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 Selected Comments in Worcestershire

Kay Berger
I have lived in America since the early 1980 with my mum & Dad and 3 sisters..... all my mum has talked about since I can remember is this pub!! Her grandparents owned this pub in the 1930. Her Dads last name was Warner. Vetrry interested in it “ Ivy cottage inn, Bromsgrove, catshill.
My Moms mom died when she was 7 and her father put her and her two sisters in an orphanage. This is the only memory she has.
Sunday, October 21, 2018Rating: No rosettes

Nice pint of cider
Saturday, April 28, 2018Rating: rosettes

 Not impressed
Chinese Duckling 🐥 was a bit Greasy
Tuesday, April 24, 2018Rating: rosettes

 Now Closed
The Brandy Cask has closed for good.
Monday, September 5, 2016Rating: No rosettes

J saunders
 Superb food and service
We eat here most weeks. The food is of an exceptional standard ,service is like being treated as family. So disappointed we could not get in for Xmas lunch.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015Rating: rosettes

Keith Noble
 Tontine, Stourport
On a recent visit to Stourport I noticed what appeared to be a pub-like name displayed at the Tontine, on the side facing York Street Basin. I didn't have a chance to investigate further but does the conversion of the hotel to flats incorporate a re-opened pub?
Thursday, May 22, 2014Rating: No rosettes

Janet dowell
 Sunday dinner verry poor need a new cook
Sunday, February 9, 2014Rating: No rosettes

Bill Swift
 Nasty landlord
Landlord became hostile when I suggested it might be a good idea to list a few gluten free meals. I was genuinely shocked by his response, it was totally unnecessary, then he didn't say goodbye when I left even though I had. I won't be recommending it to anyone and hope this review encourages people to visit one of the other pubs in the area which are generally very good.
Thursday, July 18, 2013Rating: No rosettes

Julie bent
 Food and service
Food and service appauling fish was not cooked and when returning it was told this is how it is too bad waitress awfull food even worse would never go there again
Wednesday, April 3, 2013Rating: No rosettes

Kay Fisher
 Under new ownership!
The plough and harrow has re-opened today (01/11/12) under new ownership of Toff Burton and his wife Lynne. Toff has been a fantastic cook for many years and is a master butcher. He is keen to welcome customers back to the pub to come and sample some home cooked food. You are guaranteed a friendly face, nice drink and some great food. The doors are once again opened for business.
Thursday, November 1, 2012Rating: rosettes

Anoynomous Person
 getting better by the day
i do think you are being a bit hard
the pub is short staffed but we are getting there.
As for feeling sorry for the two girls
.............then don't they are paid above the minium wage and should think themelves lucky to have a job in this current economical climate.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012Rating: rosettes

Sandra Smith
Meals two for one good value for pub grub, as with many pubs now short staffed, wanted to complain but felt sorry for those two poor girls - taking food orders and serving drinks. (no manager in sight)
Better service at the Sun Romsley
Tuesday, August 21, 2012Rating: rosettes

Don Lewis
I wonder who Mr Anonymous is cannot agree with him and I don't smoke or take drugs and as I said midweek meals are good but the Sunday we went the veg.was tasteless and the beef was definitely not off a joint
Wednesday, July 25, 2012Rating: rosettes

Anonymous Person
 What's Done Been Smoking ?
sorry have to disagee all the meat and veg are fresh and the prices are very good
don must have been smokin or takien an illegal high or just a bit of a drama queen.
come on the meals are good.
Thursday, June 28, 2012Rating: rosettes

Don Lewis
Food in midweek is usually good(we go every week) but have only been on one Sunday and was not impressed with tasteless veg.and processed meat.We will stick to midweek in future. Prices have increased lately but service appears slower.
Thursday, June 28, 2012Rating: rosettes

 only large parties welcome
rang to book a table for a birthday meal for five and was advised that they only take bookings for ten or more,so appears that if there are less than ten of you in your party you can either take a chance of them having a table without booking or go someware else!
Saturday, June 23, 2012Rating: No rosettes

diane and john on there way from devon,,,,,,,,,,have a nice life from alan at the oldenburg winner st
Sunday, June 17, 2012Rating: rosettes

waited over an hour for our food when i complained the man just laughed. just lost a customer mate. also the food was bland.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Wednesday, May 30, 2012Rating: rosettes

I Bailey
 poor service
Ordered drinks which took a while to arrive.Meals took half an hour despite the place not being too busy.Plates cleared away but nobody came back to take further food orders,after 25 minutes had to go to the bar to order puddings and more drinks.The service was poor and the staff did not appear to be enjoying their work.
Food was pretty good though.
We have been to The Dog before and never experienced this type of service so hope this is a one off.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Had another nice meal, thanks to all the staff
Friday, May 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

hill/walton family
went for meal after reading reviews were not looking forward to it but eight of us could not find fault in it dinners were hot not burnt as someone states puddings were great as well go and try judge for youselfs
Sunday, April 29, 2012Rating: rosettes

mrs jeffries
Worst meal ever.

My husband and myself used to frequent this pub regularly for meals but stopped after a poorly cooked meal.
After several years we thought we would give it another go.last night we ordered two meals and they were worse than ever.the food was over cooked. All thefood was frozen and over done.i had lamb chopsand they were virtually unrecognisable and the roast potatoes were the frozen type over cooked and two of them discoloured inside and could not be eaten.the basic veg limp strips of carrot and peas were reheated over again.my husbands meal was overcooked and we will not be eating there ever again.its a pity because the staff are really friendly.we paid just under £18 for poor quality pub grub.when clearing our plates we were asked if the meals were ok and we said they were awful at which he said he thought we were joking as people say that for a laugh.we replied that we were being serious.he did not return with an apology!
Sunday, April 29, 2012Rating: No rosettes

j bishop
Went for a meal and some of it was unedible. Took over an hour to get served and when informed were not interested. Then they wanted full payment.
Saturday, April 21, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Lee Holder
Popped in for a pint on Sunday the 15th April and what a pint it was..Whistling Joe what beer should taste like.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012Rating: No rosettes

peter turner
after using this pub for nearly 30 years we feel very let down. have used it for family functions, birthday partys etc. weekly meals. very rude manager. marsdens run this pub and have our e mail adress but have had no appology.
Thursday, March 15, 2012Rating: No rosettes

jan turner
i tried 2 book a table at the mitor oak 4 11 of my friends last saturday evening. the manager told me they didnt reserve tables but every time i go in tables have always got reserved signs on them. he then told me to go elswhere if i didnt like it. he was extremely rude and very arrogant.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Jue Price
 New Management since September 2011
Fabulous sunday carvery, have been for carvery in the week, also excellent. Good portions lovely attentive staff who are great with children. My husband enjoys the real ales that james the landlord serves. Very nice feel to the place would absolutely recommend.
Sunday, February 12, 2012Rating: rosettes

hardwick morningthorpe
 truly dire
shame, I used to come here as a kid and loved it. next to the cut (stiil is), but food barely edible. how do you get fish and chips so wrong, advertised as fresh, but i now live next to the sea and I think i can recognise long term frozen. daughter had veggie option of barely recognisable cauliflower and brocolli bake..awful..overcooked to a mush for a tenner! go elsewhwere, maybe it will get taken over by someone who gives a monkeys!!
Sunday, January 22, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Mrs F Compton
 Not what it says on the menu
Not particularly good service food was ok except sunday dinner lamb was processed meat and not very tasty. Other meals all had items missing compared to what it said on the menu eg no beetroot or relish with burger, no gravy with pie, no sauce on salad. Food was luke warm. overall not very good and not a place i will go back to in a hurry. Shame because the building itself is nice.
Monday, January 16, 2012Rating: rosettes

Norman V Stringer
why o why have you altered your policy re- admitting children under the age of 14.
we visited the hollybush last sunday for lunch 14th aug 2011, was we disappointed. young ones running around the dining area no perental control,what is normally a nice relaxing atmosphere we could not vacate the pub quick enough.
we frequent the pub at least twice a month over the last 10 years know the staff well and always enjoyed ourselves but if this is your policy for the future there is no way we will be returning.

