Well-known Warwick pub starts next chapter as botanical dining destination

A brand new restaurant is opening its doors in Warwick this week, marking the next chapter for one of the town’s well-known pubs.

No. 34 Garden & Grill opens its doors on Thursday (March 3rd), transforming the former Racehorse pub on Stratford Road into a unique bar and restaurant for Warwickshire.

The venue is the brainchild of Jonathan Carter-Morris and Marc Hornby, who run Kenilworth’s oldest pub, the Virgins & Castle, as well as award-winning catering business Caviar & Chips and Shropshire-based boutique wedding venue Stockton House.

The creation of No. 34 Garden & Grill marks their first joint venture in Warwick, but Jonathan is no stranger to the town after previously running The Rose and Crown in the town centre.

No. 34 Garden & Grill

No. 34 is planned to be a “botanical dining destination”, featuring a dreamy ambience created by plants and flowers that will give a feeling of bringing the outdoors in as well as providing the perfect setting for people to create moments and memories with friends and loved ones.

It will offer a wide range of drinks as well as brunch, light bites and evening meals, all using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients prepared on site by its team of chefs.

The newest addition to Warwick’s food and drink scene is dedicated to catering for all diets, offering a menu that is half plant-based and vegetarian, with the other half celebrating British farming and sustainable fishing – reflected in the name Garden & Grill.

Marc Hornby said: “No. 34 is a brand new concept for us, and for Warwickshire, but we can’t wait to introduce everyone to what we’ve created. 

“The Racehorse was a bit of an institution in Warwick, but it’s time for its next chapter. We want to see it take on a new life as both a destination dining venue and community pub, bar and restaurant that caters for everyone.

“Its name gives a nod to its location in Warwick – at number 34 Stratford Road and in the postcode of CV34 – but it also reflects what we’re offering. We’ll have two menus, one from the garden and one from the grill, offering both plant-based and vegan dishes alongside a celebration of great British farming and quality, local produce.

“We firmly believe that a dining experience is never just about the food, so No. 34 will be a calm space that brings the outdoors in, connecting people with the natural world and providing a place where they can unwind and recharge, enjoying great food and drink in beautiful surroundings.”

Jonathan Carter-Morris said: “Warwick has a reputation for having great pubs and restaurants and we’re thrilled to be adding to that. We’ve recruited a great team and think we’ve created something really special at No. 34.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone through the doors on Thursday and show the people of Warwick their newest addition.”