What's new on the menu at the RSC

16 July 2013

Today the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) re-launches the theatre's Rooftop Restaurant with a new set menu and the launch of a selection of afternoon teas.

The restaurant on the top floor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre which opened under RSC management when the building was redeveloped in 2010, will now serve a set menu only, but with more choices across each of the courses and which will be available all day.

There will also be a classic Sunday Lunch set menu as well as a new offer for those who want to enjoy an afternoon break with a classic cream tea, a high tea – or splash out on a version which includes Champagne! And, in keeping with the RSC's ongoing campaign to bring the spotlight onto the Company's HQ in Shakespeare's home town – Made in Stratford upon Avon – all the main ingredients for the Rooftop's menu continue to be sourced and made locally. (www.rsc.org.uk/rooftop for details of the menus launched today).

Sara Aspley, RSC Director of Commercial Services said; “The RSC's Rooftop has now been operating successfully for 3 years, but we felt it was time to refresh our look and the food options on offer. The new menu is a little more informal but just as delicious, with set prices for two or three courses. We are really excited about the addition of a choice of three tempting set menus for afternoon tea, as the restaurant is not just for those with tickets for a show, but is open to all, seven days a week.”

As one of the few restaurants operating within an arts organisation that is managed in house, RSC Head of Catering, Vicki Fleming and her team are keen to spread word of the restaurant's independence as a destination in itself, but with an emphasis on the close links to the work on stage – recently a dish entitled Titus Pie was added to the specials menu to coincide with Shakespeare's famously gory play currently in repertoire in the Swan Theatre.

The Rooftop's Bar Manager is often inspired to create bespoke cocktails to reflect what is currently in the artistic programme – the latest being the Flamingo cocktail which is proving popular with audiences coming to see the comedy A Mad World My Masters (the play is largely set in the Flamingo Club in Soho in the 1950's).

There are also plans for an Optimist Cocktail which will launch in late August, alongside Mark Ravenhill's modern response to Voltaire's Candide opening in the Swan (an iconic tale of Optimism). Details will be announced next month.

And in the long term, there are more exciting plans around National Poetry Day in October, and for the Christmas season - both of which will be announced in due course.

For more information, please contact Philippa.harland@rsc.org.uk, RSC Head of Press.

For detail of menus or to book at table at the Rooftop Restaurant: http://www.rsc-rooftop-restaurant.co.uk/

Notes to Editors:

Made in Stratford, seen around the world - We have been making theatre in Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon for over one hundred years, training generations of the very best theatre makers. We continue to pioneer contemporary approaches to his plays as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and our current generation of writers.

Everyone at the RSC, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world you see on stage. Originating in our workshops and seen in our Stratford theatres, we share our work with audiences across the UK and around the world through touring, residencies and online activity. So wherever you experience the RSC, you experience work that is made in Stratford upon Avon.

Our menu now includes three special “Made in Stratford” dishes. Diners who select the Seasonal Soup of the day starter, Chicken and Parma ham with cauliflower cheese risotto or Strawberries Eton mess for dessert, will at the same time support the on-going work of the company. 50 pence from the sale of each of these dishes will go towards supporting our Made in Stratford Fundraising Campaign, which aims to raise £1million per year to help to sustain the RSC's legacy of theatre making and support essential craft skills, facilities and training. Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961. As a registered charity the RSC relies on donations from its audiences and visitors and these dishes are just one of the ways in which audiences can support and celebrate this work.

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