a very dissatisfied customer.
Monday, August 15, 2011Rating: rosettes

Alison Birch
Visited 30/06/11. Quite busy which I took to be a good sign - how wrong I was. Our table for 4 was situated by exit door, constant stream of people walking past and every time door opened we got disinfectant smell from gents toilet. Ordered a glass of rose wine, it was unchilled, altho I was assured it was straight from the fridge. They offered me ice! Main meals when they eventually appeared were a disgrace. I wasnt expecting haute cuisine but food should at least be edible. Chef should be sacked. My chicken in brandy and cream sauce (£13.50) was so dry & tough I could not eat it, veg was tasteless, cold and overcooked, swimmimg in cold cooking water. 1st time I've ever been served brown broccoli! Was offered a replacement meal but by that time I just wanted to leave. Ale & Hearty pie was a small portion cut from a whole pie, not what was expected, sausage yorkshire was very soggy. Only acceptable meal was a burger, altho chips were cold. Manager couldnt offer refund as 2 for 1, offered pudding & coffee which I refused so gave 20% discount & 20% on future meal should we return. Not much danger of that happening I'm not a masochist.
Friday, July 1, 2011Rating: No rosettes

the phone number is wrong
Friday, June 3, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Quite contrary to the previous 2 comments we found both service and quality of the meals delightful
One of our party having Thai food and the rest traditional Pub Grub
Spoke to the landlord and found him easy going and friendly.
I suppose some people just like a moan
Friday, May 13, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Rudest pub staff I've ever known
Party of four and dog went 2 nights running. First night: good food (except for over-microwaved crumble which was deducted from bill without demur), pleasant service. Second night: took nearly an hour for starters to arrive despite pub being nearly empty. Surly boy in charge (Kevin, claimed to be owner's son) rude and foul-mouthed, wearing filthy bandage on hand - his excuse for serving only one dish at a time. No apologies for rubbish service. Variability in comments on this site appear to be related to different staff on duty, but it seems the landlord and his family are the problem. Pub obviously in decline - the sooner the owners change the better.
Monday, April 11, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Mike Kelly
After having regularly dined at the Hollybush for over 2 years and generally leaving there feeling satisfied and having had value for money, our most recent visit (12/3/11) was not the best, we were served a Vegetable Lasagne without PASTA.... or a Bechemel Sauce...... Go Figure!!, This was delivered 10 mins after everyone else's meal..
A second meal which was a spicy burger was a cremated burger on a burnt bun with a child sized portion of chips and a chopped salad!

We were quite disappointed as we eat regularly at the pub and typically enjoy our visits however on this occasion we left feeling bad and discussing the need to find another place to eat as things seem to be slipping and portion control is poor.

On the whole the staff are great but there doesn't seem to be much in the way of after care being I am not after free food but I do expect to get what I pay for and a caring service

I would normally rate this pub as a 5 because of its value, care and service however it is only deserving of a 2. I look forward to going again and seeing if it improves.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011Rating: rosettes

Annette Manger
 How can you get a sandwich wrong ?
Just came back from the hollybush,no hot food available as the kitchens were about to be refitted , no problem we settled for a sandwich with chips and a salad. how wrong can you be when you think no problem , dried up salad , burnt hot and cold chips and colslaw that looked like sick , so unless this is how you like your sandwiches served give this pub a miss
Wednesday, March 9, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Kerry West
 Bad Stomachs
My previous experince was, home made very friendly staff, lovely atmosphere. Traditional homely restaurant.

However my last experience was badly prepared food, very small amounts of food NO customer service!!!

All 4 people with stomach upset following the meal.

When I complained no apology and apparently they did provide customer servcie because they brought the drink over!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011Rating: No rosettes

val horton
yesterday my husband and I went for the first time to the Mitre Oak,
We decided on sunday roast,
It was I can honestly say the worst sunday meal I have ever had,
It was bland , frozen roasters , and the beef , well I do not know how to describe it,absolutely awful.I shall not be returning
no rosettes
Monday, August 23, 2010Rating: No rosettes

mary jane
I have been a regular diner at The Holly bush inn for many years and I am appauled to read such an awful review.The pub displays several very clear signs stating that no children are allowed on the premises under the age of 14!! The staff are always very polite and friendly and if a member of staff reminds you of the honey monster then he must have been very cute and friendly! being !If you have dined there several times then the food cant be as bad as described as why would you waste your money on food time and time again if you dont like it?? Also the manageress Kim has always shown us the upmost respect and creates a very friendly welcome as soon as you walk through the door!! I will continue to use the The hollybush as a regular satisfied diner.
Saturday, August 21, 2010Rating: rosettes

Peter Willis
 Avoid like the plague!
Quite simply the worst service we have ever received in a pub. Ordered a salad which should be impossible to muck up, but they did! The meal was inedible and when a complaint was made, it was met with total indifference. The young boy behind the bar was rude, ignorant and more concerned with flirting with some young female clients than serving customers. Meals were literally thrown on the table by the aforementioned bar worker who sported a roller up cigarette behind one ear and low slung trousers which paraded his underwear. Grossly disappointed.
Thursday, August 19, 2010Rating: No rosettes

My Wife and i have been to the Hlly bush on many occasions for dinner, simply because we can get they in the car without going on public roads, food is very average at best but when you don't feel like cooking it just about does. Any how a new born child later and we have had several meals in the beer garden with our baby fast asleep, no bother. Until the last time, we were served our drinks in the garden and menus and cutlery brought out, went to order food and was told if i was the one with the baby i am to leave now, really rudly by some freak of a bar man who resembled the honey monster. I told him what i thought of him and left. I phoned Kim up to complain and she was extremly rude and ignorant,
To be frank the decor is old and stuffy very much like its average punter. food is nothing more than a normal non chef could cook at home and the bar staff are ignorent, attend at your preil, Go to the Winged Spur down the road in Ullenhall, much nicer atmosphere and tadty food also offering decent varied ales.
Its a shame the holly bush changed from what it was 10 years ago
Friday, August 6, 2010Rating: No rosettes

mathew bo
 More a bar than a pub, and not a nice bar at that.
Wetherspoons seems to have more charm than this place these days, its a real shame as this used to be a nice 'real' pub in Bromsgrove. Now its all alchopops, kids running round and underage drinkers. A shame.
Thursday, June 24, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Simple, but scrumptious fare!
A lovely, friendly pub! The Menu is varied and though the dishes are straightforward, they are done in such a way, that they look and taste fantastic! We had each a plate of pasta: the portion was very generous and the pasta and accompaniment were scrumptious!

I will definitely come again with friends!
Thursday, June 17, 2010Rating: rosettes

Miss P
This Pub has the worst food possible all burnt and full of under age drinkers. The last time me and my family went to go to this pub it was been used as a boy racer location with the managers consent. MY ADVICE IS DO NOT USE THIS PUB!!! I wouldnt even give this pub a 1/10
Sunday, March 28, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Martina Baskovka
 very discustted with food and no refund
had starters, 2 for one,.and drinks. ordinary pasta with tomato sauce was served with dried lumps, and burned garlic bread. when asked for exchange, was told it will be couple of minutes. well, i do not know what clock blond lady has, but my partner has had meal finished and mine still was not exchanged. When asked for refund, was told to have cofe or cake instead as on two for one she cannot do refund. would you want cake instead of dinner? and just to add to it, it is not about nearly £9 for dried pasta with tomato sauce, it is about customer service. I have been working in retail for years so if management wants to understand it, please feel free to contact me.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Excellent surroundings, staff very friendly, food very good, no complaints, would certainly eat there again..
Sunday, February 14, 2010Rating: rosettes

John lomas.
 Very good chef
Great food, lovely staff; I go regularly and enjoy a first class meal every time; a very
good chef.

