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CONTENTS 2 Welcome 4 Centenary Lounge 5 Pershore Patty Review 6-7 Fashion with Ice Menswear 8 Shopping at Reindeer Court 9 Financial Advice 10-11 The Worc Food Scene 12-13 Time for Brunch 14-15 Best way to Cook Steaks 16-17 Italian Cooking 20-21 Interview with SUGO 22 The Colorful Pots Bigos ​23 Worldly Wines 24 Hoplords 25 Singapore Sling 26-27 Taste of India 28 Thailand 29 Japan 30-31 Chinese Style 32-33 Tequila Tequila 34 American Diner 35 East meets West

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Bodegas South American Easy to be Vegan After Worc Feast St Hopmarket Royal Porcelain Works Pershore Patty 25 Years at The Diglis What's On

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CENTENARY LOUNGE Millennials step this way, there’s a new Centenary in town… Centenary Lounge at No 31,

With exquisite attention to detail,

hottest new bar and

dishes inspired by the original

off The Cross, is Worcester’s restaurant destination.

Inspired by the roaring twenties

and thirties, this jazz age lounge offers a modern British menu, a wide-ranging cocktail menu suitable for any speakeasy,

not to mention a positively spiffing afternoon tea.

The five-storey Grade II listed

building also showcases original Victorian tiles and a Georgian

staircase, as well as a beautifully preserved 1730s panelled room

with original fireplace that’s open to the public for the first time. The Art Deco-themed ground floor café serves brunch, as

well as a sophisticated threecourse menu, both designed

by Chris Holland from BBC2’s The Great British Menu.

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Chris has created authentic

1930s GWR Railway Dining Car

menus, including classic English and continental dishes. All food

is prepared on site daily using the finest seasonal ingredients and local produce where possible. The Centenary Lounge will host a range of regular and

special events, from tasting

menus to Ladies Nights, giving you the perfect opportunity

to don your glad rags and can channel your inner Gatsby.

Visitors can also refresh with a choice of coffees, teas, smoothies and frappés.

CENTENARY LOUNGE The Cross @Centenaryloungeuk


Reviews Centenary Lounge

It’s always exciting to hear the news of a new independent restaurant opening in Worcester, and especially one which promises to take you back in time with an added touch of glamour and sophistication. The Worcester restaurant undertook an astounding refurbishment before opening in early April 2019 on

Foregate Street, only yards from

the station. A stunning sweeping

staircase centrepiece was the talk

When we revisited at lunchtime on

the following Saturday, it is pleasing to see that new customers have

already found their way over to try the new Bistro. The downstairs

area was full and we were asked

to make our way upstairs where a

friendly waitress promptly took our drinks and lunch order. There are a selection of light dishes on the

lunch menu including sandwiches, with a strong focus on local and quality ingredients, which does

reflect on the prices at this more

up-market city centre lunch spot.

of the crowd when I attended the

What I liked most about Centenary

with delicious canapés and cocktails,

brings to the city’s already thriving

launch event. We were welcomed

and I was keen to return to sample something more substantial after perusing the menus.

The Art Deco style decor and

furnishings are reminiscent of a first class railway carriage,

transporting you back to the

1930’s, and music from the same era plays in the background.

Lounge is the unique concept it

and expanding food & drink scene. There isn’t anything else like it

in Worcester; and with support

from locals, this stylish restaurant will surely be the place to go for

“classically English afternoon teas,

a snack service for those on-the-go,

and a board of fayre that represents the very best of Worcestershire food and drink” as is intended.

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RE INDEER COURT With new owners, a host of new

businesses and stylish refurbishment in the works, there has never been a better time to visit Reindeer Court.

Reindeer Court is a sophisticated shopping arcade

located within Worcester’s retail core, offering a unique shopping experience, just a stone’s throw from an

abundance of car parking and city centre attractions. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to fashion, gifts and jewellery, with retailers offering a wide range of unique and quality items.

Specialist lingerie and vintage clothing outlets sit alongside an elegant florist, unisex hairdressers,

leather goods, retro gifts, toys, comics and games, providing a rich and diverse shopping experience,

while a traditional pub and café sit at either end of the Court, providing much needed refreshment.

For entertainment, look no further than Alexander’s in the centre of Reindeer Court; a bar and café by day and champagne and cocktail bar by night.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT FINANCIAL ADVICE? Since 1988, Skipton Building Society has assisted thousands of people with their longterm goals through clear financial advice. Skipton’s Worcester Branch Manager, Jagwant Uppal, touches on their advisory service – and why financial advice could be a good thing. SO JAGWANT, WHAT ARE THE

BENEFITS OF FINANCIAL ADVICE? “Financial advice extends beyond

ISN’T INVESTING RISKY? “Investing does expose your capital

IS IT EASY TO SPEAK TO AN ADVISER AT SKIPTON?

to additional risk. It’s really important

“Yes. We like to keep things simple for

involved before you invest. We offer

to travel far –or at all for that matter.

you’re comfortable with the risks a range of products from across

the market that cover a wide risk

spectrum and will always make sure our customers fully understand, and are happy with, their level of risk.” WHY DO PEOPLE COME TO

SKIPTON FOR FINANCIAL ADVICE?

trying to help people achieve decent

“I think a lot of it boils down to trust.

is a lot more to it – with the main

honest approach, and the fact that

plan their future goals in a way that’s

understand. Not only that, but we’ve

a much greater need for financial

a considerable time – which gives

low savings rates, rising inflation

matters are in good hands. I know

– which makes it harder to plan.”

do care about our customers.”

our customers. We don’t expect them

We have advisers all over the UK who can meet customers at their home

or local branch. We’ve even adapted

our services so customers can opt to have a review by video appointment using their laptop or tablet.”

DOES IT COST ANYTHING FOR A REVIEW?

returns from their investments. There

People appreciate our personal,

No. The first consultation is with no

benefit being that it can help someone

we speak to them in a way they

someone wishes to implement our

right for them. “Nowadays, there is

been offering financial advice for

advice; especially when you consider

people confidence their financial

and the current economic backdrop

it sounds clichéd, but we genuinely

obligation. A charge only applies if

recommendations. A review is merely an opportunity for us to get to know

someone, develop an understanding of their unique situation and goals, and provide recommendations that are

tailored to them. There’s absolutely no

pressure to choose a recommendation. What our customers do is entirely

their choice, and we give them all the time they need to make a decision.

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Britain has finally shaken off its reputation for ‘terrible food’, and our best restaurants and top chefs are now earning accolades around the world. Worcester’s options for eating out have also improved

dramatically in recent years, and every month it seems that a new and brilliant eatery opens somewhere in the city.

Worcester now boasts cuisine from all around the world, as

well as quality traditional pub grub. Join us as we take you on a global tour of Worcester's international restaurant scene, with some top tips and recipes squeezed in along the way.

