Shops, Food & Drink

Pubs, Restaurants and Tea Rooms Almost all of the pubs in the area serve food as well as drinks, varying from basic pub food at the bar to high end restaurant dining. Most of the establishments listed below have online menus with indicative prices, so if you click on the links you can see what to expect and how much it will cost before you go . The Kings Head Aston Cantlow

The Kings Head in Aston Cantlow They are open  12 noon to  11 pm (10.30 on Sunday), and now serve food all day until 9.30 pm ( 8pm on Sunday).

Telephone (01789) 488242

Other interesting local pubs that can be found in Wilmcote (2 miles/3.5km) are The Masons Arms and the Mary Arden Inn . Also nearby in the other direction is The Huff Cap in Great Alne (tel 01789 488800). On the A3400 Stratford to Henley Road is the Bulls Head in Wootton Wawen (2.7 miles/4.5km).

Tea Rooms & Cafes

If you are just looking for a local tea room or cafe in the area that is open in the day, then the nearest one is the cafe at Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre (post code B95 6BY) at 3.2miles / 5.1 km which is open 10am to 5pm. A visit to this can be accommodated into a nice walk from Aston Cantlow by following the Walk 4 along the canal to Wooton Wawen. (See full details of these walks on our walking pages). There is also a tea room (the Buttercup Tea Room) at the Arden Centre in Little Alne which is open during the day until 3pm. If you just need a coffee then you can get one at the Wilmcote shop.

Further afield

Heading south of Aston Cantlow, the  Golden Cross in Ardens Grafton is worth a visit if only for the views towards the Cotswolds and Malvern Hills, although the food is excellent. Also in that direction are the Blue Boar   in Temple Grafton, The Stag at Redhill, and several pubs in Alcester.

The windmill pubThere is a plethora of choice in Stratford, including the famous Dirty Duck and Stratford’s oldest pub The Garrick. Another old Stratford pub The Windmill is shown here located in Church Street, near the Old Town.

The local Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, Shakespeare CAMRA web site is a good place to visit to find out more about the local pubs around Aston Cantlow.

Aston Cantlow Club (click here for lots more information), the former Working Men’s Club in the village is open to visitors and offers a wide range of drinks and bar nibbles. On Saturdays, you can get fresh rolls and cobs. Opening hours are:

  • Monday – Friday    17:30 – 23:00
  • Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays     12:00 – 23:00

Takeaways that deliver to the Parish

There are a few takeaway restaurants that will deliver to Aston Cantlow, mainly located in Alcester. But note that they may make a small delivery charge or have a minimum order value for free delivery.

  • The Curry Republic in Henley-in-Arden – Indian food – Tel 01654 793745
  • Cardamon in Alcester -Indian Food free delivery £10+ – Tel (01789) 765859
  • The Spice Room in Alcester – Pizzas and Balti menus – Tel (01789) 766966 or 766599

Shops & post offices

Wilmcote store

  • Wilmcote Store is open as follows:-
  • Monday to Friday    07:00 – 19:00
  • Saturday  08:15 – 19:30
  • Sunday    08:30 – 17:00

A mobile Post Office visits the store on a week day basis as follows, this being the nearest facility of it’s kind to Aston Cantlow, offering a full range of postal services. Click here to go to our Postal Services page for more information. The mobile Post Office visits Wilmcote Stores at the following times:-

Mon,Wed,Fri and Sat  09:30-11:30   Tue and Thur  13:30 – 16:30

Island Meadow Caravan Park Shop (click here) situated in the Aston Cantlow on Mill Lane is the nearest shop if you run out of something. It provides a more limited range of similar items to Wilmcote Stores, and is open from March to October. Telephone 01789 488273.

Wootton Wawen. There is a village shop in Wootton Wawen (2.8miles /4km) selling a wide selection of groceries and newspapers etc. There is also a Post Office and shop on the Wootton Hall residential caravan park that is open to the public.

There are a selection of 16 craft units, speciality food stores and a cafe at Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre (2.9 miles.4km) just off the A3400 road in Wootton Wawen.

Nearest supermarkets

  • Alcester (7km/4miles)   Waitrose Delivery service available and internet shopping.
  • Stratford upon Avon (10km/6miles)  Tesco   &   Morrisons  Both stores have fuel facilities and are served directly by bus from Aston Cantlow and have a delivery service and internet shopping.

Local growers and markets

Local grown food is often available from Mill Farm on Mill Lane  – A board hanging outside will indicate what fruit, vegetables or plants they currently have for sale. If you want really fresh and local food in season then you can’t beat this. If the board is not out, just knock on their door to see what they have available.

Fresh eggs are also often available at Millside on Mill Lane opposite to the entrance to Rivermead House. Just check in the box by the gate.

Stratford upon Avon holds a Farmers Market in Rother Street opposite the Civic Hall on the first and third Saturdays of each month, which has a great selection of local and organic food stalls. The regular Stratford market on a Friday morning usually has a few regular fruit & veg stalls and a butchers stall that are worth a visit. Stratford also has the excellent “Barry the Butcher” on 6 Chapel Street for fresh local meat.

Unfortunately, the excellent Henley-in-Arden market has recently closed down, but the poultry and produce part of it at least is relocating to Wincot Lands, Clifford Chambers CV37 8LE just south of Stratford Upon Avon and will be running on Tuesdays from 10:00 , so should be worth a visit. Details from Nick Morgan on 07962 809224 or Dave Stubbings on 07770 914166.

Farm Shops

There are several farm shops in the area but few very close. As you head towards Evesham, one of the best is Hillers Farm Shop (8.4 miles/13.5km) just off the old road from Alcester towards Evesham at Dunnington Crossroads near the Ragley Estate, postcode B49 5PD. As well as locally grown fruit and veg (all labelled with growers and locations) they have butchery from Ragley Meats which provides meat & game from the nearby Ragley Estate, and a fish counter. There is also a cafe, a small gift shop and even a regular real steam miniature railway.

Heading east rather than south, there is Freemans Farm Shop at the Snitterfield fruit farm on Kings Lane Snitterfield CV37 0QA. Tel 01789 730404.

For a selection of those in Warwickshire you can go to the website.

Mobile services

Mobile fish & butchers vans come to the Aston Cantlow about once a month, during the day, and will usually sound their horn or knock on doors of regular customers to alert them to their presence. If you know of the schedule or contact details for any of these, please let us know.

Notes for viewers and businesses

Please note that the listing of all of the busnesses above does not constitute a recommendaton for them. The are included primarily on the basis of being the nearest businesses of that type to Aston Cantlow and hence may be the most convenient to use.

If you have a shop, pub or restaurant within 4 miles of Aston Cantlow that you would like to be listed or you can deliver takeaway meals to Aston Cantlow from anywhere, use the Contact Us form on this site and select Send to “Website Content”. Please include at least all of the following items: the business name, business type, location including postcode, telephone number(s) and web address if you have one. There is no charge, but the editors retain the right to accept or refuse an entry, particularly if there are many entries of a particular type, in which case the nearest ones will appear.