Thursday, February 11, 2010Rating: rosettes

Su Farrell
Stayed at the Old Leaking well in October as it now has new accomidation. Lovely clean modern rooms. Friendly staff and great service. Food was lovely with great porton sizes! Check out the fish & Chips, homemade chunky chips! Would recommed!
Thursday, December 17, 2009Rating: rosettes

 Huge extension going on, now indian restaurant
Monday, December 14, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 xmas dinner a very poor meala ver
a very poor meal prawn cocktail consisted of 4 shrimps a bit if shredded lettuce and a quarter of a tomatomeat over cooked and sweet a lot of stodge will never go again and warne whaT A POOR SERVICE \WE HAD COFFEE BEFORE SWEET AS THE SWEET WEAS WAINTING TO BE DEFROSTED 5 12 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Lisa Smithley
 Very good
Service was fantastic, warm welcome from all staff as soon as we walked in.
Real ales always on tap. Samples avaliable when I asked.
Managers seem very friendly and all staff have a bubbily attitude.
Food was brilliant, understood its a 2 for 1 but food was very good quality.
Very good atmosphere.
Definately recommended.
Sunday, October 11, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Geoff Readman
 Just about the best by miles.
Straight forward decent fayre. The food is good, the beer is good, the staff is good, its a pub you just enjoy being in and you end up soaking up the experience with everyone around you looking happy including the staff. It has got to be the atmosphere.
Thursday, October 8, 2009Rating: rosettes

Colette & Adrian
 Fab Friendly Pub on River Setting
Sept 2009 The Hampstall Inn; was taken over just over 2 years ago by Karen and Steve. First class hospitality and excellent goog value home cooked food. It is fantastic to see the Hampstall Alive again! Various entertainment evenings are always great fun. You really should visit soon .... you won't be dissapointed.
Sunday, September 13, 2009Rating: rosettes

s j
Is worth a visit, too many nags head locals commenting on this great pub, poor show , worth a try
Wednesday, June 10, 2009Rating: rosettes

Dandy Jim
 Still the best freshly cooked food in Malvern
The following review by Worcester News says it all

THERE are two things you can do in Malvern on a beautiful spring Saturday. The first is take a hike up the famous hills. The second is dine al fresco at one of the town’s pubs.

After checking out the Red Lion’s sun-dappled terrace, complete with St George’s flags fluttering in the breeze and petals floating down from a tree in full blossom, we chose the latter.

And as we relaxed in the sunshine watching walkers huffing past us up the hillside, it seemed a very good decision indeed. Plenty of other people obviously had the same idea, because the terrace was soon full, although the rather dark and bare interior remained virtually empty.

Starters arrived promptly.

Deep-fried brie (£4.99) was as good as it gets, with the hot cheese oozing out of a crispy crust.

Homemade mushroom soup (£4.50) looked a little thin at first sight – until you plunged your spoon a little deeper and discovered the mountains of succulent mushrooms piled high beneath the surface. The result was just what a soup starter should be – satisfying enough to take the edge off your appetite and get your tastebuds humming, but not so rich or hearty that it overwhelmed the main course.

Which was just as well, because the salmon and prawn fish cakes (£9.99) were an absolute joy.

Bursting with fishy flavour, they were complemented perfectly by a rich basil sauce.

However, the fish cakes’ vegetarian equivalent (£8.99), ordered by my companion, were less successful. They appeared to be much the same recipe without the fish, which seemed to leave little apart from potato and peppers. The result was rather bland, despite the efforts of the accompanying salsa – also heavy on the peppers – to sex them up.

Desserts, a ‘trio of ice cream flavours’ and chocolate fudge cake (both £3.95), were real crowdpleasers and just the thing to round off a largely satisfying meal. The Red Lion bills itself as Malvern’s “number one food pub”.

I suspect there are places in the town where you can get food that’s at least as good, and perhaps cheaper, too. However, this quirky pub, wedged into the hillside beside the headquarters of the British Society of Dowsers (this is hippie Malvern, after all) is certainly a pleasant place to spend an April afternoon.


The Red Lion,
4 St Anne’s Road,
Telephone: 01684 564787
Food ★★★✩✩
Value for money ★★★✩✩
Ambience ★★★✩✩
Service ★★★✩✩

Tuesday, June 9, 2009Rating: rosettes

Colin Andrews
 Welcome? What welcome?
Wanting a canalside drink on Easter Monday we travelled out to the Eagle and Sun after seeing their web site proclaiming their warm welcome. When we arrived, at about 8pm, there were a few people at tables round the pub eating, but all the other tables were empty, laid up with place mats and cutlery, but had 'reserved' signs on - were they expecting several coaches of customers to arrive?

We went to the bar to order drinks and asked if all tables were really reserved - we were told in a very short manner that we could sit at table 5!!

Not my idea of a warm welcome!! Certainly no encouragement for people just wishing to enjoy a drink in a pleasant environment. And the beer was pretty awful to boot.

Maybe the carvery food is good - though i suspect that on that evening the meat and vegetables had been left out and uncovered longer than was good or healthy for them - but to my mind, to remain successful public houses need to actively encourage drinkers too, and the Eagle and Sun did not do that.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 very disappointing
Over inflated prices for what is essentially average pub grub - how ever they dress it up.

'Chips' - re heated.
'Caramlised veg cakes' - potato cakes with cucumber and tomato bits thrown in.
'Bruschetta'- cheese on toast with zero finesse.
'sauce' - blatantly out of a jar
Wait - 35 mins for starter - main 5 seconds after eaten starter and microwaved to insane temperature
Some of staff - monosyllabic.

Had i been paying pub prices, it would have been acceptable - but they market themselves as much more and do not come up with the goods.

Am not convinced the 'chef' wasn't a monkey with wooden spoon.

May pop back for a warming drink and to use the loo when hell freezes over.

Monday, April 13, 2009Rating: rosettes

Thursday, March 5, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Pub, restaurant & Thai Restaurant now fully open again after fire last July.

Better than ever!!!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009Rating: rosettes

marcus brampton
having pre booked a table for six
last wednesday lunchtime , we were disappionted by the lack of choice, but the meal was good. Unfortunately, by the time we had finish our main course(at 13.40 hrs.) we were told that chef had gone home as it was quiet!!.No second visit planned.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Lionel Parkes
 Gone down hill a long way since last year
I was part of a party of 5 returning for the 2nd year running for our Xmas meal, what a disappointment compared to last year, the starter of prawn cocktails was a very meagre portion with the prawn cocktail sauce completely missing, served with 2 slices of brown bread with no butter supplied, the main meal was marginally better, but every on complained that the pigs in blankets were not cooked and the bacon was semi raw, a bit of cranberry sauce would have been nice with the turkey. I couldn't fault the sweet of Xmas pudding, then we were left sitting there while tables were being cleared, we were never asked if anyone wanted cheese and biscuits, or a cup of coffee, so I had to ask the waitress for them, when it came what a disgrace compared to last year, It was served up on a dinner plate with all the cheeses mixed up one on top of another, no small plates or cutlery where offered until I asked for them, the coffees were then served or actually just cups placed on the table with out any saucers or spoons for the sugar, which I had to request once again. and at £40.00 a head no one even asked if our meal was OK, needless to say we will be looking elsewhere next year for our Xmas meal.
Friday, January 2, 2009Rating: rosettes

This has been closed & boarded up for well over a year. Eventual fate unknown.
Sunday, December 28, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Demolished some years ago for housing.
Sunday, December 28, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Closed & boarded up (Dec 2008). Apparently there is planning permission to demolish & replace with housing. Another Kidderminster pub bites the dust!
Sunday, December 28, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Chris & Gillian
 delicious food
Delicious and imaginative food, from a menu that changes regularly with the seasons. Keep an eye on the Specials Board, especially for the fresh fish. We love the food so much that we are now regulars, and always feel welcomed and looked after by both Juliet in the front of house and Mike in the kitchen.
Sunday, October 19, 2008Rating: rosettes

Saturday, September 13, 2008Rating: rosettes

Lynn Cullimore
I did not find the meal cold. I had the fishcakes and we had a delightful waittress who was very helpful. My friend and i are going again tonight.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008Rating: rosettes

Mrs. M. Smith
 Same as previous reviewer
On a recent visit to the Plough & Harrow, I queried the bill, Juliet arrogantly dismissed my concerns and feigned ignorance when I suggested a compromise.

