Check out some of our favourite restaurants in the local area!

Gallones

Gallones Ice Cream Parlour

138 Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AG

Gallones is an fabulous ice cream parlour situated half way down the Parade in Leamington, opposite the town hall. They offer so many delicious ice creams, including flavours such as cookies and cream and malteser! Aside from ice cream sundaes, you can also get desserts like bubble waffles! If you want to celebrate a birthday, why not have an ice cream party at Gallones? Good Food Society had a party and it was so much fun! Gallones is open all year-round and perfect for students as it is open until 9pm during the week and 10pm on the weekend. It is one of our favourite places!

Piccolinos

Piccolinos

9 Spencer St, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NE

Piccolinos is a truly amazing Italian and Sicilian restaurant in Leamington Spa. It is located just off the Parade, opposite Neon. It is authentic and rustic, with an intimate atmosphere. There is a wide range of delicious food options, for reasonable prices. You can even get small versions of all their pasta dishes, for as little as £5.80. We reccommend the La Parma pizza and Risotto di Porcini. For dessert, why not try a nutella pizza or a selection of delicate patisseries? The restaurant is family-run and all of the staff are very friendly and attentive. It is definitely worth a visit!

Piccolinos

Piccolinos

9 Spencer St, Leamington Spa, CV31 3NE

Piccolinos is a truly amazing Italian and Sicilian restaurant in Leamington Spa. It is located just off the Parade, opposite Neon. It is authentic and rustic, with an intimate atmosphere. There is a wide range of delicious food options, for reasonable prices. You can even get small versions of all their pasta dishes, for as little as £5.80. We reccommend the La Parma pizza and Risotto di Porcini. For dessert, why not try a nutella pizza or a selection of delicate patisseries? The restaurant is family-run and all of the staff are very friendly and attentive. It is definitely worth a visit!

Thai Elephant

Thai Elephant

20 Regent St, Leamington Spa, CV32 5HQ

Thai Elephant is a decadent and beautiful restaurant, with ornate wooden carvings and truly awe-inspiring decor. It feels luxurious and the food is rich and delicious. We recommend classic Thai dishes such as Chicken Kaeng Kiew Wan Gai (green curry) or Duck Ma Ma Ped (grilled duck with noodles). The dishes are served on candlelit trays, so your food won't get cold! Thai Elephant is a little expensive, but do offer a range of prices and many options to choose from. The service is excellent and the overall experience is definitely unique!

The Botanist

The Botanist

Cathedral Lanes, Coventry, CV1 1LL

The Botanist is a fantastic new restaurant in Coventry with delicious food and astounding decor! The restaurant has the feel of a large greenhouse, with plants, bridges and even a small stream! They also have live music and offer lots of exciting cocktails! In terms of food, they have a great selection of classic dishes such as burgers, grills, and pies. Our favourite option though is their famous hanging kebabs! They have chicken, pork, tandoori cod and prawn, and several other mouthwatering choices! This restaurant is incredible and we couldn't give it a better recommendation!

The Queen & Castle

The Queen & Castle

Castle Green, Kenilworth, CV8 1ND

The Queen & Castle is a premium pub and restaurant located in a beautiful setting opposite Kenilworth Castle. The ambience is warm and cosy. They offer Sunday roasts, breakfasts, delicious dinner dishes and many specials. We recommend going to the Queen & Castle for Valentine's Day, as they offer an amazing set menu. We enjoyed Spit-Roasted Chicken, Lamb Rump with dauphinoise and the most decadent, beautiful dessert; Strawberry and Cream Melting Chocolate Heart! It was a lovely experience and a great place to go and enjoy premium pub food!

Kayal

Kayal

42 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5EG

There are so many Indian restaurants in Leamington Spa, but Kayal is definitely one of our favourites! Located off the Parade, this South Indian restaurant offers dishes unlike any other Indian food us Brits have ever tasted! The restaurant itself has a lovely ambience with interesting decor. Kayal has such an extensive menu, with many vegetarian options. They offer many different varieties of Dosa (like crepes but made from lentils and rice) which are light and delicious. We also recommend trying the Chicken Stew (chicken cooked in a creamy coconut sauce) which tastes like a fusion of Indian and Thai food! It also comes with appam (a type of pancake made from rice and coconut milk) which are unique and taste amazing! Kayal is a completely different Indian food experience and definitely worth a visit!

Alexa Lauren

Alexa Lauren Patisserie

16 High Street, Kenilworth, CV8 1LZ

Alexa Lauren Patisserie is a hidden gem located in the old part of Kenilworth. This cute, elegant patisserie is a great choice for tea and cake! They offer a wide variety of loose leaf teas, including oolong, green and white teas. Their cake selection is amazing, with sponge cakes and fancy individual cakes and pastries. We had the oreo cheesecake and it was delicious! Alex Lauren also offers brunch on the weekend, and lunch during the week. This patisserie is truly lovely and a great place to go for a treat!

