Now that most of Worcester’s new restaurants and bars had opened in Cathedral Square, we went along to check out Cosy Club as their burgers sounded fantastic! I was also compiling a burger list showcasing the best new burgers in Worcester, so had to be sure that I hadn’t missed any off the list. We then received an invite from Yo! Sushi to review their new store, just a few weeks after it launched.
Although still working on the weekends, Mr R and I managed to get along to the Worcester Foodie Festival, organised by Worcester BID, for a few hours. Although the weather wasn’t particularly kind for most of the afternoon, we made some great purchases and enjoyed a delicious lunch from Dick’s Smokehouse…we highly recommend trying the beef brisket in a Ma Bakers brioche bun if you get the chance.
A real highlight of August was returning to the Venture In, Ombersley which is one of our favourite local restaurants. I were asked by WR Magazine to write a review for their Autumn issue of the publication.
The evening before our trip to Italy and to round off the month, we celebrated a special family member’s birthday in style at Russell’s of Broadway, which we had wanted to revisit since our lunch their back in January. We concluded the last week of the month exploring beautiful Florence where on the day of the trip Mr R popped the question. Exciting times!
Main Road, Ombersley, WR9 0EW
The Venture In, Ombersley is a must visit for any special occasion in Worcestershire. The 2 AA rosette restaurant owned by Chef Toby Fletcher has been in business for almost 20 years and has retained its place in both the Michelin and Good Food Guides throughout this time.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• Several special’s options to choose from, which are usually fish dishes
• Traditional style food and ambience
• A cosy fireplace and old world charm
• The soup…I always order the soup!
Cost: 2 courses for £29 or three for £33 at lunch and £43 for the three course dinner menu, to include filter coffee, infusions and petit fours.
Venture In’s sample menus
Book Now 01905 620552
July’s culinary adventures began by the waterside at The Boathouse in Upton-Upon Severn where Mr R and I ordered some serious amounts of tapas. It’s still hard to believe that the restaurant has been open for 3 years now and this was the first time we had been.
After telling some friends about The Boathouse who also live locally they also wanted to give it a try, but as we had only been the evening before we had to think of somewhere else to go this time. Indian food is a favourite amongst our four some, so I suggested we pay a visit to Pundits Fusion, also in Upton-Upon Severn.
Weekends are still work days for us and on a Sunday evening after we’d ‘shut shop’ and had drinks with Mr R’s family, we were in need of some food on the way home. Remembering the superb Sunday lunch we had when we were there back in February and when Sunday’s were still our own, we thought it was about time we re-visited The Bell Inn, Cropthorne.
No longer able to resist the burger porn photos on my Instagram feed from Mad Snacks Street Food who have a pop-up kitchen at The Firefly in Worcester, We gave in to temptation and got our burger on!
We had an opportunity to eat at Bodega Cantina in Worcester, a South American inspired restaurant serving tacos, burritos, nachos and lots of yummy cocktails, so we went along to check it out mid-week.
It was the launch evening of new burger restaurant, Sampson’s at The Conservatory in Worcester and I couldn’t wait to go along and be one of the very first to taste one of local celebrity, Carl Sampson’s burgers and meet the chef himself
34 Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2LZ
The wait was finally over after Carl Sampson announced on social media and in the local press that he would be ditching his beloved burger van on the A38 and serving his famous burgers from an actual kitchen. He teamed up with The Conservatory in Worcester and the new venture opened it’s doors in July 2017.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• The cheeseboard burger and porkey fries!
• Open every day
• Handmade and quality burgers using Hereford beef and local ingredients where possible
• Collection available and delivery through Deliveroo coming soo
Cost: Burgers are priced from £7 – £11, with a chicken and a vegan option as an alternative to beef. If you’re feeling particularly hungry you can double your burger for an extra £3. The fries and sides range from £2.45 – £5.55 and all ice cream desserts are priced at £5.80 each.
Book Now on 01905 612687
The summer months are very busy for us, and so after a long week it’s become a bit of a habit that we find ourselves back at The Elgar Inn on a Sunday evening after work. Sometimes we just can’t resist the temptation of indulging in a comforting pizza or pasta dish to reward the day’s efforts.
