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Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford Upon Avon

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user reviews of the Old Thatch Tavern, Stratford Upon Avon

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Ending on a high after a quite indifferent experience in Stratford.

Lovely little pub - fun bar staff - great chesterfields. London Pride in great nick.

Cocktails for Mrs Mappiman.

Photos at my walking blog -
Mappiman - 28 May 2016 21:04
Friday evening. Mop fair in town, almost in the doorway. Fullers HSB bitter rather nice
Andylk - 11 Oct 2014 16:36
Very friendly pub with a good choice of Fullers ales
alewhale - 23 Mar 2014 13:32
This is a very cosy, low beamed Fullers pub just opposite the American Fountain in Stratford. It is bound to appeal to the tourists. The pub is only small inside and nearly all tables were taken by diners. Two ales from the Fullers range were on - Pride & Seafarers. You may have to wait to be served, as meals are taken out and plates cleared away. If you're happy with that, give this place a try.
blue_scrumpy - 23 Oct 2013 21:23
Very busy on Friday night (magnet for visitors to the town and understandably so), we managed to get the last table in the small front bar area (the back part is for diners and was equally full). Had we not done so, we would probably have left as there is nowhere really to stand and drink. The HSB was £3.60 and very enjoyable, also available were London Pride and Seafarers Ale.
paul_d102 - 3 Dec 2012 13:30
Came back again and still a cracking pub. Now owned by Fullers and a cracking pint of London Pride.
ng10 - 24 Jun 2012 10:51
Quite small little place but lots of character. Friendly staff. Went there twice as eat the second time. Food nice and well priced.
yamyampublover - 29 Mar 2012 21:47
We popped in when it was raining and it was fairly busy but cramped. Lovely pint of Mad Goose. Will visit again next time we're in the area.
ng10 - 11 Aug 2011 09:37
We liked it so much we visited it twice in one day. The Purity beers were all on song and the bar staff were polite and friendly.
addlened - 24 Mar 2011 09:50
A lovely old pub. Quick,friendly service and a lovely pint of Purity Ale!
ace1973 - 15 Aug 2010 08:46
Went in last night, the 1st port of call on our Stratford crawl. There were initially 3 beers on but one disappeared quickly. I had the UBU, which as normal was quite tasty. The big reservation I have about the Pub is that space is certainly at a premium, a good 50% is given over to Diners, plus virtually every other area was being used for eating, great for the pub but we found ourselves constantly being moved around and you have to weave around the tables to get to the loo. So not the most comfortable or friendly place, although the young lad behind the bar was chatty enough, more a quick visit and off.
imdownthepub - 14 Aug 2010 08:51
I went to this pub for the first time recently. I was 'led' there by the entry in the 2010 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. The beers were excellent but unfortunately, the client�le spoilt it for me. They appeared to be so far up their backsides and gave me the tumble weed treatment. Maybe they don't like sweaty walkers invading their space.
ICTGringo - 8 Aug 2010 21:56
Food good, but kitchen staff go home AT 8-00PM AND DO NOT SERVE AFTER THIS.
We recently had to forego a dessert because of this so only had a main course. The desserts offered were not what we wished to order so we left disgusted at the so-called hostelry. What eating establishment, effectively kicks patrons out when they have not finished dining?
I shall certainly not recommend this place to anyone and definately will not go there again. I'd rather eat at a McDonalds which I hate!!
Reg244 - 5 Aug 2010 22:28
We called in about lunchtime for a drink and were quite impressed with the overall ambience . The bar staff (young) were most obliging and helpful. As the bar area was full we asked if we could sit in the dining area and to also look at the menu for our evening meal. As a result we booked for an evening meal at 7-30pm.
We arrived a little earlier and placed our order. The food was very good and we looked forward to ordering our desserts. By the time we place the dessert order, around 8-15pm, we were told, by the most apologetic young waiter, that the kitchen staff had gone home and there was only limited desserts available. I told him it should be the kitchen staff that should be apologising and not him. I expressed my concerns about this poor state of affairs and that as we were still dining ALL services should still be available. WE WERE NOT TOLD THAT THE KITCHENS CLOSED AT 8-00PM!! Our evening dining was thoroughly spoilt by this very unusual arrangement and went home without any dessert. We (and most people I know) generally dine around 7-30 to 8-00pm and make an evening of it. I have NEVER BEFORE come across a dining establishment that closes so early in the evening. At no time were we informed that the kitchen would close at that time and I think that is a very poor show. I also seriously think that the proprietor should reconsider this aspect for future reference and rectify it or give up evening meals. Until this matter improves, I shall not be dining at The Old Thatch, at any time in the future.
Reg244 - 15 Jun 2010 14:38
This place is a thatched pub of course as you would expect from the name, in fact it�s the only thatched building left in central Stratford. It�s a flag floors and low beams kind of place that is mainly food led with the whole of the back room reserved for diners only. Unfortunately this only leaves a small bar area for the drinkers, however it does have some decent leather sofas and a couple of tables and chairs with interesting red lights on them. There are chintzy curtains at the windows that give it the feel of someone�s front room. A bright red VR pillar box is next to the fireplace and there are some good pictures on the walls. It provides newspapers for the punters as well. 3 handpumps on the bar selling Purity UBU and Mad Goose plus Wye Valley bitter. The Mad Goose and the Wye Valley were very well kept. It�s not one to spend all night in but we popped in for one on both evenings of our stay. It would be a decent pub anywhere, but in a pub desert like Stratford it�s great.
ROBCamra - 3 Nov 2009 15:00
More of a "faux" rustic restaurant than a pub,not to say that's a bad thing. Two real ales on offer.Plus John Smiths Smoothflow - YUCH!
Roast was excellent but a bit pricey. Wouldn't have minded that but the young waitress(and I know it was busy ) practically threw the stuff on the table. Less haste more speed ............. There was no tip for her alas. I'd recommend if you want to eat but maybe better at quieter times.
Zumo - 13 Aug 2009 19:33
A great pub. Visited on a Sunday lunchtime and had a great carvery lunch. Beer very good.
Roberttherailway - 18 Jul 2009 14:47
Lovely thatched building but quite modern and open plan inside, with comfy sofas as well as more standard furnishings. Good range of beer though, with Purity and other local guests. Kept very well. Plus dimpled glasses on request. Can't be bad! Not a bad pub at all but nothing of great note for traditionalists.
Carlurmston - 2 Jul 2009 12:51
Excellent beer and hospitality. Unlike a lot of pubs nowadays The Old Thatch seems to have captured the atmosphere of a traditional English pub.
barrc - 22 Dec 2008 09:27
We visited this small pub on a busy Saturday afternoon when half of the pub was reserved for a private function. So space was limited and the pub was busy.

