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Restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon: things to know before you go

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.

Which are the best 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:

  • Lambs, with a name to go with its Sheep Street location, offers modern British cuisine in a very old setting. The building dates back to around the reign of Henry VIII and while the Tudor king probably wouldn’t have had herb-crusted rack of English lamb on his menu, he’d no doubt have enjoyed it.
  • Edward Moon’s is an independent English Brasserie, inspired by the writing of its namesake, with a rustic (but not ‘ye olde world’-y) vibe serving proper British food.
  • El Greco is the ideal place to head if you need a break from Stratford-upon-Avon’s quaint Englishness. It’s a family-run business serving up authentic Greek food with a menu that includes all the classics as well as tapas-style mezze plates.

Where’s the best restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon for lunch?

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.

  • Fourteas offers a bit of an historical vibe, but not quite the one you might expect. It serves top-end loose leaf tea, all day breakfast and cake a-plenty but the real draw is the 1940s-themed posters, teapots and even period staff costumes.
  • Sabai Sabai, is based right in the heart of town and has a great lunchtime menu of mezze-style Thai food. It gets bonus points for often having some of the best restaurants vouchers in Stratford-upon-Avon, too.
  • Riverside Tea Garden is a family-run café with stunning views of the river and an excellent spot for a relaxing light lunch or a cream tea.
  • Il Moro serves up the best Italian food in town, with seafood pizza, grilled beef fillet and roasted sea bream just three of the ways you can grab lunch in style. The wine list is impressive here, but make sure you know how to pair wine with food before you order.

Do any restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon have a Michelin star?

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.

What did people eat at restaurants in Shakespeare’s day?

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.