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BRUNCH uk

THE NATI ON’S NE W FAVO UR ITE MEAL. WHY ? BE CAUS E IT’S A DELICIOUSLY INDULGE NT LUXURY. Brunch is the perfect way to meet up with

WAYLAND’S YARD recently named as one of

normal rules don’t apply, so everyone’s happy.

something for everyone. A zen destination for

friends and family; it starts at a civilised hour and

You want a glass of prosecco with your eggs

benedict? Go for it. The kids want a burger at 11am? No problem, just sit back and enjoy your coffee.

the the Top 10 Coffee Shops in the UK offers

Worcester's yoga community, superb wifi for those looking to escape the office, and cuddles from

Kobe, the dog. Phoebe is a fan of their Turmeric latte and you must try their eggy crumpets.


If you’re heading out for a day trip by

For the Vegan Worcester folk, look

on The Cross for an elegant brunch

for all of your brunching needs. Play

rail, pop into CENTENARY LOUNGE before you catch your train. They’ve

got a great selection of iced tea and coffee, not to mention indulgent

frappes and liquor smoothies – go

careful on the Malibu Mango Dream! BILL’S in Crowngate is the perfect

destination for hungry families, with plenty of choice for grownups and a great menu for your little ones.

no further than BE THE CHANGE

WAYLANDS YARD - Foregate Street @Waylandsyard

it safe with an all-day breakfast or

CENTENARY LOUNGE - The Cross @Centenaryloungeuk

famous cookie shake – after all, it is

BILLS - Chapel Walk, Crowngate @Billsrestaurant

around the cathedral, stop in at the

COSY CLUB - Cathedral Square @Cathedralsq

avocado toast, or treat yourself to a

brunch! After a riverside walk or tour COSY CLUB in Cathedral Square for a hearty mid-morning meal.

Or, last but certainly not least, try

GLOBE BISTRO on Friar Street. This family-owned bistro sells a stonking

‘Sunshine Bloody Mary’ to really kick start your day, as well as traditional breakfasts with modern twists, like the home-smoked pastrami hash.

GLOBE BISTRO - Friar Street @Globemodern BE THE CHANGE - Cornmarket @Bethechangefoods


STEAKS uk S O ME FOOD NE V E R GO ES OU T OF FAS HION, AND STEAK HAS LONG BEEN A FAVOUR ITE ME AL FOR US BR ITS . HE RE WE’ VE CUR ATE D B EST BEEF FEAS TS YO U CAN BU Y IN THE C ITY, AS WELL AS TO P T IPS FOR SERV ING T HE PERFECT S E AR E D S TEA K AT HO ME . If you want go all-out, visit the

Miller and Carter steakhouse has

ask for the Longhorn Sirloin steak;

special occasions, whether it’s a

riverside Old Rectifying House and served with mushroom, tomato,

triple cooked chips and rocket, this ancient and pure breed cow packs a punch when it comes to flavour.

become a go-to restaurant for

birthday meal, business lunch or

just a cosy table for two. Whatever the date, their expert team will endeavour to spoil you rotten.


The independent Friar Street

Kitchen is the destination if you want locally sourced food. Their

delicious skillet steak is strips of

Their chef, Matthew, shared these expert tips on how to cook the perfect steak: • Buy the best quality meat you

succulent Herefordshire rump

can afford, ideally from your local

onions served on sizzling cast

best cuts. The most tender meat

steak, mushrooms, peppers and

butcher who can advise on the

iron with house chips and salad.

is hung for at least 28 days. • Get steaks out of the fridge at least half an hour before

cooking – for best results they

need to be room temperature. • Oil the steak, not the pan! Then season with salt and pepper.

• Ideally, use a cast iron griddle to cook your steak and make sure it’s sizzling hot.

• Lean cuts, like fillet and rump,

taste best rare or medium rare, so don’t overcook them.

• Fattier cuts, like rump and sirloin, need time for the fat to render, so cook these for longer.

TOP TIPS FROM COOKMATE ON BROAD STREET Cooking steak at home is

easy, and with equipment designed for the task, you are sure to get

better results. Cookmate recommend cast iron griddles. They reach

a high heat efficiently

which seals food quickly, locks in moisture,

nutrients and flavours.

Using a griddle, also offers a very healthy way of

cooking as the cooking fat drains away and

collects below the ribs. Cookmate stock Victor

and Le Creuset grill pans which are both durable and easy to clean. The fabulous cast iron pan

THE OLD REC - North Parade @Theoldrectifyinghouse

from Victor has the option

MILLER & CARTER - Cathedral Square @Millerandcarter

gets better with age as

FRIAR STREET KITCHEN - Friar Street @Friarstreetkitchen COOKMATE - Broad Street @Cookmateworcester

to grill and sizzle which the patina develops.


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TARTE TATIN IS A CLASSIC FRENCH FAVOURITE DESSERT. READ ON TO DISCOVER HOW TO PREP THIS GALLIC GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT. YOU’LL NEED: 900g (approx. 6) Braeburn apples,

METHOD: Preheat your oven to 180C In a dish suitable for a hob and oven,

cook the sugar and diced butter over a medium heat to a brown caramel. Arrange the apple quarters on top of the caramel and brush with melted butter.

peeled cored and quartered

Cook for 30 minutes.

100g caster sugar

Remove from the oven and place

60g unsalted butter, diced 30g unsalted butter, melted 300g puff pastry, rolled roughly

3mm thick and pricked with a fork

the disc of puff pastry on top.

Cook in the oven for a further 40

– 45 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and crisp. Let it

cool for an hour before you serve.


ITALIAN ITALIAN FOOD IS OFFICIALLY THE MOST POPULAR CUISINE IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO A YOUGOV STUDY OF MORE THAN 25,000 PEOPLE ACROSS 24 COUNTRIES LUCKILY FOR WORCESTER, WE HAVE SEVERAL INDEPENDENT AND NATIONAL CHAIN ITALIAN RESTAURANTS THAT ARE BELLISSIMO.

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Benedicto’s and Valentinos have long been the go-to Italian

restaurants of choice for many local people who enjoy the authentic family atmosphere, delicious food and large portions.

Sugo and The Olive Branch are becoming new favourites for those eating

out, with Sugo also serving pub food and The Olive Branch offering tapas. Ask, with its menu by Theo Randall, and Zizzi, with its uniquely designed restaurant, offer delicious food in relaxed, family-friendly environments.

They are also the places to go, along with Pizza Express, if you’re looking for your perfect vegan pizza fix., melty vegan cheese and everything.

