Duo of new openings in Stratford upon Avon

Torquil and Juree Chidwick Sabai Sabai

Lucky diners in Stratford upon Avon are waiting for Sabai Sabai to open their Thai restaurant in the town. Torquil and Juree Chidwick, (pictured) the award-winning husband and wife team behind the brand, already run two highly successful restaurants in Moseley and Harborne in Birmingham.

Sabai Sabai thai restaurant

Torquil said “We are really excited to be opening in Stratford-upon-Avon, the artistic heart of Warwickshire. The location for the restaurant couldn’t be more perfect. Our other restaurants are in the suburbs, but Wood Street is right in the centre of Stratford, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Shakespeare Company. The process of finding the right location, as well as developing the look and style we wanted inside the Grade-II listed building, took about 12 months.”

Designed by Tibbatts Abel (the gurus behind uber stylish Saint Paul’s House and Rofuto in Birmingham) expect a sophisticated and elegant décor.

A new brew

The Pantry Stratford upon Avon interior

Also in town, is The Pantry which has just opened in Cox’s Yard. Apostrophe Pubs has revamped the coffee shop which now offers traditional cakes, freshly baked bread, croissants, sandwiches, fruit selections and salad bowls. To complement the offer there is wood-roasted coffee, hand-blended artisan teas, a selection of soft drinks, craft beer and wine.

Cox’s Yard manager Stuart Burbage said: “While Cox’s Yard has always provided great coffee and cakes for people meeting friends or taking a break from walking along the river, we wanted to evolve the idea a little further.” The Pantry will be open from 8am until 8pm every day.


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