Thespians specializes in Bangladeshi food, Northern Indian dishes and Kashmiri baltis. Located in the heart of Stratford close to the tourist areas, Thespians' spacious, stylish ambiance is enhanced by excellent service and an extensive menu. Choose from a variety of fish dishes, balti specials, chicken or lamb entrees, tandoori specialties and house recommendations such as a mouth-watering 'Jinga Masala'.
Egon Ronay recommended this 18th-century pub—a pub where there is every chance of rubbing shoulders with Shakespearean actors and that is only 100 yards from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This two-name pub has two separate areas. The Black Swan side is very like a pub would have been in the 1700s: a rather austere drinking-bar look preserved with simple tables and old settles. The Dirty Duck side of the pub—the name by which the Black Swan is affectionately known throughout the world—is also a restaurant with bar snacks available.
The Garrick Inn was built in 1594. It acquired its current name from the Shakespearean actor David Garrick in 1769. Today, the Inn boasts a delightful 50-seat restaurant. Old wooden beams surround you, and the only modern touches here are those that add to the comfort of its guests. There are two small bars, one for non-smokers and the other for smokers. The menu offers great quality and excellent choices.
Cox's Yard is an ideal place to experience Stratford from medieval times right up to the present day. This former historic timber yard has been sympathetically restored and transformed into an unique leisure venue. Today it includes a traditional English pub, cafe, and stage for events.
Café Rouge offers visitors a taste of what is authentically French - the chefs and even the waiters tend to be French. Both pre- and post-theater meals can be ordered at Café Rouge, as well as snacks, drinks and full à la carte meals throughout the day. Vegetarian options are also included on the menu. Ask about booking the cafe for private functions, as well.
Although many balti restaurants lay claim to be the first of their kind to be established in Birmingham, this has perhaps the most right to do so. The usual balti fare abounds, but the chicken balti jalfrezi is especially good—hot and succulent. You might be best advised to leave the green chili bhajis alone though, unless you're a professional fire-eater. Customer parking is a handy addition in an area teeming with similar establishments. Expect to pay for a filling two-course meal, one that should certainly be of superior quality.
The Vintner is situated in the center of Stratford. It gets its name from a past tenant called John Smith who, with his wife, traded as a vintner (wine merchant) here, in the 1600s. It is also believed that Shakespeare purchased wine from this very building! As you might therefore expect, you will find a comprehensive range of fine wines and exotic beers here. What is more, the food is always fresh and the Vintner uses as much local and seasonal produce as they can. Take your pick from starters, light bites, main courses and puddings. The chargrilled sirloin steak, red wine and dolcelatta sauce and mashed potato is a particularly interesting and tasty dish!
Edward Moon, the pub, was refurbished and reopened as a bright, spacious restaurant. Edward Moon, the man, was a traveling chef who worked in the British colonial service in the 1900s. Employed by ambassadors and governors around the world, he became famous for his capability of creating a culinary "Little England" wherever he went. Today, his inspiration lives on with a mixture of fine wine, good English food and friendly service.
This 16th-century pub caters to a wide variety of customers. There is loads of space, plenty of cozy corners, a pool table, Sky TV and a jukebox. There is a large terrace and garden outside, and one of the external areas is even heated! Full meals can be ordered as well as side orders, children's meals and light snacks. Your choice could include lemon battered prawns served with a sweet-and-sour dip and crisp salad garnish, roast of the day with roast potatoes and vegetables, and chunky Dutch apple flan. In addition to the usual choices from the bar, you also have a choice of three real ales, as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
Lambs, set on two floors of a historic 16th-century building, is simple in style with a warm, inviting atmosphere. It aims to give good value for money with a choice to suit everyone. There is also a wide choice of starters, salads, light meals, main dishes, imaginative options and desserts. The wine list includes a choice of wine by the glass as well as champagnes.