How nice it would have been to have been able to recommend this hostelry; to support these young people in their business venture, but this dishonest behaviour has prevented me doing so.
Sunday, August 31, 2008Rating: No rosettes

a little over priced; 2 for 1 really isn't two for one: balti approx. £13.99 - I have never been anywhere, even the high end balti houses who charge this much, Chicken £14.99. Drinks - 3 soft drinks came in at over £9.00. Food Ok, very quick in about 10 minutes which leads me to believe it is microwaved, nothing special for the prices. Two For One is not theoretically correct as they have increased the prices of standard meals two-fold to allow for this 'offer'.
Thursday, July 10, 2008Rating: rosettes

Nick Cassell
Caroline and Nick Cassell bought The Crown Inn 2 years ago from Richard Everton. We have made the Pub much more friendly and welcoming.
The food is of the highest quality using local produce where possible.
We are family friendly and, being a country pub, animal friendly.
Come and visit
Friday, June 27, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Warm friendly staff
wonderful service a traditional pub with locals
Tuesday, June 17, 2008Rating: rosettes

m. joyce
well i think the holly bush has very gd service i been goin now for a couple of years with me wife and the standards are excellent and the staff give good customer care i will cary on goin there and i recomend to any 1 to go there its a smashing little pub in the country side
Monday, February 19, 2007Rating: rosettes

Rachel Anderson
To the gentleman who states that minimum wage staff will be rude - I sugget this is nonense!

I work in a top country pub in Herefordshire every Sunday (aswell as a full time job may I add) and have a fabulous time with all of my customers!

Staff can either make or break a meal!
Sunday, February 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

customer care definately doesn't exist in this pub , never to be visited again.
Sunday, February 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Sunday, February 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

C Atkinson
 Rude staff.
I visited this pub for Sunday lunch (18/2/07) after travelling from Wales for the weekend. I have never met such rude, ignorant, lifeless, mundane and slow staff in any restaurant I have ever visited.
A shame as this seems to be a decent pub run by miserable people
Sunday, February 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

P Dutton
Reserved a table at this pub for my wifes birthday. 2pm Sunday, arrived as a patry of 6 including two children 5, 7yrs. The pub was quiet but we had to wait 1hr 20 mins for our meals.After an hour I asked for the childrens meals (pasta and a chicken burger) to be brought out as soon as poss as they were very hungry. The childrens meals appeared last with no apology. Followed by a 1/2 hr wait for puddings which came as the wrong order 10 minutes apart, again no apology. On leaving the pub I said thank you to the bar manageress who completely ignored me and my family although we hadn't complained all day.
Ruined our birthday meal, we will never visit this pub again, I advise you to do the same.
Sunday, February 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 Hollybush Inn
The hollybush is one of my favorite places to dine, wether it be for a quiet meal mid-week, or for a fun night out with my husband friends on a weekend, the atmosphere is great and the staff are all very kind and considerate. It is well organised and the meals are always delightful and served promptly. It is a refreshing change to visit a nice country pub where screaming children do not ruin the evening. Welll done hollybush, keep up the good work!!!
Sunday, February 11, 2007Rating: rosettes

mrs jane boyce
It is a shame that some people cant accept the fact that no one is infaluable, that mistakes do happen and i believe is unfair to pin point criticism based on one visit! i have been to the Hollybush many times with many different friends and family and have had a very pleasurable meal with the thanks to the very friendly staff who made a constent effort to forfill are requests. In the last eighteen months a new manageress, Kim Ryland has seemed to have made many changes for the better so maybe The Hollybush Inn warrants another visit! As for the no children policy displayed on both entrance doors are signs clearly stating NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN!!!!!!! HOw much more clearer do they need to be???? On every occasion when we have even booked we have always been told prior to this that the policy is in action! It is nice to go out for a meal at a place where all the staff have smiling faces and take time to greet and get to know their regulars like myself!
Friday, February 9, 2007Rating: rosettes

J. Hubbard
 Fantastic pub
I went to the hollybush last week for a meal with my fiance and found it a great place to eat. The whole atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the open fires made it really homely. The staff were helpful and accomodating and all friendly. The meals were lovely proper homemade dishes and they were cooked to perfection. When we booked our table we were told no children were allowed and It was great not having children disturbing the meal. Overall i would recommend the hollybush to anyone, we had a lovely night out.
Friday, February 9, 2007Rating: rosettes

Andy & Jen Houston
A very welcome stop after a strenuous walk up the beacon. Lunch was delicious, extensive menu, freshly prepared, love the wood interior. Beer kept well .
Friday, February 2, 2007Rating: rosettes

 Unique Eccentric Community Pub
Only Food on Sunday's but for £5.50 for 3 types of meat and 15 vegetables, it is the best value roast you will find in the area.

A great live music venue with bands on Saturday, live Trad Jazz every other Sunday, and open mike night Thursdays. A great friendly atmosphere!
Thursday, January 25, 2007Rating: rosettes

Keith Wilkinson
 Friendliest pub in droitwich
Tuesday, January 23, 2007Rating: rosettes

Karen Taylor
 hi from Canada
I hope to visit there one day - my Great Grandparents owned the Inn in the 1880-1890s.... Henry Thomas Willis nad wife Martha. My grandmother was born there in 1885.
Sunday, January 14, 2007Rating: rosettes

dave j
I see others comment on staff but you tell me where you get good service in britain when staff are paid minimum wages and most customers never leave a tip.this pub has great food at reasonable prices
Thursday, January 4, 2007Rating: rosettes

WC Day
 A mean-spirited experience
We had a couple of pleasant meals in this pub during the summer with our children and dog, but popping in for a Christmas drink proved to be an unpleasant experience. The landlord was very rude about us mistakenly entering his pub with children and a dog, saying that I probably couldn't read the sign on the door saying they were banned. Don't expect a warm welcome.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Andrew Hill
 Micro Plastic
A shame to see another pub that used to be real, changed into a microwave food dishing, chain pub for the masses!
Friday, December 22, 2006Rating: No rosettes

johnathon reese
 quality friendly and cosy
the staff are great but have seen a great few leave over the past year or so.
nevertheless, excellent beers, great atmosphere
highly recommended
Wednesday, December 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Debs Stuart
 Loved it
Went there for my first time a few weeks back and loved it, service was prompt, the meals were huge and a bargain at the 2 for 1, and tasted gorgeous! Am going back tonight, and will be again and again.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

