Whether you’re after a good old fish and chip supper or some British fine dining, coffee and a cake or a Mediterranean banquet, we’ve lined up the best cafés and restaurants in Stevenage.
Places to eat in Stevenage
Whatever you’re craving, Stevenage High Street should be your first port of call, with dozens of restaurants, cafés and coffee shops all a short distance from each other – and crucially a short walk from our Stevenage Central hotel.
At the southern end of the High Street is Misya Meze Grill, a Turkish restaurant that’s been delivering first-class Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food since 2016. Expect a classic mix of cold and warm starters, grilled meats, salads and kebabs as well as plenty of pasta, vegetarian and fish dishes.
Further up the High Street is El Bar De Tapas. Tucked off the main room on a side-street in Stevenage Old Town, the kitchen is helmed by a team of Spanish chefs delivering some of the best food in Stevenage including seasonal menus and their legendary paella. Cosy and welcoming, it’s highly recommended.
At the top end of the High Street is On The Green, a Victorian Grade II listed restaurant which overlooks the town’s bowling green. Pitching itself as high end but affordable, the food, service and ambience are immaculate (each table even has its own lighting controls) with locally sourced ingredients used where possible. Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, the menu is a mix of classic British and European influences, with a set-menu offering the best value for money.
Moving down in price range, but still located on the High Street is Mack’s Pie & Mash. As the name suggests, it’s a dedicated pie shop selling freshly baked pies and all manner of mash and gravies. Available for dine-in or takeaway, it’s one of our favourite alternative fast food joints in town.
Another fast food classic is The Fish & Chip Shop on High Street. An award-winning outlet, they offer freshly-fried fish, sausages and burgers as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Part of the Stevenage Leisure Park, Firejacks is a great option if you’re looking for somewhere fun or there’s a big group of you eating together. Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, they’re best known for their grilled meats – think steaks, skewers, burgers, grilled ribs. They also serve a wide range of veggie options, a kids’ menu, salads and some truly calorific fries.
Restaurants in Stevenage
Cafés in Stevenage
As with many of the best pubs and restaurants, the High Street is the best place to start when it comes to café culture. Just off the High Street on Baker Street is the aptly named Baker Street W1 café. As well as offering café classics like the full English breakfast, sandwiches, coffee and cakes, Baker Street W1 have a Brazilian influence, which is evident in their adventurous range of coffee and pastries.
Take a short walk further up High Street and you’ll find Cinnabar. A cool café by day and sleek bar by night, they serve up some of the best coffee in town as well as plenty of breakfast, lunch and brunch options – and if you want to up the ante, they have over 25 different types of gin, craft ales and a very decent cocktail menu.
If you’re in need of coffee and your kids need entertaining, Ralphie & Poppy’s Play Cafe is the perfect halfway house. With several dedicated play areas perfect for older babies, toddlers and younger children, you can sit back with a flat white and grab some breakfast or lunch in peace, while you watch your kids play, safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to tidy up afterwards!
Finally, the Four Seasons Cafe is an excellent traditional English café. With big hearty breakfasts at the core of its menu, the portions are big, the food is satisfyingly greasy and the prices are very reasonable. It’s also handily located a short walk from the Lamex Stadium, making it the perfect place to load up on food ahead of the Stevenage F.C. game.