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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Formerly known as the Opposition Restaurant, this small restaurant that is none the less comfortable and welcoming was affectionately given its new name as a favorite of those having visited Stratford. Oppo boasts a patio garden for warmer days. This is the place to savor well-cooked, simple, Continental food as French, Spanish and other European delicacies are all served here. Note that vegetarians are well catered to. Somewhat ingeniously, the Opposition's evening opening hours are set to coincide with the nearby Royal Shakespeare Theatre, making it a firm favorite for pre- and post-theater meals.
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.