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The Stratford Ale House is a micro pub set in a small shop front. There are three tall tables along each side with a small servery at the far end. Beer comes from the barrel. The table in the shop window area is set upon barrels on a small stage area. Radio plays in background.
Have a pint or two in pleasant surroundings
Real ale: Millstone True Grit; Prescott Spring; Green Duck Duck and Cover; Wye Valley Butty Back
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Beer......making you see double and making you think you are single
Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town and tourist attraction partially due to its attractive setting on the banks of the river Avon but mainly because it was the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It has a population of about 27,000 but this is increased by about 3.5 million tourists (many are school trips from Britain and abroad) a year.
Shakespeare was born in 1564 and his birth house, his next door neighbours house (Nash's House), his daughter's house and grave (at the Holy Trinity Church) are several of the sights to see. Several of the hostelries also claim to date back many centuries.
The riverside is dominated by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
The White Swan Hotel is a Fuller's hotel from the 15th century. There is comfortable seating, large armchairs and sofas, either side of the door. Hard backed chairs are the exception. Continue through to the servery. It has a stunning interior. The lounges have low ceilings and wood panelling and are very relaxing. There is outside seating at the front and up the right hand side, which is where the hotel reception is located.
Have one here
real ale : Spring Sprinter ESB, London Pride,
bitter :Wild River Pale Ale
lager :Frontier; Amstel, Peroni,
cider : Guinness
A tour of the pubs (marked with the blue indication points on the map) will start with a walk down into the town from the railway station keeping to the left hand side pavement. A short walk brings you to a cross roads on the opposite side of which is The Maidison (closed & knocked down) followed by the Chicago Rock Cafe (night club). Not a good start. However, coming up, on the left, is The Stratford Alehouse micropub.
At the next cross roads on the opposite corner is The Old Thatch Tavern which will be our last pub (number 27)!. Just across the road on your left is The Swan Hotel. When you leave here we double back a few yards to the road just crossed. Going up Windsor Street takes us to Number 7 Windsor St, later Oddfellows Arms and now closed and then at the top of Windsor St there is a roundabout with No. 1 Shakespeare St and The One Elm both across the road.
From here walk down Guild St and at the first on the right there is the Cz Bar (night club) and on the other corner the Hole in the Wall now called The Union. Continue down Guild St to the road junction and opposite this is the Red Lion.
No. 1 Shakespeare Street is very modern and swish. There is a small lounge area downstairs and a larger room upstairs called The Chapel.
The front door opens into the lounge with couches all around and potpourri on the tables. The effect is spoiled by a wallpaper with a libray bookshelf design. Food - lunch and evening. The choices below show that beer is not its speciality.
The Chapel is a nightime venue for bands and parties; with jazz on a Sunday.
Have half here
lager :Becks, Peroni
cider :Thatchers Guinness
The Union (formerly The Hole in the Wall) is nicely modernised with variety of seating for drinkers and diners. Pizza lunches and evening cocktails in pleasant surroundings. Outside seating in yard and quite a bit of space outside upstairs. Umbrellas almost make a roof! No real ale yet! manager saiod hopes to improve variety of beer on offer by summer 2017
Have one here
lager : Tuborg Peroni, Carlsberg; San miguel; Mahou
cider : Somersby Guinness
The One Elm a large bright and airy pub diner. Restaurant through to the rear and big courtyard area with plenty of large umbrellas to protect from sun or rain. Small room immediately to right. Servery ahead and round to left where there a variety of seating and table sizes around it. There is also outside seating at the roadside out front. You can tell by the lagers on sale the clientele expected. Staff seemed to be auditioning.
Have one or two here
real ale :Mad Goose and Pure Ubu (both from Purity), Hookey,
Doombar, Ren's Pride (Churchfarm)
bitter: Longhorn IPA (Purity)
lager :Estrella; Lawless; Prevha; Urquell; , Peroni,Fruli
cider : Aspall Guinness
Greene King seems the best represented brewery.
No pubs are dominated by lots of TV screens
Purity beers are from the local brewery.
Most pubs have a couple of premium lagers. Some even have no Carlsberg or Carling
Most pubs are long and thin because houses used to be taxed on the length of their frontage.
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