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Fifteen (more) things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer

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This is our Fifteen Super Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon PART TWO. We’ll never run out of places to go and things to experience in this wonderful town of ours, so we’re sharing it all with you in parts. Read Fifteen Super Things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon PART ONE here.

 

1. Hooray’s

A favourite in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen is the home of a mouth-watering array of delectable delights to tickle your taste buds. Hooray’s style and inspiration can be classed as a fusion of influences ranging from Classic Cotswolds and the Best of British, to Cosmopolitan Chic and Global Gourmet, with the common denominator always being great flavours and delicious treats.

At Hooray’s you can enjoy a ravishing range of cool gelato and fruity sorbet, all made onsite in the Gelato Kitchen, hot crepes and waffles, yummy cakes and locally roasted gourmet coffee, all prepared fresh and ready to be enjoyed in the cosy restaurant on the High Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

2. The Howard Arms

The Howard Arms is a glorious pub, restaurant and bed & breakfast. Peacefully overlooking the old chestnut tree on the green, it lies in the heart of the idyllic village of Ilmington. Inside, the fire crackles and the bar bustles with locals and visitors drinking from our carefully chosen selection of ales, beers and wine.

Read our review: A HAPPY STAY AT THE HOWARD ARMS.

 

3. The Butcher’s Social

The Butcher’s Social is one of our all time favourites… alongside the famous salted caramel chicken wings, you can choose from a specially crafted main menu, bring the family over for Sunday Lunch or enjoy that timeless classic – a champagne brunch. With a fully stocked bar, a gorgeous garden and some top secret plans for this iconic building, The Butchers Social is the place to be.

Read our review: THE BUTCHER’S SOCIAL – BAR & RESTAURANT.

 

4. All Things Wild

All Things Wild is a fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of plenty of activities both indoor and outdoor, to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather!

 

5. Trivia Trails

Trivia Trails, a very enjoyable quiz trail in Stratford-upon-Avon or Warwick town centre. Walk past timber-framed mediaeval buildings, the River Avon, theatres, Shakespeare’s homes, churches and castles, quaint lanes and gardens looking for the answers to a mix of historical observation and a couple of fun questions with a little competitiveness thrown into the mix.

 

6. Tudor World

Right in the centre of town, down a little cobbled alley off Sheep Street, is Tudor World, a 16th-century barn steeped in rich and exciting history and with literary connections to William Shakespeare himself, on a site that dates back to the birth of the town in the late 12th century and the history of Stratford-upon-Avon. It is Tudor World, an independent museum where different areas of Tudor life are recreated, interweaved with stories of the building’s rich history.

 

7. Henley Chocolates

Henley Chocolates is the Warwickshire home of hand crafted artisan chocolate. Just outside Stratford-upon-Avon a team of ‘chocolate fairies’ make fabulously tasty products with the best fresh, local ingredients that they can lay their hands on. Henley Chocolates sell silly chocolate and serious chocolate and everything in between, they’re even eco-friendly.

You can buy the delicous chocolate online but also visit the workshop to see, hear, taste, touch and smell the chocolate, or even try your hand at making chocolate pizzas or hand piped lollipops.

 

8. Hathaways Tea Rooms

Hathaway Tea Rooms is a quintessentially English Tea Room, independently run and situated right in the very heart of Stratford-upon-Avon and offering the traditional tea room experience with cream tea and afternoon tea offered alongside an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. 

 

 

9. Everyman

Everyman Cinema in Stratford-upon-Avon offers the latest movies, independent and classic films alongside a warm and friendly atmosphere, excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service. Furthermore, this exciting venue in Stratford-upon-Avon hosts special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there really is is something for everyone at Everyman.

And it’s not just about the movies, it’s also good food and drink from a super bar menu of drinks or hot food and snacks that can be enjoyed in the bar area or in your cinema seat.

 

10. Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin in Stratford-upon-Avon is a stylish boutique hotel with the famous French bistro and relaxing bar with al fresco dining available in a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

 

11. The Queen’s Head

Situated right in the centre of our popular town, The Queens Head is surrounded by an abundance of historic buildings and stunning natural beauty and is an ideal base from which to explore all that Stratford-upon-Avon has to offer. Being only a stone’s throw away from the beautiful River Avon and the birthplace of the world’s most renowned poet and playwright William Shakespeare, you will never be stuck for things to see and do.

