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Located just a short walk from Warwick Castle and the historic Market Place, The Globe is an exquisitely refurbished former 18th century ‘inn turned theatrical playhouse’. The venue offers a perfect marriage of contemporary Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and the unmistakable warmth and personality of a traditional ‘local’.
Steadfast in its commitment to freshly prepared British meats and poultry, responsibly sourced fish and seasonal fruit and vegetables, The Globe boasts an extensive and imaginative a la carte menu. Dishes include the Mediterranean staples of tomato bruschetta, lamb meatballs and calamari marinated in fresh lemon and chilli, build-your-own super salads, signature grills and classic ‘home comforts’ lovingly reincarnated to suit even the savviest of 21st century diners.
Cooked over a Josper grill in an open kitchen at the heart of The Globe’s 87-seater restaurant, notable specialities on offer include: 14 varieties of wood-fired pizza, freshly prepared on site and cooked over charcoal, theatre-style; steak served on a bed of dressed rocket with signature house fries; and the ultimate ‘winter warmer’ - 12-hour roasted pork belly, slow-cooked in cider, finished in the Josper oven and served on a bed of mashed potato, apple puree, broccoli, carrots and crackling.
Add to this an extensive brunch menu, a choice of Sunday roasts, a well-stocked bar complete with locally brewed beers, a hand-paired wine selection and a generous range of vegan and gluten-free options, and you have the ultimate in home-from-home comfort!
Special mention must go to The Globe’s newly launched kids’ menu - health-conscious yet hearty, and surprisingly affordable to boot at just £9 for three courses (with a free activity pack thrown in).
Tastefully refurbished to a classical yet contemporary brief, it was clear that every attention had been paid to honouring The Globe’s historic roots. Infused with the authentic spirit of a Georgian townhouse, hardwood floors, mullioned window panes, generously proportioned dark-oak tables and a vast array of nautical wall hangings offered a delightful nod to the venue’s past.
The addition of modern lighting fixtures, glass ceiling panels, colourful abstract artworks, a swinging funk soundtrack and a soothing colour palette of cream, mint and sage, created a uniquely stylish yet effortlessly cosy atmosphere, which was only improved by the warmth, discretion and attentiveness of the waiting staff.
This same care and attention to historical detail was carried through in the venue’s choice of finishings, from the table linen through to the glassware.
Opting for a starter of calamari served with harissa mayonnaise, I was immediately struck by both the quality of ingredients and their preparation. Beautifully tender and packed full of flavour, the smokiness of the squid - cooked to perfection, I might add - was offset by the sharpness of the lemon and chilli, whilst the semolina batter gave the dish a deliciously light texture.
My partner’s choice of lamb meatballs - served in a terracotta dish - was equally delicious. Rich and almost game-like in intensity, the earthiness of the meatball found its perfect partner in the sweetness of the tomato sauce - which was quickly mopped up by the accompanying puccia bread.
For our main course, I chose the roast leg of duck served on a bed of risotto rice with a side-serving of sweet potato fries. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. Generously portioned, tender to the taste and served in a rich red wine jus, this was hearty French comfort food as I remember it. But could - and would - the steak stand up to the same scrutiny? A 10oz rib eye - a staple of any successful pub franchise - my partner’s steak, though a little pricey at £25.25, arrived perfectly cooked, beautifully seasoned and generous of portion. A great example of pub grub delivered with panache!
Rounding off a perfectly indulgent evening in style, my dessert of Belgian chocolate and raspberry torte served with chocolate and orange blossom ice cream was presented with theatrical flare and glazed with a zesty berry compote. I only wish I’d left room for seconds - a feeling shared by my partner, whose ambitious choice of banoffee sundae - a rich cocktail of chocolate brownie, bourbon vanilla ice cream, sliced banana and mascarpone - was every bit as decadent as it sounds.
If bright and spacious surroundings, contemporary interiors, great service and quality food & drink aren’t enough to tempt you along to this newly renovated historic gem, The Globe also offers up to 18 luxury en-suite rooms for those wishing to extend their stay a little longer; a perfect excuse, if needed, to sample one of the venue’s sought-after breakfast options, which range from the traditional full English to the cosmopolitan sweet potato, avocado and feta hash.
Whether you’re a bard-tripper in search of the authentic spirit of Shakespeare’s England, stopping off for a light lunch with friends, spending quality time with the extended family over a Sunday roast or letting loose with a celebratory cocktail or two, The Globe’s relaxed and welcoming ambience, commitment to fresh produce and unrivalled historic surroundings ensure an experience that’s a world apart from a visit to your average high-street pub chain.
I’ll drink to that!
**** Katherine Ewing
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