One of the things I missed most during the pandemic was visiting the amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon. There’s something special about the whirr of coffee grinders, the tapping of laptop keys, and the clink of cutlery on a demolished Full English breakfast plate that satisfies my foodie soul.
So I am delighted to be seated back at the breakfast cafes of Stratford-upon-Avon, and, given how busy the mornings have been recently, I’m guessing that many of you are too.
With indoor seating once again on the menu and summer sunshine on order (fingers crossed), the amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon are luring us in with pastries, coffees, breakfast baps, brunch plates and belly-busting Full English breakfasts.
We are very lucky to have an abundance of cafes and restaurants that dish up brilliant breakfasts in Stratford-upon-Avon. Whether you’re after a quick espresso and pastry, something hearty, or a special-occasion brunch venue, here are 20 amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon and nearby.
Amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon: posh breakfast
One might call this brunch if one were so inclined. Breakfast, brunch, whatever, these 5 venues offer some of the most stylish ways in which to break your fast in Stratford-upon-Avon!
Boston Tea Party (Henley Street; from 8am Mon-Sun)
A true brunch favourite in Stratford-upon-Avon, plus dog- and child-friendly, Boston Tea Party is usually busy for a reason; actually, plenty of reasons: the extensive brunch options are varied and tasty, the venue comfortable and funky, the service prompt and friendly. This is my go-to cafe for Eggs Benedict; they dish it up topped with crisp radish slices. It works!
Loxleys (Sheep Street; from 9.30am Fri, Sat, Sun)
One of the best restaurants in Stratford-upon-Avon for a special-occasion breakfast, Loxleys only opens early on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and on Bank Holiday Mondays, so be sure to grab a table next time your belly rumbles for a satisfying weekend breakfast treat in very swish surroundings.
La Marina (Bridgeway; from 10am Wed-Sun)
A super spot in summer for an al fresco breakfast, watching the comings and goings of Stratford Marina. You can get a Full English breakfast, plus veggie and lighter options, including a croissant and jam. I hope La Marina brings back its Spanish breakfast options, such as pan con tomate… it was so good.
Carluccios (Waterside; from 8am Mon-Sat, 9am Sun)
With a large breakfast menu and perfect people-watching tables on Waterside, an Italian way to start the day is bellissima! Choose from morning staples such as porridge, granola, eggs almost any way you like ‘em, a big breakfast with Italian twists, or lighter fare such as their delightful almond croissants.
Midsummer Garden (Sheep Street; from 9am Mon-Sat, 10am Sun)
Opened during the pandemic – formerly the Garden Cafe – Midsummer Garden Licensed Coffee House is a hot new addition to Stratford-upon-Avon’s dining scene. If you can get past the array of cakes, pastries, muffins, cruffins and every other kind of sweet baked gorgeousness, you’ll find a lovely garden venue and a good breakfast menu. The sausages on the Full English are pretty heavenly if you’re a meat-eater.
Amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon: Full English breakfast
Sometimes, only a full-on feast of eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, beans and all the trimmings can satisfy a morning craving. Here are 5 of my top cafes and restaurants for a Full English breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bensons (Henley Street; from 9am Mon-Sun)
One of the best value breakfasts in Stratford-upon-Avon is also one of the tastiest. Breakfast options start from a fiver, with a Full English, plus bottomless tea or coffee, coming it at just £6.50. Or you can go big, and I mean big, for £10. There are gluten-free options too. I have friends who simply won’t go anywhere else but Bensons for breakfast.
Havilands (Meer Street; from 9am Mon-Sun)
This popular little tea room, just off the main drag of Henley Street, is a favourite with locals in the know. You can go for a big breakfast, you can go for a small breakfast, you can go for veggie options. While the menu is small, the portions are not.
HR Coffee Bar (Windsor Street; from 9am Mon-Sat, 10am Sun)
Another slightly tucked away venue that draws locals looking for a tasty way to start the day, HR Coffee Bar dishes up breakfast treats such as porridge with honey and cream, scrambled eggs, muesli, and, of course, a Full English breakfast. A vegan full brekkie is available here too.
Deli Cafe (Meer Street; from 8am Mon-Sat)
This family-run cafe offers all-day breakfasts, so you can get your Full-English-fix even if you’ve had a lie-in! There are lots of breakfast options on the menu at the Deli Cafe, plus a huge range of teas and coffees.
