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
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1 Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NE [Map]
The Basement is a trendy restaurant on Spencer Street, Leamington Spa, where diners can enjoy delicious modern British fare against a background of some delightful live music performances. There are plenty of interesting events scheduled which provide a much needed respite after a week of hard work, so don't be surprised if you find yourself there with plenty of others who have exactly the same thoughts in their minds, good food and lovely music, to bring the day to a soulful end.
The cuisine is straightforward with a smattering of English classics such as hamhock terrine with homemade piccalilli and red onion marmalade amongst starters, followed by a main course of rack of lamb with celeriac mash and ratatouille. Fish lovers will enjoy the roast cod fillet with salsa verde and sauté potatoes and a daily changing selection of desserts entices you to commit significant crimes against calorie counting. Otherwise, there's also the award winning cheese from Gorse Hill Abbey. Fine wines and champagnes can be found on the drinks list.
British, English, Modern British
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
Holiday Inn Leamington Spa - Warwick, Olympus Avenue, Tachbrook Park, Leamington Spa, CV34 6RJ [Map]
Located not so far from Warwick Castle, guests at Holiday Inn will find themselves in close proximity to many places of interest such as Coventry Cathedral and Stratford-Upon-Avon, far removed from the din of the metropolitan south. Their ninety-one guest rooms have been nicely done up and are spacious; those who like to linger a little longer in bed can treat themselves to the comfort of having breakfast in their bedroom.
In-house Spa's Restaurant is styled around a conservatory theme and the interior is bright with pastel shaded walls in stark contrast to the dark wood furniture. Their full English breakfast features around fifty dishes and the lunch and dinner menu offers some tasty international cuisine. The lounge bar area adjacent to the reception serves light meals and speciality tea and coffee.
The 24-hour fitness centre is for the weight watchers while corporate guests will find all the tools they need for their business assignments.
British, Healthy, International
Newbold Terrace East, Leamington Spa, CV32 4EU [Map]
Bistro, British, Modern British
64 Upper Holly Walk, Leamington Spa, CV32 4JL [Map]
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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.
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