Delightful Desserts

Delightful Desserts

43 Warwick Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1HN

Kenilworth is an unknown gem when it comes to terrific food places! One of our favourites is the mouth-watering Delightful Desserts, an indulgent dessert parlour offering so many sweet treats. Their menu includes ice creams, gelatos, waffles, crepes, cookie doughs, milkshakes, cakes, sundaes, hot drinks, afternoon teas, and much more! We recommend trying a warm chocolate shot! It is very affordable, and they often do a 20% discount on weekends! If you live locally, you can get your desserts delivered to you, via Just Eat. To get here from campus, take the 11 bus for around 10 mins and get off halfway down Kenilworth high street. Take a break and enjoy some sweetness!

Marco's

Delightful Desserts

43 Warwick Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 1HN

Marco's is a restaurant offering Italian and New York inspired dishes, created by the famous chef Marco Pierre White. They offer homemade pizzas, authentic pastas, and American dishes such steaks, burgers and ribs. We recommend the pizza with portobello mushroom, pancetta bacon, mozzarella, fresh sage, and porcini oil! It is very reasonably priced and the interior is elegant and fancy. There are many options to choose from and the service is very good. Located centrally in Kenilworth (on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn), it is easy to get to via the 11 bus from campus. Treat yourself to some good Italian American food at a great price!

Jinseon Korean BBQ

Jinseon Korean BBQ Restaurant & Bar

5 Priory Place, Fairfax St, Coventry, CV1 5SQ

Jinseon Korean BBQ in Coventry offers an incredible food experience. Ordering from the barbecue section of the menu means that not only will your meat be delicious, it will also be cooked in front of you! You can even cook it yourself if you want to! We recommend the Bulgogi ribeye steak and spicy pork belly. Your barbecue will also include kimchi, sweetcorn, scrambled egg, and Korean sauces. There are many side dishes you can order too, such as Japchae and Bibimbap. The barbecue is great value for money as you get so much food! The experience is unique and immersive, with K-pop being played on TV screens around the restaurant!

Fat Birds Cafe

Fat Birds Cafe

95 Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RJ

Fat Birds Cafe in North Leamington Spa is a lovely and affordable cafe offering brunch, lunch, drinks and delicious cakes! We would definitely recommend having waffles with either bacon or fresh fruit and lots of maple syrup for brunch! They also offer full english breakfasts, and lunch options of sandwiches and light meals. The cakes are handmade and there is a good choice. Fat Birds Cafe is perfect for students living in Leamington Spa, as they offer a 30% student discount on weekdays!

Bistrot Pierre

Bistrot Pierre

28 Park Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN

Bistrot Pierre in North Leamington Spa offers exquisite French cuisine in a relaxed and elegant setting. It is perfect for date night, or if you are celebrating something special! Whilst being sophisticated and classy, it is not too expensive as you can have a two-course Prix fixe lunch for £11.95 or a two course Prix fixe evening menu for £15.95. We recommend Boeuf bourguignon maison, a French classic! The service is excellent and the food is authentic and delicious!

Phoenix

Phoenix Chinese Restaurant

11 Euston Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 4LJ

Phoenix Chinese restaurant is Warwickshire's longest standing Chinese restaurant. It is located halfway down the Parade in Leamington, near the town hall. Phoenix offers elegant fine dining and a wide array of gourmet Chinese dishes to choose from. We recommend the duck in plum sauce, and a sizzling platter, as it arrives on a hot dish and properly sizzles! It is a little pricey, with each dish costing around £10. For 2 people, we would recommend ordering 3 dishes between you and sharing, it will be more than enough food. The food is fresh and delicious and the dining experience is relaxing and classy. One of the best restaurants in Leamington in our opinion!

Coffee Architects

Coffee Architects

39 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5JX

Coffee Architects is all about the aesthetic! It is a coffee shop like no other, and its carefully crafted food is destined for your instagram feed! Despite also offering lunch options, Coffee Architects is known for its brunch dishes, and we would definitely recommend the french toast with bacon, berries and maple syrup. The cake selection is impressive and looks beautiful! Coffee Architects is a classic Warwick student haunt, however in our opinion it may be slightly overrated. The food is tasty and looks amazing but is not the best value for money. Also, don't be surprised if you have to queue on the street for 20 minutes to get in. Leamington has so many other coffee shops so why not try out these instead?

Basement Browns

Basement Browns

77-79 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4RR

Basement Browns is an independent pizzeria in North Leamington Spa. The main seating area is downstairs in the basement, and you order your pizza from the counter. Basement Browns offers a good selection of delicious pizzas, and also some toasties and salads too. It is quite affordable and we would recommend getting an inbetweener pizza as a meal for one. You can get a margherita for £7.50 and add free veggie toppings! For two people, we would recommend getting a family pizza to share, and going half and half on the toppings (chipotle chicken is a great choice!). Basement Browns also does delivery via deliveroo but we would definitely recommend visiting the restaurant for the full experience!

