If you haven’t already heard then you should know that the historic Worcester Porcelain Works has undergone an exciting transformation in the heart of the city centre. The redevelopment brings a bunch of lovely new homes, an independent café and a gin distillery. It will also make use of the spacious courtyard to showcase some of the talented young artists and musicians the area has to offer. The new venue officially opens to the public on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018. There will be children’s entertainment, live music, craft demonstrations and the official opening of the Henry Sandon Hall, by the BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter and local Worcester Porcelain expert himself. I went along the week before the opening for a tour of the site and to have a look around one of Worcester’s newest cafés, which has been opened by The Handmade Scotch Egg Company, owners of the very successful Nest Ledbury, and Egg’cetera on Friar Street in Worcester.
There’s a humble story behind the journey which led up to Neil and Penny Chambers opening the very first Scotch egg shop ‘in the world’ – egg’cetera in Worcester. Their award-winning scotch eggs are instantly recognisable, and were the first things I spotted when entering into the new deli / café. I for one have enjoyed many of the flavours at markets and food festivals over the past few years. Nest Worcester is kitted out with rustic wooden tables and a mix match of chairs. It has a farm shop vibe with industrial style lighting, and although eclectic it is a very welcoming space. Pop in between 8am-12pm for breakfast when you can enjoy your choice of eggs on toast (£4.95), with grilled prosciutto or smoked salmon for an extra £2 or field mushrooms / roast tomatoes for an extra £1. The Nest bacon sandwich (£4.95) is made with grilled prosciutto, Tigg’s sauce and leaves, or if you fancy something cold to start the day then grab a bowl of Bircher museli (£4.95), served with seasonal fruit.
Lunch follows from 12-4pm featuring the infamous handmade scotch egg (your choice of flavour), with seasonal salads (£6.95). Alternatively try the ‘eggshed’ quiche (6.95), homemade soup (£4.95), or a seasonal salad (£4.95), with the option to upgrade with Mcneils smoked chicken, salmon or duck (£2). A choice of three Artisan sandwiches (£5.95) are also available, or indulge in the cheese on toast (£4.95), picking your own cheese, chutney and bread. I must add that Nest uses Peter Cooks Bread throughout all of its menus, and you can pick from white / granary or sourdough where available. After lunch, Nest continues to open for supper from 4-7:30pm and serves a selection of artisan boards including; cheese, charcuterie, scotch egg tasting board and a local tasting board (prices are £10-20 depending on your choice of board).
During my first visit to the Royal Porcelain Works redevelopment it was a gloriously sunny day, and I made the most of it by ordering a smoked chicken, grilled prosciutto sandwich which I ate in the outside seating area. The tables overlook a beautifully planted courtyard, created by award winning RHS Chelsea medal winning garden designer Olivia Kirk, who I was also fortunate enough to meet and congratulate her on how stunning the garden looked. My sandwich was delicious and I can’t wait to try more from the menu, especially the tasting boards which use locally sourced producers.
I’m so excited about all of the great things happening in Worcester at the moment, especially with so many new restaurants coming to town. Nest is also a wonderful addition to the foodie scene and the people involved have an infectious passion for bringing the community together in a creative and fun way. I love the Ethos of Nest, which supports local producers and offers top-quality simpe food. Don’t forget to head down to Royal Porcelain Works on 30th June / 1st July to join in with the celebrations and grab a bite to eat at Nest. More exciting news is to follow about the gin distillery next door to Nest which as well as selling its own ‘Piston’ gin, will also host gin-making workshops where you can have a go at making your own.
Cost: £5.95 (food only)
1 sandwich from the lunch menu
Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom – last visited in June 2018
Food hygiene rating – awaiting inspection
* I was asked if I’d like to sample some food for free. For those interested, instead I paid for my own lunch!