2 St Mary's Road
Our house is well situated close to the centre of the beautiful regency town of Leamington Spa. We are ten minutes’ walk (or a short drive) from the railway station and main shopping area, and less than five minutes from the lovely Jephson Gardens.
Historic Warwick, Kenilworth and Stratford-upon-Avon are 10, 15 and 20 minutes’ drive away respectively and there are excellent public transport links to Warwick University, Coventry, Birmingham and beyond.
There is free on-street parking available outside the property.
There is a small supermarket (Sainsbury’s Local) about 200m from the property, selling a wide range of food and drink, toiletries, newspapers, wine, etc.
The main shopping area of Leamington Spa, featuring a wide range of popular High Street stores including (Boots, Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser) and independent shops is located in the town centre, approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the property.
Numerous large supermarkets (Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s) are located within a short drive of the property.
Leamington has a great selection of bars, pubs, coffee houses and restaurants, especially in the area around the Parade, Regent’s Street and Regent Court. There are branches of Costa, Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Wagamama, Pizza Express, Zizzi, Nando’s and Turtle Bay, as well as many independent restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of our favourites:
La Coppola: High quality “posh” Italian restaurant in the town centre. Excellent pasta dishes, fish and seafood. Booking recommended.
86 Regent Street. www.lacopolla.co.uk
Warwick Street Kitchen: Independent deli and coffee shop with great coffee and a choice of dark, milk or white hot chocolate – all excellent. Half price drinks before 10.30 am.
102 Warwick Street. www.warwickstreetkitchen.com
Eleven: Small French bistro-style restaurant on the South side of town. They offer a very good value set menu – which changes every week – on weekday evenings (not Friday).
11 Regent Plance. www.elevenrestaurant.co.uk
Wofon: No-frills noodle bar with a fantastic range of starters and offering great value for money.
21 Regent Grove. www.wofon.co.uk
Emperors: A Leamington institution. High quality “posh” Chinese which is always popular, especially on weekend evenings, when booking is essential.
The New Inn: Quiet neighbourhood pub about three minutes’ stagger from our house. Decent food and live sport. Every other Wednesday is quiz night, which can be very busy.
195 Leam Terrace.
The Stag at Offchurch: Country gastro-pub in the village of Offchurch, about three miles from Leamington – a short drive or a great cross-country walk when the weather is nice.
Welsh Road, Offchurch. www.thestagatoffchurch.com
Vue Cinemas: Small multi-screen cinema in the town centre showing the latest mainstream releases.
Portland Place. www.myvue.com/cinema/leamington-spa
Royal Spa Centre: Council-run theatre with comedy, music and dance performances from popular artists, and a small cinema.
Newbold Terrace. www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre
Warwick Arts Centre: Concert hall, theatre and cinema at Warwick University, offering a broad range of performances from student productions to major artists, and a good selection of independent movies.
Warwick University, CV4 7AL. www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
Jephson Gardens: historic formal gardens, dating from the days of Queen Victoria, about five minutes’ walk from our house and en route to the town centre. There’s a great cafe (The Larder in the Park) housed in the old aviary.
Warwick Castle: a popular tourist attraction, this well-preserved medieval castle is a great place to take kids for a slice of British history with lots of displays, activities, etc. A ten-minute drive from our house; you can also catch a bus or train.
Stratford-upon-Avon: home to William Shakespeare and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, pay your respects at his grave in Holy Trinity Church (our son is a chorister there), or check out the myriad other Shakespeare-related attractions around town. Dinner at the RSC rooftop restaurant followed by a performance in the main RSC theatre, the Swan or the Other Place makes for a memorable evening.
Kathryn is a massage therapist and yoga teacher. She offers sports, deep tissue and Thai yoga massage treatments in a large log cabin in our garden, and runs yoga classes there on Thursday evenings and Friday mornings. More information is available at www.massageleamingtonspa.com. You will need to book in advance as appointments are in high demand! Kathryn also runs day workshops and longer courses in Thai yoga massage. More details can be found at www.centralschoolmassage.com.
Newbold Comyn, adjoining Jephson Gardens and approximately five minutes’ walk from our house, is a large public park and golf course. It’s a great place for running (there is a good track around the perimeter of the golf course) or a pleasant walk (there’s even a secret route out across fields to the Stag gastro-pub at Offchurch which we can tell you about if you’re interested!).
There are numerous private health clubs in and around Leamington, including Pure (purehealthclub.com), Nuffield Health (www.nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/warwick), the Warwickshire (www.thewarwickshire.com) and – a little further afield – Wildmoor Spa (www.wildmoorspa.com) just outside Stratford. Most of these offer day passes. Closer to home, and on a more modest level, there is a leisure centre in Newbold Comyn with swimming pool and gym (as of March 2017 this is closed for refurbishment).