To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste – Heston Blumenthal.
Since the middle of March, the UK – as we all know – has been in some sort of lockdown. I’m not going to even go into how much of a shambles the past five months have been but focus on one of the decent things to come out of the government during this time. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme opened yesterday, 3rd August, where you can go to local, independent restaurants, pubs and cafés (as well as popular chains, but honestly support your independents!), have some amazing grub and save some money, whilst helping your favourite places so they don’t go bust.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU GET AS PART OF THE EAT OUT TO HELP OUT SCHEME?
- 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner.
- Valid for eating in only.
- Available all day every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 03/08 t0 31/08.
- Can be used as many times as you like.
- Cannot be used on alcoholic drinks or service charges.
- No minimum spend.
- All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- You don’t need a voucher; discount will automatically be used at participating establishments.
- Establishments will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.
- Can be used at the same time as other offers and discounts.
For the locals and tourists of Shipston-on-Stour, we have so many independent places that are easing their businesses back open, but there are only a minimum amount of pubs and restaurants that are taking part in the Eat Out Help Out Scheme. This will be a short guide of what to expect – don’t forget to book in advance and only go out if you feel completely safe to do so. Everyone is reacting differently to Coronavirus as some semblance of “normality” returns.
See more at gov.uk website.
If you know of any other independent businesses in the local area using the Eat Out Help Out Scheme, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BOWER HOUSE
2-4 Market Place, CV36 4AG
Opening Hours: WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY 9am – 11pm (Last orders 9.30pm) | SUNDAY 9am – 5pm (Last orders 3.30pm)
At the more expensive end of the scale, The Bower House delivers exceptional food with excellent service. Located on the corner of Market Place and High Street, this restaurant has a view of the centre of town. Inside, the décor is rich with sophistication. It serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and à la carte. The steak and hot chocolate fondant are firm favourites of mine and Warren’s.
Pre-booking is essential which can be done via 01608 663 333 or via their website:
THE GEORGE TOWNHOUSE
8 High Street, CV36 4AJ
Opening Hours: MONDAY – THURSDAY 12pm – 10.30pm | FRIDAY – SATURDAY 12pm – 11.30pm | SUNDAY 12pm – 9.30pm
Food Hours: MONDAY – THURSDAY 5pm – 9.30pm | FRIDAY – SATURDAY 12pm – 9.30pm | SUNDAY 12pm – 8pm
In the centre of town is The George: you can’t miss it. More expensive in terms of pubs in the surrounding area (if you’re from the North and are visiting, try not to be too wide-eyed), this place always serves decent food. The Pantry is the main dining area, filled with light, bare brick walls and colourful cushions whilst other areas such as The Snug and Parlour as well as outside seating offers space for this popular food and drink venue. Always check out the Specials Board and try the Halloumi Chips too!
The George has an order-to-table app. Search “Honeycomb Houses” on the App Store and Google Play Store. Create your account and get started.
Bookings can be made via phone on 01608 661 453, via email email@example.com or via their website:
MRS BROWN’S TEA ROOM
23a High Street, CV36 4AJ
Opening Hours: MONDAY – SATURDAY 10am – 4pm | SUNDAY 10am – 3.30pm
One of the places in Shipston that I am yet to visit, but I always walk past this quaint little building on my walk to the Co-Op. Tucked away behind the heart of town, it seems like my kinda place and serving breakfast (“damn good” as said by Warren) alongside lunch and afternoon tea with locally sourced food and welcoming staff, this award-winning venue is somewhere that I’m keen to experience! Let’s not get started on the photos of those cakes…
Bookings can be made via phone on 01608 662 217. Walk-ins may be available if there is seating, but I am not 100% certain. For more information, visit their website:
THE WHITE BEAR
4 High Street, CV36 4AJ
Food Hours: LUNCH – MONDAY – SATURDAY 12pm – 2.30pm | SUNDAY 12pm – 3pm // DINNER TUESDAY – SATURDAY 6pm – 9pm
Considering I’ve been living in Shipston for over a year, you would think I’d have made it around all of the pubs. No, I haven’t. The White Bear is another place I am yet to visit. With a dining area, BBQ and picnic area, The White Bear Inn creates breakfast, lunch and dinner, using locally sourced goods and mixes fun with precision for their dishes. I’ve heard their Burger Night is especially delicious and their Sunday Roasts aren’t too be missed either.
Book in advance on 01608 664 199 and find more information on their website:
EL CAFÉ AT SHELDON’S WINE CELLARS
6 New Street, CV36 4EN
Opening Hours: TUESDAY – SATURDAY 5.30pm – 11pm
A little slice of Spain in the little town of Shipston-on-Stour. I’ve only been twice, but I can specifically remember both my visits. The staff are incredible, the food is delicious and the white sangria… Well, let’s just say beware of the white sangria: it tastes so good, you don’t realise it’s alcohol. The setting and ambience are excellent and during the summer with the open courtyard and musicians playing whilst you eat; you can imagine yourself on holiday. A sister restaurant is located in Kineton at The White Swan.
Book in advance via 01608 238 494 or use the booking app or form via the website:
Which one will you visit first?
Love, Faye xo