ROB MASON'S INSIDER GUIDE TO MALVERN
The Head Chef at 1919 Restaurant, The Cottage in the Wood gives you a local's guide to Malvern
3AA Rosettes’ 1919 Restaurant is a hotspot for food enthusiasts and offers a winning mix of laid-back elegance, incredible food, wine, and intuitive service, all served with a killer view.
With its award-winning tasting menu and impressive wine list, the restaurant has become a culinary destination offering an unforgettable dining experience.
Rob is passionate about using high-quality and locally sourced ingredients, and his menus are aligned with the seasons, showcasing the best of Worcestershire's produce, making each dish a celebration of the region's culinary heritage.
Read on for Rob's Insider Guide to the finest places to eat in Malvern and its surrounding areas.
1919 Restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood, Holywell Rd, Malvern Wells, Malvern WR14 4LG, United Kingdom
I am not a massive coffee drinker but for breakfast, I love to go to Faun Malvern, a fantastic local café/bakery that champions amazing local produce.
My go-to order is The Faun Fry up, with some homemade sourdough, but there's always something that'll catch your eye there, including freshly baked pastries, croissants, cruffins, cakes and tarts.
Faun Malvern, 31-33 Worcester Rd, Malvern WR14 4RD
For a great local lunch, it has to be the Baiting House, a beautiful pub serving delicious food. You can never go wrong, and the menu changes all the time – I change my order each time as every dish is worth a try.
Baiting House, Upper Sapey, Worcester WR6 6XT
I love The Meat Shack in Birmingham – for me, it’s the best burger around. Like many burger restaurants, they started out with a street food stall (at Digbeth Social Club) and once their popularity had grown enough, they opened their own diner in town. It's all local ingredients, hand-smashed into thick patties that are incredible.
Ask for the Dutch piggy… it's my ultimate favourite! Gouda cheese, American cheese, streaky bacon, pickle, ketchup, chipayo and red-onion, all on top of a 5oz beef patty.
The Meat Shack, 17 Thorp St, Birmingham B5 4AT
GRAND HOTEL, BIRMINGHAM
I like to head into Birmingham for drinks, and somewhere like the Grand Hotel is a perfect start to any evening, especially if you are into your cocktails. It's got a great atmosphere, beautiful decor and as I always start with a Negroni, it's worth mentioning that theirs always hits the spot.
Grand Hotel, 1 Church St, Birmingham B3 2FE
Maneki Ramen is a great spot in Worcester and has been voted Japanese Restaurant of the Year in the ARTA Awards. It's worth a visit at any time, but once a month they offer a Japanese-inspired tasting menu. The food is incredible and if you're lucky enough to be seated at The Pass (it's first come, first served), you'll get a great view into the kitchen to see the chefs at work.
Maneki Ramen Arch 45, Worcester WR1 3BH
Rob is Head Chef at the 1919 Restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood, Holywell Rd, Malvern Wells, Malvern WR14 4LG, United Kingdom Book Now