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.
The Jam House is backed by ex-Squeeze keyboarder and TV presenter Jools Holland. The club is spread over three airy floors, the top one being an open-plan restaurant serving modern world cuisine. The menu is set, although it changes regularly. Music, however, is the driving force with live acts nightly, and even a traditional Louisiana gospel brunch on Sundays.
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.
At the front of this café is a shop that is stocked with hundreds of teapots in every imaginable shape. Whether it's a teapot in the shape of a motor bike or a trolley bus, you'll find it here! To go with the pots is a choice of more than 20 types of teas, either sold loose or in gift packs. You can also buy coffee and coffee beans here. The tearoom itself, at the back of the shop, is renowned for its fine teas, coffees and tempting snacks. On a warm summer's day, serious sampling in the continental-styled garden is highly recommended.
Hathaway Tea Rooms has been a family business since 1971. The building itself dates back to 1610 and has actually been used as a restaurant since 1931. Upon entering the tea rooms, you are first greeted with a quaint bakery containing delicious-looking cakes, all of which are baked on the premises. Carry on through the narrow passageway to the first tea room, which welcomes smokers, or take the little wooden steps up to the next floor to the non-smoking tea room. The menus in both rooms contain a selection of delicacies including a Hathaway traditional breakfast, a special Hathaway rarebit, or a very tempting Stratford cream tea. There is also a selection of main meals, light snacks and sweets available at all times, all with a definite English flavor.
Dating back to 1596, this old-fashioned English pub and restaurant was originally a hostelry. It's an interesting building with a large choice of drinking and eating areas, and old flagstone floors and large settles create a comfortingly historic atmosphere. Now owned by Scottish & Newcastle, it concentrates on serving a select choice of traditional meals. The Sunday carvery offers a limited choice so that quality is not compromised and fast service is guaranteed. There are fresh daily specials and a wide choice of bar snacks. Family meals are served until 8:00p.
This 15th-century inn, The King's Head boasts low wooden beamed ceilings and a flag stone floor with a good sized log fireplace at one end and a pleasant dining room at the other. You can dine in the bar area or the dining room at no extra cost. When it comes to food, the King's Head specialty is twofold - the menu takes the best from around the world but the chef is also committed to using excellent local produce. Some of the items you are likely to find are: warm salad of smoked chicken; toasted pine kernels and ginger; trio of salmon with shredded Chinese radish and mirin dressing. Note that the menus change frequently so don't think, "I'll have that next time" as it may not be available! Check the site for restaurant and bar timings.