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Eating and drinking in the local area

Best restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon

As you would expect from a beautiful and historic town, Stratford is full of lovely places to stop for coffee, savour afternoon tea, or linger over lunch. Have a look at our selection of the best restaurants and pubs in Stratford  


The Dirty Duck  (12 minute walk) 

Share a drink with drama’s greats.

The Dirty Duck pub was originally named The Black Swan and was renamed by the generations of actors who have popped in over the years. Their pictures cover the walls of this cosy traditional inn, and who knows who you might be sharing your pie and pint with?  

The Countess of Evesham  (2 minute walk) 

Dining done differently.

For a truly glamourous dining experience, book a table on this 70-metre restaurant cruiser, which travels up and down the beautiful River Avon serving seasonal dishes. Choose from a leisurely lunch or a three-course dinner and enjoy a delicious treat accompanied by a fully stocked bar and wine list. The restaurant sets sail throughout the year.  

The Old Thatch Tavern  (2 minute walk) 

A taste of the traditional.

Dating back to 1470, this town-centre pub is older than Shakespeare and Stratford’s last remaining thatched building. The Grade II listed building serves locally-sourced, seasonal food just 300 yards from the bard’s birthplace, right in the heart of the town. 

Plantarium  (5 minute drive) 

Live life on the veg.

Plantarium is that still rare-find, a truly splendid vegan café. Situated in The Minories, a historic part of the town, it’s walk-in only, so there’s no need to book to enjoy burgers, burritos, and toasties as well as mouth-watering cakes and a wide range of coffees.   


Café Cocktail (3 minute walk) 

Where coffee and cocktails meet.

Café Cocktail is a family-run bar on Greenhill Street that employs a team of baristas and mixologists for your drinking pleasure. The pretty family-run venue serves a comprehensive wine list, delicious craft beer and an imaginative range of soft drinks too. If it’s too early in the day for a daquiri, pop in for great coffee.   

The Four Teas Tearoom  (4 minute drive)

Jam or cream first?  

This highly popular Stratford tearoom is a homage to the 1940s, a simpler time, when traditional recipes and local ingredients came as standard. Set cream teas are named ‘Ivor Novello’ and ‘Vera Lynn’ and are laid out in a menu designed to look like a wartime ration book. No food shortages here though.   


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