A few weeks ago, I was invited for an overnight stay at The Globe in Warwick. Warwick has been on my list to go to for quite a while now, so I was excited to take up the offer and explore another place in the UK – side note, I keep wanting to say city, but apparently, it’s not one!
The Globe is part of the Oakman Inns group and is a pub with accommodation. The building first opened in 1788 as ‘The Globe Inn Commercial and Posting House’ becoming a theatre in the early 1800’s, hosting pantomimes and plays for the locals. The history of the place is apparent through the artwork spanning the hotel walls and inside the pub itself which is always a lovely touch when you’re staying somewhere new. The hotel now has 16 boutique style bedrooms and has been undergoing a renovation for the past two years.
Jordan and I travelled down on a very sunny bank holiday Sunday and when we arrived, the beer garden was full of people enjoying the great British summer. We were shown to our room, which was done out in such a tasteful way, with a huge double bed, exposed brick (my fave) and a bathroom suite which has made me want to completely overhaul ours. They also had a Sky box which would be great if you were looking for a cosy night in.
We didn’t spend long in the hotel room because the weather was so lovely and we wanted to get outside as soon as possible. The Globe sits on the edge of the town and is the perfect place to explore the area. We walked into the market square which was at the top of the road and had loads of bars and restaurants where everyone was sat around in the sun.
We wandered through the streets, getting ourselves and ice cream on the way, and walked over to the castle. If Warwick is famous for one thing, it is definitely the castle which sits within the gardens on the bank of the river Avon and spans 690 acres. Because it was a bank holiday Sunday and the queues were pretty insane at this point, we decided to walk around the gardens instead and admire the castle from afar.
After stopping for a cider in a nearby beer garden, we wandered up to the Lord Leycester hospital, which we were very kindly invited to. The hospital dates from the 14th Century and is an incredibly impressive building, which housed ex-servicemen during the Elizabethan war period. Each room was stooped in history, and to this day there are still ex-military living within the grounds who meet daily to pray.
When we got back to the hotel, we had a couple of drinks in the beer garden before heading up to get changed for dinner. We had been invited for our meal by the lovely team at the hotel and I was really looking forward to it after seeing the people outside enjoying their food earlier in the day.
We started off with a couple of drinks (G&T for me, beer for Jordan) and had a read of the menu. The specials sounded incredible, and we ordered a camembert for a starter, which the waitress recommended. It came with two pieces of grilled artisan bread and chutney and was absolute heaven with each mouthful.
For the main, I went for the prawn linguine as I fancied a seafood dish. The portion was a really decent size for pasta (I usually find you get way too much or not enough) and was really enjoyable. Jordan had the portabello mushroom burger with grilled halloumi and told me that it was incredible (I’m not a fan of mushrooms so I’ll take his word for it).
For the dessert, I went a bit off-piste and ordered the apple and berry crumble, which I would never usually go for, but for some reason, I just fancied it. It came with a gorgeous Madagascan vanilla ice cream and was the perfect end to a very scrumptious meal. I also had a bit of Jordan’s too which was the banoffee sundae and was delicious – anything banoffee, I’ll usually love!
After 0ur meal, we finished our drinks outside where it was still lovely and warm and watched the locals enjoying the sunshine before heading up to the room to relax.
If you’re up for a trip to Warwick, I would definitely recommend checking out the Shakespeare’s England website which gives you information about the different places in Warwickshire. It’s a lovely little place for a few chilled-out days away and the architecture is gorgeous.
Have you ever been to Warwick? What did you think?
Our stay at The Globe was complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.