The Townhouse Pub with rooms in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire

Prices from:
£90 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Castellated façade; historic heart
  • Revamped with style in 2017
  • Fun, eclectic décor throughout
  • Seasonal menus; good classics
  • Smart rooms; attention to detail
  • Shops, sights, theatre on doorstep

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Overview

The Townhouse Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB

The personal touch

Number 16 Church Street is a distinctive 400-year-old Grade II listed building, with a striking 18th-century castellated frontage that hides the original timbered rooms. Located opposite Shakespeare’s school in the heart of Stratford upon Avon, the building started life as a family home and has housed doctors, dentists, and accountants until quite recently. Brakspear snapped up the property in 2010 and following extensive refurbishment in early 2017 have transformed the place into an informal boutique inn with 12 contemporary-smart rooms. The spacious bar and snug dining rooms, all spruced up with a casual, elegant feel, have oak floors, modern artwork on bold painted walls, rich red and blue cushions on upholstered wall benches, and an eclectic mix of stools and chairs at old dining tables. Music students from King Edward’s School opposite drop by everyday (except Sunday) from 5.30pm to play the piano in the main bar for an hour or so – very relaxing with an early evening drink. Just two minutes walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and five minutes from Shakespeare’s birthplace, the informal and very comfortable Townhouse is perfectly located to explore the sights and shops, and beats staying at one of the larger, faceless chain hotels in the town.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome throughout the pub; smaller portions are available and two rooms interconnect to create a family room

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and Library area, and overnight in Room 1, the downstairs room

Alfresco

Outside seating in the small rear courtyard

What’s on?

Bubble & Boards (Fizz & Sharing Platters) on Fridays; Mussels Madness on Tuesdays; T-bone Thursdays; Live Piano on Friday evenings; Jazz on Sundays

What’s the Damage?

12 double/twin (3 luxury; 4 superior; 5 classic) £90 – £175

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and Room 1 (downstairs bedroom)
  • Parking: roadside parking (pay – 2hrs) & local pay & display car parks; 12 resident spaces at Rother Street Car Park

 

Sleep

The Townhouse Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB

Do not disturb

Stylishly refurbished in early 2017 and sporting a fresh, contemporary feel, all 12 rooms are kitted out with quality fabrics and furnishings, including very comfortable Feather & Black beds and mattresses, striking feature wallpapers from Cole & Son, soothing heritage hues, big lamps, and bright cushions and throws add an additional splash of colour. Home-from-home comforts to come as standard – Nespresso machine, clock, retro-style phone, Roberts radio, shaving/make-up mirror, up-to-date magazines, and generous supplies of Temple Spa Aromatherapy bathroom products, with Luxury rooms having gifts packs to take away. Smart tiled bathrooms complete the picture; one luxury room has a tub in the bedroom. Rooms in the 16th-century part of the building have beams and period features.

Creature comforts

Feather & Black beds; Temple Spa bathroom products; blackout blinds; fridge with milk & mineral water; homemade biscuits; Birchall Teas; small decanter of port in Luxury rooms

Gadgets

Nespresso coffee; Freeview TV; clock; free wi-fi; room safe

What’s for Breakfast?

Continental spread (toast; fresh fruit; yoghurt & fruit compote; croissants & pastries); porridge, pancakes (smoked bacon & maple syrup); smashed avocado, quinoa, tomatoes, poached eggs; eggs Benedict; smoked haddock, poached eggs, chive hollandaise; Vegetarian & Full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?

12 double/twin (3 luxury; 4 superior; 5 classic) £90 – £175

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and Room 1 (downstairs bedroom)
  • Parking: roadside parking (pay – 2hrs) & local pay & display car parks; 12 resident spaces at Rother Street Car Park

 

Eat & Drink

The Townhouse Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB

Mastering the menu

Head chef Ben Draper’s modern British menus suit the informal atmosphere of The Townhouse, successfully combining comforting pub classics with a twist (Townhouse burger; beer battered haddock), with more innovative dishes, especially the daily specials, quality Aberdeen Angus and South Devon steaks from cattle reared at Todenham Farm on the edge of the Cotswolds, served with peppercorn or béarnaise sauce.