Richard Jukes
 My visit was fine!!
Dined in the Mitre Oak Sunday 26th November 2006. It was my mothers 70th birthday. We had booked a table for 5 adults and 5 children for 1500 hrs. The table was ready and waiting on time, and a nice position in a bay window. This pub is nicely decorated and there is no smell of smoke. It is also very roomy and the tables are a good distance apart. We ordered 10 main courses, and a few side dishes followed by 10 desserts. The order was 100 percent accurate, and we were given complementary nachos for the kids whilst we waited for the main courses, even though there wasn't a delay. The food was excellent, and the service polite and not pushy, the table was cleared promptly between courses. Considering most of the children ordered off the adult menu, which has a fantastic choice I might add, the bill worked out a £17 a head which included 3 rounds of drinks. I personally find this pretty good value all in all. I would recommend the Mitre Oak for this sort of meal, and will certainly return myself.
Monday, November 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Michele Gulliver
 lovely pub great views good beer
fantast views from front of pub
lots of good beers to choose from
my husband prefers Spitfire.
freindly staff.
in threat of closure
please go while you can
deep in the Worcs country side.
Friday, November 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

 a great family pub
a great pub for meals and very child friendly, proberly the best family pub in kidderminster.
only wish that dave still was the landlord.
Thursday, November 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

 food fantastic
fresh food fantastic choice and recomended by the tourist information center well worth a visit
Wednesday, November 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

 just great
great food lots of choice proper pub no bs the best in malvern for food after trying the rest
Wednesday, November 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steve Parker
 Avoid this pub
My family and I stopped at this pub on Saturday 11th November at 5.30pm for an early dinner before pub got busy. There was about a dozen people in the bar but only a family of 4 in the dining area. We were told by a waitress that the table we sat at was reserved so we asked where we could sit instead. Her reply was that we needed to book because there was more than 8 of us (there were 5 adults, 2 children and 1 baby!) THE BARMAN THEN ADDED THAT IF WE DIDN'T LIKE IT, WE KNEW WHERE THE DOOR WAS. This was my fathers birthday and we thought that the Mitre Oak would be a good place to meet as it was central between Cheltenham and Shrewsbury. Readers please be aware that the staff at this pub do not value your business and will not make you feel welcome. I have not complained directly to Mitre Oak because I really don't think they will take any notice. What a shame that such an attractive exterior hides such terrible service. I have managed pubs and hotels for the same company for nearly 20 years and can only think that the Mitre Oak must have lots of passing trade because very few customers would return???.
I can however recommend the Watermill in Kidderminster, great staff and good value food ( with £77 extra in till)
Friday, November 17, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Alan Rodgers
 Best View from a Pub garden ever!!!!
Since a management change in 2005, the new landord and wife have made every effort to build up the customer base. The much improved garden terrace boasts an excellent view of the welsh side of the Malverns. The choice of beers is minimal but a good choice nervertheless featuring a very well kept Burton Best bitter. The cosy bar makes the winter period attractive when time out in the garden is limited.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

Alan Rodgers
 Consistency in excellence
Having visited the Nags head at least weekly for the last 3 years, it continues to amaze me how they can sustain excellent service across the bar and in the restaurant for such a period. The choice of beers and quality of food is often referred to positvely, but what about the time it takes to get served?? I cannot remember having to wait any longer than seconds for my pint, even when they are busy. Keep it up Nags!!!1
Tuesday, October 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

Bernie Aintree
 Fantastic Quirky Pub
I haven't been to this neck of the woods for some years but thought I would try The Chase Inn for a quick pint and a nibble. Absolutely fantastic, Great Food (and I am pleased to say they now offer evening food!) and superb Real AlesI If you are in the area you must try it. You won't be disappointed!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

 One of the best
The Fleece inn at Bretforton in my view is one of the few remaining gems in In England. We called for Sunday lunch about 2 weeks ago and believe it to be one of the best sunday roasts we've had in a long while. Presentation excellent and all the vegetables were fresh and tasty. Service V good. Real Ale lovers dream.
Sunday, October 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Tony Jennings
 It's still good.
It's still good; excellent range of beers and good food. I recommend it to all my friends out of county and they buy drinks for me there !

As nothing is really important, go to the Nag's Head to find the 'essential' English pub; you owe it to yourself; it's your heritage.
Friday, October 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Martin Houle
 Fantastic value for money! I'd definately go again
Couldn't believe it. Great looking pub, excellent service AND we got change from £20 including a couple of glasses of wine.
Saturday, October 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

O Smith
 Very Disappointing
I frequented the Nags Head for several years before spending a year overseas; on my return earlier this year, one of the things I was most looking forward to was a night in the Nags with my friends. Whilst the Shropshire Lad was as good as I remembered, the pub was much quieter than it used to be on Saturday nights and had lost some of its lively and friendly atmosphere.

At the end of the night, the new manager swanned over to our group and rather curtly asked us to drink up and leave. She did enquire as whether we'd had a good evening, but in an offhand manner. We said that it was much quieter, and not as good as it used to be. After she tried to negate our comments with her claims that takings were up 25% year-on-year, the discussion became increasingly unpleasant and I departed feeling an otherwise pleasant evening had been spoiled by one self-obsessed individual.

I won't be going back until I hear of a change of management, and therefore sadly can't recommend this pub to anyone at the moment.
Thursday, October 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mr keane
 Great pub, Great food
I have recentley visited The Nags Head, after reading an article in the local newspaper and i must say the artical was true to it's word.
Upon my arrival i was greated by a very polite young man, when i asked about the real ales i was offered a fantastic choice and asked if i would like to taste any (great touch).
I wondered down to the restaurant to have a look at the menu for future reference and again found very friendly staff.
I have since returned on a number of occassions and had a fantastic meal,
What a find, great beer, fantastic food, excellent service.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

D Cooney
I visited The Nag's Head on Thursday when they were celebrating their triumph, for winning best town pub of the year! The pound a pint went down a treat, along with some snacks which went on the bar very nice touch! This pub has a great atmosphere and I will definately be returning! Congratulations to the management and all the staff. Carry on doing what you're doing!!!
Saturday, September 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

samantha james
 what a change
lovely friendly place non smoking but plenty of room outside. the staff are very friendly and helpful. band plays most saturday nights. Ideal for all age ranges.
Monday, September 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

e marshall
Excellent food, atmoshpere, and staff. I have a gluten intolerence and the staff have always been considerate, arranging with the chef for me to have a delicious meal, just like everyone else. Brill.
Thursday, September 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

F. Casey
 Nags is still great
I frequent the Nags at least twice a week, yes there has been a managment change, some do not take to change easily I myself had my reservations, but very happy that the new management has fitted so well into the Nags, the beer food & atmosphere is excellent. Very happy they now take reservations for meals.
Thursday, September 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jo-Anna Griffin
 the best
The best pub in the world, with the greatest regulars you'll ever meet and the friendliest bar staff to! miss you all like crazy. jojo xx
Thursday, September 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Brilliant, original ,quirky pub
As recommended in 'The Times' newspaper the Nags Head is a traditional, quirky and original pub. The gardens are beautiful the food is great and the staff are lovely. It has a fantastic range of real ales some of which change every day. It supports small local independent breweries.So if you are fed up with 'corporate' pubs give it a try. Life is too short to waste time in boring pubs.
Monday, August 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

 An old fashoined,peaceful country pub.
No frills, all atmosphere. Nestled amongst woodland on the banks of the Severn, this place is for those seeking a bit of tranquility and escapism. This small and well hidden pub provides rest,food and refreshment for locals, walkers and visitors to the area.
Friday, August 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

Chris Wilton-Crosswaithe
 In Reply
I have eaten at the Mitre and have found them to be both courteous and helpful, my husband and I visit at least once a month in passing through, and have never had reason to complain. We thoroughly enjoy time spent at the pub, and have seen no evidence of the staff mentioned by Amanda Harvey. I could personally not recommend a better food pub in the area. Cheers.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

michael hughes
 Expensive beer!!
Had some great food and the one guest beer available - summer lightning was excellent..but so expensive - I couldn't believe being charged £2.90. Surely this is London prices. Bar staff remarkably unfriendly.
Friday, July 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

J Sweeney
 what a shame.....
The last time i was in Malvern was probably 3 years ago whilst working for d.e.r.a on buisness. I must say i was looking forward to spending my time ta the red lion as i did in 2003. Im afraid this time round i feel standards have slipped since my last visit. There is still a large varied menu, but the quality of execution leaves alot to be desired. Such a shame it was bordering on brilliant on my last visit, i feel some what let down this time round poor show.
Friday, July 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

R Watts
Very disappointed, having travelled some 15 miles to try a pint of Doombar, recommended by a previous message they didn't have it so I had to have local ale that I can get everywhere and anywhere.
Thursday, July 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Chris Birch
 My best ever watering hole!
From 1959 to 1969 this was my favourit pub. As a member of the Redditch cricket club, we virtually took the place over at weekends, standing shoulder to shoulder having the time of our lives Hosts then were Carol and David who joined in the fun with the rest of us. Great memories which unfortunately ended when I went to live in Australia. They don't have pubs like the Woodland over here. Hope it still has the same wonderful atmosphere.
Thursday, July 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

c n
 Brilliant pub!
had a fabulous evening!!! food amazing and service top notch!!! Would reccomend this beautiful pub in a beautiful location to everybody!!!
Wednesday, July 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

