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Where to Eat in Stratford-upon-Avon - Traditional Fare, Riverside Dining, and Country Pubs

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With its quaint and pleasant "Olde England" atmosphere, Stratford-upon-Avon offers hungry visitors traditional British restaurants and teashops that complement the character of the place. If you fancy fine French cuisine or gourmet Greek kebabs you'll find those too, as well as all the usual fast-food and coffee franchises. You can also enjoy a leisurely meal on a floating restaurant on the River Avon.

Typical dishes

 

Stratford-upon-Avon's long history as a market town continues into the present, with fresh meat and dairy produce supplied by surrounding farms. The region's favorite foods include pork pies, Warwickshire Stew, and local cheeses like Berkswell.

Stratford-upon-Avon town centre

 

The main streets of Stratford-upon-Avon retain much of their original 16th-century charm, and even the modern, globalized chain restaurants are often housed behind attractive Tudor-style frontages. Lamb's of Sheep Street is the real deal, serving British and European fare inside one of Stratford's oldest buildings. The town is also full of inviting independent teahouses and coffee shops. HR Coffee and Catering stands out for its mighty breakfasts, homemade cakes and sandwiches, and creative use of local, seasonal produce. You can take a break from shopping and sightseeing to refuel with one of the café's signature, super-filling homity pies.

 

  • HR Coffee and Catering, 12 Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NL; Tel: +44 7861 378570; Website: HR Coffee and Catering
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  • Lamb's Restaurant, 12 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EF; Tel: +44 1789 292 554; Website: Lamb's Restaurant

 

Waterside and Canal Basin

 

The River Avon and adjoining Canal Basin make a peaceful backdrop for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Before or after a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, head upstairs to RSC Rooftop Restaurant to enjoy such dishes as locally sourced pork chops and smoked salmon from the nearby Coln Valley. To really make the most of the location, you can climb aboard the Countess of Evesham, a floating restaurant barge. Cruise options range from cream-tea buffets to full evening meals, while sailing along the Avon to Luddington and back.

 

  • RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB; Tel: +44 789 403449; Website: RSC Rooftop Restaurant
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  • Countess of Evesham, Bancroft Basin, Bancroft Gardens, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BA; Tel: + 44 7836 769 499; Website: Countess of Evesham

 

Warwickshire countryside

 

Stratford-upon-Avon offers plenty of high-quality pub grub, but you might also fancy a short drive out of town for a Sunday carvery lunch in a smaller, quieter village. While the Bell Inn in nearby Welford-on-Avon looks and feels like a classic British country pub, the chefs also have a knack for exotic specials like Thai green monkfish curry. In nearby Alveston, Baraset Barn adds stylish modern touches to a 200-year-old farm building. It's a great spot for alfresco steak and seafood on a sunny afternoon, or a hearty local loin of lamb on a chilly English winter's evening.

 

  • The Bell Inn, Binton Road, Welford-on-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8EB; Tel: +44 1789 75035; Website: The Bell Inn
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  • Baraset Barn, Pimlico Lane Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7RJ; Tel: +44 1789 295 510; Website: Baraset Barn