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Stratford-upon-Avon, a Fabulous Food Destination

Home to the world’s most famous playwright, great theatre, culture, glorious gardens… and the dirtiest doughnuts you can possibly imagine!

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Delicious Dogs & Dirty Doughnuts in Stratford-upon-Avon

Home to the world’s most famous playwright, great theatre, culture, glorious gardens… and the dirtiest doughnuts you can possibly imagine! Yes, this is Stratford-upon-Avon.

About 10 years ago, a “dirty burger” was created for the first time. A burger with a sugary doughnut instead of a bun…….. yes, really! Now, we know we’re supposed to associate delicious foods with those that are good for the waistline, but what ever happened to occasionally indulging in foods so mouth-watering and incredibly tasty that they just puts a smile on your face and make you happy, irrespective of their sugar content. In Stratford-upon-Avon you can have both kinds, in abundance.

 

Dirty Doughnuts

The Steamhouse on the High Street is among the eateries in town that truly offer foods from both ends of the spectrum. Delicious and healthy bagels filled to the brim with locally sourced, healthy veggies, meats and cheeses AND the most sinful and “dirty” delights in the form of mouth-watering doughnuts and cakes. Their incredibly tasty lemon meringue doughnut was the inspiration for this very article and The Steamhouse is fast becoming a lunch-time favourite among locals as well as visitors.

 

 

Delicious Dogs

One of the best ways of spending a couple of hours in Stratford-upon-Avon is to sit back in a comfy sofa, watch a great movie and eat a delicious meal all at the same time. You can do just that at Everyman Cinema in Bell Court and you’ll be choosing from some incredibly tasty dishes as their menu is packed full of feel-good food… don’t miss the hot dog, it’s very, very special.

 

 

Hooray for Hooray’s

Imagine if there was a place where you could skip dinner and go straight to pudding, where you could go just to enjoy a hot waffle dessert, a scoop of unicorn ice cream with sparkly sprinkles, a delicious piece of cake and a hot cup of great coffee… ahhh, just imagine! Well, in Stratford-upon-Avon you don’t have to imagine anything, such a place exists and it’s called Hooray’s. Here you can enjoy a ravishing range of cool gelato and fruity sorbet, all handmade in the gelato kitchen on the High Street in Stratford-upon-Avon and served on and alongside hot crepes and waffles, yummy cakes and locally roasted gourmet coffee.

 

 

Fabulous Food Celebrations

Every September the town comes together to celebrate all things food with Stratford Town Centre Food Festival. The free festival, which this year takes place on the weekend of 22-23 September, is one of the highlights of the town’s social calendar. With a bustling regional producers’ market, demonstrations and hands-on workshops showcasing the town as the premier food and drink destination it is. A regular hit at the festival are the popular Taste and Ale Trails, giving visitors the chance to try tasty treats from several town centre eateries, taking them to some of the town’s most exciting independent businesses.

 

Food Markets and Festivals

Every week we have some fantastic markets with great local food and delicious treats in various locations all over town in Stratford-upon-Avon, and about once a month these markets become extra special when they are transformed into special events with food, drink and entertainment over a specific theme. On the 14th of September we have ‘Make it or Bake it’ where lovely handmade goods are championed alongside a sprinkling of vintage, homemade pies, artisan tea & coffee, gourmet street food, home-made cakes and more. On the 5th of October is the ‘The Cheese, Wine & Spice Market’ where specialist artisan cheese, wine and spice vendors will be invited from far and wide. On the 31st of October we’re looking forward to the ‘Chocolate & Prosecco Mystical Market where we will see an abundance of chocolate wine, cocktails & liquors, chocolate brownies, wine gazebos, cakes, craft beers, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cheese and, well, basically everything chocolate and bubbles.

