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The Cardinal's Hat Inn

$$ - $$$, , British
31 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA, England
+44 1905 724006
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheese fondue” (3 reviews)
“oldest pub” (24 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Bar, Pub, British
$$ - $$$
31 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for a night while visiting the Victorian Christmas market. The staff were exceptionally helpful when we found ourselves in difficult circumstances.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank royb435
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful old pub has lots of rooms to sit in and has great beers to try out. Unbelivable 1970's brutalist multistorey car park opposite. Friendly staff.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 621simonf
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Very old, lots of choice, loved the rear bar, great fire, had a relaxing couple of drinks, all just very good,

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PhilPotton
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Crowded but got seats in second bar area. Wine. Enjoyable atmosphere and near the cathedral. You can park nearby.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank John W
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Went here after visiting the sister pub, the fleece Inn. Quaint old Inn with original tiles and Nik knaks dotted around. Well worth a visit when in Worcester.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mitchk592018
Reviewed August 12, 2018

How very fortunate that a need for a quick lunch during a full on girls shopping trip, was timed right outside the Cardinals Hat. A new venue for all of us, we were rather unsure on entering whether we would find suitable food - three...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank WorcesterSource7
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Many moons ago, I knew this establishment as an Austrian pub, serving by the litre. However, a recent visit enabled me to sample the British fare available: a wide range of beers, lagers and ciders, as well as a full complement of proper whiskey. This...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Liam L
Reviewed July 22, 2018

A really nice pub, with a great selection of real ales and very friendly and welcoming bar staff. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

I booked this for business trip as my local chain hotel was booked for when I wanted to stay It’s on friar gate a lovely little road with lots of restaurants to eat The room was lovely and very well presented This is a pub...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Tara J
Reviewed June 18, 2018

I think we were unfortunate to find them in the middle of redecoration. The staff were very helpful, from carrying our bags upstairs, to recommending restaurants. Although the King John room has a large modern four poster bed and spacious bathroom, it comes with a...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Tykkydew
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November 18, 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $19
Bar, Pub, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Worcestershire  >  Worcester
  • Phone Number: +44 1905 724006
  • E-mail
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 century - is the perfect place to meet family, friends and colleagues.With over 30 years in the pub trade Nigel, Sadie and the team will make sure you feel welcome. In December 2015 the Cardinal's Hat opened the doors to its newly refurbished Georgian City Rooms, the four boutique rooms have been luxuriously finished and offer a stunning place to stay in the city center. Whether passing by for a coffee, settling in for a leisurely platter of the region's finest fare, or stopping to sup a cool draught Wye Valley HPA, the Cardinal's Hat has something for everyone. Opening hours Monday 4pm -11pm Tuesday to Thursday 12pm -11pm Friday and Saturday 12 - 11.30Pm Sundays 12 - 10.30Pm
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