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Worcester CAMRA survey trip on 12th January 2019
The Worcester branch of CAMRA held a survey trip to visit some of the less well-frequented pubs to the west of the city, showing some support for our rural outlets.The Mini-bus left Worcester with 15 on board and headed off to Suckley where we hoped to visit the Nelson. We were frustrated, however as we pulled up at 12.10 to see the opening time listed as 12.30 despite the website giving a 12.00 start.
Oh well, onward we went to the Fox & Hounds at Lulsley. This is a lovely big pub with four real ales and a good-looking menu. The Swan brewery ‘Ruffled Feathers’ went down well and I made a note to visit their upcoming beer festival on the 24th to 26th May.
We couldn’t pass the Talbot at Knightwick without a visit to this classic brewpub and the Teme Valley porter was splendid. On to Admiral Rodney next – a pub which had changed hands quite recently and has had a very grand make-over. Very much a food-oriented pub they nevertheless had 3 ales of which the Woods Born & Bred was in good nick.
Another recently renovated pub was next – the New Inn at Clifton-on-Teme, which is sited just outside the village up a small track. Smart and comfortable inside with a friendly welcome and beers from Wye Valley made it a great addition to the trip. For anyone visiting the area, it is well worth finding the New Inn and giving it a try.
Into the village centre and the Lion which is a traditional pub with 3 beers of which I had Hobson’s Best accompanied by a very tasty Scotch egg..
Over to Stanford Bridge and the Bridge Hotel which I have to say is rather a shadow of its former magnificent self! The Ludlow Best was fine but the beer choice was considerably reduced from my last visit – ah, well – times change.
The Fox at Hanley Broadheath has also changed since the JHS brewery is no longer in operation. The pub itself, however, is still a traditional country pub with a lovely pint of Bathams for sale.
Just down the road from the Fox is the Tally Ho – a large roadhouse of a pub with splendid views over the countryside and a good selection of beers. The Ludlow Gold was excellent but my favourite was the hard-to-find Greene King Abbot Reserve.
Last on our trip was another Fox – the one at Monkwood Green. This is another unspoiled gem of a pub with local ales and more than enough character. The Malvern Hills Feelgood rounded our day off nicely.
In short, there are great rural pubs in Worcestershire just waiting to welcome you so go out and support them when you can – definitely worth the effort.