Table Talk – Friday 3rd November

The One Elm in Stratford upon Avon has reopened its doors after a top-to-toe refurbishment.  As well as transforming the look and feel of the pub, the refit has brought a brand new all-day menu of top-notch pub dishes, made with great quality fresh ingredients.

The One Elm bar high res (1)

New to try are free-range Scotch eggs and brown sauce and Westcombe cheddar and ham hock croquettes bar snacks; the Two Elm double burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato and burger sauce as well as a new grill and sizzler menu features seriously good chicken, king prawn and marinated halloumi sizzlers and great steaks from Aubrey Allen.

Hotel Chocolat chocolates

Thinking of Christmas yet? Luxury British chocolatier and cocoa grower, Hotel Chocolat, is opening a brand new store in Birmingham New Street on 8th November where you could stock up on gift ideas or simply treat yourself.

As well as a huge selection of boxed chocolates and single-origin bars, shoppers can also purchase cocoa-infused interpretations such as cocoa gin, cocoa beer,  spiced cocoa nib ketchup, cocoa balsamic and chocolate orange marmalade.


More hot tickets for January

Jan events update

I’ve added some new activities to the  Events page.

If you’re brave enough to venture into town wearing beach wear and flip flops, head for the Australia Day BBQ in the The Royal Pug’s back garden in Leamington Spa. You can also raise funds for guide dogs in Stratford upon Avon, sip Seresin wines at Binswood Hall, watch the Queen’s butcher at The One Elm’s Aubrey Allen steak night, or improve your wellbeing with nutritionist Amanda Ursell.


Pride of Stratford

Congratulations to Broom Hall Inn and The One Elm for scooping accolades at the Pride of Stratford awards.

Broom Hall Inn

Hospitality business of the year

Broom Hall Inn

In September 2008, after years of decline, Broom Hall (which originally dates back to 1577) was brought by its current owners. Now completely renovated, Broom Hall is a thriving and successful pub, restaurant and hotel. Offering a quiet drink in a friendly bar with log fires, or a meal in the sophisticated restaurant, Broom Hall ensures it can cater for all expectations.

The One Elm

Customer Care Award

The One Elm Stratford upon Avon

The One Elm is a friendly neighbourhood pub a stone’s throw away from the centre of Stratford, busy with locals and visitors to the town, all day long. Although it’s on the tourist trail, it remains a proper pub, dishing up good honest plates of home-cooked food, locally brewed ales, decent wines and warm friendly hospitality in equal measure.


February events update

It is not too late to pour some sunshine into your life at a rum tasting, indulge in five desserts and celebrate the end of the game season with these three events from Island Bar, Sweet As and The One Elm.

Island Bar Birmingham design my night

As the pre-cursor to Island Bar’s new Tiki menu launch on Thursday 27 February, they have invited some of the finest rum brands to showcase their extensive range with a tailored tasting. The Rum Clubs start at 7pm and feature Appleton Rum on Tuesday 18 February and Mezan, RL Seale and J. Bally on Tuesday 25 February.

Sweet As strawberry cheesecake

If you have a sweet tooth, a date for your diary is the Sweet As Pudding Society on Thursday 27 February. With a glass of bubbles on arrival and a light main course, five desserts plus the signature Sweet As chocolate box will be served for £25 per person. The evening starts at 7.30pm at the  Warwick Arms Hotel. Contact the hotel to book.

Wild game Evening Standard

The One Elm in Stratford upon Avon will host a culinary celebration of special game dishes to mark the end of British gaming season. Starters include pigeon kiev, potted rabbit, venison carpaccio and quail ballatine. Mains include game Bourguignon, pot roast guineafowl, Balmoral venison steak and rabbit and mushroom papperdelle.

Alfresco Dining in Warwickshire

Inspired by the prospect of a couple of sunny days, I thought that it would be perfect timing to write about some of my favourite places for eating outside in Warwickshire. From urban patio gardens to sweeping countryside and river views, there are some gorgeous places for alfresco eating in our county when the sun is out.







In Leamington Spa I would head for the Episode Hotel in Upper Holly Walk which has refurbished their terrace to offer a larger dining space. On their menu all chicken, eggs and Warwickshire pork are free range, while chef insists on using 28-day dry-aged beef from Herefordshire Cross herds.









To welcome the summer, the bunting is already out in the courtyard garden of The One Elm in Stratford upon Avon. Run by the Peach Pub Company (who also own the Rose & Crown in Warwick and The Almanac in Kenilworth) a consistent level of quality food and service is maintained in the historic setting near Shakespeare’s birthplace, so it is a popular place for tourists.








The 17 acres of grounds make a tranquil setting for the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. As you’d expect from a 4 star hotel, the standard of food is excellent in both The River Room formal dining room and more relaxed Terrace Bar overlooking the gardens where rabbits make frequent appearances!






A great idea from the Hatton Arms in Warwick who will make up a picnic basket, packed full of cheeses, cold meats, pate, pickles, pork pie, bread, chutneys and salad. Then you can dine outside  whilst enjoying unrivalled views over the vast green banks of the Hatton Locks, also known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’.







Following a £250K refurbishment in May, The Warwick in Hockley Heath is all geared for good weather with an impressive decking area and BBQ. The gastro pub sources local regional produce for its menu.

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