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A stone’s throw from Shakespeare’s Birthplace you will find the One Elm, a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike, this gastro pub is a great spot for lunch or dinner during a visit to Stratford-upon-Avon.

As a local I regularly frequent this place, particularly on a Sunday as the roasts at the elm are truly scrumptious (the best in town some would say) and I can often be found curled up next to the roaring log fire there post roast, on Sunday afternoons.

Despite being a regular until recently I hadn’t eaten in the restaurant out the back and I was in for a surprise on my latest visit! As self-confessed foodies my husband and I love going out to eat and the tasty menu on offer combined with the fabulously friendly staff, resulted in a great evening out in Shakespeare’s England last week.

Having looked at the menu for far too long unable to pick something as everything looked so good, I chose something from the seasonal menu as a starter; tender smoked duck and orange salad and my other half lucked out with garlic creamed mushrooms that literally melted in the mouth. As a vegetarian my husband enjoyed a winter super-food salad with a tasty selection of roasted root vegetables for mains and I tucked into a firm favourite of mine; a beautifully cooked rump steak and chips (I could tell my husband was jealous despite being a veggie!).

The restaurant has a really relaxed vibe and tucked away in the corner overlooking the secret courtyard garden lit with fairy lights, I was reminded why I love the One Elm so much; the hustle and bustle of the locals buzzing about the place gives visitors a real taste of a good English pub – yet the excellent menu and fantastic service feels like a great British restaurant.

Did I mention the brownie? The chocolate brownie, served with a decadent vanilla ice cream truly rocked our worlds and was the perfect dessert – you have to try it!

The winter menu launches this week with Christmas bookings available – be sure to pop your head into The One Elm this festive season, you will certainly be in for a treat.

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