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Review: Stratford restaurant undergoes amazing transformation; There's also a dedicated vegan menu.

Byline: Laura Hartley

On the corner of Bridge Street overlooking Stratford's historic river Avon, The Encore is the perfect place for date nights, drinks and Christmas.

The bar and restaurant has just undergone a huge makeover, and has some amazing food on the menu.

It has been given a new modern and contemporary look, and exposes some of the town's historic aspects.

Located on thewater's edge, guests at The Encorecan choose to dine indoors or outdoors and enjoy the pub's historic setting.

Transformation of The Encore in Stratford

What's different?

The upstairs dining area offers stunning views overlooking the water and the outdoor seating area is the perfect spot to take in the iconic town's beautiful surroundings.

The outside hasn't changed too much, but don't be fooled.

Inside is a modern warming welcome with chic lighting and comfy seats (I wanted to take the cushions home!)

We were made so welcome, and the inside is a lot more open and has more room than before.

Previous to the makeover, the pub had benches by the side of the bar, which took up a fair bit of room, but now there's comfy sofas and chairs to enjoy new cockatils and gins.

Tones of blues and yellows, the interior makes you feel warm and cosy - perfect for those autumnal and winter evenings.

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Food on offer

Guests can enjoy the brand new seasonal menu featuring mouth-watering, freshly prepared dishes including sweet chilli king prawn rolls, lamb rack, lamb koftas, vegan mezze platter and an exciting new range of desserts including a delicious chocolate and peanut bomb.

They even have their owndedicated vegan menu.

We were treated to canapes before our meal, which included a fish cake ball in a pea puree, mini bruschetta with beetroot spread and another with smoked salmon, and we had pork belly bites.

The pork belly wasn't too fatty and wasn't dried out - something that can be hard to get right and the fishcake ball wasn't greasy, and had plenty of filling which was seasoned perfectly - a great start.

Once seated, we went for scallops, salt and szechuan pepper squid, sweet chilli king prawn rolls and duck live and port parfait.

All were absolutely delicious, and great to have so much variety on the menu, but all cooked perfectly (rubbery scallops were nowhere to be seen).

For mains, we had a lamb rack and the wagyu burger.

I was so quick in eating the lamb, I didn't get chance to take a picture. However, it was perfectly cooked. The red wine Jus wasn't too rich, and the potato daupinoise had the perfect amount of cream without being overpowering.

The wagyu burger was also cooked to perfection. The only downside is it was considerably smaller than the bun and lettuce - more meat please!

To finish us off, we tried to demolish the sharer of desserts.

Chocolate Brownie, Baked vanilla Cheesecake, Mango & Berry Meringue Mess, Bourbon vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich. I don't need to say too much about these, they speak for themselves.

The chocolate wasn't too rich, and the vanilla cheesecake was light, and moreish.

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Private dining

Alongside the waterside dining upstairs, there are two additional private dining rooms.

Private functions, birthdays, or that Christmas party, both rooms can be used for a certain amount of people, but offers a cosy private aspect to your experience at The Encore.

There isn't a huge amount of tables upstairs in the main eating area, but they weren't too close together.

The perfect ambiance for a night out in historic Stratford.

Next chapter

General Manager, Kyley Jones has worked in the industry for seven years and has become a familiar face in the local area.

She said: "The Encore is a hugely popular pub and provides a hub for the local community so we're really excited to be part of the team as it begins its next chapter.

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A warm welcome awaits in the newly transformed The Encore in Stratford

The Encore, Stratford

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Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2018
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