Eat, Drink, Stay in Malvern

Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink For fellows whom it hurts to think (from AE Housman, Terence, this is stupid stuff).

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Accommodation

This our own selection, based on a variety of factors, including green credentials, walker/cyclist friendly, interesting web sites, locations or features. Note: not paid ads unless stated as such. Feedback on your experience welcome – use the contact form.

Bunkhouse, camping

Caves Folly This organic garden nursery also has an Eco-Campsite – was only available those on foot, bicycle or horseback, but now for use as a private campsite, up to 4 tents? Plus a self-catering holiday cottage. 01684 540631.

Berrow House, bunkhouse and camping at Hollybush at the south end of the Malverns, proclaims that it is ‘Walkers and Cyclists’ friendly (CTC listed). Only a few pitches. Under cover and lockable cycle storage available.

Other local campsites Marlbank Inn near Welland has a small campsite attached, WR13 6NA (01684 310603). As does the Robin Hood pub at Castlemorton, WR13 6BS (01684 835212). The Turbles caravan site at Castlemorton (01684 833234) is connected with Plume of Feathers pub. Kings Green Farm, Kings Green Berrow, WR13 6AQ ( 01531 650272). Blackmore Camping and Caravanning Club site, WR8 0EE (01684 310280).

Youth hostel in Peachfield Road closed in 2006.

See Organic Holidays – under England > Herefordshire – for the following:

  • ‘Organic camping’ may be available at Birds Farm Cottage, How Caple, HR14SR, phone 01989 740644.
  • And also further on at Windle Park (B&B), Hardwicke near Hay-On-Wye, HR3 5HA phone 01497 831666.

The Buzzards organic smallholding near Mortimer’s Cross, north Herefordshire has a small camp site (as well as B&B and self-catering).

The Bull’s Head pub at Craswall, on the east side of the Black Mountains, has basic camping facilities.

B&B, hotels

Old Country House B&B has gained both a ‘green business award’ and ‘silver wildlife award’. Near Mathon, just west of the Hills. Also well reviewed on responsibletravel.com.

The self-contained Myrtleberry Studio B&B (plus Myrtleberry Hobbit) has direct access onto the beautiful Castlemorton Common and the Malvern Hills. “Dogs, cyclists and walkers are most welcome”, bike lock-up available. Working to be greenest B&B possible (wormery, ground source heat pump etc.). Phone 01684 833648.

Veggie/vegan B&B at Our Lizzy, Malvern Link. Two en suite double bedrooms – she also runs cookery courses there. Phone 01684 892688.

Treherne House, Guarlford Road (a little east of town). Classic quality without the snobbishness and with modern facilities. Cycle storage, and also cycle hire, available.

Cannara Guest House, near Barnards Green, likes this website, and has a strong endorsement for their veggie breakfast option.

Orchard Side B&B is near the Swan Inn in at Hanley Swan, and has secure garaging for bikes.

Old Croque in Malvern Wells overlooks Severn Valley. They welcome walkers and cyclists, and have a lock-up room suitable for bicycles.

Malvern Hills Hotel is right next to British Camp, for easy access on to the Hills. Popular bar with local beer, restaurant.

See Wyche Inn listed under Hill refreshments below. Should have good views.

Sally Beds Bed and Breakfast is just over the Hills in Evendine Lane, Colwall.

Colwall Park Hotel is close to Colwall railway station and has easy access on to the Malverns. They did have (at summer 2014) an ‘Active Package’ for guests who wish to explore the Malverns on foot or bicycle – guided maps, bottle of water and a packed lunch (special dietary needs catered for) – may return?

Cottage in the Wood, Malvern Wells. 3 star hotel and restaurant, always with veggie option.

Link Lodge B&B in Malvern Link, originally built circa 1700. Elgar connections and rooms with curved walls.

Cowleigh Park Farmhouse B and B in black and white timber-framed farmhouse, plus adjoining self-catering cottage (up to 6) and ‘cider press’ (2). Cowleigh Road, just outside of town.

Bidders Croft B&B in Welland has some bicycles to lend to guests and lots of storage space for visiting bikes. It’s a pity that their website has various problems.

Self-catering

The Malvern Retreat, self-catering next to Treherne House near Barnards Green.

Hillside House Good views over Great Malvern and the Severn valley.

The Corn Mill, near Bosbury – between Colwall and Ledbury. A good location on a working hops and apple farm, a fine looking website and accommodation, plus a link to us, warrants their inclusion here.

White House Cottages, Aylton – west of Ledbury. We don’t have any comments on the self-catering cottages, but they’ve got a good What’s on diary for tourists on the web site.

Hidelow House Cottages Acton Green SO700495 Award winning self-catering cottages, some with wheelchair facilities. Phone 01886 884547.

Hareley Farm, Linley Green, WR6 5RF. A restored Grade II listed barn on a working ‘rare breeds’ farm, towards Bromyard. First spotted on environmental web site downsizer.net,. Phone 01886 884362.

