The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Rooftop Restaurant reopens today with the launch of a new summer menu.

The popular restaurant which boasts spectacular views over the Bancroft Gardens and River Avon opens to coincide with the first performance of The Comedy of Errors, which previews from tonight in the newly constructed Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, situated in the Swan Theatre Gardens.

In line with government guidelines, the restaurant in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will reopen its doors with a reduced menu, available from Tuesday - Sunday.

The new summer menu, designed by Head Chef, Matthew Jennings, features a wealth of locally sourced ingredients from suppliers based in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area, including the popular Worcester produce and Aubrey Allen butchers.

Starters include Italian Burrata with Heirloom tomatoes, red onion, capers, basil, focaccia croutons with salsa Verde, or pressed honey glazed ham hock terrine, piccalilli, melba toast with apricot puree. Main courses range from ricotta cheese, lemon and soft herb strozzapreti pasta, edamame beans, asparagus, roasted red peppers and artichokes or Bang Bang chicken – crispy battered tempura chicken fillet, sweet chilli and satay dressing, toasted sesame seeds, pancetta, herb croutons, gem lettuce with coriander.

The meal can be rounded off with Strawberry Cranachan – crushed strawberries, whipped mascarpone cream, honey and oat crumble or Belgian chocolate millionaire’s shortcake served with salted caramel sauce and honeycomb. A children's menu is available for under 12s or alternatively many dishes are available in half portions. The Company also offers an array of gluten free dishes.

RSC Rooftop Restaurant Head Chef, Matthew Jennings, said: “I am truly delighted to reopen the Rooftop Restaurant to patrons coming to visit the theatre as we welcome our guests back to the RSC. I am excited to launch our brand-new summer menu, continuing to showcase the very best of locally sourced ingredients from Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding areas.”

In addition to the pre-theatre menu, the Rooftop Restaurant has introduced the RSC picnic bag, which can be pre-ordered and collected from the RST colonnade. The picnic bag includes a homemade pasta salad, a fresh fruit pot, lemon cake, homemade sausage roll, a packet of crisps, a can of still water plus a choice of red or white wine.

The Riverside Cafe is also open as a take-away service from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am, serving hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes, sandwiches, snacks and ice creams.

The Swan Cafe and Susie's Cafe Bar in The Other Place will both remain closed until further notice.

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