Stay at The Cardinal’s Hat

Following on from 2013’s successful regeneration of Worcester’s oldest pub, Landlord, Nigel Smith and his team have forged ahead and revived a further 2 more floors of the building offering 6 boutique, double bedrooms.

The upper Georgian section of the structure has been refurbished in a way that reflects both the style and quality of the pub itself and the consideration and appreciation of the historic nature of the building.

All rooms boast antique Georgian furniture, TV and wifi, and tea and coffee making facilities with Royal Worcester crockery. Spacious rooms with high ceilings boast comfy king-size beds and luxury bathrooms, and of course the characteristic cosy pub that can be found downstairs.

A continental breakfast hamper, to enjoy in the comfort of your room, is provided at your door. Guests can also enjoy 10% off a cooked breakfast across the street at Worcester’s best Cafe, Mac and Jacks (Tues-Sun). NEW – a cooked breakfast can be provided at the pub – pre-orders only – please contact us for details.

Choose from any of our six luxury rooms, scroll down for more details.

The King John – from £125 

The King John boasts a king size mahogany four-poster bed, with goose down duvet, large en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, and large Georgian windows overlooking the front of the pub.

King John was born on Christmas Eve in 1166. He began his reign in 1199 in control of a vast empire which stretched from Gascony in the south of France all the way up through large regions of France to England, areas in Wales and some parts of Ireland. King John is most famous for agreeing to the Magna Carta, which was a charter of demands made by John’s rebellious barons. When he died in October 1216, he had lost most of his French lands, and was in the midst of a civil war against many of his own barons.

King John often stayed in the cathedral priory or castle at Worcester and his tomb can be found in nearby Worcester Cathedral.

The Elgar – from £110 

The Elgar is a decadent room with a gold baroque king size bed with goose down duvet, large en-suite bathroom, large Georgian sash windows overlooking the front of the pub and a romantic bathtub within the bedroom.

Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet  (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire.

Edward Elgar rose from humble beginnings in a small country cottage just outside Worcester, now The Elgar Birthplace Museum, to international fame. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, includingThe Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924.

The Townshend – from £95 

Overlooking the pub courtyard, The Townshend is a spacious  room with a unique king size bed, with a headboard made from one of the original pub doors, goose down duvets, and ensuite bathroom with shower.

Henry Townshend (c. 1602-1663) was a Worcestershire gentleman who lived in Elmley Lovett, a village ten miles north of Worcester. He was the son and a half-brother of men who had sat in parliaments under Elizabeth I and James I, but he himself never became an MP. He was instead prominent in the government of his county. Just before 1640 he began to copy documents on aspects of public administration, and in 1640 he began to keep a diary.

After the outbreak of the civil war in 1642, Townshend became a pillar of royalist administration, and the man concerned about heavy taxes was obliged to levy rates and taxes on behalf of the king. His scribal community was now the king’s party in Worcestershire, and he started to copy other kinds of material relating to the war effort. He also went on to keep a vivid diary of the siege of Worcester in 1646, when he was holed up in the city by the New Model army. The Diary and Papers of Henry Townshend, 1640-1663, edited by Stephen Porter, Stephen K. Roberts and Ian Roy was published in 2015 and mentions meetings held here at The Cardinal’s Hat.

The Sandon - from £80

Overlooking the pub courtyard, The Sandon has a double bed, goose down duvets, and ensuite separate toilet and shower rooms.

Henry George Sandon, MBE (born 10 August 1928) is a notable authority on Royal Worcester porcelain. He was curator of the Dyson Perrins Museum for many years. He began his career as an archaeologist and his knowledge covers pottery and porcelain of all periods and countries. One of his projects was an excavation at the Royal Worcester factory site.

He is widely known in the UK for his many appearances on the long running BBC television programme Antiques Roadshow. He has written many books on the subject of Worcester and other porcelains, and he lectures frequently on the subject. In 2000, he was voted Antiques Personality of the Year by the readers of BBC’s Homes & Antiques magazine. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to Broadcasting, the Ceramics Industry, and to Charity. He was guest of honour at our re-opening of the The Cardinal’s Hat in 2013.

The Tilley - from £95

The Tilley boasts a unique Orkney style bed built into the end of the room overlooking the front of the pub, with goose down duvet, and a large en-suite bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.

Vesta Tilley. Born Matilda Alice Powles (13 May 1864 – 16 September 1952), in Commandery Street, Worcester, she was an English music hall performer who adopted, at age 11, the stage name Vesta Tilley and who became one of the most famous male impersonators of her era. She was a star in both Britain and the United States for over thirty years.

She was wildly popular among women as well, who viewed her as a symbol of independence. Tilley’s popularity continued during World War I, when she and her husband ran a military recruitment drive, as did a number of other music-hall stars. In the guise of characters like ‘Tommy in the Trench’ and ‘Jack Tar Home from Sea’, she got the nickname ‘Britain’s best recruiting sergeant’ – young men were sometimes asked to join the army on stage during her show.

The Scott - from £95

Overlooking the pub courtyard, The Scott has a king-size bed with goose down duvet, and ensuite toilet and shower.

Sheila Scott OBE (27 April 1922 – 20 October 1988), was an English aviator, born in Worcester.  She broke over 100 aviation records through her long distance flight endeavours, which included a 34,000-mile (55,000 km) “world and a half” flight in 1971. On this flight, she became the first person to fly over the North Pole in a small aircraft.

In 1943, she started a career as an actress as Sheila Scott, a name she maintained long after she stopped acting. She had a short marriage from 1945 to 1950 to Rupert Bellamy then in 1958 she learned to fly going solo at Thruxton Aerodome after nine months of training. Her first aircraft was a Thruxton Jackaroo (converted Tiger Moth) G-APAM then in April 1966 she bought her Piper Comanche 260B G-ATOY named Myth Too in which she set ninety world records. Her first solo round the world flight commenced at London Heathrow on 18 May 1966 and returned on 20 June 1966, having covered approximately 31,000 miles (49,890 kilometers) on 189 flying hours in 34 days. In 1969-70 she flew solo around the world in the same aircraft a second time.

She was the founder, and the first governor, of the British branch of the Ninety Nines, an association for licensed women pilots, which had been created by Amelia Earhart. She was a member of the International Association of Licensed Women Pilots, and of the Whirly Girls, an association of women helicopter pilots.

Gift Vouchers

** Looking for gift ideas? Try our Hat gift vouchers – valid for one year from sale date, and can be used for drink, B&B rooms and food. Buy vouchers online today, via our sister pub, The Fleece Inn. **

    Top ales and lagers
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  • Popes Hop Market
  • Mahou premium Spanish lager
  • Maisel's Weisse
  • Wye Valley HPA
    Bar snacks/meals
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  • Artisasn cheese platter
  • Scotch egg & picalilli
  • Pork pie & mushy peas
  • Smoked kippers & toast
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