Leamington Spa Restaurants
42 restaurants in Leamington Spa
Restaurants in Leamington Spa:
15 Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA [Map]
Queans was taken over in 2005 by Laura Hamilton, who was formerly a chef-manager in Warwick, she offers a selection of dishes that are both inventive and tempting to a pleasing degree, and as a result she is now enjoying well-deserved popularity in Leamington Spa. Laura has been a chef locally for the best part of 20 years during much of which she was Head Chef at The Grand Union Restaurant, before her three years at Robbie's in Warwick.
As might be expected her menus are pleasantly challenging with starters such as crab and spring onion fishcake served with a lemon and lime dressing; artichoke and asparagus tart with a toasted almond salad, or broccoli and smoked brie soup.
Main courses move along with the likes of pan-fried wild duck breast served on a bed of wilted spinach and baked Portobello mushroom, served with a whiskey and ginger gravy; medallion of pork served on a bed of chive and lemon rice, finished with a yellow pepper cream, or supreme of chicken stuffed with a basil and mascarpone mousse, poached in a creamy garlic sauce.
For those of a seaward inclination there may be grilled whole black bream glazed with orange and sweet mustard and finished with a watercress dressing. Vegetarians will surely rejoice in the delicious tarragon pastry basket filled with a layer of chickpea mousse, braised courgette and leeks, topped with roasted beetroot.
Laura's homemade ice creams are legendary and arrive at the table with fresh baked cookies. Wildly popular is the peach and raspberry suet pudding served with custard, cream, or ice cream, and sometimes, we are told, all three. The rich chocolate and orange cheesecake is a clever blend of flavours, but for many the simple sharp tang of a fresh fruit cocktail, well laced with cointreau has familiar appeal. To play safe go for the banoffee pie, an international favourite that never fails to please.
From all of which it will be obvious that Laura is certainly no slouch in the kitchen and explains why those with an eye for food that has been prepared with care and imagination are beating a path to her door.
The wine list is equally full of character with some nice Burgundy and really daring reds from South Africa, Chile, Spain and Italy. Two dessert wines are listed, including an intriguing rich Black Muscat from California.
As one might expect the general layout and presentation is cool and elegant, in keeping with the service. This is a restaurant that would hold its own well in London, and in Leamington Spa it is indeed a gift sent from on high. They were the proud winners at the Coventry and Warwickshire Food and Drink Awards 2006 for Best Restaurant and Excellence in Quality and Customer Service.
If you want to know more about this superb restaurant, then their Website should prove to be a mine of information.
British, Modern British, Modern European
90a Regent's Court, Livery Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AT [Map]
Strada describes itself as 'a group of stylish, contemporary Italian restaurants, serving good quality, simple and freshly prepared dishes'. The statement sums up what this group of around seventy restaurants offers to people looking for good Italian food. The first outlet opened in Battersea in 1999 and their clientele has been increasing steadily ever since.
Though Strada has grown into a fair sized group, each outlet retains the feel of being a local neighbourhood Italian restaurant. The menu includes pastas, risottos, salads, and fish dishes, but they are best known for their quality pizzas.
They present authentic Italian dishes in contemporary surroundings and aim to use only the freshest and finest ingredients, such as Luganica sausages, Parma ham and buffalo mozzarella, imported from Italy to provide exactly the kind of rustic, traditional dishes one would expect to find travelling around its regions.
A meal could kick off with zuppa vongole e fregola, a traditional clam soup with Sardinian fregola pasta grains, wine, chilli and parsley, served with bread, or the delicious sautéed king prawns with garlic, white wine, chilli, and lemon butter served with your choice of bread.
Move on to their creamy risotto verdure, freshly grilled asparagus, broad beans, peas, spring onions, zucchini, green beans, white wine and mint, finished with baby spinach leaves. Or you could opt for the healthier, tagliolini nero granchio, black cuttlefish ink pasta with crab, courgette, red and yellow peppers, spring onion, and a hint of chilli and parsley. A real treat for the taste buds comes in the form of the bistecca manzo, a 10oz rosemary-marinated char-grilled, rib-eye steak with fries and fresh rocket.
A range of pizzas, all spun by hand, is an integral feature of each restaurant. They include the rossa, with spicy southern Italian salami, roasted red peppers, chilli, caramelised onion, garlic, fresh oregano, tomato and mozzarella. Nor are vegetarians are overlooked, and can be found tucking into dishes such as fiorentina, made of spinach cooked with garlic, nutmeg and black pepper with mozzarella, parmesan, tomato and an egg.
For those wanting to satisfy their sweet tooth, there is torroncino affogato, an iced nougat semi freddo with a shot of espresso to pour over, or a classic Italian tiramisu and, as you might expect coffee to round off the meal.
A wine list consisting of purely regional Italian wines, beers and liqueurs, all carefully chosen to complement the menu comes as no surprise and in addition, every table receives a complimentary bottle of purified water.
For further details including their latest news, menus and deals, and to find a Strada nearest to you, their Website certainly warrants a visit.
95-99 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NT [Map]
Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London. Almost inevitably the décor and design of each restaurant differs from the others, but there is a general curtsy towards La France.
Many restaurants do an excellent breakfast, or shall we say petit dejeuner, at which such delights as scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toasted brioche, croque Madame, croissants and pain au chocolat make welcome appearances, and to their credit the English traditional gets top billing.