After receiving some good news in June, and having heard about Prithvi Restaurant in Cheltenham from a colleague, it seemed like an ideal place to celebrate. It speaks volumes that we’re still talking about the food a month later and planning our return visit later in the year.
Friar Street Kitchen had also been on our radar for a few weeks since learning of the new Worcester restaurant. Prompted by a video posted on their Facebook page of a raclette cheese grill being scraped onto a burger, we headed over there almost immediately.
A separate midweek trip to Worcester evolved into an afternoon of extravagance when we had lunch at Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Crowngate Shopping Centre, prior to our pre-arranged chocolate tasting with Hotel Chocolat in Cathedral Square.
June ended spectacularly with an invite to The Crown by ARCC in Martley launch evening, showcasing some exceptional food, cooked by new chef Finn Baird (formerly of St. JOHN in London), whilst also introducing new manager Brajesh Kumar (formally of Lasan in Birmingham).
37 Bath Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7HG
My top pick this month is Prithvi Restaurant, which was absolutely worth travelling over to Cheltenham for a midweek celebration. The fine dining restaurant puts a refined twist on the much-loved Indian classics and is a real treat!
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• Open on Sunday for lunch (last orders 1:30pm)
• 2 course lunch menu available at £21 per person
• Children over the age of 6 are welcome
• Pay and display car park opposite restaurant
• Brian Jones lived here for a time in 1962 before later moving to London to form The Rolling Stones
Cost: 3 course Al a carte Main menu from £46-£52 (per person)
May was my birthday month so we had a little break away in Dartmouth where I was lucky enough to eat at Mitch Tonks’s famous seafood restaurant The Seahorse. Back home in Worcestershire, the birthday celebrations continued and I was treated to dinner at my favourite local restaurant, Eckington Manor.
We also had family visiting from Orlando, who we put up at Eckington Manor as they’d loved their previous stay there so much. Unfortunately it was a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was closed, so we had to think of somewhere else to meet them for dinner. We went to The Bell at Eckington as it was walking distance for our guests from the hotel.
Every month and in fact usually every week we have dinner at The Elgar Inn on the Worcester road. Although my family and I have eaten our way through the entire menu, it’s our ‘go to’ restaurant for pretty much any occasion. We had a pleasant surprise this month when The Elgar introduced a new chef, who has since added specials onto the menu. The food is even better now than it was before, and definitely warrants an updated review to reflect the recent changes…coming soon!
Finally we visited The Swan Inn, Hanley Swan which came highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed.
Worcester Road, Hanley Swan, WR8 08E
My top pick this month is The Swan Inn at Hanley Swan. The food and service were top-notch, regardless of the restaurant being fully booked. I’ve recommended to friends and family who have since been and agree that the Swan is a tough one to beat.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• Fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers
• Seasonal menu
• Open daily
• Monthly offers emailed (buy 1 get 2nd half price, early dinner 10% off etc.)
Cost: Main courses £11.50-19 / Steaks £15.50-£27
The Swan Inn’s menus
Book Now on 01684 311 870
We really made the most of having our weekends free prior to the end of April and managed to get a few lunch dates scheduled in. The first being at The Royal Oak in Evesham as we’d heard it had become popular after winning an award.
In search for somewhere to meet colleagues between Pershore and Malvern on a Monday evening, we found ourselves at Thrishna in Upton-Upon-Severn. A great find as we discovered they would deliver to our house (nobody else does) and have since ordered a couple of takeaways.
During our previously mentioned visit to The Royal Oak, we had walked past Casa La Cucina Italiana, somewhere I really wanted to try after Mr R recommended it to me as one of his favourites in Evesham, so we went back for lunch to check it out.
I went with my Mum and Dad to Belle House in Pershore one evening when Mr R was away, we even made an evening of it by booking a taxi so we could enjoy some fizz!
The following week we were back at Eckington Manor with the R family, celebrating Mummy R’s 70th birthday with a special dinner.
Both Mr R and I were feeling utterly exhausted and were now working the weekends. Having neglected the food shopping, found ourselves having dinner in The Swan at Whittington on Easter Sunday evening.
