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The Dining Room at Pensons Restaurant - Pensons, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Pensons

4.8
4.8
593 Reviews
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Pensons is a Michelin Star ingredient-led restaurant with rooms on the beautiful Netherwood Estate on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border.

The menus at Pensons are inspired by the variety and quality of local seasonal ingredients, offering an a la carte menu at lunch or a 5 course tasting menu at dinner, based on the produce which is at its peak on the Netherwood Estate, or from growers in the local area.

Pensons is open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and for lunch from Thursday to Sunday.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01885 410333

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Simpson

  • Private party facilities

    Private events can be hosted subject to availability. Please contact the reservations team to discuss.

What 593 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Worcestershire

    Best Overall

  • Worcestershire

    Best Food

  • Worcestershire

    Best Service

  • Worcestershire

    Best Ambience

  • Worcestershire

    Best Value

  • Worcestershire

    Fit for Foodies

  • Worcestershire

    Healthy

  • Worcestershire

    Romance

  • Worcestershire

    Special Occasions

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  1. J

    Joooooo

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with great food and attentive service. Only criticism is that courses were served a tad faster than we would have liked, but that wouldn’t stop us returning!
  2. DD

    DDDD

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The bar is set high by this restaurant with no choice and one £95 five course set menu. I didn’t feel it fully delivered. Lovely setting: courtyard for a drink, converted barn restaurant. The food was fine but none of the dishes wowed, either in flavour or execution. Flavour: the carrot dish, one of the five courses, was two standard carrots, no doubt from their garden so fresh, with a few bits n bobs. At least, two different types of carrot done different ways, say, might have made it more interesting. Not helped by the (friendly) waiter asking on collecting the plates if it was the best carrot we’d ever eaten. The answer had two not three letters. Execution: the fish in another course was materially over-cooked, feedback given but not sure they took it on board: no response and the (still friendly) waiter later made a joke about the (cold) pudding at least not being overcooked. I don’t think that Pensons, on this experience, warrants a Michelin star compared both to other 1 stars or listed in the broader area. Old Downton Lodge near Ludlow (only listed) was by several levels superior, with its innovative and skilfully executed six course menu at £85 and an a la carte option at £50/60. But plenty of people love Pensons so there you go. Personal preference.
  3. GT

    GemT

    Herefordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service. Have already recommended to friends and family. Looking to book again soon.
  4. V

    Victoria

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic atmosphere on arrival and our experience only improved during our delicious lunch. The food was of an extremely high standard and was cooked and presented beautifully. Highly recommended.
  5. RC

    RCoton

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful fish feast night, great food and service. Will look forward to booking again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A lot of thought and investment put into this lovely restaurant, the attention to detail didn’t go unnoticed and professional , well turned out staff is always a plus. The menu is very short which could catch some people out but wasn’t a problem for us. I was disappointed and embarrassed after telling my guests I had requested a table in the main restaurant as it was a very special occasion, then to be told on arrival that we were upstairs. It didn’t spoil the day, the upstairs is very nice and the service excellent but it might put me off booking again. All in all still very special place and lovely experience.
  7. JJ

    JemmaJ

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Fantastic food and wine. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Air conditioning needed for the Hay loft seating area as it is above the kitchen. The staff did make us aware of this and although there is a double door to outside to open not every guest was comfortable with this.
  8. RT

    RosalindT

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food but we came away hungry as there were virtually no carbs.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was fantastic, what a great first time experience at a Michelin star restaurant
  10. KM

    KieranM

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time I have been and the food is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could go more often what a treat.
  11. K

    Karen

    Worcestershire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous experience everything about the lunch was exquisite. The food sublime and the ambience and staff were perfect in every way. I would recommend to everyone.
  12. MB

    MargaretB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit, bringing a friend who had not been before. It was wonderful, a great experience. This time we went for a flight of wines between us to accompany the meal and they were so well chosen. Service was attentive, but not obtrusive and we did not have to wait overlong for anything. A night to remember.
  13. CS

    ClaireS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, the team knowledgeable on the dishes, location is stunning. The atmosphere incredibly relaxing.
  14. TP

    TrevorP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stuning food, stunning setting. Shame we had to drive or the stunning wine would have been samnpled too.
  15. AM

    AlanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is an interesting venue that is far nicer than its photographs imply. We have eaten in Michelin starred restaurants before, in the UK, France & Spain and this was an extremely comfortable and successful experience, which some - sadly - aren't.
  16. D

    Davef5520

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great evening spoiled with the wonderful menu and wine flight attentive polite service from al the staff from arrival to end.
  17. AS

