Droitwich Road, Martin Hussingtree,
near Worcester
Telephone: 01905 755075

REVIEWING the experience of going out for a meal should be a similar process to going to the cinema.

If the blurb says it is an all-out action adventure, don’t be disappointed if the characters aren’t fully developed and the plot is too far-fetched.

If a pub or restaurant is offering two meals for the price of one, don’t expect Michelin star food.

The Swan Inn at Martin Hussingtree, halfway between Worcester and Droitwich, is a “does exactly what it says on the tin” type of place and on that basis, I could find no fault whatsoever.

My parents were visiting for the weekend so we headed out on the A38 for an early Saturday evening meal.

We were given a friendly welcome and ushered to a vacant table before examining the extensive menu.

It had everything you needed: steaks, chicken, fish, burgers, pies, pastas and a decent vegetarian selection.

There was also a specials board which was included in the twofor- one deal.

To kick off proceedings I chose black pudding with goats’ cheese and red onion chutney (£3.85).

The flavours complemented each other perfectly in what was a healthy portion.

My parents shared the loaded potato boats (£3.50) – deep fried potato skins filled with bacon and cheese. They said it was a tasty and an ideal starter to share when looking to save space for pudding.

For the main event I ordered BBQ ribs and chicken (£10.95). I was torn between too many options so tactically went for the dish which almost had two meals in one. Both meats were tender and cooked well leaving plenty of BBQ sauce in which to dip my chunky chips. I was very happy with my choice.

My dad plumped for a 10oz rump steak (£11.75) which was perfectly cooked and given a thumbs up for taste.

My mum went for the slowcooked pork with apple and cider sauce (£9.95). She said the succulent meat effortlessly slid off the pork shank and into the tangy sauce.

I was the only one with room left for pudding and, after forgetting to buy a lottery ticket, had the fantastic millionaire’s ice cream sundae (£3.55) – chocolate, vanilla and caramel ice cream with shortbread, cream and toffee sauce. Jackpot.

The total cost of the bill including drinks was less than £50 and we could have had another meal for free – I was tempted.


Food: 4
Service: 4
Value for money: 5
Ambience: 5