On the menu

(Starters: £5-£9.50; Main Courses: £13.50-£19.50; Desserts £6.50-£7.50; Pre-Theatre Set Menu £12.50 & £14.50)

Salmon & herb fishcake, pea puree, poached egg, hollandaise; ham hock terrine, apple, sage, crispy quail’s egg; twice-baked cheddar soufflé, spinach, wholegrain mustard

Hake, thyme-roasted potatoes, roast fennel, salsa verde; lamb rump, garlic creamed cannellini beans, red wine, anchovy crumb; Todenham rib-eye, triple-cooked chips, peppercorn sauce

Warm treacle tart, vanilla ice cream; hot chocolate mousse, salted caramel ice cream

Lunchtime extras

(£7-£13.95)

Open sandwiches (fish finger, tartare sauce; steak, red onion jam, stilton, watercress); sharing boards (feta, roasted peppers, sun-blush tomatoes, olives, hummus, pitta)

Sunday roasts

(£14-£17)

Todenham Farm pork loin, apple sauce, crackling; Cotswold lamb rump, mint sauce; rump of beef, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish sauce; all served with roast potatoes, root vegetables, greens and gravy

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8am – 11am
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 5pm – 10pm (8pm Sunday)

Food all day Saturday 12 noon – 10pm;  Sunday 12 noon – 8pm

Local, local, local

Meat: Todenham Manor Farm (www.todenhammanorfarm.co.uk)

Bread – Blackman’s Bakery, Stratford upon Avon (www.blackmansbakery.co.uk)

Rapeseed oil – Cotswold Gold, Moreton-in-Marsh (www.cotswoldgold.co.uk)

Gin – Cotswold Distillery, Stourton (www.cotswolddistillery.com)

Beer – Wychwood Brewery, Witney (www.wychwood.co.uk)

Behind the bar

Expect to find the full range of tip-top Brakspear ales, brewed at the Wychwood Brewery in Witney, and guest beers from Ringwood Brewery. If gin is your tipple, then you have 10 to choose from, with Hawthorn’s, Portobello Road, Tarquin’s Cornish Gin, and Cotswold Gin, distilled near Shipston-on-Stour away using lavender botanicals, all perfect with Fever Tree Tonic. Look to the chalkboard for the list of pre-dinner cocktails, perhaps kicking off the evening with an Old Fashion made with Makers Mark Bourbon. The global wine list includes some of the top Chateaux in Bordeaux, selected for their value and ever-drinkable styles.

Bar snacks

(£3.50-£5.50)

Honey & mustard chipolatas; chorizo, red onion jam; mini fishcakes, tartare sauce; parmesan polenta chips, salsa verde

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

12 double/twin (3 luxury; 4 superior; 5 classic) £90 – £175

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant and Room 1 (downstairs bedroom)
  • Parking: roadside parking (pay – 2hrs) & local pay & display car parks; 12 resident spaces at Rother Street Car Park

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Townhouse

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The Chef's Dozen, Chipping Campden GL55 6AL

Richard Craven's acclaimed restaurant offers bang up-to-date modern British seasonal food which relies on a small amount of local suppliers and gamekeepers who care about their produce. The restaurant may be small but it has gained rave reviews from national food critics.

5

The Chequers Inn, Ettington CV37 7SR

On the A422 between Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon, classic British meets country French in the bar and Provencal-style dining room of The Chequers. Alternatively, just sup a pint or choose a glass of wine from the extensive wine list.

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Toke's, Chipping Campden GL55 6AG

Opened in February 2015 in what for years was the town's wine merchants, this high quality new shop still specialises in fine wines, but also artisan cheeses, cured meats, ham cooked on the premises and upmarket ready meals from award-winning local business The Cotswold Traiteur.

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The Cotswold Food Store and Cafe, Longborough GL56 0QZ

This family-run, award-winning farm shop and delicatessen on the A424 stocks a huge range of locally sourced produce such as bread, fruit and vegetables, meat, cheese and eggs. They also have a large and airy cafe where you can sample homemade cakes, light lunches or their famous Cotswold cream teas.

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Cacao Bean, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AT

High quality, hand made mainly chocolate-based pastries, cakes, truffles, tarts, fudge, chocolate bars, as well as seasonal chocolate figures. Celebration and wedding cakes are made to order, and there's also a good cafe selling organic or Fair Trade coffees and teas.

