This pub, boasting "fine inn keeping at its best", is the place in which to meet some lively local characters. It's also the place for Sky sports on a wide-screen TV, a quiz on Tuesday nights, music on Thursdays (listen out for local bands, duos and solo performers) and darts every night. Definitely more of a place to drink rather than eat, the choice of ales includes Banks and Pedigree, although there is some bar food like sandwiches and jacket potatoes, as well as tea and coffee. Note that there is a patio at the rear of the pub that is ideal for warmer days.
As the name suggests, this is an Australasian theme bar, with accompanying nightclub downstairs. Plenty of Aussie lagers are available, as well as some European imports for the less adventurous. It's usually frequented by twenty somethings, attracted by the cheerful ambience, cheap food and live sports shown on a big screen. It can get very busy and very loud at weekends, especially if there is a band playing, so it is best to get in early.
The award-wining restaurant- The Bluebell definitely lives up to its fame by being the perfect choice for a morning coffee, breakfast, lunch, evening tea or dinner. Located on High Street, this charming restaurant has an impressive menu on offer. Right from traditional soups, classic burgers and steaks, fish and chips, mac 'n' cheese, tapas and gnocchi to delectable Sunday roasts featuring roast sirloin and free range pork, there is something here for everyone. For the holidays, festive menus and scrumptious desserts allure hoards of guests. To cleanse the palate, an exhaustive menu of wines and spirits seem perfect. You can also enjoy an elegant afternoon tea here with a fine selection of sweet and savory tea snacks. Perfect for all occasions, impeccable service at modest prices makes this restaurant a treat for all. They also host various events and concerts.
Built in 1599 and becoming an alehouse a year later, this hostelry holds the longest unbroken line of licensees of any in Stratford. Today, the Windmill presents a combination of the past and present. Old wooden flooring and exposed beams give the building a sense of permanence, while modern entertainment facilities in the form of music and a TV area are also on offer. There are some interesting old photographs on display here, including one taken on the 8th of March 1926 that shows the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in flames, alongside a press-cutting that describes the disaster.
With an exciting line-up of live music performances and excellent sound system, Zephyr Lounge is a well-known music venue among music aficionados. Its location underneath the cavern of Leamington Assembly adds a mysterious aura and the dimly lit space is always buzzing with infectious energy. The club can also be rented for various purposes.
As the name suggests, the front of Post Office Vaults is painted red like a post box but once you get downstairs you enter a light colored room, where beer samples are kept at the counter. Food is not available here, but people are welcome to bring in their own snacks. This craft beer bar showcases a variety of beers whether cask ales, keg-brewed or bottles from small brewers around the world. They are now up to 250 different beers on offer and the search for more continues.
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!
Set in the surroundings of an exquisite barn conversion complete with delightful gardens, this British pub Baraset Barn offers an excellent choice of dishes. The menu boasts such choices as trenette al pesto alla genovese, fresh lobster thermidor, escalopes of veal al porcini, breast of pheasant parisienne and tournedos aux deux poivres. All of the food is prepared in the restaurant's own kitchens and much of it is grown in its Victorian garden. Groups, weddings and private parties are catered for with set meals.
The Blue Boar Inn is located in Temple Grafton, the village in which William Shakespeare was married in 1582. Boasting over four centuries of innkeepers, this quintessential English hostelry combines a relaxed country atmosphere with professional flair. The inn offers exceptionally fine food and has a wide range of à la carte and international menu plus a good selection of traditional pub bar meals. Dishes include deviled herring roes, a trio of mixed cheeses in tartlets on a bed of mixed leaves with a celery and, grape coulis and cranberry parfait served with almond and chocolate sauce. Note you should never expect the dessert menu to be the same!
Situated in a picturesque rural setting next to the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, The Navigation Inn is a traditional, English pub. It offers a wide range of wines and ales in its lounge bar and in its main restaurant. It also boasts a well-maintained garden with a children's play area. Note that the play area is adjacent to the canal though!. Food wise you could choose from Harvest Pie or a traditional Stilton plowman's lunch in the bar.