TOP TIPS FROM COOKMATE ON BROAD STREET: From pasta machines, pasta pots, and ravioli cutters, it’s easier and quicker than you think to make your own

pasta, and whilst a pasta machine makes it easy to roll, it is possible

with a rolling pin too. Cookmate even has a rolling pin to make fettucini.

You will soon find you need

somewhere to hang your pasta and World Flavours have a great one.

Using a traditional pasta pot, simply makes it easier and safer to drain your pasta,

they can also double as a stock pot and

colander too. A very worthy investment.

BENEDICTOS - Sidbury @Benedictosworc

ASK - Cathedral Square @Askitalian

VALENTINOS - Forgate Street @Valentinosworcester

ZIZZI - Cathedral Square @Wearezizzi

SUGO - Friar Street @Sugo_worcester

PIZZA EXPRESS - Cathedral Square @Pizzaexpress

OLIVE BRANCH - Church Street @Olivebranchworcester

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H E A D C H E F P IE R A FR OM SUGO ON F R I AR S TR E E T TE LLS US W H A T I N S P I R E S H IS ITA LIA N KITC H E N The SUGO Restaurants ethos is based on a very

simple concept: tradition! After working in different establishments around

soak the sauce in and trap the

Sunday family gathering or

crunchy and delicious.

mums would dish out on a

on a simple mid-week dinner. No microwaves involved (our

condiments inside, remaining

Another must in our

traditional Italian menu is

England over the years, it’s

mums still don’t know how to

carbonara. We use guanciale

‘Italian’ restaurants have

(they would get their stuff

pecorino cheese, which

become obvious that most designed their menus to

suit what they believe is the

use one), no freezers involved

either at the morning market

or from their own allotments),

(cured pork cheek) and

is made with 100% sheep

milk. Stronger and tastier

‘English taste’. We believe that

and no fancy dressings (simple

than any cow milk cheese.

and what customers want is a

when you have five kids to feed

Our fish, meat and veggies

expectations have changed,

full experience; a way to re-live their holidays and breathe

that air once again or have

and nutritious is the priority and are working full time). We make our own fresh

a taste of what it could be.

pasta every day using only

When we started the first

mums would do on a Sunday

owners Richard and Ron

shape we choose on the

SUGO at the Lamb and Flag, agreed that we should serve

traditional, authentic, homely

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meals, using recipes that our

are locally sourced and

delivered fresh every morning for our chefs to prepare

everything from scratch.

eggs and flour, just as our

Maintaining our standards

morning before church. The

demanding but rewarding.

current menu is ‘sedanini’,

short curly tubes designed to

of quality and freshness is

Our mission is to give you a

slice of Italy on your doorstep.


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T HE CO LORFU L POT' S B I GO S (STEW) Serves 4 to 6 • Prep time less than 30 minutes Cooking time over two hours

ME THO D 1. Melt the butter in a large casserole dish. Add the onion and sauté over a

medium heat until the onion is softened

Ingredients

and translucent. Sprinkle over the juniper

• 50g / 1 3/4oz butter

heat up high for a couple of minutes,

• 1 onion, sliced

• 1 tsp juniper berries, crushed • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds

• 300g / 10 1/2oz lean pork belly, cubed • 1 tbsp brown sugar

• 500g / 1lb 2oz sauerkraut

• half a white cabbage, shredded

• 200g / 7oz fresh chopped tomatoes or 400g tin tomatoes

• 500ml / 18fl oz chicken or beef stock • 10g / 1/4oz dried mushroom

• 300g / 10 1/2oz smoked Polish

sausage, such as kabanas, chopped

• 1 apple, grated

• Flaked sea salt

• Freshly ground black pepper

THE COLORFUL POTS

RESTAURANT - Copenhagen Street @Thecolorfulpotsrestaurant

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berries and caraway, then add the pork.

Sprinkle over the brown sugar. Turn the turning the meat so it browns well.

2. Drain the sauerkraut well and give it a rinse if you want to reduce the

vinegar flavour. The easiest thing to do is squeeze it out with your hands. Add

to the casserole with the white cabbage and chopped tomatoes, then pour over

the stock. Simmer for about 30 minutes. 3. Soak the dried mushrooms in warm water. When they have softened,

drain, adding their soaking liquor to

the casserole. Chop the mushrooms

finely and add these to the casserole, along with the sausage and apple. 4. Simmer for a further hour and

a half and serve or cover overnight and reheat the following day.


W NES

Work your way around the world

in wine from Bottles, Worcester’s concept wine bar and shop. As well as being a popular bar,

Bottles hosts wine events and its

expert team helps customers buy the perfect bottle for at home. BOTTLES - New Street @Bottleswinebar

FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Mouchao, Ponte das Canas

Bodegones del Sur, Select Viognier

Alentejo DOC, Portugal

Uruguay

£21.99

£18.99

Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir South Africa £30.99


HOP LORD'S TAPROOM & BOTTLE SHOP PUMP ST. WORCESTER

Hop Lord Bottle Shop is Worcester's first

dedicated Craft Beer Off Licence and Taproom, stocking around 250 different beers from

around the world and 6 taps of draught beer that constantly rotate.

Hop Lord specialises in offering a range of beers from all over the world that aren’t seen

anywhere else in Worcester. India Pale Ales, Wheat

Beers, Saison's, World Class lagers, Belgium beers, Fruit beers, imperial stouts and

Lambic beers are stocked in abundance. Customers are guided through different styles of beer and flavours by knowledgeable staff before making decisions

on what to buy from the 3 huge fridges. 6 taps pour at least one lager, an

IPA, a stout and a sour beer and 2 others. There is seating for

20 people, but there is a can

seaming machine for when

you want to take yours away. HOPLORD - Pump Street @Hoplordbeer


Singapore

The Sling is back with a bang! The distinctive pink drink was first

At that time, it was still socially

If you fancy a night of authentic

created in 1915 at the historic Long

unacceptable for women to drink

Singaporean food and drink, visit

which was then the destination for

Singapore Sling was so vibrant

Street. They also boast Cantonese

Bar in Singapore’s Raffles Hotel,

British colonialists and rubber planters visiting from neighbouring Malaya.

in public, but the candy-coloured that many believed it was fruit

juice, giving women the chance to have a sneaky tipple.

Singapore Restaurant in Friar

cuisine and Malaysian dishes for the more adventurous, and offer

some creative and delicious vegan options such as mock crispy duck and mock chicken dishes.

SINGAPORE RESTAURANT - Friar Street • @Singaporerestaurant

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India Indian food is one of the world's most favoured cuisines, and travellers will be in for a real treat when visiting India. Relying heavily on spices and vegetables, vegetarians will be delighted with the multitude of meat-free dishes available and visitors will be able to notice marked differences in the cuisines of each region. Worcester offers you the chance to indulge in these mouth-watering dishes why not visit the Marssalla Lounge on Broad Street or Café Mela on Foregate Street.

