Looking for a Café in Stratford-upon-Avon?
We all know what it’s like… you’re exploring a new place and you want to find a nice little cafe to take the weight off your feet, chat about what you’ve experienced and share a light snack, a nice cuppa or refreshing coffee.
And while the big chain coffee shops serve a purpose, you want something quaint, something local. After all, that’s why you’re in Stratford…
So, we’ve been out exploring our wonderful neighbourhood and have listed some of our favourite independent cafes and coffee shops in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Hathaway Tea Rooms & Bakery (High Street)
This had to be included in our list as it, like Hotel Indigo, has captured the essence of Stratford’s illustrious history.
Not only is the building steeped in history, the food is always excellent and the service warm and welcoming. That’s reflected in their ranking on TripAdvisor, positive reviews and great reputation around the town.
You can choose to eat or drink within the elegant beamed-ceiling and oak-floored Grade II listed building or in the beautiful garden on a nice sunny day and is perfectly located just a few minutes’ stroll from Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon.
Hooray’s British Gelato Kitchen (High Street)
The slightest hint that the sun’s on its way out and us Brits can’t resist an ice cream. Well, Hooray’s is perfect for all seasons as they do much more than just gelato!
Ice cream is clearly a specialty of this family-run business, but guests can choose delicious crepes, waffles along with more savoury snacks such as paninis, soups and toasties. And that’s not to mention the cakes and treats to accompany a selection of teas, coffees, as well as soft drinks, beers, wines and cocktails.
Inspiration for Hooray’s came from the travels of mother and daughter, Sara and Sasha Young, but they’ve instilled a real locality in their offering with them describing their influences ranging from Classic Cotswolds and Best of British, to Cosmopolitan Chic and Global Gourmet.
The Pantry (Bridgefoot)
The Pantry is arguably one of the most picturesquely-located Café in the whole of Stratford, right next to Cox’s Yard and with views overlooking the beautiful Bancroft Gardens.
They claim to have ‘everything you’d find in your grandmother’s pantry, from delicious traditional cakes to freshly baked bread, croissants and sandwiches’, and we have no reason to doubt it.
The décor is very homely, while the outdoor seating area is perfect to watch the world go by on those warmer days.
Box Brownie (Henley Street)
Not only is Box Brownie’s in a prime location, just a stone’s throw from Shakespeare’s Birthplace, they follow the fantastic philosophy of making ‘the experience more than just a transaction’. We love that… it’s very Hotel Indigo!
There’s a whole host of great coffee shops and cafes on Henley Street and you can see why – this pedestrian street is a people-watchers’ heaven. But if you’re looking for a truly great cup of coffee, a ‘banging’ cake (as they coin it!) or, of course, a legendary brownie, then this is the place for you.
Shakespaw Cat Cafe (Union Street)
At Hotel Indigo, we love the unique, and you don’t get more unique than Stratford’s first, and only, Shakespaw Cat Café – we love a great pun too!
It’s a popular concept in Japan, but certainly less common in the UK. Guests book a 90-minute time slot for a small admission fee and then they get to eat, drink and enjoy the company of some friendly resident feline friends.
Oh, it might be worth looking for somewhere else if you don’t like cats…!
So, there we have it… just five of our favourite cafes in Stratford-upon-Avon, in no particular order. There are far too many to list them all and just because the others aren’t listed doesn’t mean they’re not great too.