The Back Garden

“Creative cooking in an impressive Cotswold house” - AA Inspector



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Owned by the same family for over 40 years, Dormy House perches on a hill above Broadway, its origins as a 17th-century former farmhouse evident in its golden stones, beams and panelling; these days the place is a swish bolt-hole with looks worthy of an interiors magazine, plus the de rigueur spa for 21st-century hedonists. Done out in sleek, modern style, the airy Garden Room looks through floor-to-ceiling windows onto a verdant backdrop. Culinary director, Martin Burge and head chef Sam Bowser have created a concept where every single dish showcases the best of the Cotswolds. Delivered by menus of cleverly constructed, contemporary British dishes, dinner might begin with smoked haddock tart with pickled onion, confit egg yolk and parsley oil, followed by braised beef cheek with pointed cabbage, cauliflower purée and king oyster mushrooms. Blackcurrant and custard doughnuts are a suitably indulgent finale.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Back Garden
Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, BROADWAY, WR12 7LF
Phone : 01386 852711


  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12.30pm
  • Lunch served until: 2.30pm
  • Dinner served from: 6:30pm
  • Dinner served until: 9.30pm
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 65
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 30
  • Cuisine style: Modern
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Worcestershire

Worcestershire is a county of rolling hills, save for the flat Vale of Evesham in the east and the prominent spine of the Malverns in the west. Nearly all of the land is worked in some way; arable farming predominates – oilseed rape, cereals and potatoes – but there are concentrated areas of specific land uses, such as market gardening and plum growing.

Worcester is the county town, and home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, which has what some regard as the most attractive grounds in the country, in a delightful setting with views of Worcester Cathedral. The Malverns, Great and Little, set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, are renowned for their refinement. Great Malvern, terraced on its hillside site, came to prominence as a genteel spa for well-to-do Victorians, rivalling the likes of Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham with its glorious surroundings.

Sir Edward Elgar was a Worcester man, and his statue stands on the High Street, facing the cathedral. The cottage where he was born is now a museum and he is commemorated on the £20 note. Other notable Worcestershire figures include poet A E Housman, chocolate magnate George Cadbury; and Lea and Perrins, inventors of Worcestershire sauce.

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