Where to Eat and Drink in Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa is one of the towns that many Warwick students move to after their first year on campus. If you’re a first year, you may have frequented Leam on trips to Neon or Smack, however, it makes a lovely place to be in the daylight too!
It’s certainly not the closest or largest option available for students moving off campus, nevertheless, it seems always to rank as the most popular which gives it an inviting and community like feel.
If you’re thinking about moving to Leamington (or already resident here!) and looking for the best places to eat or drink, these are amongst my favourites…
Just south of the parade, Procaffeinate is probably my favourite place to catch up with a friend. It has a small garden looking over the canal and a speak-easy-esque basement behind a fridge door! It offers delicious breakfast and lunch choices, as well as a great menu of drinks. If you have a sweet tooth like me, I highly recommend their caramel macchiato or their extravagant hot chocolates!
Temperance is about 5 minutes north of Procaffeinate and is a great café to work in with it’s large tables and multiple plug points. The wi-fi, however, can sometimes be hit and miss so make sure to download any documents you may need before a study session here! On its menu, there are all your standard coffees, an extensive number of great herbal teas and a selection of sweet treats.
Leif offers a super reasonable full English breakfast and is therefore one of my favourite spots for brunch! It is not, however, it’s only speciality – you can also drop by for a Sunday roast or even an Open Mic night!
Hart and Co.
With its pink and whacky interior and quirky cocktails, Hart and Co. is the place to be for bottomless brunch! Alongside the unlimited cocktails and Prosecco, they offer a delicious and indulgent menu with everything from Nutella and Biscoff pancakes to burgers. Undeniably, one of my favourite places to be!
Located in North Leam, The Neighbourhood is a food court offering street food from all over the world, including Mexico, Greece, Italy and Thailand! It also has fresh coffee at the café, and beer on tap at the bar. It’s a fantastic place to go with a group of friends, for great, laid-back vibes and something on the menu for everyone!
Gusto Ricco Café
Unassuming from the outside, this Italian Alpine-esque restaurant offers a great cosy spot for lunch. The menu features a sandwich(-but-make-it-fancy!) assortment including bruschetta, wraps and paninis, as well as pasta dishes and even crêpes!
Giggling Squid is a Thai restaurant with a bright and floral interior. It comes in a little bit more expensive than the other options, but is lovely for a bit of an occasion!
Red Hot Mamma Pizzeria
This restaurant not only offers delicious pizza, wine and Italian staples but the most endearing décor! It’s terrace is full of beach huts adorned with fairy lights, so make sure to request one when booking in advance.
Bistrot Pierre offers a fantastic French menu. The food feels fancy and tastes delicious but look out for their Prix Fixe menus to enjoy this restaurant at a more reasonable price.
La Coppola Ristorante & Oyster Bar is an Italian seafood restaurant with a stunning interior full of fairy lights. As the name suggests, it’s the perfect place for a special occasion!
The Old Library
A Warwick student favourite, the Old Library can be found next to the church. It offers a beer garden, good drinks and cosy vibes.
The Benjamin Satchwell
Right in the centre of the parade, we find The Benjamin Satchwell aka the local Wetherspoon’s. Certainly the best place for cheap and cheerful drinks!
For those not in the mood to try anything new, Leamington Spa is also home to many chain-favourites including Las Iguanas, Turtle Bay, Carluccio’s, Pizza Express, Wagamama’s and Nando’s!