Announcing the launch of the Shakespeare Country Gastro Card

18th November 2010

Great value dining in Shakespeare Country!

Shakespeare Country is the ideal destination for combining a great value dining experience and relaxing short break. The region offers every kind of quality culinary experience you could imagine from Michelin starred restaurants to traditional English pubs, award-winning restaurants and cosy tea-rooms.  Now with the launch of the Shakespeare Country Gastro Card and its exclusive dining offers, the experience will be even better value.

The Gastro Card can be used to save money when dining out at over 40 top eateries in Shakespeare Country including country pubs such as The Baraset Barn, The Orange Tree, The Peacock at Oxhill and The King’s Head at Aston Cantlow plus restaurants and hotels including Othello’s, Old Town Restaurant, Ettington Park Hotel, The Manor Restaurant at the Alveston Manor, Quills Restaurant at the Stratford Hotel and Shilton Restaurant at Ansty Hall.

Card members can save between 10 – 25% off their food bill or discounts on wine when eating out with family & friends and with business colleagues and clients. The exclusive offers are not available to the general public and there is no limit to the number of times the Gastro Card can be used in any one year. The Shakespeare Country Gastro Card costs just £20 if purchased before Christmas 2010 and makes the ideal Christmas present for those that love dining out. From 1 January 2011 the card costs £25 and be purchased online at

Royal Leamington Spa is a great place to head for a broad selection of eateries which draw culinary inspiration from across the world.  Visit the Mallory Court Hotel’s Michelin star restaurant where, under the direction of Head Chef Simon Haigh, the cuisine is characterised by carefully selected ingredients complemented by a choice of over 200 wines. Or head to Eleven, a French bistro where local produce is used alongside French ingredients to create a regularly changing lunch menu and evening A la Carte.

Warwick and Kenilworth both offer an inspiring choice of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and traditional tearooms. Try Catalan in Warwick, a fabulous casual dining experience offering the best Tapas this side of Barcelona. In Kenilworth head to Raffles, an award-winning Malaysian restaurant and Almanack, a modern British gastropub serving high quality fresh seasonal food & great beers, wines & spirits.

Stratford-upon-Avon offers an excellent choice of quality and unique places to eat and drink, from cafe bars and tea-rooms to historic inns and charming candle-lit restaurants.  Malbec Petit Bistro has earned an enviable reputation for serving exciting modern unpretentious food in stylish, intimate surroundings. Good value lunch and evening menus are created using carefully selected seasonal ingredients, combined to produce fresh, imaginative dishes. Bernadettes is a lovingly restored restaurant with dining area, Champagne Bar and open air rooftop terrace. The elegant three-storey restaurant specialises in fresh fish and crustacean plus offers a selection of meat dishes.

Opening on 24 November, the RSC Rooftop Restaurant and Riverside Cafe will be a welcome addition to the Stratford-upon-Avon dining scene. The Riverside Café is the ideal place for a tea or coffee and a light snack, or an informal bite to eat. The Rooftop Restaurant is ideal for a pre-show or a leisurely meal and has unrivalled views over the Bancroft Gardens and River Avon.

The surrounding villages boast a number of award-winning dining pubs including The Peacock at Oxhill, a village pub which prides itself on offering top quality local produce, cooked simply at affordable prices.  The Orange Tree at Chadwick End is a delightful dining pub featuring an open kitchen, stone fired ovens and log burning fires. The King’s Head at Aston Cantlow offers outstanding award winning British modern food including a fresh fish daily specials menu, tasty traditional Sunday roasts and their famous Duck suppers!

Whether you visit Shakespeare Country for a meal or combined with an overnight stay, you will find the perfect place to indulge in fine food and drink and go home feeling relaxed and replenished.

For accommodation, special offers and more information visit the official website: or call Shakespeare Country on 01926 471 329.