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This pub and restaurant, The Encore is set in a Tudor-style listed building. Situated near the River Avon waterfront, this establishment offers British traditional food as well as bar snacks and cask ales. Beamed ceilings and old stone floors make for that cozy, old-fashioned pub ambiance while the comfortable upstairs restaurant boasts some interesting features and a range of Shakespearean pictures. Other excellent British choices are prime Scottish smoked salmon, Brian Turner's classic steak and kidney pudding and Lincolnshire duck with rich plum sauce.
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.
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.
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.
This is an extensive pub, one in which it is not unusual for eight-hundred lunches to be supplied on a Sunday. This pub seems to be especially aimed at the needs of the family. There is a family garden with a self-contained play area to keep the kids amused, though be warned: it is adjacent to the canal! Inside there are many pleasant rooms to choose from with a fairly modern look, by Stratford standards and a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Note that in all this space there are only two tables reserved for smokers. With regards to food, a three-course meal could consist of garlic mushrooms, surf & turf like rump steak with scampi, and ginger sponge and custard. Salad and vegetarian dishes, junior dishes and light portions just about cover the tastes of even the pickiest family member!
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.