An array of small dishes takes in pulled pork pâté with French bread, and spicy beef and lamb sausage with harissa mayonnaise. Salads and pasta feature largely, as do baguettes and croques. Quick dishes, ideal for lunch, include slices of saucisson and cured pork loin with French bread.
Moving on to more serious stuff we find steaks, an 8oz bavette and thin cut rib eye, with a choice of béarnaise or peppercorn sauce. No French menu would be complete without the poulet jaune grille, pan-roasted breast of corn-fed chicken served on a warm taboulé of bulgar wheat and a medley of roasted vegetables with minted crème fraîche, or a steak frites before moving on to the crème brûlée, or the tart tatin. Almost invariably the coffee tastes like coffee should, something that sadly can all too often still not be said of our English restaurants, who depend too much upon technology and too little on the acquisition of a certain flair for this important conclusion to a meal.
By now we all know that the French, despite their distinctive habits when it comes to matters of satisfying the inner man, maintain a miraculous longevity of life. This is generally attributed to a number of causes, of which a measured consumption of decent wine is foremost. Café Rouge, you may be pleased to hear, encourages this with a well-chosen selection of French wines. Their prix fixe lunch and meals for children, both at a very reasonable figure, also offer excellent value.
Their Website will keep you updated on menu changes, news and other competitions and offers from the Café Society.
Christmas Party Menu - 3 courses £19.95 / Christmas Day Feast Menu £50 Book
20% off your total bill - Book our Christmas Party menu any time in November and get 20% off your total bill Book
20% off food – Book your Christmas Party menu on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at the beginning of December Book
New Year's Eve Menu Book
66-68 Clemens Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 2DN [Map]
16-20 Warwick New Road, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire , CV32 5JQ [Map]
Daventry Road, Southam, nr Leamington Spa, CV47 1NW [Map]
The Mediterranean ambience along with delicious Greek, Italian, Turkish and English food gives the 130-seat Tarsus Restaurant in Southam a celebratory air. At Greek Nights, guests can look forward to a three-course dinner followed by coffee, Greek dancing and plate smashing culminating in a disco. Padisha's Cove promises an intimate dining experience with ceiling drapes and soft lighting creating a romantic air.
Buffet Nights every Thursday evening offer a selection of Greek, Turkish and English food. The main menu features the house specialty, meze, is a shared meal of 20 dishes, a selection of hot and cold Turkish and Greek dips served with hot pita bread, followed by fish and meat dishes. As for a la carte, starters include chicken kebabs, Turkish koftes, courgettes and kalamari. Such specialties like kleftiko, fresh lamb on the bone cooked with aromatic spices, mousakka, Mediterranean vegetables, minced beef and spices topped with a cream and cheese sauce, and spanakopita, Greek spinach and feta cheese baked in filo pastry make the main course listing. Steaks and pasta dishes are offered too. A drink at Bar Med could complete the evening.
English, Greek, Turkish
14 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington, CV32 5PZ [Map]
Mem-Saab is a respectful term in India for a woman who wields natural authority because of her work or position. This unusual restaurant derives its name from the word and focuses on some wonderful British women, who made India their home during the days of the Raj. In addition to imbibing the local culture, they helped enrich it as well, and this exchange is reflected in Mem-Saab's carte.
Their menu has interesting sections and presents glimpses of British households of the time. The emphasis is on homemade dishes and some of the recipes are sourced from unexpected quarters like the Theosophical Society of India.
Malai seekh kebabs of ground lamb and spices are tasty and prawn or lentil filled puri breads do their job of whetting your appetite. Other conventional Indian starters such as deep fried cauliflower nuggets coated with a seasoned batter rub shoulders with anglicized inventions by Indian chefs of prawn salad with a wine and green pepper dressing. A 'tiffin' section offers comfort food with the likes of fillet of beef seasoned and complemented by horseradish and garlic butter or salmon concasse on a bed of boiled rice.
The numerous choices of vegetarian and tandoori fare are further strengthened by different kinds of sauces. You could choose to have your meal cooked to suit your palate in korma, karahi, rogan josh or Mughlai style. Of course, the staples of roti, naan breads and rice preparations complete a balanced meal.
Their relaxing bar serves classic wines, champagnes and spirits. Stop by at any of the branches at Banbury, Leamington or Northampton for a combination of traditional feel and contemporary sophistication, not to mention tasty food.
Unit K, Shires Retail Park, Lemington Spa, CV34 6RH [Map]
More restaurants in Leamington Spa:
Featured Group Restaurant
Café Rouge has over one hundred branches throughout Britain all offering a wide range of dishes drawn from the French cuisine. Slightly less than half their branches are in or close to London.
Dining offers & Tips
Sign up to our newsletter now!
Latest User Reviews
By ImadulC 7 April 2014
Another excellent meal Tower Tandoori in Bermondsey. Nice staff, splendid food, no fuss and reasonable prices. The wines ...
By Graeme Trim 5 April 2014
My wife and I have eaten at The Lodmoor on many many occasions. The staff are all very pleasant and helpful. Our experience ...
Christmas Day Menu - 4 courses for £69
2/3 Course Set Menu £14.90/£18.90
Christmas Day Menu - 4 courses for £69
Christmas Fayre Lunch 2 courses for £16.95 and Dinner 2 courses for £19.95
Queans was taken over in 2005 by Laura Hamilton, who was formerly a chef-manager in Warwick, she offers a selection of dishes that are both inventive and tempting to a pleasing degree, and as a result ...
Share Restaurant Guide