Monkey House

Monkey House, Defford: Tickets, Tours, Address, Monkey House Reviews: 4.5/5

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Julie N
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The Monkey House. Defford
Oct 2021 • Couples
Went today. There was a sign on the gate saying registered customers only. Loads of space. Its all outdoors. People of all ages there. We were both wearing masks. Husband asked if we could be served and the reply was NO. He would have asked if we could register but again he was told NO!!! We have been there on a number of occasions but will not go again. I prefer to go where I am welcome. Seems like if you're not a local you're not welcome. Very disappointed.
Written October 9, 2021
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MaggieW1
Upton upon Severn, UK82 contributions
Hasn't changed.
Jan 2019 • Friends
When I was youngster a crowd of us always used to visit this place to sample 'proper ziderr'. We used to sit outside and take our cheese onion and crusty bread. 35 years later, we took our friends who were visiting from New Zealand. They are seasoned travelers, but had never been to such a place. The cider is either sweet or dry, and believe it is now Westons. Not quite the scrumpy I remember, where the sweet cider was opaque orange and the dry was almost a clear luminous green! Or maybe my mind is playing tricks. This is served through a hatch. As it was rather chilly, we went inside the room beside the hatch which had a lovely log burner. In the middle of the room was a table heaving under the weight of various breads, crackers, cheeses and pickles - all brought along by the regulars. It was an eye opener for the friends, especially when they were invited to partake in the food. Listening to the locals having a gossip was fascinating. They were all so friendly. This is a quirky and unusual place, and with just the 2 ciders and soft drinks on offer, would only appeal to certain people.
Written November 10, 2019
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_elaine_davek
Upton upon Severn, UK3 contributions
'good' afternon
Aug 2019
very friendly locals and excellent cider well worth a visit especially on a sunny day even has a garden to sit in
Written September 4, 2019
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Hoobs
Pershore, UK123 contributions
Great secret place for a pint
Sep 2019 • Friends
This place is very hidden if you don't know where it is.

My husband and I took his parents here for a quick pint on one rainy evening. There's a lovely old room to sit in with others, there's a verbal old bread oven and old decorations.

You can have dry or medium cider £3.20 for a pint!! Bargain! There is wine, Perry, coke and lemonade also.

It's only open on certain days and times, so check first.

Lovely, friendly place, with a wonderful beer garden and atmosphere!
Written September 1, 2019
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philip c
birmingham37 contributions
Erdington rugby tour
Apr 2019 • Friends
What a lovely night we had a the monkey house, everyone was so friendly, great cider,
A unique place to have a quiet drink.
Welcomed all the old boys from Erdington with open arms. Will definitely be venturing there on a warm summers summer's evening
Written April 21, 2019
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PAJMcK
Worcester, UK92 contributions
Only open 2 lunchtimes now it appears
Mar 2019 • Friends
We walked there Saturday evening but it was closed. Seen off by a barking dog and an unapologetic landlady. I shan't hurry back.
Written March 30, 2019
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MaggieW1
Upton upon Severn, UK82 contributions
Step back in time
Jan 2019 • Friends
I hadn't been to this place for over 35 years, but as we had friends over from New Zealand, it seemed the ideal place to take them. There is no bar, just a hatch from which the cider is served. The dry cider is unique to this place, and is served from a jug. In cold or wet weather, there is a little 'snug' where you can sit with the very friendly locals. We went in and on the table there were cheeses and breads and pickles, which I am informed is traditionally brought in by the locals to share amongst themselves. We were invited to eat with them. Our friends were very quiet, and we wondered if they weren't enjoying themselves - quite the opposite. They were enthralled with the rich country accents and the topics of conversation. (mainly potato crops and missing people!) It was just as I remembered it from all those years ago, and it was wonderful to step back in time in rural England.
Written January 16, 2019
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PAJMcK
Worcester, UK92 contributions
Unique and wonderful
Sep 2017 • Couples
Finally discovered this hidden gem this summer after living in the area for 13 years. Believe everything in the other glowing reviews. Long may it last and thrive.
Written November 4, 2017
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Forkinggeorge
Worcester, UK103 contributions
Quiet Wednesday night.
Aug 2017 • Friends
Nine friends going out for a drink.
This place serves scrumpy, pork scratchings and lemonade.It may serve other things, but I doubt it.
Sitting in the garden with a pint of scrumpy [med] at evening time with moths and bats flying about and the sound of an owl somewhere in the distance is just what 'rural' England should be.
The Monkey House doesn't open often and it doesn't open long. It has stood for about 500 years and doesn't see the need for a sign.
It's been more than 20yrs since I last visited the place and it doesn't seem to have changed a bit.
So do yourself a favour, go there and drink some cider..soon.
Written September 1, 2017
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Helen J
Winchcombe, UK8 contributions
Real Rural England
Aug 2017 • Couples
Well! What to say about this hidden nook, a perfect spot for a rustic pint of cider far away from the deep fat fryer, freezer, big chain brewery experience of so many 'olde English pubs'.

Our flight over the Cotswold escarpment in a private light plane left us a little thirsty and once we had landed at Croft Farm air field, Defford, a fellow flyer suggested we stop for a quick drink at the nearby Monkey House. No signs from the road but a garden with a walnut tree and rambling roses, thronging with families, gave the location away. We had Perry (pear cider) and traditional (flat) cider served from jugs drawn from the barrels in a hatch to the side of the 16th century thatched cottage. We wish we had brought our own ploughmans lunch picnic as bread and cheese with a local plum pickle would have been the perfect accompaniment to the refreshing and delicious drinks.

Next time we will come with a hamper and stay the afternoon!
Written August 27, 2017
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