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Situated in the ancient heart of the city, the Cardinal's Hat is Worcester's oldest inn and thus has plenty of experience when it comes to pleasing hungry and thirsty visitors over the years. Long-considered a local landmark, this historic watering hole is now a labour of love of local food, drink, live music and traditional pub culture where fine wines, well-kept craft & cask ales and Continental beers are served with pride and satisfaction. With its imposing red brick facade and stunning location in Friar Street, the Cardinal's hat is a handsome example of an English city pub. Three storey's high and oozing with charm this independent free house - which originally hails back to the fourteenth
US$8 - US$21
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Bar, Pub, British
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I had a an excellent three night stay using the King John room and loved the place. We stayed there on the recommendation of our daughter who had also stayed there a year before and it lived up to our expectations. The...panelling throughout the ground floor gave the place a lovely feel. The menu was limited, I feel sure it will expand in normal circumstances. The King John room was very spacious with its four-poster bed, the bathroom was very modern, We chose the continetal breakfast for two nights which was very well stocked and very good and included in the price. We tried the cooked breakfast (an extra £5) but preferred the basket of cereal, yogurts, fresh fruit, jams, butters, fresh milk. croiissants and hot cross bun. It was a very full continental brealkfast. However, my greatest compliment is for the staff who went the extra mile, parking is not the best but having left our bags to go and park, the staff took them all up to our room. They were always pleasant and helpful, compliments particularly to the man behind the bar! One tip: use the second floor of the St Martin's Gate car park which has a walkway over the dual carriageway to Friar Street. And it's cheaper than the one opposite the pub (with no pedestrian access to Friar Street!) . (advice from the Tourist Information office!)More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 September 2021 via mobile

Stayed here for a night to break up the journey from the North West to the South West. Easy to find the NCP car park in Cathedral Square for which you get a good discount. Warmly welcomed by very friendly staff, clean and comfy rooms,...decent ale selection, lovely old pub with decent beer garden and a very nice continental breakfast served in room. Couldn't eat there as the chef was unwell but that allowed us to explore the nearby cathedral grounds and river walk to find Pasha's Nepalese restaurant. Would stay here again even though the locals needed heaters while wearing coats in September. What's that all about?More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021 via mobile

Terrible experience. Two weeks since the government dropped all Covid restrictions and had to wait for five minutes to be let in then corralled into a part of the pub didn’t really want to be in. We asked why are you still behaving as thought...we are in some form of lockdown and we’re told that’s how we have decided to go with it. We are happy to be offered the chance to wear masks, order from the table if we feel more secure that way but this was just heavy handed treatment with no choice offered. The pub was pretty empty and we were not surprised. Will never return. Ever. Like living in Stalin’s Russia. Shame, and all unnecessary.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 7 July 2021 via mobile

We arrived on the 5 th July 2021 at 5pm and stood for a good 5 minutes with no one around eventually a lovely lad came to see us and was lovely, checked us in and showed us our room.. it was tired and in...need of decorating the bathroom door had a massive hole in it the paint work chipped and dark but clean. We booked on a website that said break fast included but in reality it was continental and was extra for cooked breakfast. The room was so warm with the window open and the fan on it was difficult to sleep. Breakfast was like faulty towers no orange juice no bread but white .. the tea was served and poured over my husbands lap scalding his lap but it was comically because the man doing breakfast was hilarious such a lovely manner and personality so it made up for the mediocre breakfast. Would I stay here again no it’s not what the bookings site say . It’s in need of repair and decoration and a little bit of love.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 July 2021

Attentive service the staff knew what they were selling and were very welcoming.We popped in for drinks and it was very relaxing place to be in.We called back in the even ing and say in the snug full of history

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 21 June 2021 via mobile

Our friends were keen to take us here, having visited several times before. Dog-friendly service with gravy bones. Great choice of real ales and cider. I enjoyed the Hogan’s Libertine cider. Great staff in a really historic old building. Beer kegs have been converted to...stools for customers to sit at tables alongside the pub.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 31 May 2021

Always liked this place but my last experience was quite negative. I have returned again and can happily say that the place is back to normal - friendly, good service and fantastic pies.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 23 May 2021 via mobile

The food was great but there was only one guy on so we ended up waiting 1 hour 30 minutes for food and we were beyond hungry. I’d love to give a better review but can’t.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 April 2021

It felt like and indeed was a special treat to visit the Cardinals Hat on Wednesday to once again enjoy their hospitality and excellent ales!!! Outdoor arrangements are spot on with plenty of seating and heaters. Staff were attentive and prompt, returning to ask if...one more was required at just the right time!! Good to see so many old faces with large smiles!! Excellent!!!! Thank you.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 25 April 2021

I had previously written an excellent review for this place and I also recommended it highly to a friend. As a great pie lover, we went to the Inn today, only to discover that at 1 minute past opening time, they only had 50% of...their pie menu available. As they boast pies to be their award-winning homemade specialty, they should attempt to provide it or at least offer a more extensive menu to offer in their place. Obviously poor planning as they must have sold out at least the day before. As it was only midday, we luckily found a table at another eatery but I shan't recommend The Cardinal's Hat again. Very disappointing. Should you just want a drink, the garden has been well laid out and COVID safe.More

Date of visit: April 2021
NigelSmithLandlord, Owner at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2021

Hi Thanks for taking the time to review and apologies you were unable to get a full pie choice. We have been overwelmed with the success of our pie sales since re-opening and frankly have struggled to keep up, so apologies. We now are definitely...More

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19 November 2017|
Response from NigelSmithLandlord | Property representative |
Hello, we don't have a private car park but are opposite an NCP (Cathedral Square) and can give you a discount card for parking there, thanks
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5