Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Stratford Upon Avon
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Stratford Upon Avon restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 30 restaurants in Stratford Upon Avon and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Stratford Upon Avon restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Lambs British, Modern restaurant in Stratford upon Avon 12 Sheep Street - CV37
Occupying “a beautiful old building” – one of Stratford’s oldest – this beamed venue remains most often nominated as “a fantastic place for pre-theatre dinner: consistent quality with a great-value set menu”.
2. No. 9 British, Modern restaurant in Stratford upon Avon 9 Church Street - CV37
“Imaginative and excellent-value pre/post-theatre menus” (as well as more relaxed dining options for those giving Shakespeare a miss), are to be had at chef/owner Wayne Thomson’s highly rated town-centre venue, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer.
3. The Opposition British, Modern restaurant in Stratford upon Avon 13 Sheep Street - CV37
Just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, you will find a thoroughly modern, bustling bistro – The Opposition.For over 20 years, The Opposition, or “Oppo” as it is affectionately known by locals and theatre goers, has been one...
4. Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant in Stratford upon Avon 19-20 Wood Street - CV37
Brum’s popular Thai mini-chain established this Stratford spin-off three years ago, and its consistent food rating is in line with its siblings. “Charming staff” also received a particular thumbs up this year.
5. Rooftop Restaurant, Royal Shakespeare Theatre British, Modern restaurant in Stratford upon Avon Waterside - CV37
“A rooftop restaurant with splendid views” makes “pre-theatre eating fun” at the RSC’s HQ – as well as “taking away the fear of being late for the show” (“it’s so convenient!”). Unsurprisingly, it’s not the last word in top gastronomy, but most reporters are mellow about any trade-offs involved (“tasty if not special…”, “nothing to frighten, but reaches a fairly good standard…”, “a bit pre-prepared, but very good for an arts venue…”)
6. Salt British, Modern restaurant in Stratford upon Avon 8 Church St - CV37
This ambitious two-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”.
7. Loxleys British, Traditional restaurant in Stratford upon Avon 3 Sheep St - CV37
“One of the better pre-theatre places in Stratford” – this smart, two-floor, former clothes shop is barely a three-minute walk from the RSC. Even a reporter who felt the food was “nothing special” says “everything turned out well for a pleasant evening”.
8. The Woodsman British, Modern restaurant in Stratford upon Avon Chapel Street - CV37
Game expert, Mike Robinson – co-owner of the acclaimed Harwood Arms in Fulham – has opened this traditionally housed newcomer in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Indigo hotel, bringing with him his ‘field to fork’ philosophy, and a traditional British menu with a focus on sustainability, seasonality and locally-sourced produce. Adulatory press reports suggest it’s ‘vaux le voyage’.
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