On a recommendation from the ever knowledgable Midlands Gourmet Girl, we checked out the Regency Arms for lunch the other Saturday whilst on a mooch around Leamington. It’s a couple of minutes walk from one of the main streets just by the park, and unlike some of the other cafes in the main area we had walked past, was not that busy, and was calm and relaxing. The inside is nicely decked out and there are some quirky interesting drawing on the walls. Our waiter was cheerful and chatty and the service was quick and efficient.
They had one menu only for lunch on a Saturday, a nice selection of starters, mains and a few dishes that could be had small or large. My husband went for the fish and chips, while I decided to have two starter sized portions as nothing on the menu really jumped out at me. These were; sun-kissed tomato, olive, leek and new potato cake with a poached egg and hollandaise and also the King Prawns and Chorizo in a lemon garlic butter sauce with rocket and parmesan.
Both of my dishes were perfectly pleasant, I enjoyed the sauce with the prawn and chorizo, and there was lots of chorizo and 4 decent sized prawns which was a good portion, although they were a touch over cooked. The potato cake was probably my preferred one of the two, the poached egg well cooked and a really good tangy hollandaise went well with the saltiness of the olives and sweet tomatoes in the cake itself. Lee enjoyed his fish and chips, describing it as a decent plate of food, with a really good quality, chunky tartare sauce, but he would have preferred a bit more seasoning to it all and a crisper batter on the fish.
We didn’t have a dessert as were hoping to pop into Vinteas for a bit of cake later on, although this plan got waylaid by the place being full and then a crazy hail storm that drove us back to the safety of our car and home!!
If you’re in Leamington looking for lunch and looking for somewhere a little quieter than the packed cafes you could do a lot worse than the Regency Arms.
The Regency Arms
18 Newbold Street Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV32 4HN
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own