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Lapstone, Westington Hill, Chipping Campden GL55 6EG

A stylish lifestyle shop, cafe and spa all rolled into one. Come for interesting furniture, outdoor and indoor home ware accessories, or relax in the excellent cafe, which uses as much local produce as possible, and there are beautiful views over rolling Cotswold countryside.

14

Huxleys Cafe & Bar, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AL

The building may be 500 years old but step inside and you'll find a buzzy Italian-themed bar and cafe that's the ideal bolthole for a glass of wine, quick espresso or antipasti sharing plates. They also have an attractive and private terrace.

15

The Old Butchers, Park Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Chef Peter Robinson believes in nose to tail cooking and nothing goes to waste at his small, intimate restaurant in an old butcher’s shop. All dishes are lovingly made from scratch with flare and expertise – expect charcuterie, tapas and modern British cooking.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Townhouse

Activities

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Horse Racing, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9SE

Cheltenham's natural amphitheatre makes a perfect venue for horseracing and the course even has its own railway station. As well as Cheltenham, meetings are held regularly at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Worcester.

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Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway, Toddington GL54 5DT

West of Stow, this is the perfect destination for anyone who still savours the unique thrill of steam travel. Though no longer part of the national rail network, these wonderful old trains have made a welcome return to the tracks and are a great way to discover the delights of the Cotswolds.

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Cotswold Archery, Batsford Arboretum GL56 9AD

Deep in the Cotswolds, at Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find this dedicated archery range. There is a wide choice of bows to use and expert tutors are always on hand.

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Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford GL56 9AB

Falcons, eagles, vultures and several other birds of prey swoop above you at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. You can even pose for pictures with an owl on your arm. The flying displays are especially memorable.

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Daylesford Cookery School, near Kingham GL56 0YG

This is a must for anyone with a passion for real food. At Daylesford, south of Moreton-in-Marsh, you’ll find an excellent choice – from classic courses such as quick and simple suppers and seasonal dinner parties to something niche and specialized – for example, nose-to-tail butchery and artisan bread making.

Shopping

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The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

21

The Richard Harvey Collection, Shipston on Stour CV36 4AP

Based in a former Baptist church, the Richard Harvey Collection specialises in home furniture and accessories, with a range of Knole sofas and classic occasional chairs. There is also a choice of designer-led accessories - everything from stylish mirrors and lamps to striking wall art and gifts.

22

Sheldons Wine Cellars, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4EN

Highly respected wine merchants with a history dating back to 1842 and extensive cellars, which are open to view. The business lists in excess of a thousand of the world's greatest wines, including fine and rare Bordeaux and vintage port.

25

Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.

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Dale House Antiques, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AD

Dale House Antiques at Moreton-in-Marsh comprises seven refurbished showrooms arranged on several floors. Browse among a good selection of quality 18th- and 19th-century town and country furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glassware, wall lights, copper and brass, and a good deal more.

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Cox's Architectural Salvage Yard, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 9NQ

This specialist supplier of architectural salvage is one of Britain’s oldest established reclamation yards. Called upcycling these days, expect to find an amazing assortment of items here – everything from Belfast sinks to stained glass.

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Musicroom, 38 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LP

If you happen to be a music lover, then this is the place for you. Musicroom offers the world’s best music selection, with over 250,000 products, including sheet music, tuition books, examination material, books about music, instruments and accessories.

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Dale House Antiques, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL54 1BN

Dale House Antiques comprises seven refurbished showrooms arranged on several floors. Here, you’ll find a good selection of quality 18th and 19th century town and country furniture, paintings, prints, ceramics, glassware, wall lights, copper and brass and much more.

Places to visit

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Coughton Court, Alcester B49 5JA

Well worth a visit if you enjoy exploring magnificent country houses with plenty of fascinating history. Coughton Court, a Tudor country house near Alcester, has it in abundance. There are also refreshment facilities, a walled gardens and a riverside walk.

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Charlecote Mill, Hampton Lucy CV35 8BB

Powered by two undershot waterwheels, this 18th-century watermill grinds wheat and maize for commercial use. Located at Hampton Lucy, near Stratford, this piece of living, working history is open to the public at specific times throughout the year.

