Last night I ventured out to Pershore to visit a brew pub called the Brandy Cask. As well as being an excellent traditional pub it is also the home of the Brandy Cask brewery. Approaching Pershore from Evesham you cross over a bridge crossing the River Avon and the Brandy Cask is a few hundred yards on the right hand side. The street consists of an amazing row of terraced three storey buildings. Virtually every building in the terrace has a different height and although they all seem to consist of three floors the height of these three floors varies dramatically. I initially thought it was a bit drab and run-down partly due to a closed pub two doors down from the Brandy Cask but looking beyond this you see a lot of character.
I got to the pub at 7.00.pm which is opening time for this particular pub so be aware of this if you are visiting early evening. It is a very traditional pub that would not have looked out of place 30 years ago and it has probably not seen much change in that time. The food menu is very traditional too and if I'd been eating I would have chosen the faggots and mushy peas !! Three house beers were available and I chose the medium strength Brandysnapper at 4.0% ABV. Tradition continued when tasting this fine beer. A very tasty bitter which is harder to find nowadays due to the proliferation of 'golden' ales and 'blondes', especially in the Summer months. If you are lucky to stay long enough for a few pints then you could choose one of the two guest beers or even the real cider on offer.
Overall, Pershore appears to be a small quiet town. It is situated on the outskitrs of the beautiful Malvern Hills and if you are ever in the area be sure to visit this superb traditional brew pub. You won't be disappointed.