Diverse, delicious and not as difficult to cook as you might

Meanwhile, ex-Bake Off contestant Chetna Makan

the world. With every state, city, and even every home

there is more to Indian food than just curries; it

think, Indian food is one of the most popular cuisines in

having its own recipes for thousands of different dishes,

the bounty and variety of its gastronomy is phenomenal. If you fancy having a go at home, why not get a new cookbook from Waterstones in The Shambles?

You can’t go wrong with Madhur Jaffrey’s Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook. Instant Pots are the

kitchen gadget to own for 2019 and the Queen of Indian Cooking shares over 70 stunning recipes to try. We have our eye on the saffron rice with golden raisins. Yum.

has written Chetna's Healthy Indian. We all know can also be healthy, fresh and super delicious.

This book draws on inspiration from Chetna's family and friends, creating realistic recipes for midweek,

after work, busy weekends or when you simply want to look after yourself with wholesome food.

Get cooking! WATERSTONES - The Shambles @Waterstones


India is fast becoming the destination of choice. It comes as no surprise, after countless TV programmes from celebrities such as Joanna Lumley and Tony Robinson, highlighting the treasures, cultures and rich heritage this country has to offer. arrangeMY Escape in Mealcheapen Street,

India has been a top destination for their clients. From the Golden triangle visiting the iconic Taj Mahal to house boats in Kerala. They can tailor make holidays to suit everyone and anyone.

Even if you have experienced India, there is so

much more to explore. Working on a budget or

splashing out arrangeMY Escape can help you.

Top excur sions in Ind ia 1. Taj Mahal - Tick this spectacular structure off your bucket list.

2. Hot air balloon ride over Jaipur - What better way to explore this ancient city but from the air

3. Tigers at Ranthambore - Experience a game drive and see if you can spot the elusive Indian tiger 4. Splash out and take the Indian odyssey

railway journey - Travel from Delhi to Mumbai in style on board the Decan Odyssey

5. House boat in Kerala - Want to experience something new, then a house boat for a few nights is definitely a top choice.

Do you like food and like travel? Then why not combine them both and do a foodie tour around India. Visit India and take a food tour from Delhi to Goa via Rajasthan and Mumbai.

Spend two fabulous weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of India. From Delhi to Goa

and via the ethereal beauty of Rajasthan and the

bustling metropolis of Mumbai, experience the best street food in Delhi, the beautiful sight of the Taj

Mahal in Agra, the delightful taste of Rajasthan’s

traditional cuisine in Jaipur and Udaipur, the colours

of India’s markets and bazaars and cook up delicious regional Indian dishes in a number of inspiring

cooking classes. Relax on Goa’s beaches, see Jaipur’s

breath-taking Palace of the Wind, explore the vibrant street food scene of Mumbai and spend time in

rural Rajasthan living it up in a 17th-century fort. This unforgettable journey into the cultural and

gastronomic heart of India will satisfy every appetite. ARRANGE MY ESCAPE - Mealcheapen Street @Arrangemyescape


THAILAND D ES P I TE US I NG MANY OF TH E SAM E C ORE INGRE DIE NTS AS OTHE R SOUTH E AST AS I AN COUNTR I ES , S UCH AS CHILLI, GARLIC , GINGE R, LE M ONGRASS, F ISH SAUC E , P ALM S UG AR AND LI ME J UIC E , THAI F OOD HAS A DISTINC T F LAVOUR.. The secret of Thai food is achieving the perfect balance

A Thai meal without rice is unthinkable and you’ll

of five flavours: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. Pungent

also usually find soup, curries and some side dishes

spices, while salty sauces are sweetened with sugars and

all at once, rather than as separate courses.

fresh herbs, such as lemongrass, offset overpowering

neutralised by acids, such as lemon and lime. This said,

on the table as Thai meals are typically served

Thailand’s different regions each have their own complex

As exotic as Thai food tastes, it’s not particularly difficult

in the north of Thailand steamed sticky rice is preferred

provided you can get the proper ingredients or suitable

tend to be thinner, without the coconut milk and cream

other essentials are a wok and maybe a pestle and mortar.

cooking styles, flavours and signature dishes. For example, to the soft-boiled rice of the central region. Curries also that is widely used in central and southern cooking.

to prepare. In fact, Thai food recipes are quite simple,

substitutes. Armed with the right ingredients, the only

If this still doesn’t convince you to try cooking at home,

Rainy Southern Thailand, with its many coconut and

pop to one of Worcester’s fantastic Thai restaurants.

so seafood dishes are popular. Creamy coconut is spiced

THE THAI GALLERY ON FRIAR STREET SERVES UP PUNCHY, FLAVOURFUL THAI CUISINE, (WITH DELICIOUS VEGAN OPTIONS!) USING ONLY TRADITIONAL THAI RECIPES AND THE FRESHEST LOCAL PRODUCE, WHILE THE SIAM SMILE ON COLLEGE STREET PRESENTS THAI AND MALAYSIAN FOOD AT ITS CULINARY FINEST.

banana plantations, has a strong fishing industry and up with hot chillies and sour fruits – and be warned, southern Thai food is the hottest in the country. The influence of Royal Thai cuisine is most

strongly felt in the central plains of Thailand

and these complex dishes tend to be the plates with which foreigners are most familiar.

THAIGALLERY - Friar Street • @Thaigalleryworcester

SIAM SMILE - College Street • @Siamsmilerestaurant


Japan has been cooking for thousands of years and, as an island nation, tends to find its own way. Japan has developed a unique culinary tradition, but Japanese food is also a living part of the culture that is always evolving even today. Food is considered an art form in Japan, with many cities claiming their own regional specialty. Osaka is

known for its okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) and Hokkaido for its quality of salmon. Within each city, most restaurants focus on one specialty. The exception are izakaya, or pub eateries, which offer typical

Japanese foods like sashimi and grilled fish alongside Western-style foods like fries, with beer and sakĂŠ.

If you want to try Japanese cuisine in Worcester, head to on the High Street.

Yo! Sushi

YOSUSHI - Cathedral Square • @Yosushi

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CHINESE REGULARLY TOPS THE POLLS AS OUR NATION’S FAVOURITE TAKEAWAY, BUT HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CHINESE FOOD? 30

China boasts four major regional

styles: Cantonese from the southern

region and Hong Kong, Sichuan from the West, Huaiyang from the East, and Beijing or ‘Northern’ food.

Cantonese style cooking was the first to become popular in the West, including

many of the more instantly recognisable dishes such as stir-fries, sweet and

sour, and chop suey. The spicier food from Szechuan and Shanghai have

become better known in recent years.