The pub itself is beautifully presented, clean and has the right balance of traditional country pub meets modern day (outside heaters etc).
The food is fantastic we eat here regularly and have tried most of the menu. The Chilli is especially good. The staff are great and the family that run the pub are very nice and should feel very proud.
Monday, July 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

 what a brillany meal
i don't agree at all with any these bad comments, i have been only 3 times to this pub with 3 different groups of people and all 3 times has been a wounderful meal and the customer service was great the waitresses and waiters were all very friendly with smiles on thier faces!! i will go back to this pub and will continue t oeat there and i think some of these comments are your own faults - you should have asked if children can go and as you walk in to the pub there is a sign! well i had a fantastic meal and a good night out!
Monday, June 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

Great food
Great Drinks
Great Staff
Saturday, June 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

Nigel Moore
 Great Atmosphere
Steve Branford, the landlord, has been a friend for many years. You can be assured of a warm welcome in a traditional 1 room pub, with all the local characters you would expect. Watch out for Nobby, the retired local bobby, amongst the regulars. Over the next year or 2, this pub will develop into a great night out!
Monday, June 19, 2006Rating: No rosettes

L Hill
 rude and surly staff
We were not told about the no children policy until after wehad purchased our drinks. That in itself was an ordeal as apparently they had no one on who could do coffee. Staff were rude and unhelpful. This pubdoes not desrve to be in business and I will certainly not return there and I willadvise others to avoid it.
Saturday, June 17, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 A smashing pub
Have eaten here a number of times and always been very satisfied. OK it is not a gourmet experience but the staff could not be more helpful and friendly, the food is very good value and the no children policy is not a problem for us - if we have the grandchildren with us we go to the Whacky Warehouse! The fact that you have to book and it is nearly always full even in midweek is testimony itself.
Wednesday, June 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

I went here with a group of friends and all i can say is fantastic. The food was excelltent the quality was superb and the presentation was brilliant. Not only did they have a normal menu they also has a special board. My girlfirend ordered something off here and it was superb. The choices were fantastic and the chefs obviously have a real enthusiasm for cooking. Not only this but the staff were all friendly and cheeful which is always nice. Especially the waiter that served us josh. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone
Wednesday, May 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

Amanda Harvey
 Awful sevices and decietful tricks - check your bi
Please check your bill there are decietful ticks being played at this pub and they are getting away with it because the general public are too polite to question their blls. On visiting this pub for an evening meal with my dad, on ordering our meals and discovering they had run out of what my dad had ordered they guy serving us decided not to tell us but instead bring my dad something similar with my meal and said they had cooked the wrong meal. My father then asked them if he could have the meal he ordered. They guy serving us then returned from the kitchen to say that they had run out and then tried to pressurise my dad into taking the meal they had cooked instead. My father stated he didnt like what they had cooked and ordered a steak instead. The guy then disappeared, leaving my meal behind. I then had to ask if they would keep my meal warm as we wanted to dine together. To add insult to injury the meal was awful but that is far from the worse part of this evening. On coming to pay our bill we had been greatly overcharged. on questioning the bill the guy who served us bekoned us to the bar. He tried to insist that I had ordered 7 glasses of wine, he then realised that I had ordered 1 white wine spritzer. He then insisted that this had been a large glass of wine ( it was a small glass ) and charged us £3.60 for just the wine. He then said he had supposidly removed the £24.50 overcharge from the bill. I then asked if we could have a discount for the inconvienance we had experienced. He then said he had taken all our drinks off the bill but charged us £40.00 all the same I then noticed we had also been charged for the meal that they had decided to cook for us this was £8.95, the guy then shouted at me saying he had left the lamb on because he had taken off the drinks but he could leave the drinks on and deduct the lamb. I then asked for a calculator, he then started talking to me as though I was stupid and practically chucked the calculator at me . As I was toting up the bill which was £37.00 the guy changed the price on the till to £36.00. Therefore we paid for all of our drinks and our food and managed to get a £1.00 off (although later I found that we had still been overcharged). The guy seving us was not only rude and decietfull he then started to huff and puff and moan about his awful night and job. However, after paying I found that we had still been overcharged by £2.00 on our starters and on the glass of wine which was a small. Please dont read this and think I was trying to get out of paying that is not the case I dont mind paying for what I have recieved and apology would have been far better than money off but I strongly dislike being subjected to poor service and then being ripped off for the awful pleasure. Therefore please do not eat here and if you have to check your bill and double check your bill !!! The Chineese resturant down the road is 500 times better !!!!!
Thursday, May 25, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Mr Eden
 hour and a half wait for little more than terrible
beautiful surroundings were our first impressions, until you walk through the door... quite a shabby interior followed by not so much as a greeting from what i consider the rudest carefree staff i have ever encountered. Plenty of chioce on the menu but quite obvious little is home made. We waited an hour and a half for starters which disappointed , which was then folowed by badly cooked mains. Twas a shame but it was the first and last time we will be dining there.
Monday, May 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

Friday, April 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Extremely disappointed
The food at the Plough and Harrow was divine, but as for Juliet’s approach and manners I was disgusted, would love to go back as long as I’m not served by Juliet.
Thursday, April 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Gus Korabor
 get a life
As seen on Midlands Today, the landlord of this pub clamps mums & Dads dropping kids off for school. There was even a alleged GBH whilst it happened. How sad is she?
The beer is watered down and the draft ale is mouldy and smells of vinegar.
Monday, April 24, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Great Food, Awful Service
Your spirits rise as you walk through the door, and you think you're about to have a most amazing evening. Then, however, you encounter the bar staff who give the most unpleasant service in Malvern. It's worth risking an interaction with them for the sake of the food which is always amazing, but always an hour late.
Monday, April 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

Paul Fuszard
 Best Value Carvery in Worcestershire
My family consists of 6. After visiting Tesco and buying enough food that would match that offered by the Carvery at Eagle and Sun in Droitwich, cooking it etc. We spent £51. The fod at the Eagle and Sun is the best food I have ever tasted, the plates are not small, the beer is good, the drinks are not over priced, there is a good selection and the atmosphere is great.
We had a lovely meal - got full up and had a round of drinks, for less than £25. After being totally satisfied, we enjoyed a relaxing drink by the canal ! 10/10.
Sunday, April 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mark O'Brien
God bless you Pete.You'll be sadly missed.Thanks for everything.Mark.
Thursday, April 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

An Nonymous
 Going down
The Watermill has had a fare number of managers over the last few years all of whom have been in their early 20's and do not seem to realise the complexities of running a large public house.
The current staff seem to use the pub as a personal drinking hole and customers of whatever time of the day always loose out. Certain memebers of bars staff also appear to lack in the personal hygiene front. the toilets are amess and always leak. The beer is warm and over priced.
The Site has a prime location with excellent opportunity to be a well run pub catering for all ages and being very profitable if managed correctly.

Please improve so that Weatherspoons do not take over!!! and brink back proper beer!!!!!!
Thursday, March 30, 2006Rating: No rosettes

kevin briscoe
good service, friendly staff, cheap meals which are great value for money, recomend a visit ,.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Dave Hale
Make sure you check out the new 'acoustic open night' on Thursdays.