Then it was Mr R’s birthday so after work on Easter Monday we drove up to Birmingham and had dinner at San Carlo Fumo. It was an early night as the next day we were booked in for lunch at Michelin-starred Adam’s Restaurant.
Mr R had also booked the day off on Wednesday so after heading back to Worcestershire, we continued the celebrations with lunch at Worcester’s newest burger restaurant, Burger Shop Worcester.
The fun didn’t end there as it was also one of my best friend’s birthdays and we decided to meet up for dinner on Friday evening at Primo Bar and Dining in Worcester.
Wow…what a month!
New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5UG
Since our last visit, Michelin-starred Adams Restaurant has been voted at number 52 in the National Restaurant Awards. I’ve chosen Adams for my top pick in April, as it’s simply the best restaurant in Birmingham that I’ve been to so far.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• Friendly atmosphere and not stuffy
• Choice of menu options and flexibility to mix and match
• Creative and imaginative food, with plenty of surprises
Cost: Lunch (3 courses) £37.50 per person / Tasting menu £90 per person / Al a carte (3 course) £60 per person
A new Italian restaurant opened in our most local pub so my Mum, Dad and I decided to visit The Royal Oak in Kinnersley one evening to find out how it compared to The Elgar Inn, which we also went to in March.
Mr R and I booked a couple of nights in Cheltenham for a mini break, the main reason being as we wanted to have lunch at Le Champignon Sauvage (or the ‘savage mushroom’ as Mr R prefers to call it).
The following weekend we popped into The Jockey Inn for Sunday lunch with my Mum and Dad as they were jet setting off to Mexico the next day.
The following week Mr R and I fancied some Indian food and didn’t fancy going too far from home, so thought we’d go and check out The Shunarga in Pershore.
We were really excited to receive an invite by Restaurant 23 and Morgan’s Bar in Leamington Spa to sample dishes cooked by new chef Curtis Stewart. So we could also sample some of their cocktails and wine, we stayed over and satisfied our burger cravings at lunch the next day with an ‘Inglorious Basterd’ at Meatcure (now closed).
Whilst visiting some family in Studley on a Saturday afternoon we fancied a walk by the river in Stratford-Upon-Avon. I was nursing a hangover from hell and needed to refuel, so Mr R suggested we had a yummy Pad Thai at Giggling Squid.
My parents made it back safely from their trip and got back in time for Mother’s Day, which we celebrated at Eckington Manor of course!
One spontaneous Friday after work, Mr R and I found ourselves on a pub crawl in Pershore. The boozy evening ended with more wine and dinner at Jimmy Pickles.
34 Hamilton Terrace, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4LY
With all of the fine dining this month, it was a tough call deciding on the top pick for March. Restaurant 23 isn’t as widely known as the other places we’d been to and is possibly a bit of a hidden gem. Leamington has some wonderful places to eat, but Restaurant 23 is without a doubt amongst the very best.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• In July and August Chef Curtis gets his grill on and serves up a bottomless BBQ on the terrace for £30 per person
• Vegan menu option
• Morgan’s Bar is located upstairs and is ideal for a pre-dinner drink or cocktail
Cost: Al a carte (3 courses) £42-£63 per person / Tasting menu £55 per person / Al a carte (3 course) £60 per person / lunch & early dinner (until 7pm) 2 courses £19.95 or 3 courses £24.95
We’re lucky to have a great Thai restaurant in Pershore that serves consistently good food every time. Thai Legends is always a good choice when we’re meeting friends or if we’re part of a larger group, so we can order lots of different dishes to share. It turned out to be the ideal place to have dinner with friends who live in Pershore and were long over due a catch-up as we hadn’t seen them since New Year.
I’d remembered a close friend telling me that her and her husband celebrated their wedding anniversary at The Venture In, which is located in Ombersley near Droitwich. It sounded so fancy and I’d been wanting to eat their ever since, so Mr R and I booked a table for a late Saturday lunch.
After having a fantastic Sunday lunch at The Bell Inn, Cropthorne with my Mum in December, I couldn’t wait to go back again with Mr R. It turned out to be even better than the first visit.
