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“little gem”

The Cardinal's Hat Inn
Ranked #56 of 355 Restaurants in Worcester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Description: 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
Reviewed January 20, 2014

great little pub, very unusual grade 2 listed building, staff were lovely, good service, good range of drinks, great bar snack menu

Thank fleet03
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Sadie H, Manager at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to the Cardinals Hat. We value all of our customer feedback and are pleased you enjoyed your visit.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind Regards,
Sadie Hughes
Manager

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

A first visit since the refurbishment, only stopping by for drinks thought. A great little place wth a wonderful atmosphere. The barstaff are some of the nicest and friendiest I have seen in Worcester :)

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Sadie H, Manager at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2014

Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to the Cardinals Hat. We value all of our customer feedback and are pleased you enjoyed your visit.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Kind Regards,
Sadie Hughes
Manager

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Reviewed December 2, 2013

I've visited this pub many times since it reopened (after being a Austrian bar for many years) and I must say the present owners/staff have made this one of my top three pubs in Worcester.

Beautiful building, said to be the oldest pub in Worcester, nice decor, lovely little rooms, all panelled wood and open fireplaces, little snug, clean toilets and a lovely beer garden.

Excellent range of real beer, ciders and continental lager. When I visited I had a lovely beer from a new brewery (the bar staff told me) called Worcester Gold from the Popes brewery.

There is a small selection of food and the usual bar snacks...........importantly what there isn't is music, game machines or tv's. This is a pub for conversation and drinking without any distractions and long may it stay so!

There is also the ubiquitous free Wi-Fi and coffee machine.

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Thank WorcesterExile
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Sadie H, Manager at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to post your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Cardinals Hat and hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards
Sadie Hughes
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

this place is like going back in time, one bar, several smaller rooms with log fires, no tv, no juke box!! There were 6 traditional ales and a chance to try them all by having a paddle with 3 one third pint glasses, nothing fancy here just a real ale persons dream, food wise it was again traditional old pub food including cheese and meat platters as well as pork pie and scotch eggs. there was even dripping on toast! lovely place to pass away a couple of hours

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Thank andy m
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Sadie H, Manager at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to post your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Cardinals Hat and hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards
Sadie Hughes
Manager

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stopped off here for lunch today and was mightily impressed----- had a fine quality cheese platter and a couple of pints.The place has great character and service and is the polar opposite of those nasty downmarket weatherspoons pubs which seem to be proliferating everywhere. Highly recommended.

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Sadie H, Manager at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to post your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Cardinals Hat and hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards
Jack Bostock
Manager

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