 

Power house neighbours

The good people of Stratford-upon-Avon are a lucky bunch. Being local to the town of Shakespeare, that is visited yearly by around 5 million tourists from all over the World, has it’s real perks. One of the main perks being, of course, that your neighbours are the likes of tourism power houses like The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Birthplace Trustas well as a great number of other fabulous attractions, places of interest and, not least, eateries.

 

You don’t need sun to enjoy good food or Shakespeare

Unlike most tourist destinations that are often weather or holiday dependent, this town is a destination all year round due to the nature of it’s main attractions (you don’t need sun to enjoy Shakespeare), and this is great news for businesses like restaurants as they can have diners at the tables every day of the week. And thriving food businesses within a town breed a healthy food culture, bringing us neatly back to the lucky people of Stratford-upon-Avon who get to enjoy this all year round.

 

There are simply too many wonderful and exciting restaurants, cafes and food outlets in Stratford-upon-Avon to mention in one breath, but to name but a few, definitely don’t miss Veeno in Bell Court for their unbelievable Italian cheese and meat boards, The Castle at Edgehill for serving some of the very best pub food in the area, Fizz & Fin for their mussels and Cox’s Yard for their mouth-watering burgers. Now enough words… on this particular topic, images will beat words any day, so check out this collage of delicious, scrummy. tasty, mouth-watering and yummy treats, every single one enjoyed in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

(Left to right, top to bottom) Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, Boston Tea Party. Italia meat and cheese board, Veeno. Doughnuts from stall at Stratford River Festival. Prawn salad, Waterside at The Arden. Pudding, The Fuzzy Duck. Hot dogs, Everyman. Cactus cupcakes, Bardia’s. Croque Monsieur, Waterside at The Arden. Poached eggs and avocado on toast, Arden House. Beef burger, Cox’s Yard. Halloumi burger, Everyman. Meringue kisses, Bardia’s. Mussels in white wine sauce, Fizz & Fin. Breakfast fruit and crunch, Waterside at The Arden. Scotch eggs and meat board, Castle at Edgehill. Dirty burger, The King’s Hotel Chipping Campden. Tuna salad, Waterside at The Arden. Beef burger, Castle at Edgehill. Afternoon tea, The Bell Alderminster. Banana sticky toffee pudding, Mallory Court. Cashew chicken, Giggling Squid. Smarties waffle, Hooray’s. Veggie breakfast, All Bar One. Pancakes with summer fruit compote, Boston Tea Party. English breakfast, Benson’s. Salmon bagel, The Steamhouse. Arancini, Zizzi’s. Scones, The Welcombe. Chocolate sundae, The Bell Alderminster. Lemon posset, Waterside at The Arden. Eggs Benedict, All Bar One. Strawberry and pistachio ice cream, Hooray’s. Panna cotta, Castle at Edgehill. Pork dumplings, Giggling Squid. Croque Monsieur, Waterside at The Arden. Chicken Caesar salad, Waterside at The Arden. Buffalo mozzarella, Veeno. Vegan rocky road, Bouche Bakehouse. Halloumi burger, All Bar One. Ice cream, Wildwood. ‘Love is Love’ ice cream, Hooray’s. Hot Dog, Everyman. Macarons, market stall at Stratford Food Festival. Belgian buns, Huffkins. Pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, Boston Tea Party. Cashew chicken, Giggling Squid. Eggs Benedict, Hotel du Vin. Unicorn ice cream, Hooray’s. Fish starter, The White Swan. Afternoon tea, The Welcombe. Arancini, Zizzi’s. Eton mess pudding, The Fuzzy Duck. Lemon muffin, Riverbank. Chocolate fondant, Zizzi’s. Beef burger, The Stag at Redhill. Doughnuts and brownie, The Steamhouse. Apple and cinnamon muffin, The RSC café. Strawberry cake, Patisserie Valerie. Sunday lunch, The Fuzzy Duck. English breakfast, All Bar One. Beef burger, Church Street Townhouse.

Mette / A Taste of Warwickshire x

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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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