The Cardinal's Hat

4.4
27 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Hidden behind the pub is our covered beer garden, for al fresco drinking and bar meals, where our friendly staff will serve you at your table.
Situated in the historic quarter of the city, The Cardinal's Hat is just a five minute stroll from the cathedral. First mentioned in 1497, Worcester's oldest pub has plenty of experience when it comes to pleasing weary pilgrims.
Today, it is a friendly and informal pub which serves a great collection of real ale and award winning pies, with the additional of 6 boutique city rooms to stay in.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 27 People Are Saying
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RichardL
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Very reasonable priced.

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OpenTable Diner
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First meal out in covid times safe enjoyable.

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GlynnKH
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Sorry to have to give a negative rating when it's been a tough year for the industry.

We booked in advance, were given a warm welcome. Staff were great, even gave our dog some treats which was a nice touch.

We were offered a drink straight away. We were recommended a drink by the friendly staff which was very nice.

After 30 minutes we started to try and get the attention of the staff to place a food order. I even went to the bar, as after 45 minutes of trying to flag a staff member, we were getting hungry. I was told to sit down, staff was busy pouring drinks and didn't want to hear our hungry dilemma.

After nearly an hour, we gave up and left. We spent the most of the next hour trying to find food. Eventually finding a shop that sold simple sarnies.

Thankfully there are other, more positive reviews here, so hopefully our experience was just a blip.

But it left us with a poor experience of what promised to be a nice pub experience which we'd been waiting for since before the pandemic.

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rebeccaL
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service from friendly and helpful bar staff

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nickd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Have heard about their famous pies!
Sadly none available!
Were first in when the establishment opened. Sat down ordered a drink and perused menu to order a meal.
No Worcester pies available.
Should have been told before we were seated and at least when we asked for a menu.
Had our drinks and left.
Very disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service and great drinks

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Freckles
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only went for a drink. but very well organised, good service and efficient staff. Would recommend.

KF
KirkF
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great choice of ales and pies are top draw

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vipSaturdaynight
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for lunch but was not servicing food

RB
RickB
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic Meissels Weiss Bier.
Thanks to the staff.

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Angie
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table for food online, and was even sent a menu before the reservation only to arrive to be told that the kitchens were shut and no food was available. Very disappointed but luckily we managed to book in at a more accommodating restaurant so our night was not ruined. Will not be wasting my time here again.

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GlennH
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed atmosphere, good food and good social distancing measures.

LN
LeanneN
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy but well managed outdoor area

We only attended for drinks and used the app which worked well

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Quality !

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NickS
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We just had drinks but it was a great atmosphere in the courtyard area
And we had a fabulous time.

LW
LesleyW
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and staff( Rio is a gem).

I don't agree with names of customers being on public display on table reservation chalk board.

Otherwise, Fab!!!

LT
LaurenT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great staff and overall a wonderful place to have a drink and some pie!

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Shutz
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great work done by the team in this first weekend of activity
Felt safe and staff were there to help every request

JL
JohnL
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue - atmosphere was great - great beers - friendly staff.

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Sheri
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

COVID safe with the garden being covered and having heating.
The house speciality, homemade pies, is excellent but the menu as a whole is very limited.

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ChristopherC
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Enormous price hike on real ales nearly 15%. Butty Bach now £4.00 down the road Saracens Head £3.20 both have suffered the same covid restrictions. Know where I will be drinking

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None
Warwickshire
8 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great to be back. Friendly service, great beer. Warm and cosy seating in the booths. Would recommend.

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BenA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Great pub but we had to wait. First for ages at the door to be seated then 80mins for food and keep reminding the staff about forgotten orders and bills.

Great as a boozer but as a covid bar that needs to serve food this was very poor.

Shame

RC
RachC
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Due to current restrictions it was well organised and the food excellent, but the atmosphere not quite the same!

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Duke
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

One person was trying to do everything. Take you to your table, take your order, deliver drinks and food. We waited over thirty minutes for our food, despite the pub being quiet, then we were told one of the items we had ordered was not available. I dont blame the person who served us, the lack of staff was the reason.

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Gill
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A friendly pub with a good atmosphere. Our meal was a rather slow to arrive, but was excellent when it did. Staff were very attentive. We will definite go again.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pies! We coming team, great atmosphere. Would definitely go back

FAQs

The Cardinal's Hat does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Cardinal's Hat is rated 4.4 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.