Nestled in the West Midlands, the county of Warwickshire combines bustling towns, idyllic countryside, and a rich history. Most famous as the home of iconic writers such as William Shakespeare and George Elliott, it’s also the perfect area to discover some great food and drink spots.
Whether you’re looking for modern fine dining or a casual afternoon drink, Warwickshire has it all. In this blog, we run down some of our own favourite spots to inspire your next day out.
Stratford Upon Avon
Experience history in Stratford Upon Avon, famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The town features numerous attractions such as the house where Will was born in 1564, his wife Anne Hathaway’s Cottage close by, and the New Place where he lived during his final years. Those looking to combine history with a culinary experience should head to Billesley Manor, a grade II listed Elizabethan building, said to be the location where The Bard wrote his popular comedy, As You Like It. Set in eleven acres of parkland, the manor itself is now a hotel, spa and restaurant, where guests can enjoy quality dining in The Stuart Restaurant, The Great Hall, and the As You Like It bar. Serving modern British cuisine from locally-sourced ingredients, you can expect a seasonally-inspired menu, alongside a superb selection of wines.
This family-run cidery started out as a hobby, with farm owners Charlotte and Jolyon trying their hand with fruit from the single apple tree on their property. This progressed to a mission to upcycle unwanted apples from surrounding areas, and has now grown into a successful business which presses over 90,000 litres per year. Be sure to pay a visit to the cidery, and enjoy local products at the taproom and shop, and experience a true taste of the countryside. With a range of events occurring throughout the year, you can book your place on cider talks and tastings, ploughman’s lunchtimes, and taproom comedy clubs. You can even hire the taproom for private events of up to 80 people, ideal for birthdays, work events and wedding parties.
The historic town of Kenilworth is the ideal day out, with attractions such as Kenilworth Castle and gardens the perfect place to spend the afternoon. While you’re in the area, serious foodies can experience Andreas Antona’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Cross, an award-winning pub which has been showered with praise. As well as holding a Michelin star for the past six years, it also boasts three AA rosettes and received a Good Food Award Gold Seal in 2021. Guests can sample a tempting three course lunch menu, three course à la carte menu or superb tasting menu, all inspired by the season. Combining elevated British cuisine with an informal setting, it’s well worth a visit. Booking is of course advised, with reservations accepted for up to six months in advance.
Sheldon Wine Cellars
Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, you’ll find something for you at Sheldon Wine Cellars. Their mission is to provide a range of wines to suit all tastes and budgets, with a particular focus on Bordeaux, white Burgundy and Champagne, although they stock a range of wines from around the globe. Browse the shop, or book onto one of their cellar tours or wine tasting events for a true wine education. Founded back in 1842, you can expect plenty of history as you tour the cellars and also enjoy an informal tasting of four wines. They also specialise in party catering, and can supply an extensive range of choices, alongside advice on the best wines to suit your menu.
Event Catering in Warwickshire
If you’re organising an event and looking for the perfect catering opportunity, be sure to consider The Roasting Pig. As well as our famous whole hog roasts, we also offer medieval banquets, authentic pulled pork, and stone-baked pizza menus. Our professional staff and mobile ovens mean we’re ideal for venues of all types, and perfect for wedding parties, corporate events, or any other type of gathering. We’re ideally placed to serve Warwickshire and surrounding areas, so be sure to contact us today, to discuss your next event.