Harden's says

Paul Foster, previously at Tuddenham Mill and a former Observer Food Monthly young chef of the year award winner, crowdfunded this diminutive Stratford-upon-Avon restaurant with his wife, opening in March 2017.

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Summary

£125
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Just sit back and enjoy the spectacular cooking that comes from a passionate chef’s imagination… and Paul Foster’s imagination is worth the journey for an evening’s adventure in wonderland!” – This “rather quirky restaurant” in a timbered building is “more comfortable” after a recent renovation, and “the location close to a number of historical Stratford sites also adds to the pleasure of dining there”. “Dinner is tasting-menu only, but at an amazingly good-value price”; and “it’s a testament to the standard of cuisine that despite opening only a few years before Covid it survived and has now expanded to provide a chef’s table and cookery school”.

Summary

£125
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A treasure” – Paul Foster’s “phenomenal, truly inspiring food”, served in the “cosy rustic setting” of a timbered building in Shakespeare’s hometown, “goes from strength to strength”. The “whole team is engaging, knowledgeable and friendly”, and it’s “definitely the place to go for wine buffs – we tried several wines we’d never heard of and food pairings we thought we wouldn’t like but were delighted with”.

Summary

£107
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “excellent and imaginative tasting menus” from chef-patron Paul Foster (ex-French Laundry, Sat Bains, Manoir aux Quat’Saisons) have paid dividends at this ambitious and tightly focused four-year-old. Opened following a successful crowdfunding campaign, it’s housed in a classic, timbered Stratford building with “very simple decor”. “Well worth the 40-minute drive”.

Summary

£81
 ££££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This ambitious three-year-old, in a classic Stratford timbered house, has hit big targets, including the crowd-funding which financed its debut and a star for chef-proprietor Paul Foster from the French tyre people within 12 months of opening. But feedback from reporters this year is split: some hail “top-notch dining” and an “excellent tasting menu”, while others regret “the disastrous portion sizes (mere scraps)”, “pretentions”, and “diminishing returns with each trip”.

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Restaurant details

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No dress code
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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 95.00 Dinner only 8
Menu2 60.00 Lunch only 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
8 Church St, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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