Regional varieties were developed over time according to geography, climate, history, and lifestyle. All areas use ginger, garlic, spring

onions, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar,

sesame oil and bean paste, but they combine them in different ways. Sichuan (or Szechuan) cuisine is known for bold, hot, strong flavours that come from a lot

of garlic and chillies, whereas

Jiangsu cuisine prefers to match its ingredients according to season, colour and shape.

Rice is an essential part of any

TOP TIPS FROM COOKMATE Bamboo steamers are the authentic

and your wok will quickly reflect the

equipment used in china for

changes. In addition, carbon steel is less

ingredients. We offer two sizes to

break. Make sure that your wok is not

steaming vegetables and other

cater for all pan types. Steaming

ensures all the essential nutrients

fragile than cast iron, so it’s less likely to

too thin, look for one with a 14-gauge

steel or a minimum thickness of 2mm.

and vitamins are retained in the food,

Again we stock the ‘Jeremy Pang School

To use, simply line the steamer with

Carbon steel woks are usually packaged

your desired vegetables to steam,

keep them from rusting. Before you use

and delivers delicious, juicy results. grease proof paper (or leaves), add

then place the steamer in a wide pan, ensuring that the steamer

of Wok’ and a great selection of sizes. with a thin layer of non-edible oil to

them to cook, it’s important to wash

this layer off. Most wok manufacturers

Chinese meal, no matter the region,

doesn’t touch the sides. Sautépans,

will include specific instructions. These

shared one. A typical meal combines

about an inch of water to create

in your carbon steel wok, getting it

doesn’t go above the first layer of

the layer of oil with plenty of soap.

and the Chinese table is always a

several complementary small dishes, all served at the same time and shared. Tea is drunk before and after a meal, but rarely during. To taste these different styles,

why not try Chung Ying Garden on Friar Street. Or, if you fancy

something a bit different, Q Panda in Cathedral Square, marries

Asia-Chinese culinary creativity with the discerning standards of the modern dining scene.

QPANDA - Cathedral Square @Q_panda_uk

woks or fry pans are ideal. Fill with the steam, making sure the water

the steamer. Bring the water to the simmering point, and steam until the food is cooked. We stock the

authentic Jeremy Pang Bamboo

Steamer from the School of Wok. A lot of Chinese food, is cooked

usually involve placing some water pretty hot, and then scrubbing off

After this is done, your wok will be bare to the elements. Not only should you

season it (to prevent food from sticking), but you should also brush it with a

food-safe oil before you store it. This will help prevent your wok from rusting. If

in woks. We recommend carbon

it does rust, however, it’s not a big deal,

Carbon steel woks are easy to

season your wok afterwards. For tips

steel woks that aren’t non stick.

season and responsive to changes in temperature. This means that

you can turn the heat up or down

simply scrub off any rust spots and re

on seasoning please pop into store.


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LEGENDARY AMERICAN FOODS HAVE QUICKLY BECOME BRITISH FAVOURITES, FROM NEW YORK CHEESECAKE TO SOUTHERNSTYLE PULLED PORK. NONE HAS BEEN MORE EMBRACED THAN THE HAMBURGER, AND WORCESTER HAS A BRILLIANT SELECTION OF BURGER BARS TO SATISFY YOUR HUNGER.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen changed

Mode Sports Bar & Grill on Angel

opened its first restaurant in

all the biggest live sports events

the UK burger scene when it

Annie’s Burger Shack at The

Row is a great venue to watch

Courtyard offers 32 original recipe,

2001. GBK still prides itself on

and enjoyed freshly prepared food

Annie is a strong believer that

combining 100% prime beef with

in Angel Place brings you a taste

burger sauces made from scratch,

portions, at a great price.

serving handcrafted burgers, the freshest ingredients and

every day, in each GBK kitchen.

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN - Chapel Walk, Crowngate @Gbkburgers

and drinks, while Panama Jacks of Texas, along with stateside

MODE SPORTS BAR - Angel Row

authentically American burgers. everybody should be included at mealtimes, so every single

burger on Annie’s menu is also available as vegan or veggie.

@Modesportsbar

ANNIES BURGERSHACK

@ Panama_jacks

@Anniesburgershackworcs

PANAMA JACKS - Angel Row

- St Nicholas Street


Hanbao is an East meets West dining experience. The name translates as ‘burger’ in mandarin, and Hanbao is known as a quality spot where diners can enjoy the

ultimate in fast food, particularly unique burgers and delicious cocktails. You can also find a veggie and vegan option, so there’s something for all tastes. HANBAO - Foregate Street • @_hanbao_

EAST MEETS WEST


SOUTH AMERICAN FOOD IS NOW FIRMLY ON OUR RADAR AND THE CUISINE IS AS RICH AND AS DIVERSE AS THE CONTINENT ITSELF, WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY BODEGA ON FOREGATE

STREET IS A CONTEMPORARY

CANTINA, BRINGING YOU THE BEST OF SOUTH AMERICAN FOOD AND DRINKS.

Stuart Harrington, Bodega's Group Development Chef shares with us his love for South American cooking.

“My favourite South American

Dish is the Brazilian Moquecha, a

slow cooked fish stew packed with exotic spices like Mahi Mahi. The

moqueca epitomises the flavours

of the Amazon and is a staple dish that we serve, though of course with our own Bodega ‘twist’.

I have family who have lived in

An ideal dish to try at home is

talk about this amazing food. In a

hearty chicken stew with chilli,

Peru for 25 years and constantly

nutshell, what makes it so special

is flavour. Every region has its own twist on the same dish, but they

still deliver those fantastic flavours with a real punch. And there are so many delicious ingredients to use; coconut, chillies of all

different shapes and sizes and

spice, mango, coriander, exotic

the Peruvian Seco De Pollo; a vegetables and chimichurri.

Comfort food that’s and not

too difficult as a for a first time

cook. The more advanced cook

could try the Brazilian Xim Xim; a chicken and shrimp casserole

with peanuts, coconut cream and ginger for that added ZING.

fish, avocado, yuca or plantain,

Best advice I can give? Have a

amazing bread called arepas.

didn’t go right or wasn’t as good

and corn, which makes the most

When cooking South American cuisine, you need one thing...

patience. It is a bit like the culture; relaxed, chilled, no rush, and the end product is worth the wait. Lot of ‘low and slow’ cooking, using clay pots over a naked

flame. It’s almost like being in the Amazon with a naked fire

and a pot in the middle of the most tranquil surroundings. If

you close your eyes for a minute and smell the flavours, you can almost believe you’re there...

go, enjoy and don’t worry if it

as the meal you had at Bodega!”

BODEGA - Foregate Street @Bodegaworc


SOUTH AMERICA


It’s easier than ever to eat vegan in Worcester. Long gone are the days of having to hunt high and low for a single vegan option when eating out. No more salads

and couscous. These days, there is a creative and delicious world of plant-based foods spread throughout the City. We’ve all been there; you wake up one Saturday morning and all you can think about is running out to pick up something quick and easy.

