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Review: RSC Rooftop Restaurant

Night out at the theatre in Stratford? You'll be needing dinner first - and this rooftop restaurant delivers on flavour, price and has views to boot.

THE LOCATION

The name’s a bit of a giveaway here – this little gem is hidden at the very top of the RSC Theatre (don’t worry, there’s a lift) and is ideal if you fancy a pre-show dinner with a view. Smack bang in the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon, the restaurant is surrounded by awesome hotels (we love The Arden), and has unparalleled views across the town. I mean, just look at this…..

THE VIBE

Relaxed fine dining: it’s all really chilled with smartly-dressed, attentive staff (your wine glass won’t be empty here for long – always a good sign). On the day I visited it was pleasantly buzzy, despite being late afternoon. Decor wise it’s very cool and airy with an industrial, New York loft feel. RSC posters plaster the bare brick walls and tables are nicely spaced out so you don’t have to listen to the next table’s conversation.

SCOFF & QUAFF

The pre-theatre menu is available here on show days, and is a real crowd-pleaser. There’s something for everyone with smoked haddock gratin or duck terrine among the choices for starters, and blade of beef or chicken supreme some of the options for mains.

I went for Panko Coated Evesham Goats Cheese which was perfectly crispy on the outside and gooey inside (what more could you want) and came on a bed of fresh leaves with pickled beetroot and walnut oil. For mains I had the Grilled Fillet Head of Sea Bream and polished off the whole dish in about 10 minutes. The fish was well cooked, light with a crispy skin and complemented perfectly with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.

OUT AND ABOUT

Chances are if you’re heading here you’re going to a show afterwards – The Magician’s Elephant is on at the minute and definitely worth a look. There’s plenty to do nearby though if you want to make a day or night of it – lots of lovely indie shops and bars, the MAD Museum and Magic Alley are worth a visit too, or jump on a boat and head down the Avon. There’s also Shakespeare’s birthplace and Holy Trinity Church too where the Bard’s grave lies.

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: Pre-theatre dining (obvs) or if you fancy great food with views to match.

Not for: Serving times are intermittent so don’t expect to just rock up and expect the restaurant to be open. Check online first and make a reservation as it books up fast.

The damage: It’s more fine dining and there wasn’t a morsel I didn’t like, which makes it even more surprising it’s really outstanding value. Two courses on the pre-theatre menu (served only on show days) will set you back £25 while three courses comes in at £29.

RSC Rooftop Restaurant, 3rd Floor, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB. Tel: 01789 403449

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