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One Elm, Stratford Upon Avon

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user reviews of the One Elm, Stratford Upon Avon

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Modernist decor bar but bit of a mish mash in my view. Couple of ales on, pleasant enough place for one or two.
Blastbeat - 12 Sep 2016 10:33
Still a decent pub with good food and a very well-kept pint of Purity UBU at £3.50.
paul_d102 - 15 Feb 2014 00:23
Nice pub. Spacious areas to sit. Nice pint of Purity Gold.
ng10 - 24 Jun 2012 10:53
I forgot to add that the other ales available were Doombar, Marston's EPA and Purity Gold - so not a particularly inspiring range.
paul_d102 - 21 Jun 2012 10:07
I preferred it the way it used to be (before the recent refurbishment) but the Purity UBU was in fine form last night.
paul_d102 - 16 Jun 2012 14:25
Very good Purity Pure Gold but watched the bar staff consistently pour short pints. My pint was over an inch from the top on a brim measure glass. It was topped up without a fuss but if they continue to do this then the Trading Standards Office are going to come a calling. Using sparklers on the taps with brim measure glasses is not a good recipe for getting a full pint. Apart from that the pub was very pleasant.
addlened - 24 Mar 2011 09:57
This food was great and the service was better than outstanding. We -- man and wife -- were out-of-town customers from the continent who were not all that familiar with the beers on tap, so the waitress offered to bring us each a small sample of several unknown beers of our taste, something which has otherwise never happened to us anywhere else in the world. This is surely not a standard practice at "the one elm", but we were instantaneously converted to love this "foodie" and somewhat "pricey" pub, which had been recommended to us by the ****hotel that provided our accomodations in Stratford-upon-Avon. We proceeded to have a fantastic evening, each having several pints, which is not our custom, and delighting in the sumptuous snacks. The other guests were of all ages, well-dressed, well-mannered and friendly. It was an evening to remember. Thank you.
JohnPeckfort - 18 May 2010 23:22
This is yet another Stratford pub thatís more of a restaurant and wine bar. The actual restaurant area is at the rear but the whole place is very foodie. There are a few seats in the tiny room to the right as you enter and lots of high tables and chairs in the main bar area. There are loads of great photos around the walls of guitar players etc. Itís very bright and airy and obviously very girlie friendly. Three handpumps on the bar selling Purity UBU and Gold plus Bombardier. Both Purity beers were in good nick. I thought it was an OK place but the other half loved it so we came back twice in two days.
ROBCamra - 6 Nov 2009 15:07
I just love it!
Enough said.
partyhard - 8 Jul 2008 11:39
Been in here several times now and it's one of my regular places in Stratford. The UBU is always top notch. Service pretty good and the atmosphere all the better for the smoking ban. 9/10
therivierakid - 20 Aug 2007 11:57
Great food- great service- You get what you pay for which is great service in great place with fresh well prepared food.

Large chains take note- well done peach
jameshartley - 15 May 2007 16:23
Went in here one Saturday lunchtime, just before Christmas. Had some very good Purity UBU. Service was fine but the beers were expensive (£2.90 each ISTR).
therivierakid - 31 Jan 2007 14:39
nice pub but too smokey!
speckledhenboy - 9 Mar 2006 17:30
Fableeous pub!

Admittedly has a bit of a "W.B." feel (a.k.a. "wine bar") but they have a large choice of beers too (alas mostly lagers, but needs must when you've got a thirst on). Staff are jolly friendly and helpful and it's open late. Food is great and not too pompous (chorizo tapas isn't so exclusive these days). And they do a superb steak and chips.

Only real criticism is the seating in the pub area - while they've taken up loads of room with high modern-looking stools and benches, and large circular tables invariably claimed by a couple of terminally single lamť-clad bints, everyone else has to stand by the serving area getting in the way of the cutlery. After a long day shopping (or indeed working) you just wanna sit down. There's the odd comfy sofa, but generally not a very efficient use of the space as far as bum-parking's concerned.

However, it is my local - there's a mix of people from noncey thirty-something pseudo-yuppies to the odd codger and even studes to boot (by all means interpret that as: "Students to-boot" or as I prefer "Students in need of a booting")

Worth a visit.
BlueStringPudding - 18 Feb 2006 20:32
When I'm there I always feel in the way. Not a relaxing place to be unless you are in the back garden. The staff aren't allowed to smile.

Okay once in a blue moon.
dantol - 5 Dec 2005 15:56
Nice pub, good layout, nice garden - but aspirational. It's all a bit 'classy' in a smug, comfortable way. Thus the clientele is broadly comprised of overgrown adolescents in their 30s standing around pretending to be metropolitan high flyers. You can't move without bumping into affluent provincial plodders who work in Purchase Ledger or Accounts during the week.

Proper pubs are for chaps who get their hands dirty at work and want to get away from their wives and kids for a few hours on a Friday night. Pubs like The One Elm are for spoilt 'kids' who just can't grow up.
anonymous - 2 Dec 2005 23:14
Boring pub full of the type of people that do bugger all all week and at the weekend dress up in their ben Sherman shirts and office shoes and the women in their jeans and black tops and stand around enjoying the idea of being 30 something. God knows why. The building's nice, the name is great, but sadly this pub has problems with the type of cliente it attracts; no hopers from surburban stratford. Happy thought, the day after you see them in the pub they'll be washing their cars and mowing their lawns and pretending to be happy. Avoid this pub.
anonymous - 12 Aug 2005 14:45
Fantastic service, food and wine. Perfect during the week and weekends.
Lucy - 19 Oct 2004 18:15
more restaurant than pubby i'd say, superb menu, again very gastro pub - part of the fashion, nice decor, lovely foods, fairly pricey, but worth it for occasions. friendly staff too.
Louise - [email protected] - 22 Sep 2004 13:17
Town house in modern
Scandinavian stlye with popular restaurant extension. Easy listening music (Dido/David Gray) at a volume that doesn't drown conversation. Good pint of Greene King - deservedly popular
lout_from_the_lane - 22 Mar 2004 12:04
fantastic atmosphere, great food. Especially the bar staff - Leah in particular is a friendly and proffessional employee
steve - 23 Dec 2003 12:11

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