The Fourteas (Sheep Street; from 9.30am Mon-Sat, 10.30am Sun)
This fabulous forties-themed tea room is perhaps better known for its afternoon teas (and rightly so, they’re delightful), but you can also order a tasty breakfast any day of the week. Opt for a Monty’s (Full English) or go for a GI Breakfast, which brings a slice of USA to the table. Eggs Benedict, Eggs Royale and a few lighter options round off the morning offering at this charming venue.
Amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon: coffee and pastry
There are plenty of excellent options for a light breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon if you’re only craving a small, sweet start to your day.
Huffkins (Bridge Street; from 9am Mon-Sat, 10am Sun)
Choose something sweet and freshly baked from Huffkins, such as a pain au chocolat or maple pecan Danish, or order one of their breakfast baps. Or check out what other goodies have made their way to the bakery shelves that morning. Maybe a Cotswolds-blended tea too?
Box Brownie (Henley Street; from 8am Mon-Sun)
Run by self-confessed coffee geeks, Box Brownie is a steady bet for your caffeine fix. And, unsurprisingly, their brownies are also a thing of local legend. And anyone that thinks a brownie and a cappuccino isn’t a real breakfast should pop along to Box Brownie and give it a whirl. Go on, be adventurous.
Plantarium (The Minories; from 10am Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11am Sun)
Opt for plant-based at this little courtyard gem just off Henley Street. Vegan cakes and coffees using milk alternatives (Plantarium boasts the widest selection in Stratford-upon-Avon) are on offer at this climate-friendly cafe.
MOR Bakery (Bell Court; from 8am Mon-Sun)
Smacked cucumbers join smashed avocado on the eclectic breakfast menu at MOR Bakery, which has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors since it opened in March 2020. Purveyors of organic sourdough and mouth-watering pastries, MOR brings a few different options to the breakfast table, including sweet potato rosti, Spanish baked eggs, and sweet, smoky beans on toast. You might need to wait patiently for a table (it’s a busy spot), but your patience will be rewarded.
Bardia’s (Bell Court; from 8am Mon-Sat, 8.30am Sun)
One of the prettiest cafes in Stratford-upon-Avon, if the flower-festooned venue doesn’t draw you in with its looks, its beautiful cakes, pastries and sweet treats are sure to work their charms. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the most Instagrammed cafe in Stratford-upon-Avon. Good looks are, happily, backed up by taste-bud-pleasing goodies.
Amazing places for breakfast in Stratford-upon-Avon: out of town
Venture a little way out of town to visit nearby breakfast cafes and restaurants. These 5 will make it worth your while.
The Farm (Kings Lane, Snitterfield; from 9am Mon-Sun)
There’s a slimmed-down menu on Mondays and Tuesdays, but from Wednesday onwards, this beautiful rural venue (complete with farm shop) offers a veritable feast of breakfast options, with sausages from the on-site butcher and options such as organic sourdough with avocado and feta. Sweet breakfast options include homemade toasted banana bread with peanut butter.
Bonds (Evesham Road; from 9am Mon-Sat, 9.30am Sun)
A rustic yet decadent venue just a short distance from Stratford-upon-Avon, the brasserie is part of Bonds Lifetsyle. Served until 11.30am, the breakfast menu features options such as a Full English, Eggs Benedict, and avocado with halloumi – the squeakiest of the cheeses!
Espresso Barn (Long Marston; from 9am Tue-Sun)
Based at Barn Antiques in Long Marston, and popular with cyclists as it’s at the end of the Stratford Greenway, Espresso Barn is a pleasant rural getaway serving delicious coffees and sumptuous breakfast options, including cooked breakfasts and sweet pastries.
Lower Clopton Farm Shop cafe (Lower Clopton; from 9am Tue-Fri, 8.30am Sat)
Taking full advantage of the rural bounty in nearby fields (and the adjacent farm shop), the Farmhouse Kitchen Cafe is a rustic celebration of the British countryside. You can expect plump sausages, fresh eggs, breakfast baps, and sugar-laden “elevenses”.
The View (Wootton Wawen; from 9am Mon-Sun)
Perched on a hill above Hill Farm Marina and overlooking glorious Warwickshire countryside, The View really lives up to its name. The breakfast options here are just as good as the outlook, you’ll be happy to learn. Get your Eggs Benedict, Royale, Florentine (or simply scrambled), opt for a Full English, or go for a lighter bite, such as a breakfast bap or a teacake. The Ultimate Breakfast is £13.25 and it is a whopper!
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