Vegan potato cakes - The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon
Vegan Night at The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon

During National Vegetarian Week (13-19 May), we were delighted to receive an invite to The Townhouse for the return of their exclusive Vegan Night. After checking out the menu, it was clear that when it came to delicious plant-based dishes, the team had undoubtedly done their research.

The Townhouse is a contemporary restaurant, bar and hotel set within a beautiful 400-year-old, Grade II Listed building. Located less than five minutes’ walk away from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare’s Birthplace, it’s the perfect place for a cosy stay, casual drinks and pre-theatre dining.

Guests here can expect a relaxed dining atmosphere with chic, instagrammable decor, modern homely touches and subtle nods to Shakespeare. The General Manager Neil and his team offer everyone a warm welcome and service with attention to detail.

The dining room at The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

The bar area at The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

The menu featured a small but balanced selection of hearty and delicious dishes. Most importantly, the accompaniments in each had a tempting twist that didn’t just stop at a plate of vegetables!

Spiced Chickpea and Sweet Potato Cake

Served with rocket leaves, sweetcorn salsa and a lemon and harrissa dressing. A great starter with a perfect balance of textures and spice. I’m not usually the biggest fan of potato cakes but I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of this one. The cake was fluffy, soft and sweet meanwhile the salsa introduced just the right amount of heat and a satisfying crunch. Perfectly teamed with the peppery rocket leaves and lemon based dressing for a refreshing twist. 10/10 for presentation.

Vegan potato cakes - The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

Red Lentil Soup with Tumeric and Ginger

For those who love a good soup, this one’s a winner for its strong, warming flavour and beautiful colour. However I felt the tumeric was quite overpowering and the soup itself could have been a bit thicker. It would be best served with a chunky slice of bread to take the edge off. Perfect starter portion size.

Red Lentil Soup - The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Burger

Served in a pretzel burger bun with shredded pickle, red onion, gem lettuce and skin-on fries. It’s not very often I’m impressed by a vegan burger but this was a really tasty alternative to a pub classic. A generous serving of jackfruit with a very realistic ‘pulled pork’ texture smothered in a rich, punchy BBQ sauce. The soft pretzel bun also added a great salty flavour and some body to the dough. The fries were fresh and moreish. Some crunchy vegan slaw would be a great addition to this dish.

Vegan Jackfruit Burger - The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

Charred BBQ Protein Skewers

Served with charred red onion on a bed of white beans, quionoa, brocolli fricassee and chimichurri dressing. My favourite dish of the evening. A wholesome meal that’s perfect for Spring/Summer. The crispy texture and charred taste of the protein pieces was so realistic, something that’s hard to come across in meat substitutes. I particularly enjoyed how the vinegar and parsley in the chimichurri dressing helped to balance the salty flavour in the skewers. It would have been great to have a bit more! The bed of quinoa, white beans and broccoli was a refreshing alternative to salad and added some hearty texture. Fantastic presentation and the wonderful pops of colour only added to its appeal.

Vegan skewers - The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

Indulgent Chocolate Cake

Served with Purbeck Cherry Ice Cream. The chefs at The Townhouse really did vegan desserts justice with this indulgent duo. An airy, moist chocolate sponge that melted in the mouth alongside the warm chocolate drizzle. The richness of the cocoa and the cherry ice cream really complimented one another offering a mixture of bitter and sweet notes. It was also great to see a more unique ice cream flavour on offer.

Vegan chocolate cake - The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon © Anneka Nicholls.

Dining at The Townhouse

Breakfast is served from 8am – 11am in the restaurant. Lunch is available 11:30am – 5pm. Pre-theatre set menus are available Monday – Saturday from 5pm – 6.30pm. Offers include two courses for £13.50 or three courses for £16.95.  For more vegan and vegetarian options, check out their A La Carte Menu here.

To book, please visit the website or call 01789 262222.

Take a look at our blog post on World Vegan Day in Shakespeare’s England for more suggestions on vegan-friendly restaurants in Warwickshire.

Review by Anneka Nicholls.

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