There are some occasions and milestones in life which deserve to be celebrated in style. What better way to share a memorable event with loved ones, than getting together and enjoying an exquisite lunch or dinner at your favourite restaurant? I’ve listed 15 Worcestershire restaurants that are all worthy of booking for a special occasion, to help you decide where to celebrate your special moments. They are listed in alphabetical order for easy reading, and there are options for every area of the county. Let me know in the comments box below which are your favourites.
Brockencote Hall, Bromsgrove
Brockencote Hall is a luxury country hotel located in the small village of Chaddesley Corbett, in between Bromsgrove and Kidderminster. Within the hotel is the fine dining ‘Chaddesley Restaurant’ which holds 3 AA rosettes and is headed by chef Tim Jenkins. Lunch is £27 (2 courses) or £35 (3 courses) and dinner is £36.50 (2 courses) or £47.50 (3 courses). For more intimate celebrations, a choice of 2 private dining rooms can be booked seating up to 14 guests in the Heron Room and up to 16 in the Swan Room.
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Corse Lawn House, Tewkesbury
This traditional family run hotel was taken on by its current owners in the late 70’s, and after rescuing it from it’s previous guise as a bankrupt nightclub, opened as Corse Lawn House Hotel. Although technically based in Gloucestershire, Corse Lawn House is only a stones throw away from Tewkesbury and is easily accessible from Malvern, Upton-Upon-Severn and Worcester. The restaurant has several accolades, one of the most impressive being that it has been featured in the Good Food Guide for the past 36 years (making them the 12th longest serving establishment). Chef Martin Kinahan has been in the kitchen for 17 years, cooking for the hotel’s guests. Lunch is £25.95 per person and dinner is £33.50 per person. An A la Carte menu is also available as well as a tasting menu at £65 by prior arrangement. Private dining events can be booked in a choice of 2 rooms, one seating up to 14 guests and the other up to 32.
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Cotford Hotel, Malvern
Winner of best restaurant category at the Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence in 2016, was Malvern based, 2 AA rosette restaurant L’ Amuse Bouche, at The Cotford Hotel. Experienced head chef Chris Morgan heads up the award winning restaurant, offering a French-style cuisine; using fresh, local and organically sourced produce. Chris and his wife Barbara took on the hotel in 2007 and have since been refurbishing the rooms and grounds, whilst picking up various awards acknowledging their efforts along the way . The Al a Carte dinner menu comprises of dishes with prices from £17.50 – £24.95, and The Cotford hotel also caters for private events, with a separate function menu option also available.
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Cottage in the Wood, Malvern Wells
Make a change from looking up at the Malverns by taking a trip over to Cottage in the Wood, where you’ll see breath taking views across the three counties. The hotel has some very interesting history relating to J.R.R. Tolkien who spent time in Malvern and is believed to have drawn inspiration for a particular character featured in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Once a tea room back in 1919 the now 2 AA rosettes award winning restaurant at the hotel, also named ‘1919 Restaurant’, has recently be refurbished and is serving modern British cuisine. Lunch and dinner menus are Al a Carte and Sunday lunch is also available at £24 (2 courses) or £28 (3 courses).
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Dormy House, Broadway
The Dormy House is a 17th Century farm in rural Worcestershire, Broadway. It was converted into a hotel in 1977 by a family who have owned it ever since. Everything about this hotel is luxurious and it remains one of the most loved hotels in the Cotswolds. For special occasions, The Garden Room Restaurant offers a 5 or 7 course fine dining experience, created by Head Chef Sam Bowser and his team. The 5 course menu is £50 per person and 7 courses is £85 per person, and a wine flight can also be added at an additional cost. There are several private dining options to choose from at different prices, making The Dormy House a great pick for making any event one you’ll be sure to remember.
Eckington Manor, Pershore
Situated on the border of The Cotswolds, but still in Worcestershire, is Eckington Manor. It’s common knowledge that chef Mark Stinchcombe, who heads the kitchen with his wife Sue, won BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals in 2015. A meticulous attention to detail is paid to everything at the country house boutique hotel, and the kitchen is no exception. The husband and wife team who have both previously worked in Michelin kitchens, including 2 starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, run a slick operation. Dinner is served in the fine dining restaurant at the manor and is £48 per person (3 courses), with Sunday lunch available at £32 (3 courses). Booking is essential for all dining as the restaurant is very popular with visitors worldwide who are prepared to travel just to get a taste of their exemplary food. Exclusive events are held at Eckington Manor for something even more special, including a tasting menu which has been designed around dishes as televised on the Masterchef series at £75 per person (on special dates only).
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Grafton Manor, Bromsgrove
Elizabethan country house hotel Grafton Manor, has been family owned since the late 1970s. As well as being a popular destination for visitors to Worcestershire looking for a luxurious retreat, the manor is also well-known for hosting outstanding weddings. The restaurant menu changes regularly, and a sample Al a Carte dinner menu is available on request by calling or emailing reception. Starter prices range from £6-£7.50, Main courses from £13.50-£22.50 and desserts from £6.50-£7.50. Booking is recommended for lunch and dinner as the restaurant can get very busy. Bespoke menus can also be arranged for private dining bookings, to be held in the historic Great Parlour.
