliant British restaurants. Don’t, however, let that make you overlook some of the other great food the town has to offer. Here’s everything you need to know about restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon.
For a small town Stratford-upon-Avon packs a big punch when it comes to food and you won’t find yourself on options come dinner time. Here are three of Stratford’s finest:
With lots of tourists wandering around it was inevitable that a bevy of great lunch spots and good quality restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon would spring up to serve them, and visitors and locals alike feel the benefit.
For a relatively small town, Stratford-upon-Avon punches above its weight when it comes to Michelin-starred, top-quality restaurants.
Not too far away in Kenilworth, The Cross serves beautifully presented, classically cooked dishes in a smart pub location.
In the town centre there’s chef Paul Foster’s Salt, serving mouth-watering morsels such as cured mackerel, miso butter, braised kombu, brown shrimp and otterburn mangalitza, caramelised turnip, yeast, Roscoff onion.
Stratford-upon-Avon isn’t shy about its connection to Shakespeare, but what about the food of the bard? Unlike his plays, time hasn’t been so kind to the sorts of food being eaten in the time of Shakespeare.
Sure, we all still enjoy “great meals of beef” along with the soldiers in Henry V, but many of the other supposedly ‘savoury’ dishes of Shakespeare’s time would leave modern diners nonplussed. It wasn’t uncommon in Tudor times – and the centuries that followed – to include a lot of sugar and dried fruits in things like steak and kidney puddings.
Likewise, Tudor cooks wouldn’t be shy about putting ingredients like actual lamb mincemeat in a dessert.
Brunch is the most important meal of the most important part of the week - the weekend. Lazing and grazing is the only way for some weekend mornings or to kickstart a slow weekday. Right now, London loves brunch. And there are so many options, from super meaty to Antipodean (and lets be honest, they do lead the way). New Yorkers say we don’t do brunch properly, but really it’s just that we don’t do it like them. Brunch for us is more breakfast style; you’ll never see pasta on a brunch menu. And that seems right to me.
Cuddle up with Thai food and a movie or head out for a prix fixe meal and candlelit conversation? Here’s some ammo for your next date-night decision.
It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas... That’s right, nothing says seasons greetings quite like the warming aroma of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. You can keep your pungent pot pourri because I’m all about the home baked goods. If I could bottle the smell of this baking, I would surely be able to retire and spend the rest of my days