THE Conservatory Bar and Kitchen is a modern venue with bright and fresh decor situated in the heart of Worcester.

Quaintly located on Friar Street, this pub provides a pleasant spot for a bite to eat without the sometimes uncomfortable environment of more cliquey establishments.

I visited on a quiet Monday lunchtime and was greeted by friendly staff who explained to me how the bar and restaurant works; drinks are ordered at the bar and food is ordered separately at the kitchen, which is called Sampson’s.

After years serving burgers from his van on the A38 Worcester to Droitwich Road, in 2015 Carl Sampson switched his wheels for his base at the Conservatory.

The atmosphere is light, bright, fresh and cosy with television screens and casual yet fun music.

A pint of Strongbow Cloudy Apple Cider at £3.75 was my chosen poison and I sat down to enjoy my crisp and cold beverage, whilst studying the menu.

But the bar does boast a healthy selection of classic beverages from classic Irish dry stout Guinness to Carling and for those who live on the fruity side of life a large selection of cocktails with frozen daiquiris at £8 and Elderflower Collins, a twist on the famous Tom Collins for a reasonable £7.

For those who enjoy wine there is a good selection, with small glasses from just £3, which is a steal for a city in my opinion.

The Sampson’s menu has a good variety of burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches with prices from £7.80, sides are extra costing between £2.45 and £4.95 with sauces for just £1.

After some deliberation, I settled on the Philly Cheese Steak Sub with grilled onion, Italian cheese Provolone and American cheese with Ball Park mustard, which is made in Illinois, USA, in a toasted bun, costing £9.

After about a 15 to 20 minute wait my food arrived. I think this was a little slow but it tasted very good, and did not scrimp on the meat, which is a common disappointment I find when eating out. The onions and steak were a winning combination and the bread was soft but lightly toasted.

I have only one criticism of my sub - the small plate it was presented on meant my roll hanged over the side of the plate and made it difficult to eat with my knife and fork.

The waitress came over promptly to check on my food. I asked about desserts and she brought the board for me to look at.

I was recommended the Lotus Biscuit Cheesecake, costing £4.80, which does sound a little steep but it was totally worth it.

I returned to the kitchen to order my dessert and had lively banter with the staff. Guessing I was on a lunch break my kind waitress went above and beyond - quickly bringing out my dessert to the table whilst I was paying for it at the counter to save me waiting around.

The cheesecake was presented lovingly on my plate and was a good size portion for the price. On tasting it I was so glad I had decided to have dessert as it was moreish. I enjoyed every bite.

I will certainly be back. For more information, visit