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“Good atmosphere, great beers”
Review of Old Thatch Tavern

Old Thatch Tavern
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Thatched, low beamed and flag stone floor tavern. Dates from 1470 and has many original features. Log fires., Lovely leaded windows and a cosy atmosphere.
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Traditional pub grub was good value and a decent lunch. This is a Fullers pub so great beer on tap. Enjoyed lunchtime pint so much whilst on a weekend away we called back in the evening and had a few more. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lovely food and drink. Lovely atmosphere! Came back a number of times during our visit. Quirky patio!

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We ate here with friends on a Friday night and found the experience good but not outstanding. The food was well cooked and the service good, the prices were about average, the waiting staff pleasant. Why not a top grade then? The menu had only one fish option "Fish and Chips" and NO Chicken option(s). Leaving a limited to choice to non red meat eating guests

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sandbox54, Owner at Old Thatch Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Hi sorry to hear we didn't totally meet your needs on your visit! We are however in the process of changing our menu to meet seasonal trends and we are adding another fish dish. We will also be putting 'chefs specials' back on which will include chicken and fish dishes. We do have a chicken bacon salad on the current menu, and our homemade pie of the day is often chicken based! I do mention on the menu too,that we can usually accommodate most needs, as our food is cooked from fresh we can always cook a fresh chicken breast to customer requirements and a fresh piece of haddock. I hope you come back and see us and give us the chance to delight you! Best wishes Sandie Coleman

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

The oldest pub in Stratford and it's a Grade 2listed building so worth a visit even if only for a drink. But you would be missing out on a fantastic meal if you didn't eat there. The owners of the guest house we were staying in suggested we eat there, and we enjoyed our first evenings meal so much that we went back the following night! The staff are all so friendly and helpful, the surroundings are delightful - its so old!! And the food is fantastic, we had been cycling all day so we both appreciated the generous helpings! I can recommend the steak with peppercorn sauce, the gammon was also gorgeous - just melted in the mouth. Managed to fit in a lovely crime brûlée and my husband demolished the apple and cinnamon pie with custard. Dont miss it if you are visiting Stratford!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I absolutely love this pub! Every time I come to Stratford I pop in for a nice relaxing drink here as it is so quaint and cosy. I love all the olde worlde things here and the staff are lovely here. I have to say it can get busy, sundays for the carvery are very very busy but earlier on or later in the day are perfect. we ate here at about 1pm on Monday and I can categorically state that this was THE best meal I have had in a very very long time. I am a vegetarian and I don't like fish either so I can struggle to find anything decent to eat when I am dining out but I saw on the menu outside the Thatch that there were a few veggie things so we opted for here. I had the goats cheese and caramelised onion tart, with chips and salad (option to have potatoes instead but I chose the chips) and although the restaurant bit was quite busy we had our drinks order taken quite quickly and ordered our meal shortly after. My daughter and partner opted for the Thatch burger, with chips and salad. We had 3 cokes and our food came about 25 mins later, not bad time really as it was peak time during the school holidays. When my food arrived I was speechless, the portions are huge! Without a doubt my goats cheese tart was spectacular! The pastry was puff pastry so it was light and fluffy, perfect amount of goats cheese and caramelised onion, and the chips (at least 3 times the thickness of standard oven ones) had a lovely texture to the outside of them that was immense. The salad was a tasty one too, just enough to fill you up and not too much that you would leave any. Peppers, mixed leaves, cucumber, red onion, dressing, all fresh and crispy. I am not easily pleased (read my other reviews if in doubt!!) so this was a definite showstopper for me. So much so that I even asked my partner to compliment the chef and tell the barman how nice our meals were! My partner and daughter agree that the burger was cooked to perfection, the chips were delicious and the salad was just the right amount. The bill for 3 drinks, 3 meals plus tip was £35 or thereabout, and I would certainly expect to pay more for such an old, friendly, quaint kind of place. Also the comments about slow service I cannot fully disagree with because the waitress was rushed off her feet BUT the comments about them ignoring customers, not getting things right etc is a bit unfair. One waitress served the whole place when we were there and we cannot fault her. Yes it took a bit longer than you might want but it is peak time, peak season and was full! So an extra 5 mins wont hurt surely?? And trust me, the wait is worth it! Lovely décor, lovely old twisty building, old beams etc and the best food I have eaten! You will be missing out if you don't try something here, even just a drink. Its beautiful!

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sandbox54, Owner at Old Thatch Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review . It pleases me to the core to know our customers are leaving delighted with their time at the Thatch and we have ticked all the boxes for you! Julie who made the Tart and Salad is so thrilled with your comments, it's almost impossible to get her ego into the kitchen . I am very proud of my staff and all their hard work and commitment is rewarded with great feedback like this. Thank you again and we look forward to your next visit. Best wishes Sandie

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