Luckily for you, Worcester’s vegan businesses are

thriving, and more and more restaurants and cafes are adding amazing vegan options to their menus.

The first spot which comes to mind is BE THE CHANGE IN THE CORNMARKET. The menu is extensive, and

100% vegan. Favourites include all-day breakfasts, sausage sandwiches, filled bagels, paninis, nachos, wedges, and the crazy choice of burgers. If you’re still hungry, finish off with a cookie shake or a famous BTC brownie. DUTTY VEGAN, which you’ll find upstairs in the

SHAMBLES MARKET HALL, brings you an absolutely mouth-watering Caribbean vegan menu; hotdogs, ribs, burgers, loaded fries, chick’n nuggets and strips – the list goes on. Once you’ve eaten anything from the

menu, you’ll keep going back until you’ve eaten it all. If it’s not an all-vegan establishment you’re looking for, don’t worry. You’ll find a range of options in most of Worcester’s eateries. CHESTER’S and BODEGA CANTINA, ALL

BAR ONE and COSY CLUB all offer vegan-friendly dishes. Burritos, quesadillas, chilli; you’re spoilt for choice here.


SINGAPORE RESTAURANT ON FRIAR STREET serves traditional Chinese cuisine – but with the addition of mind-blowing vegan options such as mock crispy duck pancakes. A solid favourite!

THE OLD RECTIFYING HOUSE ON NORTH PARADE boasts an ever-changing and always delicious vegan

menu alongside its standard menu. With the addition of cocktails to die for, The Old Rec is always a crowd pleaser and the perfect place to spend an evening. As a vegan in Worcester, your usual meal at home

doesn’t have to be boring either. For those evenings when you just don’t have the energy to cook up

something as nutritious as you should, try heading

to ICELAND and picking up some No Bull Burgers. MARKS & SPENCER’S Plant Kitchen is always

expanding, with new additions such as vegan coleslaw

and ready-to-eat meals. You can even find a margherita pizza that you just need to stick in the oven. No-beef burgers, no-pork sausages, and battered cauliflower

wings are all things that you can pick up in the food hall! If you’re looking to rustle up something quick

and want to make it ‘cheesy’, make sure to pick up some nutritional yeast. You can get this in

tubs from REVITAL, or in bulk from Pack It In (a great shop to explore in the Shambles!)

Nuts are your friend – and so is your blender.

Blended cashews with a bit of water, lemon juice and nutritional yeast makes a delicious cheesy spread. Worried for the fate of your cakes? Just

replace dairy milk with soya, almond or oat milk and replace eggs with applesauce.


f i r s t T H U R S OF T H E MONT H 4 P M- 1 1 P M C O R N M A R K E T / C AT H E D R A L SQ . New to Worcester this summer is the highly-anticipated ‘After Worc’ Feast Street – a vibrant food and arts festival held in the heart of the city every month. It’s the perfect opportunity for an after-work outing with your favourite colleagues or to make a night of it with friends and family, sampling the delicious food and having a few drinks. The After Worc Feast Street will pop-up after hours (4-11pm) in Cathedral Square and the Cornmarket on the first Thursday of the month from May until August. YOUR FAVOURITE CITY B ARS AN D

Street stalls will be supplied by the fabulous foodie collective known as Grub Club, whose culinary connoisseurs sell everything from burgers and bhajis, to churros and cheesecake. C HEST ER S, C O SY C L U B A N D T HE O L IV E B R A N C H, A M O N G OT HER R ESTAU R A N T S A N D B A R S, W IL L B E O PEN IN G T HEIR D O O R S A N D G ET T IN G IN T HE FEST IVA L SPIR IT A S W EL L . There’ll also be different live entertainment each month – introducing new acts and artists to the city.

RESTAURANTS, INCLUDING TONIC A N D WAYLANDS YARD ON THE FOREGAT E ST, WILL AL SO BE JOINING THE PA RT Y.

The After Worc Feast Street Festivals are on the first Thursday of every month (2nd May, 6th June, 4th July and 1st August) from 4-11pm.

f S EARC H A F T E R WORC F E A ST ST.


The Hopmarket in Worcester has been at the heart of Worcester trade for almost 300 years, with hop merchants buying and selling local produce there as far back as the 1730s. The Grade-II listed former hotel on the site was built in the early 1900s and has become home to an eclectic mix of independent traders.

La Danse attracts dancers

You can also head to the

delivery in Worcester, lead by

Their staff have more than

confidential and impartial

fourth generation florist. As well

from all over the West Midlands. 30 years’ experience in fitting

dance shoes (including pointe shoes), clothing, costumes and accessories for dance

and the stage. They also have accessories for weddings and special occasions.

Hopmarket to get free,

advice and help from the

Citizens Advice Bureau. The charity’s purpose is to help

everyone find a way forward,

head florist Sarah who is a

as bouquets, Hopmarket flowers does wedding and sympathy

flowers, as well as event flowers.

whatever problem they face.

If all that shopping has

Hopmarket Flowers offers

in to Time To Eat for lunch

a premium service for flower

FLOWERS

worked up an appetite, call or coffee and a cake.


Henry Sandon Hall open to the public Henry Sandon Hall, Worcester’s new arts venue at the heart of the redevelopment of the famous Royal Porcelain Works, is now open to the public.

entertainment outside. Henry Sandon Hall is also available for hire, by event organisers and community groups for a wide range of activities.

Live events include acoustic music, film, talks, product launches, exhibitions and demonstrations by local artists, antiques fairs and much more.

unique, quirky, and casual but comfortable, family friendly licensed café, serving wonderful fresh, simple food, fair-trade coffee and teas. There’s also a delicious deli, with an excellent bakery section featuring artisan breads and cakes, regional beers, wines and spirits.

The courtyard features outdoor seating for the café and visitors, and on summer weekends, music and

The Nest café and deli is a

Above the Nest is The Boardroom; providing a flexible space for off-site meetings and presentations. And The Studio; named after Samuel Driver White, is a space dedicated to providing facilities and opportunity for local artists and craftspeople to showcase their work and demonstrate their skills, in a purpose-built arts workshop and studio.


Future Development Coming later this year, Royal Porcelain Works will launch the final phase in the redevelopment of the site, which will introduce a brand new gallery space and affordable work spaces for artists and creative businesses.

businesses and artists, creating a buzzing artist community.

