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I would have really liked to have seen this pub after such glowing reviews but on my recent trip to Worcester it was shut. I explored the town & a couple of other pubs & returned, still shut & this was well after noon. No indication of opening times that I could discern (a common problem in UK pubs, annoying for time poor tourists). In my humble antipodean opinion if you don't open by lunch time you are not a Pub.
Queenslander - 29 Aug 2015 22:26
Had an outstanding pint of Bathams last visit. The layout is a little different, all nooks and crannies, which I love. Really good pub with great choice of ales
HPAppy - 16 Jun 2015 21:33
Excellent olde worlde pub with interesting choice of ales and ciders and well informed staff.
Steamer1 - 9 Jun 2015 12:33
Very attractive and cosy pub with good mix of custom in variety of rooms, felt slightly upmarket but still a drinkers pub. Decent beer from enterprising range.
mtaylor40 - 11 May 2015 23:35
Only a flying visit unfortunately but one of those pubs I could easily have settled into for an afternoon sesh. I was concerned it might be a disappointment after reading all the blurb about "Worcesters oldest pub" etc. But it really is fabulous with its wood panelling and cosy bar areas. Wide selection of ales;-I chose Shropshire lad which was moreish. The fireplace in the bar and the general ambience suggest it would come into its own as a winter pub. But, on a fabulously sunny day its cool shadows were a welcome temporary retreat from the scorching rays. I think there was an outside seating area as well.
tarkatherotter - 18 May 2014 09:39
I haven't visited since its Austrian days and that was probably 10 years ago. This time I was able to appreciate the wood panelling and the fact that it is Worcester's oldest pub. Purity's Mad Goose, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Marston's SMASH , Revisionist Saison and Malvern Hills Black Pear were available today - I chose the latter which was in good condition. There were also some craft beers and real ciders including a local one from Barkers. Beth the Blonde Bombshell (the pub's words not mine) could have been more cheerful behind the bar but service was efficient so nothing to worry about there. Worth a visit.
paul_d102 - 12 Apr 2014 23:27
It was in it's Austrian phase when I visited a few years back, but even then it was the best pub we visited in Worcester. Will try to re-visit next time i'm in the area
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 15 Oct 2013 13:50
New ownership has made a huge difference. Really good selection of cider, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Vying with the Plough as the best pub in the city.
el_capitano - 24 Sep 2013 23:20
as already pointed out no longer an Austrian bar, it now serves real ales, craft lagers thats sort of thing. nice cosy place bit pricey but you get a good beer for your money
KrisRogers89 - 22 Aug 2013 15:06
Really nice pub. Great location, great atmosphere and really nice and friendly staff.
andsaunders - 7 Jul 2013 09:31
Under new ownership and seems to have had a subtle and effective refurb.The Austrian beers have gone,which for me is no bad thing,and there were 3 beers on tap when we visited which were well sourced and in good condition.
bromsgrovebeerboy - 21 Jun 2013 19:33
located on Friar street near to the cathedral.

Old building with several seperate drinking areas served by a central bar.

Serves only Austrian beer, which are all well kept and it is well worth a visit.

Got busy on the Friday night I visited.
beershot - 2 Apr 2012 10:11
The ultimate beer destination around here. i CRAVE their Dunkel that beer is phenominal. why it's not sold more widely i'll never know, my mouth waters when i think of it...
mlewis836 - 29 Jul 2010 13:04
This is a classic. An Austrian pub in the heart of Worcester. As such, there is no British beer or lager at all, just excellent Austrian lagers and wheat beers (blond and dark). Pub decor is old fashioned, with wood walls and multi roomed, with the bar in the front room.
creature4 - 4 Jul 2010 11:34
Nice pub, they could do so much more with it and if you look in the snug at the back it is in need of a good clean. Beers are good especially the Dunkel (Brown) Austrian.

Kitchen is very poor unless you want to eat something very basic. It is a shame, could be such a great place to eat and drink!
john1379 - 23 Mar 2010 13:19
Allegedly the longest-serving pub in Worcester, if not the oldest, the locals know each other but are friendly to you if you're friendly to them. Run by a family to suit their lives - and fair enough, although has a habit of being closed when I want to be there. Magnificent, deadly, Austrian beer - to call it lager and tar it with the Fosters brush is an outrage! Proof that spending more can be better value.
laurencethegreen - 30 Dec 2009 17:27
Eine Stuck Heimat! For me walking into this pub was like coming home again after being lost in a wilderness. Bier from home, food from home, great staff, good regulars, going back Wednesday, and every following Wednesday, until I get back to Austria. Hoamatland, Hoamatland i han di so gern...
tcvarlh - 15 Dec 2009 02:45
Old timbered pub with several rooms. The bar is to the left as you enter, thereís a small snug to the right and another room at the rear. Thereís also a paved patio area at the back. There was a really smoky log fire going in the main bar area even though it was pretty warm outside which was rather strange. For some reason this is an Austrian bar with lots of assorted lager fonts on the bar. The beer is charged for in body parts. A half of Pilsner was an arm and a pint of the same was a leg. It still tasted pretty much like Fosters to me i.e. it didnít taste of much at all. Itís not for me, we had one and left, much poorer than when we went in.


