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Top 3 places to eat in Leamington Spa

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….

1. Procaffinate


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.

2. Warwick Street Kitchen

Warwick Street Kitchen

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.


3.  Basement Browns

Basement Browns

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.

Basement Browns – Leamington Spa

Hands up if you love pizza

Here in the Gourmand household Pizza is a must, we love it. We even have our own President of the Pizza fan club.

Basement Browns

If you live in / visit / drive through Warwickshire and you don’t take a trip to Basement Browns you need to sort your life out. Seriously.

Basement Browns

The first time we ate here it reminded us of ordering pizza in America where you can’t eat it alone, it must be shared.  It might surprise you to hear that when it comes to pizza we are NOT creatures of habit. Sometimes we like to keep it simple, sometimes we like meat and sometimes we like to mix it up with a half and half and thankfully Basement Browns is always happy to oblige.

Basement Browns Pizza

The youngest member of the Gourmand Household usually manages one slice before his disco feet start moving and he feels the need to leave his seat for a dance (true story) which is music to mine and Mini Gourmands ears because we get the rest for ourselves.

Basement Browns pizza

Now I won’t like, i do like a sprinkling of herbs on my slices and Mini Gourmand likes a sprinkle of chilli flakes on hers, it adds to the flavour you see. Whatever your tastes it’s probably worth me mentioning the price at this point. £12 will get you a Margherita in the size shown above and flavoured pizza such as pulled chicken, pepperoni, chargrilled vegetables will cost you between £14 – £16.  Toppings such as olives, peppers, onions, sweetcorn and mushrooms are free and you can add any of them to the pizza when you order. Bargain right?

Basement Browns Pizza

One of my favourite things has got to be the garlic bread. Oh my it’s so good. Soft, buttery, garlic laced – I hate sharing it!

Nutella Pizza

Now you’re probably wondering where the desserts are? Wonder no more as I present to you Sweet Nutella Pizza, £3.50 will get you the delight you can see above and believe me it’s worth every penny.

Basement Browns Takeaway

Stuck in the house and craving Basement Browns? No need to panic, they also do takeaway via Deliveroo so you never need to go without again!

If you fancy good pizza, a beer or glass of wine and really chilled surroundings make your way to Basement Browns 77-79 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa.

* I wasn’t paid to or asked to write this, I just love the pizza!