    AlanS

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really good as always. Wish we could go more often.
  18. c

    crimewriterkate

    London

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely anniversary lunch at Pensons. The food was exquisite and the service exemplary. The only slight niggle was that we were seated up against the (open) kitchen, which was a bit noisy at times.
  19. c

    cheoffdotcom

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All facets of hospitality are successfully mastered here. Food has developed flavours and textures. Front of house deliver that excellence from the kitchen with knowledge and warmth. The barn space is generous and quietly classy. Even if the majority of guests find perfection here, the team will still seek ways to improve on their own standards. The bar is always set high here - and it is raised with each return visit.
  20. JO

    JohnO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a restaurant worthy of its Michelin Star. The environment, the staff and the quality of the food was all conducive to a very pleasant experience. It was good to wander their extensive kitchen gardens and we approved of their focus on local suppliers for those ingredients they could not grow themselves - the regional cheeses were particularly good. Perhaps a bonus was having a clear sight of the chef and his team doing their magic in the kitchen from our table.
  21. BT

    BarbaraT

    West Sussex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place and beautiful food. Tasting menu only in evenings but was very good. Be prepared to pay top whack though.
  22. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and a lovely atmosphere, highly recommended
  23. CB

    ColinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully restored barn, now housing a michelin restaurant, lovely courtyard to sit and enjoy pre-dinner drinks, the food is exceptional, particularly the fish (no surprises considering the chefs pedigree), wonderful service, not too "in your Face" just right, and the Sommelier certainly knows his wines. Although they state it's a 5 course tasting menu, there are little extras to suppliment the experience. We shall certainly plan a return visit.
  24. D

    David

    Herefordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just perfect! From arrival to departure the service is impeccable and the food? Imaginative, balanced and incredibly tasty.
  25. EL

    EdwardL

    New Zealand

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lived up to our expectations. Great staff, delicious food, lovely venue
  26. KW

    KateW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, amazing wines and impeccable service. All in lovely surroundings- I had the wine flight with the evening meal and I would recommend- great wine choices
  27. AJ

    AlisonJ

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely experience - would thoroughly recommend
  28. JB

    JordanB

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This establishment encapsulates everything I love about British cuisine and service. Every course was impeccable, timed and spaced expertly. Each member of the team, charming, welcoming and helpful. The experience felt personal and presented as if we were invited rather than reserved of our own accord. Be proud of the success that Pensons has garnered and please thank every member of the team Including the KP! Thank you for the experience, see you again soon.
  29. F

    Fran

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food service and atmosphere although a tad expensive.
  30. BH

    BridgetH

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful setting with the most delicious food. Lovely friendly staff. Worth traveling from far a field to enjoy.
  31. CA

    CharlesA

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience. Well thought through tasting menu. Perfectly balanced and executed with local ingredients. No choices but vegan,veg etc catered for. Attentive but not overbearing service. Lovely remote country location, vibe. The price reflects the quality.
  32. n

    nikki

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the friendly welcome upon arrival we knew we were in for an exceptional dining experience. Excellent food, beautiful gardens superb service.
  33. a

    akc1970

    London

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cooking by Chef Chris Simpson, using many of the local seasonal ingredients (some grown at the restaurant or at the Netherwood estate).
  34. JD

    JudithD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Golden Wedding anniversary to remember! This was a really enjoyable experience, given by our family to celebrate a special occasion. The food and whole organisation were excellent.
  35. SJ

    SteveJ

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some may be put off by just the evening tasting menu, but don't be. It is worth it, in every sense. Each course was beautifully cooked with interesting and varied flavours. The bream was exceptional. Attentive service and a relaxed unfussy vibe made for a top class experience. Many thanks to all the team.
  36. BR

    BryanR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The main problem on the day was the slowness of service. We arrived punctually at 13.00 feeling fairly hungry but it wasn't until 14.00 that we were getting our main course - an hour's wait! In between it seemed to take ages to receive: (a) our bread and butter; (b) our starters. Either you need more kitchen staff at lunchtimes and/or you are short-staffed and/or the waiters are too laid back - they seemed to drift back and forward past our table in a fairly nonchalant manner. At £48 a person + 12.5% discretionary, this is just not good enough.
  37. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My party enjoyed a delightful celebration lunch, on our second visit this year. Slightly disappointed with my lamb main course, some of which was considerably rarer than I enjoy. The trout starter was a triumph though, so overall positive. As always, the service at Pensons was second to none.
  38. GS

    GrahamS

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A limited but well thought through menu for lunch, the food was excellent, the ambience charming and service friendly and efficient. Will return.
  39. ZW

    ZoeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderfully calm, friendly service by the young staff. The flavours in the meals were outstandingly subtle & delicious, & the wine-pairing suggestions were perfect. An altogether delightful lunchtime experience.
  40. R

    Richard

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely lunch. Also enjoyed the walk round the kitchen gardens.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Pensons is rated 4.8 stars by 593 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Pensons

Pensons Yard, Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8RT

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    WR15 8RT

  • Area

    Tenbury Wells

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of private parking on site

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Chris Simpson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01885 410333

  • Private party facilities

    Private events can be hosted subject to availability. Please contact the reservations team to discuss.

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