As part of our Love Local Business campaign we caught up with the team at Visit Worcester for tips on the best places to dine, relax and explore in the city. Here's what they had to say.

For those enjoying a staycation weekend away in Worcester or simply an easily accessible day trip, a quiet stroll along the banks of the River Severn or a peaceful wander around Worcester Cathedral, some heritage in The Royal Porcelain Works and Museum of Royal Worcester are a must. But Worcester city is not only the home to so much history (and of course the world-famous sauce), it’s now a hotspot for independent bars and restaurants.

The surge in independent bars, restaurants and cafes is boosting the post lockdown vibe of Worcester city. From local deli’s sourcing fresh local produce to fine dining and quirky cocktail bars. Worcester is the perfect destination to take a break from our busy lives and rest, relax and refuel.

There is something for every taste palate, at every stage of the day. Quaint and cosy cafes serving homemade cakes; ethically sourced coffee shops to caffeine-kick start your day and cool, contemporary café bars serving the best brunches. From avocado smash to a full English, do not miss out on the nation’s new favourite meal.

Relax: Just a stone’s throw away from the cathedral are historic Friar Street and New Street where two of Worcester’s oldest and most historic pubs are located. The Cardinal's Hat in Friar Street is the city’s oldest inn dating back to the fourteenth century, serving craft ales and the most delicious home made pies and sharing boards.

The King Charles House on New Street is now a restaurant and holds a special place in British history. As King Charles fled after defeat at the Battle of Worcester in 1651 the residents of New Street held off Cromwell’s army so he could make his escape from the house. Other popular bars and restaurants on Friar Street and New Street are: Friar Street Kitchen, Heroes, Sugo Rustica, The Swan, Bar 23, Bottles, Chesters, The Brick Room, Saffrons Bistro and Papas Café.

Our insider tips include:

•Chesters, New Street, Tequila Flights tasting boards.

•Cardinal’s Hat, Friar Street, homemade pies and Georgian Rooms to b&b in style.

•GoodRoots at the Royal Porcelain Works, do a fantastic brunch.

•Bolero, for drinks at the bar with truffle oil and parmesan fries

•Papas Café in New Street for amazing coffee blends.

•Anatolians Palace, Crowngate for a taste of the Mediterranean

These independent businesses are the future of the High Street and rely on your support to keep them going. There is a taste and mood for all ages so make a weekend of it with friends and family and let Worcester take care of you.

New ‘eats’ in the city:

•Yard Fried Chicken, located upstairs at The Hand in Glove

•Lucky Cat Noodles, located at The Arches

For more about what’s on in Worcester visit or follow@VisitWorcester

Visit Worcester is supporting the Worcester News’ Love Local Business campaign to encourage people to spend their money locally this Christmas. They are headline sponsors alongside Worcester City Council and Worcester BID. Other supporting partners include Crowngate Shopping Centre and the University of Worcester. To get involved, contact Dale Godliman on 01905 742372 or