A (limited) food tour of Leamington Spa!
It may be strange for you to hear this, but I have had the opportunity to try more restaurants in Leamington Spa during Year 3 than in Year 1 and Year 2 combined. The social element of having a meal with your flatmates has really come through for me; we have our cute little ‘flat social’ nights, where we get some grub and have a good time!
We’ve tried some great places in Leamington, and I thought I’d share the list with you! All of these are local businesses, so do consider supporting them (order takeout or something, they would appreciate being able to service you!) Mind you, they’re in no particular order; I’m nowhere near qualified to be ranking these amazing restaurants, but I thought I’d share a list 🙂
- Kayal: This is the one we’ve frequented the most. Kayal does south Indian cuisine, and does it really well. From dosas and vada to fragrant fish polichattu; they’ve got it all. If you’re craving south Indian food, or are curious, Kayal is the place to order from! They’ve got many vegetarian and vegan options as well; plus, everyone who’s been to Kayal will testify as to how good it really is. So don’t ask any more questions, just go ahead and order 🙂
- Thai Elephant: As close to authentic Thai cuisine as it gets; I say it on the good authority of my flatmate, as I’m ignorant about what does (or does not) count as Thai cuisine. They’ve got some amazing seafood preparations, and the coconut rice is to die for. We were lucky enough to be able to visit when the restaurant was open for dining in, so we got to see the beautiful decor. Definitely recommend this if you’re in the mood for Thai! They do have a few vegetarian options, but this is mostly a non-vegetarian’s paradise!
- Red Hot Mamma: Our go-to spot for our flat pizza night. The pizza is soft in the centre with a crispy thin crust, baked to perfection. They have a range of toppings for you to choose from, so the options are *basically* endless. Their vegan pizza is the first vegan pizza I’ve tried and absolutely loved. Definitely try it out on the days when you’re really craving pizza (and are tired of pizza chains).
- Cenu Cacao: Okay, so this doesn’t count as a restaurant, but Cenu Cacao deserves to be on the list because of their absolutely INSANE hot chocolate (and all other things chocolate as well). Cenu Cacao is an independent bean-to-bar chocolate shop which prepares all their chocolate in-house; you can see the huge machine in the back, churning away and creating some oh-so-gooey chocolatey deliciousness. They’ve got these massive slabs of chocolate on display (which makes my mouth water as is) and they have a wide range of chocolate-based confectionery to tease your taste buds! You won’t be able to stop yourself at just one, I assure you. To make their hot chocolate, they use chocolate fresh-out of the machine; you can taste the richness in every sip. In my opinion, it blows any other hot chocolate I’ve had out of the water; don’t take my word for it, go try it out!
That’s the end of my list! Be sure to let me know if you do try any of these places; also, let me know if there are any other spots in Leamington/Campus that you’ve tried and really loved! I hope you have a great day and a satiated belly 😀
Image Credits: Patrick Lauke on Flickr