Best places to eat in Warwickshire
From great pubs to fine dining, there’s a wealth of options county-wide.
In Stratford, the Woodsman gets our vote for charismatic chef Mike Robinson’s fire-based menus. Quality national pub chain Brunning & Price offers the Crabmill at Preston Bagot, the Arrow Mill near Alcester and the Bell at Alderminster, the latter two also offering stylish accommodation. And on the independent front, up-and-coming foodie destination Henley-in-Arden has Cheal’s, where Great British Menu star Matt Cheal serves inspired modern British dishes.
We haven’t included the handful of Michelin-starred places, as that’s a simple web lookup, and the star tells you all you need to know. We want you to explore some of our favourite places, plus a few hidden secrets…
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Brunning & Price: consistently-good gastro pubs across the UK. Although a centralised menu of firm favourites runs throughout, each place also has its own twist from the head chef. Pictured above: The Arrow Mill www.brunningandprice.co.uk
Cheal’s (above): Fine dining tasting menus with lunch or dinner options. Excellent value, superb service. www.chealsofhenley.co.uk
Fleur de Lys at Lowsonford (above): quirky, charming and huge - a canalside location with a large child-friendly beer garden and most importantly its own pie-making company. Vegetarians are very well catered for. www.thefleur.co.uk
Howard Arms at Ilmington (above): edge-of-the-Cotswolds picture-perfect pub with rooms. Extremely popular, with accomplished food for all generations. A quintessential English pub. www.howardarms.com
Woodsman (below): field-to-fork philosophy in an historic Tudor building. Wood-fired wild fallow deer haunches pass through the restaurant on high. A good selection for veggies, as long as they don’t mind seeing meat. www.thewoodsmanrestaurant.co.uk