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Waterside Brasserie at The Arden Hotel

Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA +44 1789229908

((((* European
Main course: £16
Food spend: £30

Excellent environment , food and service- consistent high standard!

Maurice Cook 20 December 2016
from Sutton Coldfield

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An elegant fine dining spot in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, the Waterside Brasserie is a majestic string in the bow of the 4-star Arden Hotel. The freshest, seasonal ingredients are incorporated into a menu of modern European dishes, served in a chic and contemporary setting by the River Avon.

Rich and flavourful dishes on the Waterside Brasserie menu include duck ‘two ways’, combining roast duck breast with confit duck leg pie, with accompanying chicory and orange puree. There’s pan-fried hake with pearl barley risotto, crab gnocchi and a crab and ginger sauce, while desserts include a wickedly delicious chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream and a chocolate sauce.

The Waterside Brasserie in Stratford boasts its own sophisticated champagne bar. Large arched windows flood natural light into the restaurant’s pastel interior, creating a bright and relaxed dining space.

The Waterside Brasserie neighbours the Royal Shakespeare Company theatres, and looks out over the River Avon.

Waterside Brasserie at The Arden Hotel

Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA

Contact +44 1789298682
Reservations +44 1789229908

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Customer reviews for Waterside Brasserie at The Arden Hotel

4.0 ((((* (based on 70 reviews)
85% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (51)
  • afternoon tea (18)
  • lunch (18)
  • al fresco (15)
  • luxury (15)
  • romantic (15)
  • breakfast (10)
  • business (9)
  • private dining (8)
  • value (8)
  • views (8)
  • large parties (4)
  • trendy (4)
  • (**** 6 February 2017 by Matt Walters from Wombourne

    While I will discuss issues with booking in more detail in the next section, it was clear the restaurant were not prepared for our arrival and the start of their early pre-theatre evening service which started at 5:00pm. After having to prove we were pre-booked, we were placed at a table next to some doors which in Summer I am sure they open on to the terrace. The table was clearly not a permanent fixture and as a result slid when leant on, was too small to fit the various dishes on and on a cold Winter's evening was breezy.

    We were given a menu each which did not contain the pre-theatre menu, although there was space for it, and then a drinks list which had no drinks listed. When we got the drinks list, we ordered a spiced mojito and a cider. After 15 mins and no drinks a waitress came and told my wife they had no mint so couldn't make her mojito. 5 mins later another waitress came and asked if I wanted ice with my cider. Eventually, both drinks came just before our main course arrived.

    Not being particularly inspired by the starters, we ordered our main course and deserts with a bread basket. We both ordered pea and mint ravioli (the kitchen clearly had mint and wouldn't share with the bar). This arrived quickly with no sign of the bread basket. Our bread arrived roughly half way through our main course which we pointed out to one of the managers. While he did take the cost of the bread off our bill, the issue was mainly etiquette rather than cost! The ravioli was fine - a decent light meal and both deserts were nice.

    I always have an issue with service charges being automatically added to bills unless the restaurant has consistently high service standards. I would have preferred to have chosen to tip the one waitress who tried her best to make our visit bearable than reward the whole establishment's service.

    At our count there was at least two managers, three waitresses and a barman so I cannot understand why service standards were so poor!

  • ((((( 20 December 2016 by Maurice Cook from Sutton Coldfield

    Excellent environment , food and service- consistent high standard!

  • ((((* 19 December 2016 by Laura Lightfoot from Stratford-upon-Avon

    Our overall experience was very good. The food was exceptional from the Sunday Lunch menu and the beef was perfect temperature and taste. There was a nice ambiance as it was very Christmassy and also the jazz musicians added the perfect touch. Only one thing which let the experience down. We ordered our desserts which the table was set for after ordering, but they did not arrive so we had to remind staff. After waiting for nearly 25 min and another 10min our desserts arrived. All in all though a very pleasant experience and we shall return.

  • (((** 15 December 2016 by David Jones from Stourbridge

    Food excellent.

  • (((** 14 December 2016 by Newman from Nottingham

    Welcome and table good, but we had to wait for our pre-meal drinks. Main dish of chicken was ok, and frangipani tart good, but orange pudding ridiculously small. Drinks throughout far too expensive, eg £10.95 for a kir cassis, wrongly described as kir royale on the bill, £7.35 for a medium glass of Shiraz.

  • ((((( 7 December 2016 by Richard Tudor from S on A

    Good ,friendly and efficient.

  • ((((* 7 December 2016 by Sue Clayworth from Southport

    Booked pre theatre meal which was very efficient and allowed us plenty of time to enjoy the meal and arrive at theatre. As it was my birthday we were given a lovely table and a glass of Prosecco which helped to make the whole experience special. There was a sat menu or a lacarte with enough choice. with choice. We had pheasant which was delicious. The restaurant sources high quality ingredients and innovative dishes. The staff were very friendly and efficient. Prices are what you would expect to pay in a restaurant of this quality.

  • ((((* 4 December 2016 by Jackie Paterson from Stratford-upon-Avon

    Good attentive service and value for money. Perfect location for pre theatre dining

  • (((** 29 November 2016 by Celia Taylor from Caernarfon

    Food good. Service offhand

  • ((((* 26 November 2016 by John Higham from London

    Very good well and imaginatively cooked and presented food. High quality wine but some what pricey

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