A couple of weeks before Christmas, we were invited to review The One Elm in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The One Elm is one of the sister pubs to The Highfield & The Highfield Town House in Edgbaston, Birmingham where Stuart and I stayed in the summer of 2016. We have recently started visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon quite a lot as a family as Thomas and Daniel like the butterfly farm and we enjoyed our visit to the food festival earlier this year too.
The One Elm was refurbished last year and the loft space was turned into an extension of the restaurant part as opposed to being a drinks/dancing space which it was before. Upstairs now are cosy booths, lots of natural light and steps from the loft to the courtyard bringing the whole venue together more. The impressive light display at the top of the stairs focuses the attention and brings the ceiling level down keeping the cosy feel.
At The One Elm, they do sharing plates instead of starters. Between us, we had Westcombe Cheddar & Ham Hock Croquettes, Mini Fishcakes, Tomato Salsa, Fish Goujons, Tartare Sauce and Prawn Cocktail. The sharing plates are 3 for £10 and are ideal as bar snacks or as a shared starter like we had. Everything was fresh, hot and delivered promptly to the table not long after our food order had been taken.
For our mains, there was a wide selection of traditional pun classics and modern dishes to choose from. Stuart had the Dry-aged Flat Iron Steak & Chips with garlic butter. My dad had the Free-range Flat Iron Chicken & Skinny Chips while I had Free-range Chicken Sizzler, Peppers & Onions, Skinny Fries. We were all impressed with our main courses except for one minor thing. The garlic butter on Stuart’s was completely fridge cold and it took a while for it to melt on steak. This is us being really picky though as the food was fabulous.
The One Elm does not have a children’s menu however they will prepare a smaller version of anything on the menu. Daniel had Jimmy Butler’s Sausage & Mash, Onion Gravy while Thomas had Fish & Chips, Peas & Tartare Sauce. We also had some onion rings as a side because Thomas is currently obsessed with them. He said that they were the best he ever tasted!
For dessert, Thomas and Daniel had ice cream which was delivered in these funky looking cone holders. It was a very novel way of serving the ice cream and the boys loved it. Stuart had Chocolate & Raspberry Ripple Sundae while I had Crème Brûlée. Stuart enjoyed his sundae but found that there were too many brownies for his liking. My Crème Brûlée was delicious with its lovely creamy custard and its crunchy topping. I just wish it had come in a bigger bowl!
To finish our meal, I tried the Rhubarb & Ginger Warmer which is rhubarb & Ginger Whitley Neill Gin, ginger ale, mint & lemon. It was very easy drinking and the perfect way to end the meal. Overall, we were very impressed with The One Elm and we all commented that we wish we lived closer to it as we would be in there all the time if we did. The One Elm is definitely top of our list for lunch when we next visit Stratford-Upon-Avon!
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We dined as guests of The One Elm. Our food was complimentary and we paid for our own drinks. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review.