Breaking news

November 17, 2023: Pensons has announced that it is soon to close - last service will be Dec 22.

https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/23928999.michelin-star-restaurant-pensons-tenbury-wells-close/

survey result

Summary

£135
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Brilliant flavours in a sublime setting” have helped win renown for this “lovely” converted barn on owner Peta Darnley’s 1,200 acre family estate, where head chef Chris Simpson helped it carry off Visit England’s ‘Taste of England’ award as best restaurant in 2023. On the downside, its ratings took a slight knock this year, with a few diners being “a bit underwhelmed given the hype”: they query, “has it all gone to their heads?” and discern “a slight preciousness” in the overall approach. Most accounts, though, continue to applaud its “exceptional” overall standards.

Summary

£70
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “delicious spot in the Herefordshire undergrowth” that’s “well worth a detour” – Peta Darnley “has created something really special with innovative, seasonal, regional fare” served in a converted barn on her family’s Netherwood Estate – earning a “very rare Michelin Green star for sustainability” – while head chef Chris Simpson (ex-Nathan Outlaw and Gidleigh Park) “conjures delicate flavours from local ingredients, many grown in their own kitchen garden, that build in intensity throughout the meal”.

Summary

£70
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A magical experience with attention to every detail” – Lee Westcott's very different sequel to Bethnal Green's The Typing Room – “in the depths of the countryside” – is, according to all reports, “the most exceptional restaurant”. “Perfection, from the sympathetic conversion of an old barn, to the amazing vegetable garden which supplies the kitchen, the knowledgeable and charming staff” and the “incredible and accomplished” dishes from the “brilliant team”. “The Kitchen Garden is just beautiful, too – a real treat to wander around in after the meal.”

Summary

£67
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Utterly sublime on all counts” – Lee Westcott’s follow-up to The Typing Room in Bethnal Green is quite a step, both physically and spiritually, from London’s East End, occupying a “beautifully designed” newly converted barn (on a 1,200 acre Worcestershire estate), which opened in January 2019. All reports on it are a paean of praise to its “honest but elegant” approach and “staff who all work hard to ensure the food is the star of the show”. “You start out with superbly home-cooked bread and then the interesting and accomplished dishes”“mainly locally sourced” or foraged and “full of unusual, subtle flavours”, “all brilliantly married together – just keep coming, using all types of ingredients (e.g. pig’s head with smoked apple potato) but not pretentiously”. “The scallop, yeast apple and monk’s beard dish and asparagus with wild garlic veloute are the stuff of legend”. “It deserves a lot of attention” (and received some from Michelin in October 2019 when it was quickly awarded its first star).

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Pensons at Netherwood Estate Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Pensons at Netherwood Estate Restaurant in WR15, Stoke Bliss by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Pensons at Netherwood Estate restaurant.
Mike E
[Very sadly, we have just been told that Pe...
Reviewed 6 months, 6 days ago

"[Very sadly, we have just been told that Pensons is closing in December 2023.] Having read the Hardens review we were expecting a high standard in all areas, but our expectations were exceeded. The flavours and textures of the food were easily on par with the likes of Forest Side, Moor Hall and L'Enclume, and the friendly - and very human - service made us feel doubly welcome. It may be hidden away in the countryside but it really was worth the trip for the very local and seasonal menu. Very sad to see such an excellent restaurant close."

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Arthur C
We’ve enjoyed several meals here. Lunchti...
Reviewed 6 months, 18 days ago

"We’ve enjoyed several meals here. Lunchtimes especially good."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £48.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 95.00 Dinner only 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
Netherwood Estate, Pensons Yard, Stoke Bliss, WR15 8RT
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm

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