 

12. Molemi

Molemi is an independent, family-owned business located right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon on High Street.  Molemi select their collection from brands that offer high quality at reasonable prices. Styles that offer practicality as well as comfort.

 

13. Stratford Mini Golf

One of the premier minigolf venues in the country, Stratford Mini Golf is situated on the bank of the river Avon and maintains a good test of skill and judgement for players of all levels. Open since 2001, this Miniature Golf Course in Stratford-upon-Avon has enjoyed entertaining visitors from all over the world, year after year tourists, visitors and locals keep going back to the course for an hour or two of good family fun.

 

14. Shakespeare’s New Place

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps at Shakespeare’s New Place and meet the man behind the works in a fascinating new exhibition. Discover beautiful gardens and specially-commissioned artworks.

Shakespeare’s New Place was his family home from 1597 until he died in the house in 1616.  The house was demolished in 1759, a registered garden has been designed to commemorate the importance of the site and allow visitors to make their own personal connection with Shakespeare.

 

15. The RSC Tower

For the ultimate view of our wonderful town, there’s no better place to go than the tower at The RSC. On a clear day you can see for miles.

 

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Awesome Autumn Supper Club by Seven Mile

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“Now the weather is turning and we invite you to cosy up with us and some delicious autumn fare, welcome the changing leaves and celebrate all that is wonderful with the British harvest. I think this is our best menu yet.” ~ Seven Mile Supper Club.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to eat at some amazing restaurants over the years but I had never been to a Supper Club until this evening when I went to the Seven Mile Supper Club at Purity Brewery in Great Alne. Now I’m home, full and happy, it’s nearly midnight and I’m tired, but I still just wish I could turn back the clock four or so hours so I could do the whole thing again… it was fabulous!”

~ Mette

 

We arrived at the Purity Brewery in Great Alne in Warwickshire at 7.30pm and we were greeted warmly by Janine from Seven Mile. Janine is the event planner and manager of Seven Mile, and thus in charge of the event. Jake was cooking the evening’s meal in the Seven Mile food truck which was parked right outside the room where the dinner was to be served. Janine had created a beautiful, autumnal setting with fairy lights and lit candles. The Evening was off to a great start and it was time to take a peek at the menu.

 

 

An Awesome Autumn Menu

The menu looked amazing. It was to start with four different canapés, spiced kohlrabi fritters, monkfish skewers with a sorrel and lime mayonnaise, venison carpaccio and crunchy artichoke & camembert. As delicious and mouthwatering as the canapés looked on the menu, the main course was the one that got me the most excited as I love duck and the menu said it was “Duck Two Ways”, a duck confit and a seared duck breast served on a bean and pak choi cassoulet. Mmm, I loved the sound of that. And the big autumn finish was damson panna cotta with damson & sloe gin coulis and sprinkled with honeycomb. All courses were to be accompagnied by a different beer or ale from Purity, even dessert. The menu, I’m sure you will agree, seemed UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS (see the full menu below) and we couldn’t wait to sit down and get stuck in.

 

 

The food turned out to be every bit as delicious as we thought it would be… and more. The canapés came out about 15 minutes apart and they were all mouthwateringly delicious. Paired with different beers, it was an incredible taste sensation to experience the various beers and how they were matched on taste to the canapés so well. The duck dish was amazing, a real autumnal main course. And the pudding was wobbly, sweet and just right. Oh, wow. Just wonderful.

 

 

The Perfect Evening

We had the most wonderful evening at the Seven Mile Supper Club. We enjoyed the food so much, Jake is a fantastic chef, he put this autumn menu together skilfully and with the greatest respect for local and seasonal produce. We enjoyed the atmosphere just as much, Janine set the stage for the food beautifully and created an atmosphere that was perfect for eating great food, drinking local beers and having a super time. The perfect evening.

BOOK A SEAT AT THE TABLE AT THE NEXT SEVEN MILE SUPPER CLUB.

