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The Cardinal's Hat Inn

££ - £££, , British
31 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA, England
+44 1905 724006
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oldest pub” (23 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, British
££ - £££
31 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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.

Thank mitchk592018
Reviewed 12 August 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

Thank WorcesterSource7
Reviewed 28 July 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

Thank Liam L
Reviewed 22 July 2018

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

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 21 June 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

Thank Tara J
Reviewed 18 June 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

Thank Tykkydew
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights in the Tilley room and loved the quirky decor of this hotel within easy walking distance of shops and cathedral. The bathroom was fantastic with an overhead double shower and enormous bath All staff members were friendly and helpful...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 13 May 2018

On a drizzly Thursday in Worcester, seeking refreshment, the Cardinals Hat was recommended at the oldest pub in town. Plenty of choice of beers and a glass of merlot was served at the right temperature. Lots of Worcester's youngish types occupying most of the seats...More

Thank suemissb
Reviewed 21 April 2018

Stopped here because it said it was the oldest pub in Worcester. Reasonably priced drinks, friendly staff. There was a really strong cider. If you like old world pubs you'll like this place.

Thank 747Vinny
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Amazingly traditional pub which I believe is Worcester’s oldest! Plenty of drinks to choose from most of which are pricey though which reflects its status as a tourist attraction! Still a must visit if visiting Worcester.

Thank waynefoxy
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18 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Bar, Pub, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
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
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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 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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