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It is safe to say that Winter is here and as we dig out our jumpers and woolly hats, our minds turn to delicious Sunday roasts, comfort food and fireside pubs.
Here at Visit Worcestershire we have compiled our list of great pubs which are nestled in our beautiful County – all with access to great walks and rambles for all abilities (feel free to skip straight to the Pub though!)
The Dodford Inn dates back to the mid-19th century and has been known locally as “The Pub in the Field”. This hidden gem is set in 6 acres of Worcestershire parkland in the historic chartist village of Dodford at the centre of “The Royal Hunters Walks”.
The Royal Hunters Walks are three-waymarked circular walks around the rich and vibrant countryside in which you can explore the fascinating heritage there is to offer. Stop off at The Dodford Inn to enjoy a variety of delicious pub grub.
The Malverns is home to many fantastic pubs and listed here are some of the bests nestled in amongst the paths across the Malvern Hills and through the picturesque Teme Valley. Perfect for a breather, some food and a pint before, during and after your hike.
The Chase Inn is one of the most popular pubs with walkers on the Malverns; and it comes as no surprise. With a first-rate roast next to roaring open fires, a beautiful beer garden and sublime views of the Black Mountains, this is another pitstop you won’t want to miss.
A favourite for hill-walkers due to the on-site camping and bed & breakfast arrangement. A wide selection of drinks, excellent Indian Street food and even dog friendly, this is the perfect spot for a break in the midst of walking.
On the bank of the River Teme and overlooking the Malverns, the Talbot Inn has stood since the 1400’s. The pub is situated on The Worcestershire Way, The Three Choirs Way, and The Geopark Way, 3 of the Midlands’ most popular long-distance paths, and there are lots of circular walks ranging in length from 1 hour to the whole day.
Their incredible menu is made up of homegrown and locally sourced ingredients and even produce their own beer right in the Teme Valley. They also offer cosy and traditional-style rooms for a great night’s sleep. Why not coincide your visit with Teme Farmer’s market which happens every second Sunday of the month.
Who says a ramble needs to be in the Countryside? After a long mooch around Worcester City, why not check out a pub with REAL history! The Paul Pry was built as a luxurious pub to service the nearby cattle market and good people of Worcester, it was named after a popular theatrical character of the time.
Today, The Paul Pry is a beautiful example of a well preserved late-Victorian pub. Boasting original tiles, flooring, and back bar, it is like stepping back to a bygone era!
For fantastic roasts, amazing bar snacks and local ales check out The Paul Pry.
Just fifteen minutes from Worcester city centre, The Flyford is a welcoming, award-winning country pub, serving stripped back rustic food, specialising in seafood. A lively bar is the first focal point of the venue, with a country kitchen style restaurant. With a real focus on quality and seasonal ingredients, The Flyford offers pub classics with a modern twist, with fresh, sustainable seafood specials direct from Flyin’ Fish in Cornwall.
Click here for more information on The Flyford Inn, or check out their Brunch Spot based on the same site: Toast.
The Fleece Inn is the perfect rural retreat just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Cotswold’s boasting roaring open fires for the winter months, open garden and apple orchard for the summer sun and a friendly welcome all year round. With real ales and ciders aplenty, this historical pub is a favourite with Real Ale lovers and featured in Countryfile Magazines Britain’s Best summer pub walks so must be good! Is no wonder the welcoming atmosphere and good food attracts visitors from all over the world.
The Hop Pole Inn is on the outskirts of the picturesque Worcestershire town of Bewdley and has a great country pub atmosphere featuring lovingly prepared food that changes seasonally, featuring fresh produce from their Kitchen Garden and local suppliers. Bewdley is a great base for a large variety of walks, including those around the Wyre Forest and even taking in the Safari Park on foot.
For route ideas check out this fab blog by Komoot:
Nestled in the picturesque village of Severn Stoke, this traditional 15th Century pub prides itself on being ‘a proper old English pub’. Serving delicious pub grub, well-kept cask ales and fine wines it is a great option for a roast, quick pint or warm by the log fire or even the fire pit outside. With a cosy traditional feel inside and a recently renovated large outdoor area, you have the best of both worlds inside and out with or without your pooch – as they are very welcome!
You may choose to walk the Severn Stoke loop through the NT grounds of Croome Park or simply park at the pub and join The Severn Way for an easy flat but picturesque option – either way, you will be assured of a warm welcome at the pub once you have clocked up the steps!
The Queen Elizabeth Inn is an award-winning, community-run pub dating backing to the 16th Century. Serving locally sourced, homemade pub classic British food and a Sunday carvery, The Queen Elizabeth also has a large beer garden where guests, can enjoy the wide range of real ales. Situated in the heart of the Elmley Castley village, the pub has a cosy bar with open fireplaces as well as separate dining rooms and lounge areas. The Inn is also welcoming of your four-legged friends!
A charming Elizabethan pub located in Hadley Heath in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside, near historic Droitwich Spa. This hotel, pub, and restaurant is steeped in history, dating back to the 16th century, with one of the oldest bowling greens in Britain adjacent to their spacious beer garden.
On the menu you’ll find delicious seasonal dishes and exciting takes on pub classics, with award-winning Butcombe craft beer and cask ale behind the bar, plus a great wine and cocktail list. The pub also offers 12 modern and comfortable ensuite hotel rooms, perfect for a cosy winter stay.
For those interested in walks around the area, check out this ramble which starts and ends at the pub.
Click Here to Visit the Hadley Bowling Green Website
Set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside just off the Worcestershire Way, The Fox & Hounds is Alfirck & Lulsley’s characterful country village pub with excellent locally-sourced food and a selection of lovely real ales.
The Fox & Hounds organise their own walk and lunch package led by a local historian and includes a guided walk through the stunning Worcestershire Countryside followed by a beautiful Sunday Lunch at the award-winning Fox & Hounds at Lulsley.
The walk is 2-2.5 hrs long and takes in the wide breadth of natural and historical Alfrick, Lulsley & Suckley landmarks. Beginning and ending at The Fox & Hounds, the walk starts at 9:30am and is designed to be enjoyed at a moderate pace with the total group around 20-25. Walkers will then return to the Pub for approx. Noon to enjoy their well-earned lunch.
Or if you would like to explore the scenic countryside by yourself, check out these options from Komoot!