However we managed to get a seat on an extremely comfortable sofa. Good choice of 3 cask ales, all enjoyed by my other half. All in all a good choice of pub for an afternoon drink.
buzzybev - 2 Nov 2008 21:33
You can usually count on a good pint of Tiger from Everard here. The little courtyard area is quite nice.
therivierakid - 20 Aug 2007 12:03
Nice old thatch building by the market place.
Called in but all the cask ales had been drunk dry.
This might have been due the fact that it was the bulldog rally bikers weekend! Didn�t stay. One for another day, I think?

reynard - 14 Aug 2007 13:26
I used to work in this pub whilst doing my A levels, and it was fun and lively then. Obviously, there's the odd few oldies who prop up the bar, but I totally agree that so much more could be done. PLEASE will someone with the time and cash buy it and turn it into the true olde England pub that it should be?!
LucyMeredithPutney - 8 May 2007 09:42
Had a great pint of Shakesbeer's Taming of the Brew in here. Bit quiet and empty when I was in but the wood fire was lit and the chavs outside were providing ample entertainment.
therivierakid - 20 Nov 2006 17:11
This publ could be so much more. Looks great on the outside but the inside is in dire need of a revamp. The 2 halves of the pub are the drinkers bit and the food bit. You'd expect a big roaring fire in there on cold nights, but generally you don't get such things. So sad that the manager couldn't manage their way out of their own clothes as this pub has so much potential it's untrue.
anonymous - 3 Oct 2006 16:20
Pleasant enough, but quite codgery. Nicer on the outside than the inside but serves up a decent pint.
BlueStringPudding - 18 Feb 2006 19:52

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