“ Address: Grants of Sheep Street, 21-23 Sheep Street Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6EF „
This review was first written in September 2011 and hasn't been edited since.
I haven't been writing as many reviews as I normally do of late, largely down to the fact that I've been spending most of my time in flats without an internet connection, and so I haven't been able to get onto Dooyoo or Ciao to post them. Over the last weekend, however, I've had a further reason not to be able to write: I've been on holiday. A holiday in the UK, but a holiday nonetheless. After doing a couple of English Literature classes last semester in Germany and living on a street marvellously called Shakespearestraße, I've discovered in myself a new passion for Shakespeare and his works, and so I booked a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon for me and my boyfriend at the start of September.
We spent a long weekend in the town in order to go to see a few plays at the newly renovated Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre in the town of the playwright's birthplace. We were staying in a hostel a short journey from the town centre and although there were self-catering facilities available on site, we mainly decided to eat out. We decided to go to Grants on Sheep Street on Monday night before going to see The Merchant of Venice and chose this restaurant largely because it had a very reasonably priced pre-theatre menu as well as it being only a five-minute walk from the theatre itself. We had also seen and liked the look of this restaurant on the previous Friday night when we were looking for somewhere to eat after seeing Macbeth, but since it had already finished serving dinner by the time the play ended, we went elsewhere but were enthusiastic about trying it another night.
== Grants of Sheep Street ==
Grants is located, unsurprisingly, on Sheep Street, which is in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon and can be found near the High Street. There are many other restaurants and bars to be found here but it looks to be one of the classier eateries on this road, although several other places in this part of town also look very nice.
=== Menu ===
The menu contains a lot of British dishes as well as some internationally inspired meals, such as pasta. Dishes that stand out as looking particularly nice on the main evening menu include pork belly, calves liver and duck breast, each coming with some potato or vegetable accompaniments which also sound delicious.
On the evening we went, however, or rather the late afternoon that we went, we decided to shun the evening menu in favour of the much cheaper fixed price option. There was a reasonable selection of things to choose from and so we didn't feel restricted by choosing from the pre-theatre menu. I was delighted and enthusiastic to go for the mushroom and tarragon risotto with parmesan crisps, while my inferior half went for 'Smoked Haddock Rarebit on Crushed New Potatoes with Wilted Spinach and Wholegrain Mustard Beurre Blanc'. We then also had a dessert each, with me opting for the sticky toffee pudding and him for the vanilla cheesecake. Starters are also available but we decided not to have any.
=== The Food ===
And wasn't it delicious! My risotto was perfectly cooked and was simply gorgeous. The pieces of parmesan crisp complemented the risotto very nicely and the entire dish was a triumph. I only had a bite or two of my boyfriend's main course but it was also very good and I would have been happy if I had gone for that as well. We waited a short time for our desserts and they were equally as gorgeous as the main courses. Sticky toffee pudding was always my favourite pudding when I was a child and one I always went for when it was available on the menu, but the one I had at Grants of Sheep Street was possibly one of the best I'd ever had. It was soft and sweet and just brilliant. I also had a taste of el boyfriend's cheesecake, which was also very nice indeed, but I have to say that I preferred the pudding that I had opted for.
=== Wine ===
Now, I can't remember precisely which wine I went for, but I know that I ordered a glass or two for myself and that they were very nice and of good quality. Since this is a nice, upmarket restaurant I expected nothing less of the wine, but it's still good to point out that the wine was lovely. They obviously had other drinks available as well and seemed to have a reasonably well stocked bar, so you probably could have gotten your drink of choice without problem here.
== In Conclusion ==
My boyfriend and I loved Grants of Sheep Street and would definitely consider going here again on a future visit to Stratford upon Avon. The pre-theatre meal was gorgeous as well as being very reasonably priced for a restaurant of this calibre at £11.50 for a two course meal or £15 for three courses. Therefore in total between us our meal only set us back £25-30 or so, which is exceptional considering the quality of the food and that we had two courses each. If you order from the a la carte menu it is rather more expensive but not exceptionally so at around £15 per main course. You can see the evening menu as well as the daily specials and fixed price options here on their website: http://www.grantsofsheepstreet.co/news/
In conclusion, I highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you go for the pre-theatre menu, and will likely go again the next time I'm in the town.