Home' Life from Fifty : May 2013 Contents My kind of Pub
This month takes
us to Malvern
home to the
pub as you may
is shrine to the
car, and Martin
and Jane have the
walls covered with
the evolution of
the famous sports
traditional sandwiches and good quality pub food at
reasonable prices, the pub is very much community based
and holds regular theme nights, quizzes and is home to a
number of local clubs and societies.
The pub is still traditionally run with a range of great real
ales from the Wye Valley Brewery, including Butty Bach, HPA
Bitter, Wye Valley Bitter and Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome
Malvern is well known for the famous Three Counties
Show in the middle of June each year attracting many
thousands of visitors to this wonderful three day event. The
show ground holds many other events throughout the year
Jim Low is a consultant to the Pub, Hotel and Hospitality industry
and is a partner of Vandervells, Specialist Business Sales Agents since
Places to visit: Great Malvern
While you are there...
The Priory Church of Saint’s Mary & Michael
This Norman built church features 15th century glass
in superb colours and design, with monuments, effigies
and tiles bearing the Arms of Edward the Confessor and
of the families of Mortimer, Bohun, Clare, Despencer,
Beauchamp and Stafford.
Great Malvern Theatre
Malvern Theatres, housed in the Winter Gardens complex
in the town centre, is a provincial centre for the arts. The
first Malvern Drama Festival, which took place in 1929,
was dedicated to Bernard Shaw. In 1965 a Malvern Festival
Theatre Trust was set up, and extensive refurbishment
was undertaken with JB Priestley presiding over the
opening ceremony of the first summer season. In 1998,
£7.2 million lottery funding led to a major redesign and
refurbishment followed by an opening performance by
Nigel Kennedy of Beethovens Violin Concerto.
Priory Park Gardens
The Gardens adjoin the theatre and provide a place
for a breather during the interval as well as a place
for relaxation on weekends when a band plays in the
bandstand. In the same complex as the theatre is a
cinema, which shows latest releases. See www.malvern-
theatres.co.uk/ for more information.
The Theatre of Small Convenience
This tiny theatre was at one time a public toilet (a
Victorian gentleman’s lavatory) and holds seating for
12. Since opening in 1999 it has proved to be a popular
attraction, being the smallest theatre in the world
according to the Guiness Book of Records in 2002. For
information on performances: tel. 01684 568 933.
Malvern Bottled Spring Water
Malvern is synonymous with spring water, which is piped
from the Primeswell Spring on the western slope of the
Malvern Hills to a bottling plant in the nearby village of
Colwall, operated by Coco Cola Schweppes.
The spring that supplies the factory has been in use
since 250 BC and water has been bottled for at least 350
Croome Park is the original home of the Earls of Coventry
and was acquired by the National Trust in 1996 before
being restored to its former grandeur.
Situated just a short distance from Upton-on-Severn
and sign posted from the A38 and B4084. Croome Park
includes water features, gardens and parkland, originally
developed and designed by ‘Capability Brown’. The
park buildings are structures designed by Robert Adam
and James Wyatt, with miles of walks, open parkland,
shrubberies and lakeside gardens it provides an
opportunity to see ‘Capability’s first complete landscape.
The Church of St. Giles
Situated just a short distance from Great Malvern this
12th century medieval church was once a priory, which
housed 11 Monks and was rebuilt in 1480-1482 and is now
the Parish Church.
Little Malvern Court adjoins the church and was once
a 14th century Priors Hall, it is open to the public with
limited opening hours - Wed /Thurs. Mid April to Mid July.
Enquiries: tel 01684 892988.
St Anne’s Well
The well waters of Malvern are many - but often well
concealed. St Anne’s Well and Holy Well are tucked away
in valleys. But in and around the Malverns are many more
springs, some well restored like the Beauchamp Spout in
Cowleigh Road or the well known fountain, Malvhina, at
belle Vue Island and others more obscure. Finding them
makes an interesting treasure hunt.
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