Vinteas

Vinteas

16 Park St, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN

Vinteas is a cute little tea rooms in Leamington. They offer light lunches, cakes and a selection of drinks, but their speciality is afternoon tea! Vinteas offer a traditional afternoon tea, or a gentleman's afternoon tea, which comes with sausage rolls, pork pies and toasts. There is a good sandwich selection; cheese and chutney, ham and mustard, and chicken and pesto. Both options include scones and your choice of cake. There is also an impressive selection of black, green, white, oolong and floral teas. Afternoon tea is priced at a fairly reasonable £13.95, but make sure to book in advance if you are going on the weekend. Vinteas offers a good experience and delicious food!

Procaffeinate

Procaffeinate

66 Clemens St, Leamington Spa, CV31 2DN

Procaffeinate is a lovely coffee shop located in South Leamington Spa. Their cakes are amazing, and they have a good selection of hot drinks. They also offer food such as flatbreads, bagels and light meals. We would recommend going for brunch and trying their Porky Baked Eggs! The coffee shop is fairly small, however they have a cute outdoor area overlooking the canal. Also, going through the fridge (yes really!) in Procaffeinate leads you downstairs to their Apehangers bar! Here, they offer food such as stonebaked pizza and mac & cheese. On Thursdays, you can get two pizzas for £10! Apehangers also has quiz nights on Wednesdays, and frequent live music and comedy events.

Birtelli's

Birtelli's

10 Clarendon Ave, Leamington Spa, CV32 5PZ

Birtelli's is an independent pizza delivery company in North Leamington Spa. Birtelli's will revolutionise your pizza takeaway nights, as provided you live in Leamingon and your order is more than £15, they will deliver your pizzas (still piping hot!) straight to your door with no delivery charge. We recommend ordering with friends as you can either each get a good sized pizza for £10, or five pizzas for £40!. Forget about Domino's because Birtelli's artisan pizza is simply incredible! Birtelli's use the highest quality natural ingredients and have a great selection of interesting toppings. We would recommend Mackenzies Smoked Chicken and Wenlock Edge Coppa!

Steamhouse

The Steamhouse

68 Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QG

The Steamhouse in North Leamington Spa is a small coffee shop specialising in bagels. Their bagels are all hand rolled, and baked fresh every morning! They have a great selection, including house specials such as 'The Kicker' which includes roast chicken, jalapenos, mozarella, and honey mustard. You can eat in and get your bagel with nachos, or choose to take it away. Eat in during the week if possible as it does get very busy on weekends! The Steamhouse also offer breakfast options, drinks, and doughnuts! We love their doughnuts, as they have different ones each day. Their amazing flavours include Curly Wurly, Salted Caramel & Honeycombe, and Jaffa Cake. They are truly delicious!

Varsity

Varsity

Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry, CV4 7AJ

Varsity is a great pub, located just on the edge of campus, near University House. There is plenty of space and the atmosphere is nice and relaxed. Varsity offers a massive selection of good pub food. They have so many meals to choose from, but if you are looking for a great deal, we would recommend building your own sharing plank. You can get five side dishes for only £11.29! Choose anything from chicken goujons, nachos, onion rings, scampi, chicken wings, garlic bread, and loaded chips! It is quite the feast and great value for money. If you are living on campus, Varsity is the perfect place to go for affordable good food.

Leif

Leif Tearooms & Piano Bar

116 Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QP

Leif is a tearooms by day and piano bar by night! Located in North Leamington Spa, Leif is a cosy and quaint café, offering breakfast, lunch and even afternoon tea! They also have an excellent loose leaf tea collection. However come evening, Leif transforms into a piano bar, where they invite local musicians to perform. The atmosphere is excellent! There is also a quiz night every Thursday. We recommend ordering the tapas at Leif, as you can get three delicious dishes for £10. Leif also has a good drinks and cocktail selection. We love Leif, as the food is amazing and there is a great ambience!

Swirls

Swirls

53 Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 5JR

Swirls is a delightful authentic gelateria in North Leamington Spa. They use the traditional Italian slow churning process of 'mantecazione' to create a creamy, velvety texture in their ice cream. They have an impressive selection of flavours, including some very exciting ones such as Popcorn, Muffin, Fruits of the Forest Sorbet, Mince Pie, and Cherry Cola! Swirls offers more than just ice cream, and also serves a range of drinks, savoury crepes, and sandwiches. For dessert, there are many choices of indulgent crepes and waffles! A taste of Italy in the heart of Leamington Spa!

Curiositea

Curiositea

University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry CV4 7AL

As you can tell, we love Curiositea! This cute tea shop right at the heart of campus is simply amazing! They offer a great tea selection, many coffees, milkshakes, frappes, and smoothies. However, it is their hot chocolate we love the most! We would definitely recommend an extra special hot chocolate, which comes with marshmallows, cream, flake, maltesers, and caramel sauce! For food, Curiositea offers bagels, paninis and stonebaked pizza twists. They also do afternoon teas, and have so many delicious cakes! As well as all of this, Curiositea has themed weekly specials. Last year, they had themes such as Stranger Things and Festival Season and made the most amazing milkshakes and hot chocolates! Don't forget to use your eating at Warwick card and get 10% off your Curiositea treats!

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