6

Warwick Castle CV34 4QU

One of Britain's popular visitor attractions, Warwick Castle dates back to the 14th century, with the gardens designed by Capability Brown in the 18th century. With so much to see and discover, it's best to set aside a day to explore both inside and out.

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Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh L56 9AD

There are now more than a thousand varieties of trees on display at Batsford. The colours are especially striking in spring and autumn. Expect to find cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons among the species.

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Chastleton House, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU

Near Moreton-in-Marsh, Chastleton House is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. The house was built by a local wool merchant in the early 17th century, who purchased the estate from Robert Catesby, one of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

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Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

This popular site at Chipping Campden tells the story of the Arts & Crafts Movement from the start of the 20th century to the present day. It was here in this delightful Cotswolds village that some of the era's greatest craftspeople gathered and worked together.

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Upton House and Gardens, Upton, Banbury OX15 6HT

Stroll beside sweeping lawns and colourful herbaceous borders and reenact Downton Abbey by imagining the world of weekend house parties and legions of servants at this imposing National Trust house near Banbury.

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.

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Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Just over three miles to the south of Tetbury lies Westonbirt, one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. It's one of the best-known visitor attractions in the Cotswolds.

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Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AW

The distinctive dome of Sezincote is reputed to have provided the Prince Regent with the inspiration for Brighton Pavilion. Begun in 1805, the house was built by Sir Charles Cockerell, who made his fortune through the East India Company.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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Snowshill Manor WR12 7JU

A handsome Tudor building with later additions standing in glorious terraced gardens, Snowshill includes an impressive collection of items amassed by Charles Wade, its former owner, who gave the house to the National Trust in 1951.

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Old Mill Museum, Lower Slaughter GL54 2HX

One of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, Lower Slaughter is famous for its Old Mill Museum, detailing the history of this former flour mill, a key industrial landmark in Gloucestershire.

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North Leigh Roman Villa, Witney OX29 6QE

This English Heritage site at North Leigh, near Witney, consists of a large, well-constructed Roman courtyard villa with a historically important, near complete mosaic floor, which can be seen through a viewing window.

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Present Days, Swan Street, Warwick CV34 4BJ

This unique gift shop in Swan St, Warwick, is housed in a striking Georgian-fronted, three-storey building full of quirky nooks and crannies and odd little corners. Here you'll find the perfect present for all occasions.

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Shakespeare Country

Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of our most celebrated playwright, William Shakespeare. If you love his plays then you will enjoy visiting the various properties in and around Stratford, and take in a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Shakespeare Trail take in his birthplace in town, a wonderful half-timbered property, New Place/Nash’s House in Chapel Street, Halls Croft in Old Town, Anne Hatthaway’s Cottage in Shottery, and Mary Arden’s House in nearby Wilmcote.

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Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AD

There are more than a thousand varieties of trees on display at Batsford. The colours are especially striking in spring and autumn. Expect to find cherries, azaleas and rhododendrons among the species.

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Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HH

Probably one of the most photographed landmarks in the country, this half-timbered cottage and former farmhouse was the childhood home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. In addition to the cottage, there is a splendid Tudor garden with a secluded orchard beyond.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk

Stratford-upon-Avon is surrounded by some of the region’s loveliest half-day walks and more adventurous long-distance trails. You can walk by the Avon, follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps or take to the glorious Cotswolds. For something a bit more unusual, try the Stratford Town Ghost Walk, visiting local buildings supposedly inhabited by ghosts and spirits.

Cycling

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.stratfordbikehire.com

Among other cycling options in the region, why not let the train take the strain and enjoy a combination of bike and rail, experiencing a day’s cycling coupled with a train journey or two on the Cotswold Line. If you’re not equipped to go cycling in the area, Stratford Bike Hire will cater for all your needs and even deliver to the door.

Events

www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk
As well as the productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company, there are many events and attractions throughout the year to entertain Stratford’s numerous visitors. In April, you’ll find the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations tend to dominate the town, with the colourful procession through the streets among the highlights. Among other annual fixtures is Stratford’s Literary Festival, also held in the spring.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Church Street is located south of the High Street in the town centre

By Rail: Stratford upon Avon Railway Station is located on Station Road to the north of the hotel – a 5-minute taxi ride or a 15-minute walk to The Townhouse

Address:

16 Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB

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