Restaurant Review: The Mount Pleasant Hotel, Malvern

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The Mount Pleasant is a family run hotel on Belle Vue Terrace in Greater Malvern offers 17 rooms and a quality restaurant. There are a range of dishes on offer plus specials and a children’s menu and a Sunday carvery. The refurbished restaurant has 50 covers and there is a smaller dining room which seats up to 24 and is ideal for private parties. The hotel is also a venue for weddings.

We went along recently on behalf of WR Magazine to review the restaurant, and can be found on pages 16-17 of the winter issue 2018. Here’s what we thought…

In the centre of Great Malvern on Belle Vue Terrace you’ll find The Mount Pleasant. This established family-owned hotel, bar and restaurant, in a unique Georgian building, enjoys a prime location overlooking the town.

The recently refurbished restaurant area has been tastefully decorated and provides a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere. An opinion clearly shared by the other guests which included couples, families and what seemed to be a reunion of friends during our Friday night visit.  A first impression worthy of a mention is the high-backed comfortable dining chairs, which prompted the question of why don’t more restaurants follow suit?

We were greeted and served by Jay, who looked after us for the evening and provided us with menus to read and drinks while we decided what to order. The menu, which could be categorised as modern British or bistro style, has a good range of dishes catering for most tastes, making it easy to shortlist two or three starters and mains. I opted for the halloumi fries to start and the serving, with a bed of coriander & lime mayo and herbed greens was very generous. Crisply coated fish finger sized cheesy fries – ideal for any fan of halloumi.

My companion opted for the scallops with pork belly. The seafood was cooked with care with the delicate flavour of the plump scallops contrasting with the meaty pork whilst a cauliflower purée and red wine jus brought the dish together wonderfully. Both starters had a genuine balance of freshness, flavour and texture. Great starters to enthuse about while we waited for the main course to arrive.

My seabass fillets arrived aloft a circle of coriander mash with wilted spinach and prawn wontons on top. The oriental wontons worked really well with the more traditional herbed mash and the fillets flaked as they should. A great combination of flavours with a subtle prawn sauce to round off the flavours and soak up the potatoes.

Next to me a thick rump steak arrived with skin on chips, a side of garlic mushrooms and blue cheese rarebit on top of the beef tomato. The 8oz steak was cooked rare as requested, and had a delicious charred flavour from the searing process. The optional peppercorn sauce or red wine jus was vetoed in favour of some good old English mustard. A classic with the cheesy rarebit being a welcome addition to the obligatory grilled tomato.

Whilst deciding on puddings we both agreed that this hotel restaurant is serving great quality food with good portion control and friendly, polite service. The atmosphere is pleasant without being too formal and the service is professional and non-intrusive.

The pudding menu is inviting and has some tempting treats such sticky toffee pudding, crème brûlée and pannacotta, but we opted to share the cheeseboard. After all, you can never have enough cheese!

This arrived and provided a delightful choice of Brie, Worcester Gold, Hereford Hop, Stilton and the Worcester sauce & shallot. A selection of non-fussy biscuits lay next to home-made chutney and celery accompaniments.

Our evening at The Mount Pleasant was as the name suggests! Extremely enjoyable with great service and very good food, catering well for hotel guests, visitors to Malvern and locals.

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