Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink For fellows whom it hurts to think (from AE Housman, Terence, this is stupid stuff).
- Local real ale and wine producers.
- Pubs around Malvern.
- Refreshments on or near the Hills.
- Vegetarian choices in Malvern.
- Accommodation page now separated out from here: B&B, guest houses, camping, small hotels, self-catering.
- Cider and Perry (apples, pears), a speciality of the Three Counties, have their own page.
- Local and organic food suppliers are on the Sustained Visits page.
- Towns and villages in the area, and other places, will have some mentions of cafes, tea rooms etc. under the relevant place name.
Real ale, wine
Malvern Cellar (new 2018) sells a wide range of locally produced cider, beer, wine etc. 2 St Anns Road (“between the lion and the unicorn” pubs), Great Malvern, WR14 4RG. Opening hours vary with the seasons – phone 07970 123808.
For apple and pear based alcohol produced locally, see our Cider and Perry page.
Malvern Hills Brewery, 15 West Malvern Road, North Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 4ND. Phone 01684 560165. Their beers have won a few CAMRA awards. Use local hops. Fairly widely available in local pubs.
Friday Beer Company, based Malvern Link.
The Hop Shed (was Unity Brew House, new 2017), based at Suckley. Uses very local hops, with beers named after hen varieties as they brew in an old chicken shed. Available in various local pubs and shops, and online. Also onsite bar open Fridays 4:30 to 9pm, Saturdays 2 to 6pm.
Wye Valley Brewery Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, HR7 4HG (SO623502), next door to Plough Inn. Phone 01885 490505. The original brewery pub The Barrels is at St Owen St, Hereford, while the Rose and Lion is off Bromyard High St. Has taken on The Morgan, 52 Clarence Road, Malvern too.
Ledbury Real Ales – their beers are mainly sold within a 15 mile radius.
Odyssey Brewery on the Brockhampton National Trust estate.
Herefordshire CAMRA has updates on changes to pubs and local breweries in its area – there has been quite a turnover since this MalvernTrail page was started in 2001. See their brewing revival page for a short history.
Check out Hereford Beer House – beer and cider shop and bar in the city.
Three Horse Shoes, Norton Canon, Herefordshire, HR4 7BH. Phone 01544 318375.
Teme Valley Brewery is based behind The Talbot Inn. Use own hops in This, That, T’Other beers and if you’re lucky, Porter. Pub food reported good, but very little veggie. Knightwick, Worcs, WR6 5PH. Phone 01886 821656, email: email@example.com
St George’s Brewery. Old Bakehouse, Bush Lane, Callow End, Malvern, Worcs, WR2 4TF. Phone 01905 831316.
Wyre Piddle Brewery. Established 1992. Highgrove Farm, Pinvin, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2LF. Phone/fax 01905 841853. (Some beers distributed by Aston Manor.)
Brandy Cask Pub and Brewery, Bridge Street, Pershore, WR10 1AJ. Phone 01386 552602. Reviews on Beer in the Evening are very positive but suggest the pub is best visited in summer, as the interior is dull.
Hobsons Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer, near Kidderminster. Award winning mild, seasonal ales etc.
Also see Worcester CAMRA web pages for local independent breweries and info on their Real Ale around the Malvern Hills guide – the county’s quarterly newsletter, Pint Taken, is reproduced on the web. Shakespeare Branch of CAMRA (shakesbeer) covers Evesham to Stratford.
Coddington Vineyard Has listed farmhouse. Phone 01531 640668. The Independent said (May 2004): “With two acres in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Coddington is one of Britain’s smallest vineyards, and one of the loveliest too. Location, and its award-winning wines, make visiting a treat.” See info on Wine Anorak. Has a holiday cottage available, too.
Three Choirs Vineyard, near Newent, is England’s second largest. Has (heavily booked) restaurant and guest rooms, and a tour. Phone 01531 890555.
St Anne’s Vineyard, Oxenhall, near Newent, by contrast to the last entry, is pretty small.
Lovells Vineyard in Welland, family run and established in 2010.
Monkhide Another fruit liqueur specialist, but also produce fruit wines. Based Canon Pyon, Herefordshire.
Pixley Berries Fruit cordials based around their own blackcurrants. Near Ledbury.
More are mentioned under the appropriate location on Around the area page.
Nags Head, Bank Street, Malvern has an excellent range of beers. Good food (not the cheapest and best to book). Camra’s Town Pub of the Year 2006, Good Pub Guide Pub of the Year 2008 etc.
The Morgan, 52 Clarence Road, WR14 3EQ, now a Wye Valley Brewery pub. Excellent, local, beers cheaper than most pubs, and live music some evenings.
Red Lion, 4 St Anns Road. A short but quite steep climb off the main drag, good food as well as decent beer.
Bear and Ragged Staff, Bransford (between Malvern and Worcester), has won various food awards.
Duke of York, Rye Street, is useful for food when walking at the southern end of the Malvern Hills – see our Three Counties Loop.
