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.
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.
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.
The Lord Clifden is a popular, award-winning pub and restaurant in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. The pub bills itself as an "urban art bar, " displaying artworks from well-known street artists like Banksy and Obey. As for the offerings, aside from the continental lagers on tap (seven, to be exact,) The Lord Clifden is one of only two pubs in the city with Budvar Yeast. Patrons also very much enjoy the slushy ciders which are perfect to enjoy in the garden on a nice day. You won't go hungry at The Lord Clifden either, with one of the most popular breakfasts in the city, as well as a selection of juicy burgers. The six large screens ensure that The Lord Clifden is always a good choice for sports viewing. Please note there may be dress codes or cover charges depending on when you visit.
Moseley's most popular pub, patronized by students and locals of all social classes. It's very traditional in appearance, with one main bar and a couple of cozy back rooms, and has a solid range of well-kept beverages (notably Burton Ale). A tiki bar garden, cigar room and great selection of cask ales make the Prince of Wales a draw for locals as well as a few celebrities from time to time.
A pub soaked in history, The Fleece Inn has several stories to narrate. The Fleece celebrates England's heritage and offers a lively and a fun atmosphere for pub hoppers. At this pub, you can find an amazing selection of cides and real ales and these change regularly. The menu at this inn is also exciting and you can savor delicacies like Roast Beef, Salmon, Fritattas and Baked Camebert. Its seasonal menu offers a delectable list of asparagus preparations. During evenings, The Fleece Inn entertains patrons with folk singing and Morris dancing.
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.
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.