Bring your guitar, violin, bongos etc and just join in!!!
Monday, March 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

Faye Baynham
 pool room
Great pool room. Very dark dull pub.
Thursday, March 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

Faye Baynham
Waitesses very promt & helpful. Food good, drinks good,

Thursday, March 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

Terence Lines
 Isabelle Terrible
Isabelle bang on and it is not getting any better
Sunday, February 19, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Never been but would like to know aboutthe owners
Friday, February 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

David Emmins
 A proper pub.
The scenery surrounding Malvern is absolutely breath taking and The Nags Head is equally impressive. The food was excellent and the pub has really good selection of real ales. Some local and others like Sharp's Doombar from Cornwall made up an impressive range. The pint of Doombar was in wonderful condition and was the icing on the cake.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

Des Watson
 A change for the worse!
oh no - the pub has changed hands over christmas and oh my god it's awful ! What a change ! Cut right back on everything - service that was great is now non-existant with a sour faced old hag of a waitress, no carvery in the week, smaller portions, need I say more ? Sorry but it used to be great and our first choice for a night out before but now it's one to avoid, there are much better pubs in the area.
Thursday, January 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Cold Food
Cold Food, and the nerve to charge more for a sauce to heat up the meal.
Wouldnt Go Again
Tuesday, January 24, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 agree with awful food comment
I went to the Hollybush for my birthday meal. We had halibut for a starter as a treat(it was down as main course) Has anyone ever tried tough fish, well go to the Hollybush they excel at it. The halibut was inedible, we sent it back and asked for tomato soup. you cant go wrong with tomato soup can you. The hollybush can. It was tasteless closest thing to dishwater I can think of. We paid our drinks bill and left. We will not be coming back.
Friday, January 20, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Tony Jennings
 Good pub in good location

Food - good value for money.

Good range of beers; what a 'free house' should be.

Friendly welcome
Thursday, January 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

Jayne Campbell
 new years eve
went there new years eve and had only ever been in once before. The staff and owners made me feel very welcome and the atmosphere was so friendly and fun that we just couldn't help but have a great night.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

Juliet Thompson
 great value and atmosphere
well worth a visit! Good choice on the menu, everything is fresh, tasty, and gernerous portions. The place itself is really friendly and welcoming.
Sunday, December 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Des Watson
 Fantastic all round !
I think the other people haven't actually visited this pub. The quality of the carvery is second to none, both for choice, freshness, and consistency. The rest of the menu is equally good. Without doubt this is the best pub restaurant in the area and the service is exceptional !
Wednesday, November 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

Bob Farmer
 Nags Head
Great Pub, good beer, good food, beautiful suroundings, friendly people, what more could you want.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005Rating: rosettes

Dave Pugh
 For info
see the www.marlbankinn.co.uk website for more info
Tuesday, November 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

David Evans
 Excellent food and beer.
Quality pub - terrific range of real ales all in excellent condition. Staff were friendly and always efficient.
Sunday, October 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

Heather Love
 What a poor experience
I'm afraid that this is the worst pub I have been to for a long time. The food and customer service was terrible. The whole ambience was that of a canteen with a poor quality, pile it high and sell it cheap philosophy. Upon complaining about the sirloin steak that I was given, which was not fresh and of a very poor, I was told by the waitress that the chef said that there was nothing wrong with the steak and that they only use good quality butchers. This steak was just good enough to give a dog. Whilst sitting awaiting to see what their customer service would be like, 3 other meals were sent back by different parties. I rest my case. However, I was offered a dessert or a cup off coffee on the house; I don't eat desserts and didn't want a coffee. When I asked for my bill nothing had been deducted and when I asked for one, at least just offer us the two glasses of wine on the house, we were told that they couldn't do that as they had separate tills for catering and bar. In the end I managed to get a £2.50 reduction as I couldn't really be bothered to negotiate any further.

Please, please do not expect a good quality meal and customer service at the Hollybush. Only go if you don't mind the pile it high sell it cheap approach.

I would just love to give them some training on customer service, style and what is considered to be good quality food.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Bren Clarke
 Good beer and very friendly
Nice atmosphere, friendly bar staff and very good food.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

Susan McBain
 Fantastic Food
We went for a sat night dinner on the recommendation of the Tourist Office, and it was absolutly fantastic. I had the 12 ounce organic fillet steak which was sublime - best steak I have ever tasted. Great to see that they can provide organic/local food at very reasonable prices.
Monday, October 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

jodie hall
 its great
its great ali the chef is the best cook eva matt is so friendly and the wash ups are also great hattie s is the best
Monday, October 10, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mrs. Leworthy
Excellent The staff are very friendly and aim to please.
The restaurant is first class including the food. I would certainly recommend Chequers.
Monday, October 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Joe Waterhouse
Overpriced, exeptionally poor quality food.
Why bother?Go hungry, that's what I say.
We ordered 2 soups and what was given looked like 2 cupasoups with v little liquid. YUK!!!! The rest of the food was equally disappointing, pastry like rolled grease, sausages at £3a piece.
Thursday, August 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

H. Teganshaw
 Disappointing really.....
The pub is ok, nothing special. There is a rear beer garden, which is NEVER open. It has been closed off. It doesnt hold many activities in the summer (ie bbq's, pig roasts etc) There is a kareoke very Friday fortnightly, which is repetitive.
Children are not allowed in (even though they do manage to still get in)
A pleasant atmosphere and the locals are friendly. All it needs is a beer garden, a lick of paint and a new gaffer.
Thursday, June 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

Thursday, June 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Janet Norton
 Follow up comment
I did not give the Watermill five rosettes - I gave it minus 45!! I think perhaps I was too generous!
Wednesday, June 8, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Janet Norton
 Lunch time 8th June 2005
I ordered my meal at 1.15 and still hadn't received it by 2 o'clock. Had to go back to work with my meal wrapped in tin foil. What sort of outfit is being run here.

Glorious day- hint, hint - might be busy with lots of customers wanting food at lunch time?? No staff.

Will not be going again nor will my guest.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

Terry Gurd
 Excellent food and a good pint!
An excellent pint pulled by Juliet and you must try some of Mike's fantastic cuisine! You will not be disappointed!
Tuesday, June 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

Joe Smith
 very good food
very impressed
Tuesday, June 7, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Beautiful, friendly, fantastic atmosphere
Excellent friendly atmonsphere from the second you walk in. Fantastic food. Beautiful interior and lovely summer events all year round. Staff are friendly and it is generally a warmly friendly pub. Open Log fire makes winter cosey.
Friday, June 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

John Kain
 good country pub
Just being taken over by john Kain family room has been revamed kitchen refurbed to start food end of june 2005, customers returning to enjoy new atmosphere at pub, new manager installed Mr Jeremy Jones telephone no changed to 01299879870
Thursday, June 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jon Clarke
 Hollybush - a reply
Unacceptable for adam berry and family to have been treated this way and yes, you should have been warned when booking.... however, the hollybush is a cracking little unpretentious pub and it is the strict no children rule that is one of it's main attractions. I and friends have been using the place for years and the staff have always been friendly and helpful. The food is straightforward and very good value. The beer menu was very limited but is getting better. Wine list a bit restricted. Overall, an excellent place if you want a no-nonsense - quiet - meal out.
Thursday, May 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

joe cottrell
 worth a call in.
good bar area with lots of tables.
always at least one good real ale on tap.
food is good as is service
Tuesday, May 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

 also disappointed
like the previous posting, the change of manager has not improved this pub. If you like your food - go somewhere else.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Steven Gallerino
 Wonderful Place!
Abolutely brilliant, I held my wedding here on a saturday night, it was beautiful! friendly staff, excellent service and gorgeous food! Was the best night of my life at the brairs. In the morning after my wedding I went for a carvery to cure my handover and that was just the best sunday carvery I had ever tastes
Sunday, May 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

tracey Abbott
 Fantastic People
Met the landlady on holiday, she is excellent company. Her and her partner saved us from a fate worse than death!!! Beautiful People.
Thursday, May 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

 how sad
That's sad to hear that it's shut down. It was my local in the 60's. We used to have some great times
Sunday, May 1, 2005Rating: No rosettes

tracey & dave
 what a night
we were there on April 8th 2005 when Ian taylor was playing a fantastic night .is the music going to be a regular thing at the wrens nest and we would like to know when ians back there as well nice freindly people great atmosphere we had a great night. Does anyone have any info on Ian Taylor got to see him again .
Wednesday, April 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

 great night
went to see singer guitarist Ian Taylor there, fantastic when is he playing there again. Look out for this guy hes fab.
Monday, April 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

