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Cafe life in the Malverns

Dip into Cafe life on a weekend
exploring in The Malverns

A weekend away is as much about the food as it is about the luxury cottage you've rented. Lazy mornings with awesome bakes,  picnic lunches with delicious local goodies and teatime treats are all part of being away from the everyday and giving yourself some time off.

The Malvern Hills offer so many options for gorgeous independent coffee houses, artisan bakeries, and great local produce you'll love exploring and tasting Worcestershire goodies.

You are destined to climb a hill (or two) and there are some hidden gems to stop off for an indulgent sweet treat too. So grab your walking boots, and come with us to some truly special little cafe's in the hills

Faun - Malvern

Lip smacking breakfast pasties and
droolingly good Bacon butties

Why is more of a threat on a few days away than indulging in a long lazy Breakfast.  So pack your walking boots and jump in the car and head to the Malvern Hills, we have just the place for you.

Faun is an Artisan Bakery with lovely indoor and outdoor seating in the heart of Malvern with views to boot.  Choose from doorstep sized sourdough bacon butties, or go for a full English. This is no greasy spoon, the food is top notch and so are the ingredients sourced from local Worcestershire producers. You can't leave without a pastry either as a follow up or maybe pack it for the walk.   (I recommend the Cinnamon bun).

lose yourself in this secret cafe
in a walk through 'Narnia land

Okay enough of the pasties and coffee, its time to put those walking boots into action and explore the hills - a bit!

Just a short stroll along the road, turn right out of Faun and at the corner of St Ann's Road, is the Unicorn Pub.  Turn right here and the road will turn into a track, named Happy Valley  The trail will lead you up into the wooded sides of the Malvern Hills. Along the way you'll spot the iconic gas lamps that inspired CS Lewis's Narnia. Stop for a breather and admire the views glimpsed through the trees. Now you can choose to keep climbing for the rewarding view atop Sugar Loaf hill or even work your brekkie off completely and aim for Worcestershire beacon - the highest of the Malverns. Now you really have earnt that cuppa and a cake.

Head back down the track you came by and take the right fork signposted to St Ann's Well Cafe. You'll come across this funny little octagonal building with a little cafe serving tea simple lunches and of course cake. Refill your water bottle from the well spring with pure Malvern water, once favoured by the royals but sadly no longer bottled (except by you now of course).

From here you can head back down to town via Foley Terrace and walk down into town ready for a mooch around a few shops along the way.

If like me you are a sucker for interiors, then pop into Rhubarb Home, and opposite is an antiques haven 496, with an eclectic mix of mid Century and oddities.

Take a proper Water Cure and a
slap up diner with a view

It's time to kick back and enjoy The waters of Malvern, but of the distilled kind! The Water Cure cocktail bar in the centre of the town offers decadent surroundings in this converted old bank. Enjoy the lush greenery of the interiors, whilst knocking back a signature tipple.

During the summer months the outdoor garden is a wonderful oasis, to sit and sup a negroni or two as you decide between a slap up meal, a night at the theatre or a simple supper of tapas.

So I'm sure you are ready for a slap up meal, after all isn't that what holidays are all about?

Our favourite spots in Malvern for food are Anupam for laid back curry, or a few Tapas in hte Lemon Tree.

For a more heady experience head up into the hills, (by car or taxi) and enjoy a slap up meal at The Cottage in The woods hotel. For amazing views, a gorgeous bar and fab food too.

After all that exploring, its definitely
time for a hot tub soak!

It's been one heck of a day, with all that eating and tracking up hills, so it's definitely time to kick back and relax. Return home to Elsie's your luxury cottage for the weekend and top up the fire in the hot tub, or fill the roll top bath for an indulgent soak.  Pour yourself a dram,  and star gaze whilst listening to the owls hoot, or light a few candle in the sumptuous bathroom and reflect on your day.

If you really are pooped, you can collapse on a velvet sofa and crack open a bottle of vino, with the warmth of the wood burner to toast your tired toes. Because all of that exploring can tire you out.

Book your stay at Elsie's Cottage

  • sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
  • We are dog friendly
  • Wood fired hot tub
  • Pizza ovens and outdoor fire pit
  • Indoor woodburner and luxury bathroom
  • 2 night stays available

 

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