Last weekend was the end of Foodie Fortnight, which coincided with Oktoberfest, so Kenilworth High Street was closed to traffic and filled with food stalls and live music.
The little street was packed with locals enjoying a pint outside The Virgins and Castle pub. This is one of the oldest pubs in Warwickshire, built in the late fifteenth century and first used as a pub in 1563.
As well as the historical background this pub is a popular attraction as they serve Filipino food, using fresh local ingredients. Their stall was serving crispy belly of pork with Filipino style vegetables and beef curry. On their regular menu, I liked the sound of chicken and pork adobo – slow cooked chicken and belly of pork marinated in soy sauce, cane vinegar, garlic and peppercorns.
We had a quick drink in The Old Bakery the cosy oak-beamed pub a couple of doors up from Loch Fyne, before we walked into the town centre to do some food shopping and eat.
The parsnip and cheddar croquettes from the veggie sharing board are one of my favourite things about The Almanac. This gastro pub is part of the Peach Pubs family and serves food all day, but we walked past enroute to Pomeroys Bar and Bistro for brunch.
As my partner demolished a full English breakfast I went for a lighter avocado, mushrooms, tomato and poached egg on toast. He liked the high backed booths and relaxed atmosphere and wanted to come back for dinner, but we had shopping to do first.
We finished our afternoon with coffee and cake in the cherry red Ardens coffee shop. As part of the Kenilworth Pudding trail they were selling fresh scones with jam and cream for a bargain £1, which we couldn’t say no to.