 

 

The Evening’s Full Menu

Canapés

Spiced kohlrabi fritters.  Shredded Kohlrabi mixed with cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic and caraway seeds. Deep fried. Accompagnied by Purity Pure Gold – Golden Ale – 3.8%.

Monkfish skewers with a sorrel and lime mayonnaise. Baked seasoned cubes of monkfish, served with a sharp sorrel mayonnaise. Accompagnied by Purity Lawless Lager – 4.5%.

Venison carpaccio.  Fillet of venison soaked in port and herbs. Quickly sealed in a pan and served raw. Accompagnied by Purity Pure UBU – Amber Ale – 4.5%.

Crunchy artichoke and Camembert.  Breadcrumbed artichokes with a baked Camembert to dip. Accompagnied by Purity Session IPA – 4.5%.

Main

Duck two ways. Duck confit and seared duck breast served on a bean and pak choi cassoulet. With roasted fennel and a plum and balsamic reduction. Accompagnied by Purity Mad Goose – Pale Ale – 4.2%.

Dessert

Damson panna cotta.  An indulgent panna cotta with a fresh damson and sloe gin coulis. Sprinkled with honeycomb. Accompagnied by Purity Maravilla Sour – 6.2%.

 

 

What’s a Supper Club?

So what’s a supper club, then? For those who, like me before this evening, have ever been, let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not a pop-up restaurant. Before this evening I thought a supper club and a pop-up restaurant was kind of the same thing, but they’re not. I’ve been to a pop-up restaurant, and they are pretty much what the name indicates, a restaurant in a place where it isn’t normally, a restaurant where you and your friends and family can book a table and enjoy a meal.. just like a restaurant. A supper club is nothing like that… except for the enjoyable meal, of course. A supper club is when a group of people who don’t all know each other beforehand, come together to share a meal and an evening of good laughs and great conversations. A supper club is a complete food experience, and one I am completely sold to, I can’t wait to go again!

 

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A Really Delicious Frozen Dinner… by Seven Mile.

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“As I write ‘Really Delicious’, I realise that actually doesn’t quite cover it… it was ‘Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious’. And I write ‘Dinner’, but really I mean ‘Feast’! Of course that would have made the headline a bit of a mouthful, but our dinner from Seven Mile really was A Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious Feast“. Mette ♡‬

 

 

Socially Distanced Frozen Meals

Seven Mile Cookery & Events have transformed their business during lockdown from social events, festivals and supper clubs to socially distanced frozen meal delivery. The hearty, nutritious food normally served at Seven Mile’s dinner parties, weddings and corporate environments, now available right in the comfort of homes in the Cotswolds (Worcestershire, Warwickshire and parts of Oxfordshire).

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

A Piping Hot Feast

“We had our dinner delivered frozen in oven proof boxes with easy heating instructions around midday on Saturday. I popped them back in the freezer, as instructions said to cook from frozen, and when it was time to think about dinner, I heated the oven to 170, which they all needed to cook at, and 45 minutes I had a piping hot feast ready with an absolute mininum of faf and effort.

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

A Meal For Five… Plus Leftovers

We had a £22 meal for the five of us in three mains, three sides and a pudding… and there was still food left for a leftover feast for lunch the next day. Really great value. We just added garlic bread (the kids LOVE that) and some fruit and yoghurt accompanying the pudding.

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

Nothing Like Frozen Supermarket Dinners

Our dinner was a mixed bag that went beautifully together and gave all of us a taster of the mastery of Seven Mile cook, Jake. We had a Thai Green Curry, Lamb Rogan Josh and Lasagne for mains, Red Cabbage and Cauliflower Cheese for sides, and Sticky Toffee Pudding as the sweet treat for dessert. Each and dish was absolutely nothing like the frozen meals you can buy in supermarkets. Nothing like it. It was very clearly expertly and lovingly prepared from the best fresh produce. It was like the dishes one would expect in nice restaurants… only I had just heated it up in my own kitchen 45 minutes earlier. It was all A Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious Feast. Mette ♡‬

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

Seven Mile Supper Club

Also, check out our experience with the Awesome Autumn at the Seven Mile Supper Club HERE. We’re hoping Seven Mile Supper Clubs can come back again after lockdown… when they do, we’ll be there again for sure.

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Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

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“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in sometime.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

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