A bit further away, Maggie’s Retreat is between Bromyard and Tenbury Wells at Stoke Bliss. For 1 or 2 or up to half a dozen people.

Shepherds Rest, Much Marcle – historic features and good views.

Kerne Cottage, Kerne Bridge near Goodrich – the holiday cottage was originally a forge.

Barn-Forge House a few miles west of Ross.

Further afield

Aspen House at Hoarwithy – lovely location for B&B proclaiming ‘real food’.

Also at Hoarwithy, a gypsy caravan B&B, Wriggles Brook.

Upper Newton Farmhouse Kinnersley, Herefordshire, HR3 6QB. B&B and self catering. Tudor farmhouse, Slow Food Herefordshire members.

CountrySOLE Self-catering Bunkhouse and Woodhouse (new summer 2008) on an organic farm (Newhouse Farm), Almeley. Wood stoves, solar energy, composting toilets.

Old Quebb holiday cottages (at 2008) have “four bicycles for the use of guests”, and easy access to the nearby black and white villages.

The Old Post Office Bed & Breakfast, Llanigon, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR3 5QA is a vegetarian option out west.

Real ale, wine

The Hop Pocket, as well as being a good tea stop near Bishops Frome, has a Wine Company shop selling a lot of the local beer, cider and vineyard produce.

For cider and perry, Three Counties Cider shop in Ledbury has a wide variety of local produce. More on MalvernTrail’s Cider and Perry page.

Local breweries

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.

St Georges Brewery Callow End, Malvern. Has a range of traditional cask ales such as Friar Tuck, Charger, Dragon’s Blood.

Unity Brew House, new 2017, based at Suckley. Use very local hops. Their range (named after hen varieties as they brew in an old chicken shed) is available in various local pubs and shops, and online.

Herefordshire

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.

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.

Three Horse Shoes, Norton Canon, Herefordshire, HR4 7BH. Phone 01544 318375.

Worcestershire

Teme Valley Brewery signTeme 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: info@the-talbot.co.uk

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.

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire CAMRA have a basic Real Ale in Glos web site.

Vineyards, fruit-based drinks

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.

Paunton Court, near Bishops Frome: Frome Valley Vineyard.

Lovells Vineyard in Welland, family run and established in 2010.

Tiltridge is also managed by Lovells Vineyard. White and sparkling ‘Elgar’ wines. Upper Hook Road, Upton, WR8 0SA. Phone 01684 592906. Near Clives Fruit Farm (see Cider and Perry page).

Lulham Court is near Madley, a few miles west of Hereford (there’s also a vineyard site with less info!).

Tipsage Farm near Tenbury Wells, produces traditional English fruit liqueurs – Tipsy Fruit Gins . They are replanting damson orchards as part of this, and also produce other flavours.

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.

Pubs worth a try

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 (good veggie options, also vegan, good portions, puddings from Upton’s Pudding Shop,  Sunday breakfast 9am to noon, no food Mondays – large groups should probably contact in advance).

PubHub. Their selection of “Country Pubs, Inns and Secret Beer Gardens” in Here & Worcs was very familiar (i.e. we’ve enjoyed drinking in quite a few).

Alistair Sawday’s Pubs and Inns of England and Wales (in Special Places to Stay series) original edition featured a number of our favourites in the area, and probably still does. Buy from Amazon.co.uk.

Pub Walks in the Malvern Hills (June 03) by local author Roy Woodcock. Countryside Books, ISBN 1-85306-788-1, £6-95. See Publishers.

Hill refreshments

Excellent ice cream (and rock cakes) at the kiosk at the bottom of British Camp/Herefordshire Beacon. Hot and cold drinks, snacks etc. (note much improved opening hours since 2014). 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 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 (and still mainly) a tea room, now also a licensed restaurant. As it is available for private functions (when it would be closed to the public), do check the opening times on the website beforehand. Closed Mondays out of peak season. Phone 01684 540244.

In Colwall, Cafe Morso currently seems to be the place (Nov. 2017) – Facebook page.

Great Malvern, northern end

St Anns Wells cafe St Ann’s Well cafe Vegetarian and vegan, excellent cake, on the way up the hill from town (off St Ann’s Road, SO 772458). In winter, only open at weekends. Built 1815, with the Octagonal Bar added 1843. Phone 01684 560285.

Malvern Book Coop has coffee and cakes, 6 days a week. 2 St Ann’s Road, just a little way up from the start of Worcester Road.

The Brewers Arms, West Malvern, is just down from The Dingle (the ‘valley’ north west of Worcestershire Beacon). Food served most of the time, can do packed lunches. Phone 01684 568147.

Cafe H2O at Malvern Hills GeoCentre just down from Wyche Cutting on west side (at the back of the Wyche Innovation Centre). Light lunches (locally sourced / homemade) and refreshments, open weekdays apart from Wednesdays 9.30am to 4.30pm, weekends and bank holidays 9am to 6pm.

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.

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.

Bluebird Tea Rooms, 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.

Veggie options

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.

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.

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