Thespians. 26 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EF, England.
Excellent service and beautiful food
Stratford Upon Avon has almost become a second home for us outside of the South West of the country, we were last here in February but never got around to visiting Thespians; when we returned for a couple of days at the start of the Summer Holidays we vowed to book in advance.
Having spent today (our second day) at Hall’s Croft, The New Place and Tudor World we returned to the hotel for an hour or so to shower prior to heading out for an 18:30hrs booking.
We arrived 5 minutes early and were promptly shown to our table, all staff were extremely polite and whilst the interior decor could perhaps benefit within the next couple of years of a slight makeover the restaurant itself was very clean, very tidy and whilst two thirds full at the time of our arrival all customers and the atmosphere was riding high.
During the afternoon we stopped by and I took a few pictures of the menu in the window so that as we relaxed in the hotel we could at least plan ahead. I nailed my choice down to two:
a) Korai – chicken, strongly spice with capsicum and diced onions (£9.25)
b) Naga – chicken, traditional Bengali dish, hot and spicy cooked with Bangladeshi chilli sauce (£9.25)
We set off from the hotel for a 15 to 20 minute stroll as stated above.
Both our girls, whilst loving all things Bangladeshi chose the Chicken Tikka Massala £9.25 e/a (which was really rather lovely if a little rich, but hey, that’s not a bad thing as it was well balanced with the both the plain and pilau rice £2.40 & £2.50 respectively).
My wife opted for a Chicken Rogan Josh (I didn’t clock the price) but it was perfectly aligned in its tomato base whilst being tremendously convincing in the overall flavour, very impressed.
In the end I opted for the Naga and never looked back, it was superb, sublime, the dry, smokiness without too much chicken was the best I have had for over 2 years, a deep intense flavour with a good kick, coupled with pilau rice and a Keema nan (£3.25) shared with our 11yr old whilst my wife shared a Peshwari nan (£2.95) with our 9yr old.
A couple of glasses of water and a pint and a half of Cobra finished the perfect day.
Thespiains, would we go back? Without a shadow of a doubt, quite simply superb all round.
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