Worcester CAMRA Members Article
How to get to some of our best Worcestershire Rural Pubs on the bus
Although First Bus Company has cut back a lot of rural services in recent months, some of the smaller independents have altered their routes. These routes include some of the villages who have lost their middle of day services. First Bus have in some cases retained an early morning and a late afternoon service but of little use to the daytime pub drinker. Sadly, evenings and Sundays are still pretty well a no go area.
One of the areas within the Worcester CAMRA branch that has suffered is the rural villages around Pershore. However, as mentioned, Astons have altered their routes. It is now possible to leave Pershore on their Village Hopper 565 service at 11:40 and arrive at the excellent award winning community GBG listed Queen Elizabeth at Elmley Castle, just after lunchtime opening at 12:05. They have 4 real ales, 2 of which are usually from far flung independents, the other 2 from small local breweries and serve food. The return bus (564) leaves at 3:05 and arrives back in Pershore half an hour later.
Pershore town centre is quite a walk from the railway station but LMS run a regular hourly bus service called PlumLine from the station to the town. First Buses popular hourly X50 service from Worcester to Evesham stops in Pershore town centre and Cropthorne. The Bell Inn at Cropthorne usually offerings some local ales.
The Astons Village Hopper service offers the chance to visit other rural pubs such as the Old Bull Inn and Bulls Head in Inkberrow, Boot Inn and Flyford Arms in Flyford Flavell, Dolphin Inn community pub in Bishampton, the riverside Anchor in Wyre Piddle, the historical Old Chestnut Tree in Lower Moor, The Wheelbarrow Castle in Radford, the delightful Swan in Birlingham and The Bell and The Anchor in Eckington.
The rural bus companies are trying very hard to offer a service and the pubs certainly need us as well. As a reward the Pickled Plum in Pershore offers a great range of beers and a rest on the walk back to the railway station.