A historical traditional pub

in the heart of Worcester

The Cardinal's Hat is Worcester's oldest inn and originally dates back to the fourteenth century. A sensitive restoration in 2013 has turned it back in to a traditional English ale house, with Georgian city rooms, retaining a wonderful sense of its unique heritage.
Worcester Customer Service Awards 2016 Platinum Award for Food & Drink.

Situated in the historic quarter of the city, The Cardinal's Hat is just a five minute stroll from the cathedral. First mentioned in 1497, The Cardinal's Hat has plenty of experience when it comes to pleasing weary pilgrims. Today, it is a friendly and informal pub which serves a great collection of real ale and freshly-prepared pub snacks, with the additional of 4 boutique city rooms to stay in.

Top Ales and Lagers
  • Top Ales and Lagers
  • Purity Mad Goose
  • Popes Hop Market
  • Mahou premium Spanish lager
  • Maisel's Weisse
  • Wye Valley HPA
Bar Snacks/Meals
  • Bar Snacks/Meals
  • Charcuterie Platter
  • Artisan cheese platter
  • Scotch egg & piccalilli
  • Pork pie & mushy peas
  • Smoked kippers & toast
Open House
  • Open House
  • Historic Inn
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar Menu
  • Families Welcome
  • Outside Seating
Continental Charcuterie

We locally source our ale & food from the Worcester area

Locally Sourcing ale & food
Continental Charcuterie

Sourced by our local butchers at the very best European food markets.

Simon Weaver

We locally source our ale & food from the Worcester area

Locally Sourcing ale & food
Simon Weaver

The Weavers have been farming in the Cotswolds for three generations and in the South West since before 1570! They proudly follow a traditional method of organic farming and their Friesian cows produce milk for some of the best organic Brie in the world.

Croome Cuisine of Whittington

We locally source our ale & food from the Worcester area

Locally Sourcing ale & food
Croome Cuisine of Whittington

Croome Cuisine of Whittington was established in 2009 by Nick Hodgetts, a cheese maker with over 20 years experience. His aim is to create unique flavours of speciality cheese, incorporating quality ingredients for which this region is renowned.


We locally source our ale & food from the Worcester area

Locally Sourcing ale & food

Ansteys started cheese making 28 years ago at their family farm, just south of Worcester at Broomhall Farm, beneath the famous Malvern Hills. They specialise in traditional artisan cheeses and several are still made in the dairy using rich milk from the Severn valley.

Fladbury pies

We locally source our ale & food from the Worcester area

Locally Sourcing ale & food
Fladbury pies

Made at The Butchers Shop in the small village Fladbury, near Evesham, butcher Simon Taylor began his devotion to good food in Cape Town, South Africa. His scrumptious pork pies are award-winning and made using the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients.

Handmade Scotch Egg Company

We locally source our ale & food from the Worcester area

Locally Sourcing ale & food
Handmade Scotch Egg Company

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company is a family-run business based in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire. Luckily for us they have their only retail outlet just over the road from us in Friar Street! With a mission to reinstate the humble Scotch egg as Britain's favourite snack food, this enterprising company has so far developed 53 tantalizing varieties of Scotch egg. Each Scotch egg is handmade with tender free-range pork sourced from Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. This award-winning company also supplies our vegetarian quiches and often makes appearances at farmers' markets and other events around the country.


The room (King John) was excellent, great bedroom, great bathroom (although the water pressure/flow was average and the shower looked great but sprayed everywhere). Room appointments were good and the breakfast hamper was a great touch. Great location for access to town centre.

King John Room Stay

The perfect place to go before or after greyfriars house, the marvellous National trust property further up Friar street. You are in a historic house with an amazing atmosphere and as you drink it gets more amazing

Wonderful Interior. Good beer, friendly service

This was a very welcome lunchtime refueling stop during a busy day of sight-seeing in Worcester. Interesting building, good selection of real ales and tasty food - locally sourced scotch eggs and pork pies for us.

Welcome Lunchtime refueling stop

Great range of real ales and ciders. I love their perry but don't have too much. The cheese board is excellent.

One of the top 5 bars in Worcester

Stopped in here for a break from shopping and so glad we did! The interior is beautiful and in keeping with the era of the pub. Brilliant selection of drinks... Well worth a visit!

Great Selection of Ales and Ciders.

Great Beers, Service and Food.
Brilliant old English pub complete with a cracking array of specialist ales and ciders. The atmosphere is everything you could want from a classic pub with friendly service and plenty of banter. Add in the lovely sharing platters and excellent cheese boards and this ends up being one of the top pubs in the area. Worth a visit in any weather we sat out in the lovely beer garden and will be back soon.

Trip Advisor. July 2014

Down Memory Lane.
We often eat in Worcester. Usually at Karmic or Mac and Jax (both good and very different) This time we tried the Cardinals Hat. Two reasons. First the reviews on Trip Advisor. Second because many years ago as a little lad I was parked inn a side room while my parents drank in the bar (the place was then called the Coventry Arms) The building has not changed much – cosy, comfortable and interesting. We expected the food to be good having read the reviews. But it exceeded our expectations. Really excellent and well presented. I wanted something light and had the pate with home-made chutney and toasted date and mixed nut bread. Served on a wooden platter and accompanied by a very good imported lager. Very reasonably priced and the service was friendly and efficient. Highly recommended.

Trip Advisor. June 2014

Classic Pub!
We didn't eat here - apart from some excellent pork scratchings! - but this is a highly recommend pub and in my opinion(granted based on fairly limited knowledge) possibly the best boozer in Worcester. A great choice of ales and ciders. This is an historic building and has a great low-key atmosphere. Heaven!

Trip Advisor. May 2014

Great, Proper Pub. An absolute gem of a pub. Great beer, staff and atmosphere all in the centre of Worcester The scotch eggs are something else too! Highly recommended.

Trip Advisor. April 2014

Magnificent Beer!
Friendly traditional pub serving a large selection of traditional local ales and very tasty food. Really friendly atmosphere. Marek behind the bar is full of knowledge, friendly and helpful. Loyalty card too!

Trip Advisor March 2014

This is one of those pubs you stumble across every now and then. Tucked away in Friar Street, this quaint little pub with its panelled rooms and outside court yard is a great place to relax. They have a great selection of real ales and continental beers.

Carlos, Cheltenham

New ownership has made a huge difference. Really good selection of cider, nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

El Capitano

Really nice pub. Great location, great atmosphere and really nice and friendly staff.

Andy Saunders

Fantastic décor, a great range of beer and a lovely beer garden too.

Andrew Bowden

Full of character and helpful staff and the food is amazing! Really different to your average pub grub; fresh, local produce that tastes fantastic!

Holly Cook

Popped in for a swift half and ended staying half the night! Staff are very friendly and engaging, excellent selection of beers and ales.

Crystal, South Wales

New ownership has put new life back into this old favourite of mine. Warm pork pie & mushy peas with a good mint sauce… mmm! A simple but great little snack which went down well with my Purity Mad Goose. Welcome back my old friend.

Brian, Birmingham

I’ve been using this place for many, many years and can truly say that with the new owners it is now even better. When ever I am down in town for a few drinks with friends, we always try and finish the night in here as the staff are always welcoming and the range of drinks suits all.

Kevin, Worcester

Without doubt, the best pub in Worcester.

Sue Mason

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