Bacco lounge: Favourite with the locals
After walking and exploring the town I have stopped at Bacco lounge for a coffee and a slice of cake.
I have chosen this cafe/ bar lounge because when I walked past it earlier during lunch time people were waiting for a table which it has indicated that it was a favourite to the locals and I have liked the look of it.
The place before it had become a cafe lounge it has stood empty for eight years and before that it was O’Neils bar.
The building dates back into 1800’s and it’s a Grade II listed building. The property it was originally built as a department store. I could see the store been a Woolworths at one time.
The lounge offers coffees , teas, milkshakes , smoothies and snacks.
When you do enter you have a long table with daily newspapers and magazines for customers to pick up and read and you also need to order and pay for your goods before you get a table.
The staff was friendly and the place was spacious enough with comforting seats.
There was a second floor and a court yard which I didn't visit. They do hire out the place as it fits over 200 people.
Favorite Dish: Homemade carrot cake with a twist.It contained pumpkin seeds which I haven't tasted before in a carrot cake.
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Prezzo: Nothing special
After we walked around Rugby town for an hour to find somewhere to eat on the night we have discovered that there are not enough restaurants in town and the ones that they are they were fully booked in advance, so we have opted to wait for a seating at Prezzo’s as we were hungry by then.
Waiting time it was around 20 minutes as they had to organise a party of around 12 people.
As soon as we have sat down we placed the order before the party put theirs.
The food it was of average I have ordered the king prawns in pomodore sauce with garlic, chilli and spinach with ciabatta bread and my partner had the grilled goat’s cheese on caramelised onions and balsamic beetroot.
After a couple of mouthfuls my mouth was on fire which I had a closer look under the prawns only to find there were chunks of chilli and as I don’t do too much chilli I had to separated them. The goat’s cheese starter it was fantastic and full of flavour.
My carbonara was very dry and so it was the spaghetti with the meatballs which we had to call the waitress over to return the plates for more sauce but instead of taking the plates away they have provided us with extra sauce, which were happy with the outcome.
The staff was friendly and attentive at all times.
The restaurant is housed in a period building, which it retains the original windows and shop front.
Prezzo restaurant it's an Italian chain restaurant with branches all over the U.K.
Favorite Dish: Carbonara after I have put extra sauce
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Butlers Leap: Table Table
Family restaurant that operates under the Table Table chain belonging to the Premier Inn Stable. The pub is modern, clean, the prices reasonable prices and the good food; my steak was cooked perfectly with some tasty chips. The young waitress was helpful and efficient.
The restaurant is divided into several distinct areas with an adjoining lounge bar for drinkers.
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Favorite Dish: 16oz, 21 day matured T-bone steak – £16.99
Lemon Meringue Sundae - £3.99
Lager Shandy - £3.20
The Winter Palace: New restaurant
Jan 2011 - Further update.
This is now called "Vin Cinq Cafe" Though it aims at a French ambiance the menu isn't French, the food is very good. Has imaginative vegetarian dishes rarely found in French restaurants.
This Rendezvous restaurant described by JohnScale below is now closed (2007) and has been replaced by a new Russian themed, up-market, restaurant called The Winter Palace. But read the following from the local paper 4th July 2007
The chef and his team are seeking legal action against this restaurant after turning up for work to find their jobs had been given away overnight.
The three said that bosses at Rugby's new Russian restaurant, Winter Palace, kept telling them to have a 'day off' - and then never returned their worried messages when they saw new staff members using their equipment and menus in the kitchen.
They may pursue a case of racial discrimination as they believes they were treated unfairly on the grounds that they are not Russian and the new employees drafted in are.
Since leaving the above comments I have now eaten here and must say that the service is very good, the ambiance is stylish, and the food is delicious.
Golden Lion Hotel - Easenhall: Rib Eye at Rugby
The original 16th century building consists of an award winning Restaurant and Traditional Bar serving ales, whilst the 3 AA Star Hotel is built into a modern up to date extension.
The restaurant and bar area has many original features, including log fires, low beams and wattle and daub walls.
Favorite Dish: Fresh Griddled Pineapple dusted with Black Pepper, served with Orange Sorbet and Balsamic Syrup - £14.25
10oz Rib Eye Steak, Mushrooms, Grilled Tomatoes, Onion Rings and Thick Cut Chips - £13.90
Lemon Tart and Ice Cream - £4.10
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Summersault: Vegetarian Restaurant
Very good vegetarian food all made right on the premises. A changing variety on the menu and very generous portions, home-made cakes, desserts and a good range of drinks. The shop also sells gifts and crafts. Eat in or out.
Daytime opening only with late opening until 10pm on Fridays, often with live jazz.
Situated in a fine restored, award winning, Edwardian double fronted shop which was originally a branch of Boots the Chemist.
Rendezvous: Good selection of freshly cooked food
Nice local restaurant well known for its fish dishes.
Also do a nice selection of other food cooked to perfection.
Favorite Dish: I used to like the Chicken Dijon dish, I do not think this is on the menu anymore (shame!).