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.
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.
All your favorite balti dishes are here at Celebrity, and there are some appetizing chef's specials too. A popular dish is the Dhamaka Balti- a chicken curry with chilies, capsicum, tomatoes and brandy. There are seven veggie baltis, five different naans and papadums and dips are complimentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.