“Charming pub that's top of its league” - AA Inspector
In a former life, Roger Narbett was the England football team chef; his soccer memorabilia can be found in the Players Lounge of this charming pub he now runs with wife Joanne. Its traditional look comes from the cranberry-coloured walls, open fire, church-panel bar and richly hued furnishings. Indeed, some might also make a case for including the range of real ales, such as Otter Bitter, Timothy Taylor and Wye Valley HPA in the bar, adjoining which is the country-style Garden Room with plush sofa and hanging tankards. The menus offer a wide choice, from sandwiches, deli platters and ‘bucket food’ to pub classics like fish and chips and shortcrust pie of the day. Among the top performers are slow-cooked shoulder of Cornish lamb, chorizo, gratin dauphinoise; and the Texas pizza with beef brisket, chilli cowboy beans and crumbled blue cheese. There are three beach huts on the patio which can be hired for parties and even have their own beach menu.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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About The area
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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