“ Address: 12 Sheep Street / Stratford Upon Avon / England / CV37 6EF / Tel: 01789 292554 „
Last year I undertook a paid placement as part of my university course at a hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon and I decided that it would be very appropriate if I visited the local restaurants to see what I could recommend in future to guests. One of the restaurants which was on our highly recommended lists was Lamb's of Sheep Street. I thought it may be a little pricey so my boyfriend and I decided to go there for our anniversary. I decided to check the menu before going to the restaurant as I wanted to get an idea of the kind of food I would be eating. The food seemed very english and quite traditional and the menu was appropriate for the season as well being summer (even though our summer is awful). So on arrival I was just a little anxious as I wasn't sure if we would be going to a posh restaurant. As we parked on the side of the road on Sheep Street (free during the evening) we only had a few metres to walk to the restaurant. Even though it was summer it was pouring down with rain and was a little chilly which was a shame. As soon as we entered the restaurant I knew I would feel quite at home. Although the restaurant was funished very nicely and quite modern in terms of tables and chairs, it appeared to be a very old building with open beamed ceilings and original features. We were taken upstairs by a lady who may well have been eastern european (yet still very pleasant) to a table which was overlooking the street outside. It was actually quite nice being cosy inside and watching the rain pour down outside. So we were given our menus which I very much liked the look of. There was plenty of choice of starters and main courses. As we were chosing what to have the waitress bought over some fresh bread with butter and also a lovely olive paste. I do love it when restaurants offer bread at the start of a meal. So to start I decided to go for the freshly home-made tomato and basil soup and my boyfriend had crispy pork with mango and watercress salad. The soup was an absolutely huge portion and delicious as well. You could definately tell that it was home-made it just could have done with being a tiny bit smaller a portion. I don't want to complain though as I would much rather have a bigger rather than smaller portion. The pork with mango and watercress salad was also really delicious, it tasted really fresh and the combinations were great. For main course I decided to have rack of lamb with dauphinouse potatoes and some little roasted peppers which were stuffed with something (can't quite remember now). The dish also came with a jus (I can't quite remember but I think it was a red wine jus, but not very strong). What I definately do remember is that it was absolutely delicious and the lamb was cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had a gnocci dish was again was very different but extremely tasty and you could definately tell the gnocci was home made. For dessert I decided to go for a classic creme brulee and my boyfriend had the sticky toffee pudding. I thought the creme brulee would be a little lighter and was a bit more summery and I am glad I had it as it was absolutely delicious, however, my boyfriends sticky toffee pudding was one of the best I have ever tried so I think I will be making a special trip back just for this. Overall the service was very good, the starters and main courses came quite quickly so we did ask if we could wait for 15 minutes before we had pudding which was fine with them. We also had coffees after which were good. The overall price of the meal, for three courses each, two coffees and two alcoholic beverages (glass of wine and a beer) came to a total of just under £60 which I was very impressed with. I was expecting to pay this or even more and for the quality of food, service and the location, I think it is very good value for money. I always recommend this to guests who stay at the hotel now as I know that they will come back satisfied. I know I'm not the only one who likes it as well as many guests have told me how good it is! The restaurant also does a Sunday Menu and a lunch and pre-theatre menu. I have heard that their Sunday dinner's are fantastic and the pre-theatre menus are even better value for money as you can have two courses for £11.50 and three courses for £15.00 (this is obviously only at lunch time and between 5pm-7pm though). I think Lambs is part of the same group as the Vintner and The Oppo as well. I have yet to go to these two restaurants but if they are anything like Lambs I will definately be trying them soon! For a great place to eat in Stratford-upon-Avon try Lambs. You will love it!!!