What was a run-down 16th century coaching inn is now an excellent restaurant with rooms. The whole eating-side of the operation being divided into two distinct sections. 'Love's Restaurant', where chef/proprietor shows his skills by offering a superb 'Tasting Menu' and 'Harry's Bar' which is more of an upmarket brasserie-style operation - standards are high!
There are often bargain offers on their website - so a look is recommended.
The latter offers the likes of 'Crayfish Cocktail'; 'Grilled Field Mushrooms with Mozzarella and Garlic Cream' and 'Smoked Salmon with Scrambled Eggs' among the starters.
While for mains, there's a variety of steaks from the grill; 'Battered Haddock with Chunky Chips and Mushy Peas'; 'Goats' Cheese and Dried Cherry Tomato Risotto with Rocket Salad'; 'Steak and Ale Pudding with Roasted Root Vegetables' and their signature dish of 'Braised Gammon with Poached Egg, Red Wine and Parsley'.
Finish with the likes of 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce'; 'Bread and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Crème Brulée with Raspberry Sorbet'.
The building has an unusual history pertaining to its ownership, and at one stage was owned by Henry VIII - hence the name. Likewise, during an earlier period it was owned by MagdaleneCollege, hence the general name of the pub.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Harry's Bar; Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00 (Sun 16.00); set L Tues-Sat £10 (2 courses) to £15; mains about £10 to £18
- Dinner: Love's Restaurant; Thurs, Fri & Sat 19.00-22.00; set D £38. Harry's Bar; Tues-Sat 19.00-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30); set D Tues-Fri £10 (2 courses) to £15; mains about £10 to £18
- Seats: Love's Restaurant 14, plus 40 outside. Harry's Bar 75
- Wine: a good list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Stratford-upon-Avon
- Directions: just off the B4632, just south of Stratford-upon-Avon
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Love's Restaurant; all Sun-Weds; Harry's Bar; all Mon; D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating
- Rooms available