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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 â€‹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.
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.
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.
WORC FOOD scene 10
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 arenâ€™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
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 Singaporeâ€™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 â€˘ @Singaporerestaurant
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.
YOSUSHI - Cathedral Square â€˘ @Yosushi
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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CHESTERS - New Street @Chestersworcester
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.
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
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 yearsâ€™ 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 charityâ€™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
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 regionâ€™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 Hotelâ€™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.”
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.
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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CELEBRATION OF FOOD & DRINK
This FREE event is for all the family and takes place throughout the city centre.
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