40 The Tything, Worcester
Tel: 01905 330460

IF you’re thinking about catching up with friends down the pub and having some decent food in the process, the Marwood, in The Tything, Worcester, definitely ticks both boxes.

We booked a table for four on a Saturday night and had to settle for a 9pm sitting which gave us plenty of time to sample the range of real ales and wines on offer.

The pub itself has plenty of rustic charm, is cosy and welcoming with a less rowdy atmosphere than other city centre establishments. It has been converted from an old Georgian terraced house and boasts some fantastic original features.

After enjoying a drink downstairs we were ushered to a large table upstairs by our extremely friendly waiter.

The menu is concise,which is usually a sign all food is freshly cooked to order. And when you are paying upwards of £15 for a main meal, it is the least you would expect.

To start we decided to share a selection of bread, skewers with chicken, halloumi, mushrooms, hummus and garlic which, in total, came to £13. Every item was well seasoned, well prepared and well cooked.

For a main course I chose duck leg on mashed potato with duck faggots and red cabbage (£16.50) – mainly out of curiosity to see what the faggots were like.

In the event, there was only one but it was very tasty. Overall the dish was interesting, well thought out, neatly presented and cooked to perfection.

The hanger steak with chunky chips and peppercorn sauce (£16.50) was served on a huge wooden chopping board and there were no question marks over the quality of the steak – a definite thumbs up.

A puff pastry vegetable tart (£13) and roast cod (£16) received no complaints.

To finish, all four of us opted to share sticky toffee pudding with crème fraîche (£6.25).

The service all evening was exceptional. I really like the Marwood and it is an ideal venue for a Saturday night out with friends. There is nothing not to like, it is a great pub which does good food.

Food: 4
Service: 5
Ambience: 4
Value for money: 3