Stratford-upon-Avon, a Fabulous Food Destination
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.
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.
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 Trust as 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.