Marlbank Inn, west of Welland. Real ale, food, also does B&B and camping.
Plume of Feathers, just off Castlemorton Common. Real ale, food. Facebook page.
Pub Walks in the Malvern Hills (June 03) by local author Roy Woodcock. Countryside Books, ISBN 1-85306-788-1, £6-95. See Publishers.
Excellent ice cream (and rock cakes) at the kiosk at the bottom of British Camp/Herefordshire Beacon – Sally’s Place (Facebook page). Hot and cold drinks, plenty of food choices, “veggie friendly”. The Malvern Hills Hotel is just over the road – good beer and food but not the cheapest and restricted veggie choice, can be very busy at peak times.
The Kettle Sings (link may redirect to Facebook page) is just by the junction of Chase Road and Jubilee Drive (about half way between Wyche Cutting and British Camp). Good views to the west. Originally a tea room, now also a licensed restaurant, but note that groups may not be welcome. Closed Mondays out of peak season. Phone 01684 540244.
Ruffz is a refreshments kiosk near Gullet Quarry/Swinyard car park (HR8 1EU). Open weekends spring to autumn (11.30 to 4.30), possibly other times – best to check location and times on their Facebook page before setting out.
Around the northern end
St Ann’s Well cafe Vegetarian and vegan, good cake, soup, etc. On the way up the hill from town, off St Ann’s Road, SO 772458). Built 1815, with the Octagonal Bar added 1843. In winter, only open at weekends – check Facebook page for updates, phone 01684 560285.
The Brewers Arms, West Malvern, is a little down from The Dingle (the westward path from north of Worcestershire Beacon). Food served most of the time, good views from garden. Phone 01684 568147, Facebook page.
Cafe H2O at Malvern Hills GeoCentre – just down from Wyche Cutting on the west side, at the back of the Wyche Innovation Centre. Light lunches (locally sourced / homemade) and refreshments, open daily apart from Wednesdays 9.30am to 4.30pm, weekends and bank holidays 9am to 6pm in summer.
The Chase Inn is tucked away to the south west of Wyche Cutting, on Chase Road. Wye Valley and other real ales. Check website re food. Open all day (from 11am Mon-Sat, noon on Sun), in season? Phone 01684 540276.
Down in Colwall (village on west side of hill), try The Pavillion (Walwyn Road, WR13 6QG), which has a garden out back and recommended by Ledbury CTC. Thurs to Sat until 4pm, Sun to 3pm. Cafe Morso (Facebook page) is marginally closer to the hills but often packed out.
New October 2021 is Loose Box cafe in the old stables at Barton Court, Colwall, WR13 6HN. Excellent cakes, range of teas and coffees, plus light lunches once they’ve got fully sorted. Also juice for e-bikes – Bosch and Shimano chargers available (you’ll need to ask for them). Open 9.30am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.
The Wyche Inn, just to the east of the rocky bit at the top of Wyche Cutting. Decent beer, and food choices look reasonable from snacks to main meals. Phone 01684 575396.
In Great Malvern
Faun at 31-33 Worcester Road, Malvern (the old Brays building) has both a deli and a kitchen ‘celebrating finest local food and drink’, open Tues – Sun. Strong cycling credentials: founder Jon White is a keen cyclist, e-cargo bike used for bread delivery and have acquired this ice cream trike for summer 2021 (below) plus bike racks coming soon – meanwhile they are happy to find cycle spaces as needed.
Malvern Book Coop has coffee and cakes, 6 days a week. 2 St Ann’s Road, a little way up from the start of Worcester Road.
Bluebird Tea Rooms, 9 Church Street, Malvern, retains many original features from the early 20th century, when Elgar was a visitor. (His statue can be seen through the windows.) Across the road from Post Office, above the shoe shop. Open Tuesday to Saturday until 5pm.
Personal taste of the editor. See St Ann’s Well cafe on the Hills, too, and pubs with good choices are under that heading.
The Indian restaurant Anupam at 85 Church Street (down an alley then up some stairs) can be quite good value, although not as cheap as it once was. The food is good too.
Lady Foley’s Tea Room at Great Malvern Station (SO 783 457) does light lunches – vegetarian food is always available. Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm. Phone 01684 893033.
Not sampled, but Poolbrook Kitchen and Coffee Shop seems to have plenty of veggie and vegan choice. Open to 3pm in the week, to 1pm Mon and Sat.
Over the hills, Ledbury has a new vegan café and bookshop (summer 2021), Pot and Page. Open to 4pm Wed – Sat, 2pm Sun. Bicycles can be wheeled through a side alley to the ‘Secret Garden’ (you may need to ask for access).
In Malvern Link, Our Lizzy runs vegetarian cookery courses and demonstrations.
Vegetarian Vacations is a worldwide directory of tour operators, B and Bs etc offering vegetarian or vegan food. Website run by friends of MalvernTrail.