I was so excited to hear that a new independent burger restaurant was coming to Worcester. Hanbao opened in November so this was our third time and we were able to choose something different to try on the menu.
Following a great lunch at The Star Inn, Pershore shortly after it opened, I went back again for dinner with my Mum and Dad. Unfortunately our experience didn’t quite live up to the time before, but we’d had such a good steak sandwich the time before that I’d definitely like to go back for lunch.
At the end of our dinner at Thai Legends with our friends, we talked about The Broom Tavern in Alcester, which they had previously recommended to us. Mr R and I paid a visit around Christmas time and had such a great lunch that we booked a table to go back with our friends for dinner. We loved the crab nachos so much that it inspired me to have a go at making some of my own.
As we’d stayed in Alcester the night before, Mr R and I thought it would be a good idea to go over to Leamington Spa and get some brunch and a walk around the town. I posted a tweet asking where would be the best place to go and got a few replies which took us to Coffee Architects.
On the way back from a trip to Devon, Mr R and I stopped in Bristol for lunch and called in to Three Brothers Burgers.
Main Road, Ombersley, Worcestershire, WR9 0EW
Since opening in 1998, The Venture In has been awarded 2 rosettes by the AA every year. The food is rich with a focus on flavour, and eating at this restaurant reminded me of the more traditional ‘posh restaurants’ my parents would take us to on special occasions, before fine dining evolved into small portions and a form of visual art.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• Local suppliers
• A more traditional take on fine dining, rather than the trendy Michelin style cooking that seems to be the focus for similar restaurants
• A chef who concentrates on flavour and without the gimmicks
Cost: Prices are not listed on the website, but we paid £29 (2 courses) or £33 (3 courses) + supplements (lunch menu).
The Venture In’s menus
Book Now on 01905 620552
Jimmy Pickles in Pershore was my very first Pershore Patty post since beginning my blog journey this month.
Now our second trip over to Hanbao in Worcester for a quick lunch, after our first being shortly after it opened at the end of last year.
Mr R kindly took me for a mooch around Broadway and lunch at Russell’s of Broadway, which was somewhere I had been wanting to try for a couple of years now.
I hadn’t been to The Jockey Inn (link to blog post about our March visit) in Baughton for quite a while, so we went over for a date night and ordered the fish platter and the Jockey burger. I forgot to take photos at the time so didn’t get to do a write up on this occasion.
For a few year’s now my Mum, Dad and I have been meeting a family member for lunch at The Village Pub in Barnsley, Cirencester as it’s pretty much a half way point for us both and they do a fantastic Sunday lunch.
Just before my Mum and Dad flew out to Argentina for my Mum’s birthday, we organised a surprise dinner celebration at our local Italian restaurant The Elgar Inn in Earl’s Croome.
We had some plans to meet with friends in Alcester and so of course we wanted to get some dinner beforehand. Mr R suggested we try The Roebuck Inn, which turned out to be a very good choice indeed. The next morning and on our way back we decided to pop into Coffee #1 to try and nurse our hangovers from the night before.
Word was getting around that The Star Inn, Pershore had new owners and the people of Pershore were really impressed by the food. Mr R and I had lunch there to find out more for ourselves.
Looking for somewhere to eat out locally on a Friday night, we were able to book a table at Belle House in Pershore, which had just re-opened with a new menu following the New Year.
20 High Street, Broadway, Cotswolds, Worcestershire, WR12 7DT
January’s top pick has to be Russell’s of Broadway as it more than lived up to the amazing reports I’d heard from friends who had recommending eating there. This is definitely a must for a treat if you’re lucky enough to be visiting the Cotswolds.
Pershore Patty ‘Likes’:
• Local Vale of Evesham and Cotswold produce
• Good value prix fixe menu offered
• Quality food, served in a modern dining room, whilst still retaining character
Cost: Al a carte menu – 3 courses £27-53 (plus £4 per side dish), prix fixe menu £16 (1 course) £20 (2 courses) or £24 (3 courses), Sunday lunch £26 ( 2courses) or £30 (3 courses).