“Contemporary cooking in a foodie hot-spot” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Three cheers for crowdfunding, without which the lucky residents of Stratford-upon-Avon would be without this high-flying addition to the local gastronomic scene. The bijou dining room is shoehorned into a snug space, all low beams, bare brick and wood and a tiny open kitchen. Chef-patron Paul Foster brings a sound pedigree from world-class kitchens, conveying a clear passion for the very best ingredients and a sound grasp of contemporary cooking techniques in his captivating à la carte and tasting menus. His clear vision of how flavours and textures work together is amply demonstrated in a vibrant dish of cured halibut with pickled cucumber, grapes, almonds and sea purslane, all deftly offset with suave dill emulsion. Meat is also handled with impressive dexterity, as in a pairing of deeply flavoured Herdwick hogget shoulder and tender lamb rump served with minted goats’ curd, charred hispi cabbage and pickled onion.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 35
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 3
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 11.30
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The sparkle of sunlight on a gentle river as it meanders through beautiful countryside; the reflections of sailing boats on a lake; relaxing with a pint in the garden of an old English pub in a picturesque village; brightly coloured narrow boats making their way through a flight of lock gates; the imposing silhouette of an historic castle. These are the scenes that make Warwickshire a delight.
There may be few seriously high hills in this fertile plain, but it is an area full of attractive walking in rolling countryside, blessed with a fascinating history and wonderful places and buildings to visit. This is Shakespeare’s county, and the footprint of the famous Bard appears almost everywhere. He was born and brought up around the beautiful Warwickshire town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and many of his plays draw upon his own experiences in the area.
Warwickshire has a history that embraces the Civil War, castles and large country houses are scattered over the county. Warwick Castle is the home of the Earl of Warwick, Kenilworth Castle was a stronghold for lords and kings of England in the 11th and 12th centuries, and so the list goes on.
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