Last weekend, when my husband and I visited Stratford Upon Avon, we were lucky enough to light upon three lovely places to eat.
We arrived at dinner time on the Saturday evening, so we didn’t want to have to go too far to find a meal. We were lucky that within a couple of minutes walk of our guesthouse we found a lovely Chinese restaurant – the Ripple Cafe on the waterfront overlooking the Royal Shakespeare Company main theatre. GG and I both enjoyed the Chinese buffet enormously, going back for seconds (maybe thirds, I can’t remember!). It was just what we needed on arrival to Stratford – quick, easy and very tasty.
Both lunchtime on Saturday and lunchtime on Sunday we went to the Henley Street Tearoom. On the Saturday we went there as we didn’t want a large lunch. We had planned an early pre-theatre dinner, so as I fancied a cream tea we went to this tearoom. It is situated just opposite the entrance to the Shakespeare’s birthplace exhibition, and is linked to a tea and coffee shop behind called Bensons House of Tea. The staff in the tea rooms were all polite and welcoming. There was a huge range of different teas and snacks to choose from, but I was set on my tea and scones with cream so that’s what I had! And it was gorgeous – fresh and warm scones with plenteous amounts of jam and cream. On Sunday, we went back for lunch before leaving for home as GG’s mother had invited us to stay for a cooked dinner in the evening so again we didn’t want a heavy meal. We both had toasted sandwiches which again were served promptly and were very tasty. (And then we went to the shop and bought some tea and coffee to bring home – including the Stratford All Day Blend which I drank in the tearoom and really enjoyed.)
The food highlight of the trip though, had to be Sorrento Restaurant on Ely Street. We booked for a pre-theatre meal, and were welcomed by all the staff. The food was gorgeous, well presented and not too expensive for a nice meal out. I so wish that this could be my local Italian restaurant! I would definitely DEFINITELY go back to this one if I go back to Stratford!