The new offering will join Piston Gin Distillery and Shop and will introduce a new reception for Royal Porcelain Works development and an independent retail unit which will enable artists working on-site to sell their wares. The

The ground floor and first floor workshop spaces will be available either as single spaces or shared collective working spaces for artists, ceramicists, potters, photographers and alike. So important to the region’s cultural identity, The Royal Porcelain Works raises the profile of the fantastic level of artistry and craftsmanship that exists locally, helping ensure these skills remain relevant to

original painting house will be made into an incubation space for start-up creative

future generations and those traditions for which the city of Worcester is renowned live on.


A local membership card which was started in the summer last year in Worcestershire has proven to be a triumph amongst local food and

drink lovers. The Foodie Card was put

together by local food blogger Victoria Richardson, who is known by her readers as ‘Pershore Patty’.

Following the popularity of the launch in Worcestershire, The Foodie Card

can now be used by its cardholders at

around 200 independent food & drink places, including selected venues in

cardholder exclusive access to special

The scheme allows local ‘foodies’ to

The Card is accepted at more than 60

both Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. purchase the card for a small annual fee (£15 or two for £25), giving the

THE ARCH RIVALS MICRO PUB & BREWERY 10% off all drinks

MR SIMMS OLDE SWEET SHOPPE 10% off any purchase

G&TEA 15% off any breakfast item (available until midday Tues-Fri) / 10% Afternoon Tea (for one person or two people) Tues-Fri

GLOBE MODERN BISTRO 10% off the bill Thurs-Sun lunch & Wed-Thurs evening

CLOCKWATCHERS COFFEE HOUSE AND BISTRO 10% off the bill on purchases of 315 and over (Mon-Sat) WINTRIP BREW CO. AT THE OIL BASIN BREWHOUSE 10% off your first round (Mon-Wed)

COOKMATE COOKERY SCHOOL 10% off cookery classes booked online or in-store PRIMO BAR & DINING 20% off lunch menu between 12 noon-5 pm / 20% off all bottles of fizz anytime HOP LORD’S BOTTLE SHOP 15% off takeout purchases over £20

offers created specifically for the card. places in and around Worcester city

centre; including those listed below.

TONIC CRAFT BEER & COCKTAIL BAR Buy any double gin and get the tonic FREE

THE ‘CRUMPETS & COFFEE’ LOUNGE 10% off the bill / 10% off website purchases

CENTENARY LOUNGE 15% off the lunch and dinner menu

FRIAR STREET KITCHEN 20% off food bill Tues-Thurs (evenings) / FREE soft drink with any lunch item Tues-Thurs / Prosecco upgrade with any picnic bench booked

MAC & JAC’S CAFÉ 10% off breakfast (Tues-Fri) BODEGA CANTINA 10% off food bill Sun-Thurs THE KING’S HEAD, SIDBURY 10% off the food bill

THE OLD PHEASANT 10% off the bill Sun-Fri CHOCOLATE DELI 10% off TuesThurs (excludes afternoon teas, and not valid with gift vouchers)

BOTTLES WINE BAR 10% off the bill Sun-Fri CAFFE BOLERO 10% off the bill Mon-Thurs (food must be purchased) WAYLAND’S YARD 10% off the bill Mon-Thurs THE OLIVE BRANCH 10% off the bill Tues-Thurs (after 7 pm) / 2 paella & carafe of wine for £35 Mon-Wed CHESTER’S RESTAURANT & BAR 20% off food Tues-Thurs from 6 pm


CAFÉ MELA INDIAN RESTAURANT 2 for 1 on main dishes (excludes duck & seafood dishes) HAND IN GLOVE 15% off any cocktail BE THE CHANGE FOODS FREE dessert when purchasing an evening meal (including their famous cookie shakes – usually £7) COFFEE 45 10% off the bill CHAD’S SMASHERY 15% off food Monday to Thursday NO. 35 WINE BAR 10% off the bill (excludes Fri & Saturday and food must be purchased) HANGAR CAFÉ 20% off the bill on weekdays / 10% off the bill Sat & Sun THE OLD RECTIFYING HOUSE 15% off lunch food bill / 10% off evening food bill (Tues-Fri) NEST CAFÉ 10% off food & drink in the café BLACK & WHIT3 10% off all food Mon-Fri

BOLERO BAR & KITCHEN 10% off the bill (excludes Fri & Sat and food must be purchased) STEAM COFFEE SHOP 10% off the bill HOUSE OF COFFEE 25% off breakfast menu Tues-Fri (before 11 am) / 15% off the bill every day (excludes alcohol) PISTON GIN £10 discount if you book 2 places sharing a station (applies per booking) or £30 discount if you book one place per station onto the gin school SAFFRONS BISTRO 20% off food Mon-Thurs lunch and evening (not available with any other offers) BURGER SHOP 10% off the bill SUGO 20% off food bill (Tues-Wed) FOLEY’S CAFÉ 20% off the bill Mon-Thurs THE COLORFUL POTS RESTAURANT 10% off the food bill THE PAUL PRY 10% off the food bill

WORC SOCIAL READERS CAN BUY THE FOODIE CARD BY VISITING PERSHOREPATTY.COM SHOP. JUST ENTER ‘WORCSOCIAL19’ AT THE CHECKOUT TO RECEIVE £5 OFF #THEFOODIECARD.


The Diglis House Hotel celebrates 25 years of successful trading this Spring, with five members of staff collectively having worked for the hotel for an

The independent riverside hotel has an

illustrious history; it was once a favourite of landscape artist John Constable, who found inspiration in the idyllic

terraced gardens overlooking the river.

astonishing half a century.

Visitors can still experience a similar

The Diglis House Hotel celebrates

drink, before taking a stroll along

25 years of successful trading this

Spring, with five members of staff

collectively having worked for the hotel

view while enjoying a meal or a

the first Worcester hotels

The Hotel has 28 rooms, with 11

the early 1900s and is

for an astonishing half a century.

In fact, the combined experience of

overlooking the River Severn.

400 years in the hospitality trade.

The Diglis was one of

the river or staying for the night.

guest rooms in the main house and

the Diglis House Hotel’s team is nearly

Did you know?

another 17 rooms built in the grounds

The Conservatory Restaurant is

registered as an Inn in

now popular with locals, as well as providing

hospitality to corporate and overseas visitors.

one of Worcester's best riverside

The original house pre-

views a wide choice of seasonal

rebuilt and later extended

dining experiences, with magnificent food, from the chef's specials, to an a la carte menu, or just coffee and a snack. To book 01905 353518

dates the 1600s and was during Georgian times.

It became the home of

Edward Leader Williams, the chief engineer to

the Severn Navigation Commission. His son

Benjamin Williams Leader was born in the house

and was himself a famous landscape artist and

friend of John Constable.


Steve, General Manager of The Diglis House Hotel, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have reached this landmark anniversary. Our staff are fantastic and to be able to celebrate with them is a brilliant feeling. “Like all businesses, we’ve had our ups and downs over the last 25 years, but we’ve worked hard to make sure the Diglis House Hotel is a place that Worcester can be proud of.”


