How patriotic are you? The Queen visits Stratford-upon-Avon

Well what a great March we have seen here in Stratford-upon-Avon, firstly the much anticipated opening of the brand new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the town and then to have Her Majesty The Queen to visit Stratford to officially open the theatre.

Having taken a full escorted tour of the new theatre it really is an art in itself without any actors on stage!! The behind the scenes activity whilst a play is being performed is truly incredible and hats off to all the production team as well as the front facing actors that manage to pull all of this together at such regularity. If you have not arranged to witness this fantastic theatre then I suggest you get in there quick as Stratford-upon-Avon has been buzzing since the theatre re-opened its doors.

It does astound me how patriotic the British people are and seeing the Queen come to town brought out the usual flag wavers and flower girls hoping to catch our Monarch’s eye! You then have the flip side where people go to the extremes, one gentleman was so passionate about the Queen’s visit that he wore a white suit with a huge red St Georges cross right across his body, it really was a sight to be seen.

With the theatre re-opening it was a great opportunity to ask my chef, Mark Grigg, to re-jig our pre-theatre food offering and having sampled many dishes from this delicious menu I have now re-enrolled to my gym to try to get rid of the excess pounds for the stunning home made desserts!! I also have added incentive to lose any excess pounds as I recently found out that I am going to be a father for the first time, juggling fatherhood and running one of the busiest hotels in Stratford-upon-Avon is a challenge I am both nervous and excited about and I hope I have the opportunity to update you all on how that goes after the little one arrives in September!!

I hope the weather continues to stay lovely, we were recently up in Scotland for the QHotels award ceremonies and it was snowing in March!!! I was delighted for my team that we were runners-up in both customer service and hotel of the year categories which is a great achievement for the team here at The Stratford Hotel and this stands us in great shape for the Visit England awards in Birmingham in April. We are nominated for English Hotel of the Year following on from our regional award in 2010 so fingers crossed we get 1st place and not the runners up slot!!

If you haven’t already, please do make the effort to see a Shakespeare play in the town he was born, lived and laid to rest. It really is a fantastic experience and please do tie that in with a stay at The Stratford to top off your visit.

I look forward to welcoming you to The Stratford soon,

Chris Steadman

General Manger – The Stratford

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