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Green Cow Kitchens, Whitbourne
Described by many of it’s guests who discover Green Cow Kitchens for the first time, as a ‘hidden gem, the fine dining ‘field to fork’ restaurant boasts an impressive 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. The restaurant sits within Crumbleby Farm in Whitbourne, on the Worcestershire / Herefordshire border. Although open on to the public every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening (and occasional Sundays for lunch), Green Cow Kitchens is the ideal venue for an exclusive hire celebration, with parties of 20 or more people. Monthly tasting menus are available on Fridays and Saturdays at £44.50 per person. Michelin starred chef Patrick McDonald joins head chef Mickey, for special tasting evenings at £95 (including wine). Bookings can be made online.
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Hogarths Stone Manor, Kidderminster
Worcestershire is spoilt for choice with luxury hotels dotted around the county, housing exquisite restaurants serving first class food. Hogarths Stone Manor near Kidderminster, is no exception with their AA Hive restaurant being located inside the stunning tudor-style country house, which is believed to date back to the Doomsday book. The Manor’s most recent owners, a husband and wife team, refurbished the hotel over a 5 month period after acquiring it in 2015. An Al a Carte menu is available to enjoy in the Hive, which offers British cuisine to diners and guests with a modern spin. Main course prices range from £14-£25 and on Friday and Saturday evenings they also offer 2 flambe options (from 6pm), costing between £25-29.50. Private dining rooms are available for hire, with special celebrations in mind, and even offer an all-inclusive celebration package.
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Old Rectory House, Redditch
in 2017 a new fine dining restaurant was launched at the Old Rectory House Hotel in Redditch. An Al a Carte dinner menu is available in The Orangery (the newly built restaurant and cocktail lounge), as well as a private dining menu, offering 2 courses at £24.95 or 3 courses at £29.95. For a truly unique dining experience, give greenhouse dining a try and book the geodesic dining dome. The menu which also includes some drinks is £49.95 per person (minimum of 4 guests). The dining pod can also be hired for an intimate dinner for 2, however a minimum spend of £200 is required.
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Ostlers at Number 1, Worcester
Ostlers at Number 1 in Worcester is one of the few restaurants to make the list, which isn’t based within a hotel. The restaurant has a history of serving delicious food to it’s customers, however more so in recent times since current owner Ben Nelsey and Head Chef, Ricco arrived in 2014. Ostlers is conveniently located next to Worcester Racecourse and only a short walk from the city centre. An Al a Carte menu is offered with prices ranging from £17.50 to £22.95, as well as a specials menu, typically to include some fantastic fresh fish options. For the extra special event, book on to a tasting evening, held on the first Tuesday of every month (Al a Carte menu not available on these dates), and is priced at £55 per person.
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Russell’s – A Restaurant with Rooms, Broadway
Named after British furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell. ‘Russell’s – A Restaurant with Rooms‘ opened in 2004 in the idyllic Cotswold village of Broadway, Worcestershire. The restaurant in this foodie Inn is run by Head Chef, Neil Clarke, who is serving a modern British menu, focussed on using locally sourced fresh produce and ingredients. An Al a carte menu and prixe fixe menu are both available, with one course being priced at £16, two courses at £20 and three courses at £24 on the set menu. For family celebrations, a private room is available, seating up to 14 guests in the separate dining room. Just let them know beforehand and Russell’s will also organise champagne on arrival for your guests or an after dinner celebratory cake. Why not let Russell’s take care of everything for you and let them cook for your guests in your own home? A team of caterers can be organised to come over and provide a banquet at your dinner table.
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Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester
Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, a former monastery dating back to the 16th century, is situated in Callow End in Worcester. The Abbey is surrounded by 26 acres of gardens and inside the grade II listed country house is the grand Sister Charlotte’s fine dining restaurant, with stunning views of the grounds. Recently taking over by Handpicked Hotels, Stanbrook Abbey is in excellent hands, and is the ideal spot to celebrate any special occasion in style. Main course prices range from £16.50 to £25 and guests staying at the hotel on a dinner inclusive package are entitled to £39 per person. Menus can be tailored for something extra special with private dining options to accommodate all requirements. The Hand Picked Hotels special occasion package prices start from £55 per person.
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Terrace on the Hill, Malvern
Head towards Malvern on the Worcester Road and you will find Terrace on the Hill, a Cafe/Brasserie, which transforms into a fine dining restaurant from 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Terrace on the Hill was the only Malvern restaurant to make the Waitrose Good Food Guide in 2017, and is one of Worcestershire’s best culinary gems. It is advised to book well in advance to get a look in at sampling the popular 7 course tasting menu, which is priced at a very reasonable £39.50 per person. Owner and chef, Jason Lynas has worked in top restaurants across the world and was recruited by Raymond Blanc as head chef for his Petit Blanc restaurant in Cheltenham.
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Venture In, Ombersley
Head Chef and owner, Toby Fletcher has been consistently serving first class food to diners, from his 2 AA rosette restaurant since first opening Venture In back in 1998. The restaurant is situated inside a quintessential 15th Century, black and white medieval house on the main road in Ombersley. With a 5 star TripAdvisor rating and entries in both the Michelin and Good Food Guides, Venture In is a superb spot for a celebration. The 3 course dinner menu is £43 per person, and includes filter coffee, infusions and petit fours. Daily specials are also offered, with a particular focus being on fish dishes. Fortnightly fish evenings take place every other Wednesday, which Toby puts together, using only the freshest of fish sourced from a local fish market.
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