WHAT’S ON

There is so much to see and do in Worcester but here is a small selection of great events coming up...

THE HIVE EXPLORE THE PAST Behind the Scenes Medieval Tour of Worcestershire: Sat 22 June, 2pm – 3:30pm. Come behind the scenes to see places the public don’t normally get access to, including the archive strong rooms, conservation studio and archaeology finds room. Examine artefacts relating to Medieval Worcester! Cost £6 per person.

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BIG DREAMERS FESTIVAL Interactive theatre to ignite your imagination. Tickets for all performances are £4. Crabby: Tue 23 July, 10:30am and 2:30pm. When Crabby the hermit crab loses his shell, he’s up against the tide and must find a new one. He soon discovers it’s not easy getting what you want if you’re a bit crabby! Three Little Pigs Tails: Thurs 25 July, 2:30pm. A brand new version of the classic story, set in Paris. A funny, warm hearted and interactive tale from Garlic Theatre to make you squeal with laughter!

The Goose Who Flew: Fri 26 July, 2:30pm. Goose loves the summer, playing with his family and friends, but soon it is time for him to fly south for the winter. As his journey begins, things are not as they should be… East o’ The Sun, West o’ The Moon: Sat 27 July, 4pm. When a girl breaks a spell that turned a prince into a white bear, the prince is taken to a troll castle that lies east o’ the sun and west o’ the moon. The girl embarks on a journey to save the prince – can she get there in time? A remake of the classic Norwegian fairytale.


DANCEFEST CREATIVITY AND WELLBEING WEEK 10-16 June. Bring a friend! Dancefest are opening up some of their classes as part of this national event – so come along for free hat to dancers and have a go! Find out more at dancefest.co.uk SUMMER DANCE SCHOOL Monday 29 July - Love to Dance (55+) 10am-3pm, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN Create a dance in a day with Elizabeth Crosswell. At the end of the day share your love of dance with an informal performance to family and friends. £15 TUESDAY 30 JULY – DANCE FILM IN A DAY (11-18) 10am-3pm, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, Worcester, WR1 3PD Working with dance artist Clare Wood to create a dance film in a day, using The Hive as a starting point for movement and a backdrop for the film. £15 FRIDAY 2 AUGUST - LOVE YOUR DANCE (18+) 10am-1pm, The Angel Centre, Angel Place, Worcester, WR1 3QN A practical dance CPD workshop led by dance artist Lauren Trim, focusing on different ways to approach choreography. Suitable for dance and theatre practitioners who work with people of all ages and abilities. £7.50

THE COMMANDERY OAK APPLE CELEBRATIONS 25-27 May: All May Bank Holiday weekend there’ll be living history camps and crafts to enjoy! On Saturday 25 May join the Commandery for Oak Apple Day, celebrating the 1660 restoration of the Monarchy. There’ll be talks on the escape of Charles II, exhibition tours with curators, and see history brought to life buy re-enactors… plus crafts for the family. On Sunday, there’ll be Morris dancing and mask making too! MAY HALF TERM 27-31 May: This half term, test your aim at The Commandery with Arrows to Artillery. There’ll be artillery and cannon drills throughout the day, shows of historic firearms, and you can make your own bullet pouch and have a go at archery, too! SUMMER HOLIDAYS 22 July – 30 Aug: Throughout the summer holidays there’ll be plenty of fun to be found at The Commandery! Borrow an explorer backpack and decide if you want to be a Victorian Explorer, Medieval Pilgrim or Civil War Soldier for the day! They’re full of crafts and activities to enjoy on your visit. Why not pick up an activity booklet while you explore this amazing historic building, and see what you can discover…

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 24-26 Aug: Discover secrets of history at The Commandery on Saturday 24 August! There’ll be talks on Medieval Medicines and the Secrets of the Commandery, and you can craft your own Pilgrim badges too. Then on Sunday 25 August and Monday 26 August you can have a go at archery and discover more about how our ancestors used food and herbs for healing, plus lots more.

THE SWAN THEATRE THE FESTIVAL PLAYERS PRESENT - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Tue 20 Aug, 7:30pm: “The course of true love never did run smooth”, but the sparring antics of Shakespeare’s erstwhile lovers, Beatrice and Benedick, provide great hilarity for the other members of the household who plot to reunite them. Against this background, another romance is almost derailed by the machinations of a jealous Duke until the local constabulary bumble upon his plans. Tickets £18, concessions £15

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New to Worcester this summer is the highly-anticipated ‘After Worc’ Feast Street – a vibrant food and arts festival held in the heart of the city every month. This is the perfect opportunity for an after-work outing with your favourite colleagues or to make a night of it with friends and family, sampling delicious food and drinks at this ‘foodie’ market.

YOUR FAVOURITE CITY B ARS AND RESTAURANTS, INCLUDING TONIC AND WAYLANDS YARD ON FOREGATE ST, CHESTERS AND OLIVE BRANCH WILL ALSO BE JOINING THE PARTY.

WORCESTER CITY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM EXHIBITION - THE YOUNG TURNER: AMBITIONS IN ARCHITECTURE AND THE ART OF PERSPECTIVE Until 6 July: Visit the City Art Gallery’s newest blockbuster exhibition, The Young Turner. Showcasing some rarely seen early paintings and sketchbooks from one of the most iconic British artists in history. EXHIBITION – MAY THE TOYS BE WITH YOU 20 July – 14 Sept: From a galaxy far, far away comes the Art Gallery & Museum’s exhibition May The Toys Be With You – an absolute must see for Star Wars fans off all ages! Your young Jedi can also dress up, wield a lightsabre and re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalk, Princess Leia and Han Solo in the Art Gallery!

THE PORTABLE ANTIQUITIES SCHEME, MEDIEVAL TRINKETS, AND DRESS ACCESSORIES Tue 14 May, 1pm: Join Museums Worcestershire’s curators for a 20 minute Bite-size talk about The Portable Antiquities Scheme, Medieval Trinkets, and Dress Accessories. Giving you a fascinating insight into the collection. £3. MUSEUM AFTER HOURS 17 May, 14 June, 5 July, 16 Aug, 13 Sep: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum are kicking off another season of Museum After Hours, a chance to enjoy the gallery in the midst of live music, poetry, cocktails and of course art. Free entry, no booking required. We think it’s the perfect way to end the week! BEHIND THE SCENES IN MR STEWARD’S CHEMIST SHOP Fri 28 June, 1pm: Join the Social History curator to explore the Victorian Chemist’s shop and discover which medicines you need to treat your 19th century aches and ailments.

The After Worc Feast Street Festivals are on the first Thursday of every month (2nd May, 6th June, 4th July and 1st August) from 4-11pm.

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