ROBCamra - 11 Nov 2009 15:53
A nice pub with good beers, a good few rooms and a nice outdoor area. Expensive, but worth it when you can afford it!!
tom202 - 20 Jul 2009 00:18
If you are a fan of continental beers I can think of no better place to be . Expensive but Loadsamoney, the stepson, was buying. Beers of whatever sort seem to taste better on their home ground but that is my personal opinion.
The lager selection could have you singing a medley from the Sound of Music or may be a yodel as you pay your round.
bee578 - 21 Jun 2009 09:54
A wonderfully unique pub, beer is great, rare to find this kind of range in the UK, it's not cheap, but still worthwhile I think.
Klaude_Martner - 25 Mar 2009 17:02
What a tremendous pub. Top Austrian beers, the best landlady ever and a tremendous bunch of regulars, ended up judging the Wednesday art competition.

Looking forward to going back to Worcester so I can pop back in.

johnnyee1 - 15 Jan 2009 20:58
A must visit place for any fans of continental beer as there are a number of imported Austrian beers on offer including a Dunkel, a Pils and a Weissbier. Back in 2002 the bureaucrats at the Weights & Measures department stopped the Austrian landlady from selling in half and full litre earthenware steins insisting that pints and half pints were used. That must have confused the hell out of the ďmetric martyrsĒ. There are newspaper cuttings about the story in the corridor.

The pub itself is an absolute gem with a roaring log fire in the small main bar for those long winter evenings and two other small cosy rooms including a beautiful panelled snug at the back. I think there may also be an adjoining restaurant. The building clearly has some age to it, 15th Century maybe, and probably gets itís name from sheltering Cardinals and others when on pilgrimage to the nearby Cathedral. It was believed to be known as the Cardinalís Hat back in the mid 18th Century since when, for religious and political reasons, it underwent a number of name changes before being restored to itís present name in the 1950ís.

Millay - 30 Oct 2006 20:34
Spent a fine Saturday afternoon with a few pals putting our livers through their paces thanks to a fine choice of Austrian beers. Two little rooms, pleasant and atmospheric. Excellent.
londinieres - 24 Sep 2006 20:32
An Austrian themed bar! Actually very pleasant, interesting old building with timber beams and the like. Excellent Austrian beer, a little pricey, but I think it's worth it for a bit of extra quality and something a bit different. I had a tasty white beer, perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Muzthing - 19 Jun 2006 16:24
Can't rate this pub as it was closed. Took a day trip to Worcester on a Tuesday and had identified this establishment as a possible lunch stop. it did not open until 7:00pm. Not a lunchtime venue!! Did look interesting from the outside.
FirstGom - 18 May 2006 17:43
Wunderbar !

Great selection of lagers (export, pils, wheatbeer, dark and a bock during the winter).

Some people go for a light/dark mix.

Try the Austrian sausages ...
nebel - 3 Jan 2006 10:54
Great place if you like decent lagers rather than Carling. The wheat beer is excellent.
Sindry - 6 Feb 2005 15:15
Fantastic pub. The staff are extremely friendly and efficient in a brisk Austrian manner (almost all are authentic German speakers). The beer is very well kept and plenty strong. The building dates from the 15th century and has some wonderful details, especially the wood panelling in the back room. The owners keep it spotlessly clean - it's the cleanest pub in Worcester by a long, long way. Drinks are expensive, but this doesn't deter the crowd that packs the bar every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

If you're up for a real challenge ask for the 5-litre stein. I saw a chap order one once and asked "How long will that take you?"
"The last one took two and a half hours," He grinned.
Liam - 5 Feb 2005 00:20
Killer Ale, It's like going abroad without your passport! Friendly, passionate people and the perfect winter watering hole. Its got LOG FIRES for gods sake!!!!

anonymous - 28 Dec 2004 18:30
Great place to start your Worcester pub crawl. 3 jugs of Austrian anything an your up an at it!!

Ross Gray - rosscogray@yahoo.co.uk - 12 Nov 2004 12:18
This is a fantastic pub, the staff are the friendliest around and the beer great. Well worth travelling to find!
Gary - 21 Jul 2004 16:48
Could not agree me. Superb beer - 5 on draught various styles. Try it
Dave - 14 Jul 2004 21:48
A unique pub. Run by an Austrian couple, who import genuine Austrian lager on draught, which in defiance of the weights and measures board they sell in 3rd litre, 1/2litre and litre stiens. All of the food is also Austrian. However, this is not done in a kitsch or gimmicky way (A la O'neills). This pub is supremely hospitable, to the extent that, when we went at lunchtime, the landlady sent the barmaid to play with our four year old so we could have a drink in peace.
Try the Weissbier. Excellent, if expensive at over £3 per pint.
Overall, well worth a visit.
Jimbo Smith - 9 May 2004 19:11

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