Hands up who loves to eat out in the town where they live *holds up hand*
I’m really lucky that I live in a town with some great independent eateries and a few tried and tested chains thrown in for good measure. I would be lying if I said I was loyal to one or even two places to eat because I’m not. If I can’t get a seat or if a restaurant or cafe is closed when it’s advertised to be open I’ll just find somewhere else (I’ve found some favourites this way).
I read this piece by The Tame Hare about local businesses struggling and I do really feel for them, it must be really difficult for chefs who have a real passion for food and local fresh ingredients to make a living in our current climate. I need to be honest at this point and say that we have not got round to visiting The Tame Hare, we tasted some of their food at the Leamington Food festival one year before they had opened and it was delicious so we really should make a point of visiting.
Should we all be making an effort to visit more independents? I think if your wallet can afford to do so then yes. We’re really tightening our purse strings at the moment as we’ve just bought a new house aka the money pit so our days of eating out several times a month will be reduced to one or two meaning I get to put my numerous gadgets and expensive knives to good use again and I’ll be making use of loyalty cards and early evening specials at the local chains.
Anyway I digress, eating local is great if you can afford to do so but there isn’t anything wrong with a chain now and again. If you’re visiting the fabulous Royal Leamington Spa you will be spoilt for choice with all of the eating establishments. We have chains, independents and a Michelin star bistro so if your time is limited do choose wisely.
In no particular order my current top 3 places to eat….
We used to visit this venue when the previous owners had it before it became Procaffeinate for amazing tapas. We were really sad when it closed down but from the ashes a new favourite was born. Situated canalside, Procaffinate is a Coffee Shop with a difference. You will find a SMEG fridge just beside the entrance, go through the fridge and you enter Ape Hangers which is home to over 100 beers including one of my favourites – Lucky Buddah beer.
Procaffinate is child friendly, they even have a box of toys for your little ones to entertain themselves with whilst you get your coffee fix. Did I mention how amazing the cakes are? Prices are purse friendly and the food is delicious, it’s also open until 11pm so if you fancy a late night caffeine hit this is the place to go.
Situated as the name suggests on Warwick street, this cafe is the place to go if you’re looking for locally sourced, homemade products. I’ve never actually visited for lunch yet only breakfast and I think we’ve tried all of the breakfast dishes on the menu. I love the ethics of this place and they make a cracking cup of coffee.
The Shakshuka is incredible but my favourite is the Avocado smash experience (pictured above), I have it without the bacon and replace them with mushrooms.
Basement Browns has probably been in our favourites list since it opened in Leamington Spa. You can find them on Warwick Street but do book ahead if you can as this place fills up fast.
Our order is always the same, Margarita, half with olives and onions and when it comes to the table it’s doused in herbs. £13.50 will get you a family sized pizza and you can add up to 6 toppings free of charge.
If you’ve visited Leamington Spa or if you live here, I’d love to know your favourite places to eat.