LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I guess it is technically a Tavern, but I'm just going to go with Pub. It is cozy and I love the interior! It's about as traditional as an English pub gets, with old paintings, low chandeliers, and wood paneling! It was definitely one of our favorite pubs in Stratford Upon Avon... and there are quite a few to choose from for a relatively small town! This was the last pub we stopped at before we left our 3 night stay here, but it was my personal favorite! They had wonderful ales on tap, that were quite different from the ones other pubs and taverns carried. I especially liked the Seafarer Ale that the bartender recommended!
It is not the largest pub, but it definitely makes you feel like you are inside a pub from the 1600s (1623 to be exact)! There is a dining area that was quite full when we arrived, and there seemed to be a long wait for tables. Luckily for us, we were just here for a drink, but it seems smart to make a reservation. We were able to find a table in the bar area, and it just so happened to be Quiz Night (Tuesday)!!! I love pub quizzes, and this one was especially fun! It was quite long with 5 categories, and the first topic was 'British Politicians' which basically means as Americans, we were completely screwed. As most of the people in the bar at the moment happened to be British, and older adults, they had a significant advantage over us. Almost everyone participated and it was really fun! We had more luck on the other topics. One of the questions asked which year the titanic sank, and as I JUST started watching Downton Abbey, I happened to know the answer :D The atmosphere is really quite and calm, and everyone was really friendly and seemed to be really enjoying the game!
We stayed in the Tavern much longer than we had planned, and a quick drink turned into a two hour quiz game. i would love to come back here for dinner some other time when I am in town again, and this is one of the more unique pubs I've been inside! I absolutely love this place!
We came here for lunch and it was good ol-fashioned British cuisine using local products, good service and nice atmosphere (like sitting in an old farmhouse). Possibly the largest cuts of meat I've ever been served - and really good quality product too.
Good Value For Money.
We'd an hour and something to kill before catching the train back to London. Liquid refreshment by way of a real ale was sought from a pub with character, preferably also with free wifi. A friend recommended the Old Thatch Tavern.
My companion selected the Purity Ale. The Tavern folk said the ale would be good, and that the wifi signal would not. They were spot on with both recommendations, which didn't work out so well for me since I was the one who wanted the wifi.
One item to note: this pub was a Football Free Zone during the World Cup.
Do you know what else was a Football Free Zone later that day? England. Oh snap!
This place is perfect.
It's everything you imagine you'll get when you go to a tavern in England. The place has been open since 1623, and it's holding up quite well.
The interior is traditional tavern. Low light, lots of wood, animal heads on the wall and what looked like either small copies of Rembrandt paintings or paintings done in his style of the 1600s.
The tavern is expensive, but you get what you pay for. And it's well worth it.
Every meal looked traditional. I had Traditional Shepard's Pie, and it was excellent. The people sitting next to me had the Fish and Chips and Wiltshire Sausage dish, which is sausage with a side of mashed potatoes and cabbage. The Mashed potatoes seemed to be hand mashed, and not whirled to death.
The meal portions are huge, so come hungry.
They have London Pride, which I hear is not a surprise, and is brought to the table in half-pint sized glasses. They have their hard liquor on tap, ready to go for you.
Oh, and even the celebrities come here to eat. Actress Kiera Knightly supposedly came here and was unnoticed except by at least one person, so a short article was written about her visit.
All I can say is this place is more than worth your trip.
Food was good but the service was weak. Had to ask for water many times and even had to ask for the check. Took forever to pay. The place was empty too. My thought is that the wait staff is having relations with the cook staff. They spent more time together than running a tavern. Aviod this place.
We stopped in on a cold, rainy day. Tomato and pepper soup was served hot and was excellent. We then split a very good and big hamburger. This was around 2:00 in the afternoon - service was prompt and staff was very courteous. Wonderful meal and the cozy ambience a real pleasure.
A delicious restaurant ~ But the efficiency is not good enough.
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