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The Cardinal's Hat Inn

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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31 Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA, England
+44 1905 724006
16:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon 16:00 - 23:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:30
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Above average,pleasant surroundings,nice fire,attractive staff,lovely garden and friendly clientele on every visit

Thank liam452
NigelSmithLandlord, Landlord at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for taking to time to review us, hope to see you again soon, More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great bar - friendly pub, nice atmosphere - staff were great also - would recommend for food or just drinks with friends. Great Ales - 3 IPAs to choose from!

Thank Paul F
NigelSmithLandlord, Landlord at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit & thanks for taking the time to review us. More 

Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in after a show and it was packed but the beer was excellent and a good choice of real ale. Snacks were available.

Thank Banterista
NigelSmithLandlord, Landlord at The Cardinal's Hat Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed the beer! More 

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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice bar oldie worldie good range of beers ciders and wines bit slow to get served as bar person waiting food as well can fill up as small bar area but nice starting place for a night out

Thank Am M
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Cosy little pub with a great beer selection. Barman knew his stuff too so very impressed. Unusual, homemade bar snacks added a quirky touch

Thank francejacks
Worcester, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

We just popped in for a quick drink before going for a meal. It was a busy Friday night, so access to the bar was tight, but our welcome was warm. The was a good choice of both real ales and draught cider, I tried both, and would if I had time, stayed for more. I shall probably return earlier... More 

Thank Richard A
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Booked one nights accommodation the Cardinals Hat pub as in the right location for the old town and close to the cathedral and river. Car parking across the road £10.50 for 24 hours but got a discounted ticket from the B&B. Room was very small and cramped. Nice comfortable bed, tea and coffee making facilities and nice biscuits, hairdryer, robes... More 

Thank suzanneandpeter
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Went here after a long business meeting and was nice friendly atmosphere, lots of history and excellent mix of real ales. Nicely busy but not too full. Just what is needed from a pub.

Thank 621simonf
Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I last drank in the Cardinals Hat 20 years ago and took some friend there this week. It hasn't changed a bit ! Lovely atmosphere friendly staff and a great selection of drinks Definaley going back next time I'm in Worcester

Thank Steven B
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I wouldn't personally choose to go in here...........but my friends tend to like it which is beyond on me coz the beer never taste nice I hate to be negative about any venue but the money you pay in here the beer should be top Quality........the black currant squash and pork scratching a ARE really Pleasant and the decor is... More 

Thank Wes W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$19
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating
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
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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