Discover The Globe
By Ann Evans
The newly refurbished pub, restaurant, hotel, The Globe re-opened on 12th October, Ann Evans went along to see the changes.
There’s a stunning new look to The Globe in Theatre Street, Warwick, following what they modestly call a ‘minor refurbishment’, and I was delighted to go along to celebratory VIP party for around 200 guests, including the town’s Mayor, Richard Eddy, local residents and 4-footed local, Jake, a Collie Cross with its owner.
Although Oakman Inns say it was a ‘minor refurbishment’. The Mayor acknowledged that the work was much more than that. Richard Eddy said: “The theme for my mayoral year is one of restoration, which connects my chosen charities whose work concerns the restoration of buildings, communities and the lives of individuals, and I am very proud that Oakman Inns have invested in Warwick and given so much inspired thought to its restoration and refurbishment of The Globe’s interior. With its travelogue-themed decoration running throughout, The Globe today reflects its 19th Century past as a coaching inn and to have this level of support and investment from Oakman Inns, underlines what we all know – Warwick is a thriving, busy and investable town.”
Living up to its name of The Globe, there’s a wonderful historic and classic theme of exploring the globe. The furnishings and décor feel luxurious and comfortable, the bar welcoming, and the new open kitchens and large wood-fired oven where you can watch those hand-crafted pizzas made in the Neapolitan style and other dishes being cooked for you, is mouth-watering entertainment in itself.
The bar, pizzeria and dining area are filled with an eclectic mix of reminders of travel both past and present. The walls are adorned with vintage maps from all corners of the globe and a rare collection of 200 vintage postcards written from place names that have been lost for generations. These are interspersed with traditional, hand-crafted baskets made in Africa, a colourful Albanian rug, a gilded Far Eastern frieze, tribal masks and salvaged vintage pizza pans.
The new en-suite bedrooms, including a large, deluxe double – and the other 16 rooms have all been individually redecorated to a super-high boutique standard using sumptuous wallpaper and hand-picked accessories bringing The Globe’s total accommodation to 18 rooms.
General Manager, Charlotte Pare, welcomed her guests with a champagne reception while the friendly staff served a delicious array of tasters, pizzas and canapes. Charlotte said: “From the moment you walk through our doors we want to transport you on a round-the-clock journey from breakfast through to dinner invoking memories of the destinations far and wide. Whether you are staying overnight on a sight-seeing or business trip, taking a break from a travel itinerary, meeting up with local friends or simply celebrating life, we hope everyone will find a corner of The Globe that is going to make them feel at ease and at home.”
They have a wide-ranging Mediterranean-themed menu, serving food and drinks all day from breakfast, brunch, lunch, sharers, starters, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads, burgers, sides roasts, Josper-grilled steaks and fish dishes, delicious desserts and a great kids’ menu. Each dish also clearly indicates whether a dish can be made vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. On the preview evening, guests were able to try a wide range of dishes. My favourites were the mouth-watering pizzas and something new for me, beetroot falafel.
Peter Borg-Neal, CEO of Oakman Inns, owners of The Globe said: “We wanted to provide a level of sophistication and service which is not only expected by many national and international tourists but by Warwick’s residents and we are confident we have met those levels of expectation. I would just like to thank all our neighbours for their patience over the last few weeks as we make The Globe an attractive part of the neighbourhood.”
Brand new children’s menu
Oakman’s Inns Kids’ Menu has been specially designed to encourage youngsters to try out different foods and tastes. While there’s all the usual kiddie favourites, there’s also a wide range of sides.
They asked over 1,000 parents with children aged two to 12 what they would like to see on a kids’ menu which was followed by tasting days with their young customers. They combined these insights with what they know from tens of thousands of visiting children who have ordered from their pubs in the past.
The results, says Oakman Inns’ Chef Director, Ross Pike, spells the end of what he calls “Beige on a Plate.” He explained: “As well as offering healthy options that will go down well with parents and their children, we’ve tried to create family-friendly pricing with a ‘Formule’ of three courses and one of our six side orders for just £9.
“That could be carrot and pepper Sticks with red pepper and garlic hummus as a starter, followed by their new 5 A Day Bolognese served with broccoli and carrots, and an apple crumble and vanilla ice cream to finish.”
One of the young menu tasters was Antonia Woodbridge, aged 5. Her mother, Charlotte Woodbridge, commented: “Oakman Inns has managed to create a balance between the normal demands of a child and the always-present concerns of the parents. I really like the idea of the fixed price menu and the ability to select a choice of sides to go with what is already an interesting, nutritious menu. My daughter, Antonia, loved it.”
The Globe, 10 Theatre Street, Warwick, CV34 4DP. 01926 479100
For more details go to: https://www.theglobewarwick.co.uk/