Disappointed diners
 Not as fresh as you might think
Manager confirmed when queried that Fresh vegetables includes some which are actually Frozen, although he describes these as Fresh Frozen whatever that means.
Also the veg that was served was poorly cooked and the choice of meat was limited as Turkey was still in the Oven!!
Not good for a Saturday Night out.
Other issues over Dietary information which I won't go into here.
Monday, April 18, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Robin Billinchip`
 Sunday lunch and 3 pints of Peddi please.
Best sunday lunch by far. Gravy's superb and the bloke on the carpark is a right jolly old soul. Nobody seems to smoke in there either. Who wants Bensons drifting across there dinner plate?
Keeps a cracking pint so get the missus to drive.
Friday, April 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

laurie smythe
 i think you should calm down mate to be honest!
Saturday, April 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

Demolished for, guess what....... yep more houses.
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Being turned into houses.
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

This pub is being redeveloped into housing.
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Has now been turned into a vetinary practice.
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Closed some time ago and is in line for demolition to be replaced by housing.
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Has been in a derelict state for some years now.
Thursday, March 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

adam berry
 Worst customer service ever experienced.
I experienced the worst ever example of customer service that I have ever seen at this pub. I made a reservation for a party of 15. Only when we arrived we were told that no children were allowed (this was a meal to celebrate a grandmother's birthday, and her 7 year old granddaughter was the only child there). No mention of this policy was made when making the booking, no apology was forthcoming, there was no attempt to assist with making other arrangements, or making an exception in this instance, the staff were rude and arrogant and while we were standing there, and without consulting us, they removed the 'reserved' markers from the tables and started seating people at our tables. The seven year old girl in question was in floods of tears because she thought it was her fault, her mother was also crying. The management of this pub ruined what should have been a celebration and I could in no way recommend their services. I believe the food is supposed to be good but their treatment of customers is the worst I have seen for any service and in any country. Please avoid at all costs.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Terri Bell
Warm and friendly atmosphere with open fire in dining room and a wide variety of home cooked food.
Open all day.
A good selection of wines and beers in a cosy comfortable pub.
Why not try it ?
Tuesday, February 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

David Myers
 Amazing value!!
Just come across last posting and could not agree more. Recently renovated pub, (i think owned by the same people as Crown and Sandys, Ombersley), fantastic value with imaginative menu. Had abottle of house wine for £7.95. V. friendly staff. Well worth a visit.
Monday, January 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great value !
Fantastic just been refurbished... excellent food at great value.. good beer £1.80 a pint wow ! Fab friendly efficient staff !! Go see for yourselves !
Monday, January 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

 nice place
great friendly atmosphere probably the best in kiddi
Tuesday, January 25, 2005Rating: rosettes

 so friendly
we recently had lunch at the hampstall and were amazed at the changes that have taken place. a family have now taken over the pub and have really cleaned the place up and the food is great good old favourites all home made and really reasonably priced too
Thursday, January 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

George S
 Great pub
Establishment and landlord have that bygone charm
Sunday, December 26, 2004Rating: rosettes

David Evans
Just passing 2.00pm Sunday and looking for lunch: saw the restaurant and stopped. My wife and I enjoyed a meal of exceptional quality in extremely pleasant surroundings: we are used to eating in French restaurants in France so this was a real treat. 'Dominique's' is obviously well patronised 'local' visitors and will be again by us when next we are in the West Midlands
Sunday, November 28, 2004Rating: rosettes

Angus McCoatup
 Always a warm welcome and brilliant beer
Best pub in Bromsgrove,bar none!
Tuesday, October 19, 2004Rating: rosettes

Tony Turpin
 Best in worcestershire- CAMRA
Great pub, smashing welcome, brilliant selection of real ales, my favorite was `Old Rover`
Monday, October 18, 2004Rating: rosettes

Paul Guest
 Merlin Under New management
Merlin under new managment, many regulars have returned and food is being servered again in october, lovely new landlady and land lord very friendly and helpful and one of the cheapest places in bromsgrove for drinking
Tuesday, September 7, 2004Rating: rosettes

I wouldn't waste my time or money in this place. The staff are incompetent, food is average and over priced. The only thing going for this place is the actual building and decor.
Thursday, July 8, 2004Rating: No rosettes

ollie johnson
 A truelly fantastic pub.
an absolutely fantastic pub, the atmosphere is really friendly and the beer is superb!
Thursday, October 9, 2003Rating: rosettes

Richard Peterson
 Posh Place
Very well kept place but i feel they are being posh just for the sake of it due to their VERY high prices
Monday, September 29, 2003Rating: rosettes

 Real Ales
The Nags Head is a haven for real ales where you are spoiled for choice. The pub has a nice outdoor area for summer evenings in pleasant surroundings on Malvern Link Common.
Saturday, May 10, 2003Rating: rosettes

brian e henderson
 do you know the whereobouts of Steve Waddoups
as above
Wednesday, April 23, 2003Rating: rosettes

 Excellent pub!
What A lovely Pub it is to sit in and bar people are very plesent and smile which is good and food is brill it is allways set out really nice and tidy too but the 2 that own the pub are fantastic and are so nice to talk too they really cute and sexy men
Saturday, April 5, 2003Rating: No rosettes

William Shakespeare
 Nice atmosphere good beer
Gave me plenty of atmosphere to write my stories.
Thursday, January 23, 2003Rating: rosettes

Niklas Nordqvist
 Nice located in Malvern, whit a great atmoshpere
Kool place
Wednesday, October 23, 2002Rating: rosettes

Laura Henley
What a brilliant Pub and great atmosphere .And Two Sexy Owners to own it .And great staff to Entertain us I could spend all year it that pub!
Tuesday, May 28, 2002Rating: No rosettes

 Excellent pub!
What An Excellent Pub .Brilliant Food Excellent Bar staff. And two Sexy Owners .And briiliant Atmosphere.And a brilliant Place to go .I could spend all year in that pub!!
Wednesday, February 27, 2002Rating: rosettes

stuart johnson
 best meal i've had for years
see above
Friday, October 26, 2001Rating: rosettes

Chris Foxcroft
 Lamb Inn Malvern
Excellent quality and value fresh food. Three real ales. Bar Billiards and pool. Garden. Stunning views.
Saturday, July 21, 2001Rating: rosettes

Trevor J Bedford
 superb setting on the malvern hills
Excellent food and drink.

A varied menu all cooked fresh to order. The home made faggots are legendary.. like the locally made bangers to go with fresh mashed potatoe aith a hint of sweade.

Sevice is first class and a good selection of Wine and Beer.

The best venue I have been to in Worcestershire.

Quality is the word here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2001Rating: rosettes

a fletcher
 good value food
the express inn offers good value for money barsnacks and meals at lunchtime special senior 3 course lunch at 3.95 and sunday carvery good value at 4.95 children welcome also good entertainment every saturday evening
Saturday, April 7, 2001Rating: rosettes

 happy new year
I spent new year in this pub, it had a superb atmosphere, great food and entertaining staff. It is local tomy family home and well reknown for its food and decor. Well worth a visit.
Wednesday, January 3, 2001Rating: rosettes

john wall
 e-mail address
Neil, we would prefer a valid e-mail address off you. We don't give them away or sell them to anyone; our plan was to inform commentators like yourself of new features - if and when we install them at bestpubs. That's the only reason we need your e-mail
Wednesday, May 17, 2000Rating: No rosettes

Neil Smith
 Excellent pub
Very stylish interior. Don't be put off by the outside.

Excellent food ranging from bar food for under a fiver to full restaurant.

Enville beers. Some of the best beer I have ever had.
Wednesday, May 17, 2000Rating: rosettes

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