In Stratford-Upon-Avon, as far as cafes go, Quickly’s is as close to the house where William Shakespeare was born and lived as you can get. It’s literally across the paved ‘pedestrian only’ road in the heart of the pretty 16th-century medieval market town. Only a couple of hours drive north-west of London, the town sees lots of visitors keen to follow in the footsteps of one of the most famous writers in the English language. The Royal Shakespeare Company also holds performances of William’s celebrated plays both in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and adjacent Swan Theatre that sit on the banks of the River Avon. With so many visitors in town, expect a plethora of eateries to choose from, especially those serving scones. Though the question is whether you can get a table? Quickly’s has a sign out front enticing passersby in for a cream tea. It’s large and spacious but not big on atmosphere. The fruit scones are homemade, not mass-produced and delivered to multiple establishments (like I’ve seen in London), and are quite heavy and filling. The cream tea spreads only likeness to many other establishments is the stock standard jar of Tiptree strawberry jam and the container of Rodda’s clotted cream. If it’s warm, pull up a pew outside and contemplate Shakepeare’s life.
Tea: A small choice of Twining tea bags served in an elegant looking teapot.
Overall: The ideal viewpoint to admire Shakespeare’s former home.