Head for the best spot in Stratford this Summer…

It’s good to be back in the pub, and, now that summer is here, sitting outside the pub, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying good food and drink and the company of missed friends and family. And with a fantastic new menu for the season, The One Elm in Stratford has to be the best spot in town this summer!

This fabulous pub, just a stone’s throw from Shakespeare’s birthplace, has everything you need to make the most of summer. A secluded courtyard – one of Stratford’s hidden gems – the bright and spacious Barns and a front patio that are simply perfect for whiling away a summer’s day or night. Not to mention delicious seasonal dishes, refreshing beers, bubbles and cocktails for great summer sipping. 

Pull up a chair in the Barns if you’re having a catch-up over coffee. We serve well-made Union Hand-roasted coffee; a small-batch roasted Compañero blend that’s brilliant for an espresso or a flat white. Stay for a sandwich lunch or have something deliciously different from the new summer menu, whether Blythburgh ham scrumpets, Moroccan-spiced aubergine or a hot and sour salad with hoi sin pork. By night, the Barns glow with festoon lights and candles which give it a magical atmosphere. Enquire with the team to book a group in for dinner and drinks with friends, and after toasting with a Passion Fruit Martini or a Mojito, settle down to supper and a glass of Rosé from the list. Soon, you’ll be able to book the Barns for your exclusive event, so if you have a summer gathering over drinks, cocktails and nibbles or a dinner party with friends and family to plan, talk to us. 

There are small plates for sharing – don’t miss the Shawarma-spiced houmous and padron peppers, chilli & soy glazed chicken wings, or the much loved halloumi fries & bloody mary ketchup. Our new Summery seasonal mains include free-range chicken Milanese with garlic and sage butter and green salad, plus red pepper and tomato risotto with grilled artichokes. Choose from irresistible sides like sweetcorn mac & cheese or loaded fries.

School’s out shortly and where better to refuel in the holidays or simply when lessons are done than with the pub’s first ever children’s menu. Jimmy Butler’s sausage and mash, mac ‘n’ cheese with vegetable sticks and halloumi fries with Rubies in the Rubble ketchup will all go down a treat. All served with vegetables and unsalted chips. And there are no artificial ingredients in our soft drinks, choose from Frobishers or Cawston Press pressed juices. 

Deceptively spacious, there’s a whole host of inside spaces too, with two floors of booths and comfy armchairs that are ideal for eating, drinking and socialising, whatever the occasion. Celebrate a long-overdue date night with a glass of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck followed by a decadent dinner of pan-fried sea bream with ratatouille and shaved fennel or a 12oz sirloin on the bone with Béarnaise sauce. We only the best British beef, grass-fed and naturally slow-grown on carbon-capturing pasture, with all all our steaks dry-aged by Leamington’s Aubrey Allen for superb flavour. 

Leave room for pudding; whether it’s classic summer pudding with clotted cream, a sublime lemon posset or some delectable Salcombe dairy ice cream. Pair with a glass of rich, sweet and fruity Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum from Venezuela. Or if savoury is your thing, order a British cheese plate with mellow blue Beauvale and rich Rutland Red, teamed with a 20 year-old Sandeman tawny port. 

If you’re working, or need a space to take a break from your home office, The One Elm is great. Plug in to one of the spacious upstairs tables, order your coffee and you’re away. When it’s time for a pit-stop, enjoy something tasty from the lunch or all-day menu and a well-earned beer when you’re done. 

Fresh from the kitchen you’ll find plant-based dishes as well as a wide choice of gluten-free starters, mains, sides and puddings. Sunday is all about Sunday best, with at least three different Sunday roasts, again with veggie and gluten-free choices. 

General manager Tom James, and deputy Ed Whittle, along with the whole team are on-hand to give a warm welcome. The pub will be celebrating National Hot Dog Day on Saturday 17th July, Oktoberfest on 1st to 3rd October and hosting courtyard sessions with the acoustic sounds of local bands every last Sunday of the month from 5pm. Find out more here. There is also a new app that rewards you the more you visit, which you can download via the pub website here to start enjoying personalised treats and rewards.