A Foodie’s Guide to Worcester

Worcester is a goldmine when it comes to fantastic places to eat and drink. Whether you’re looking for your favourite chain restaurant or want to support a local independent business, there are tons of options available for students who want to grab a bite to eat in between lectures. In this blog post, I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite food locations throughout the city centre, as well as my top menu recommendations from each.

Familiar Favourites

Cathedral Square

One of my favourite things about Worcester is that it offers the benefits of a big city but with the friendly feel of a small town. That means you can find lots of familiar favourites hidden within its scenic city streets. Not sure where to start? The recently developed Cathedral Square is home to several popular chain restaurants, including ASK Italian, Five Guys, Pizza Express, The Botanist and Yo Sushi. You can also grab yourself a cheeky Nando’s on Friar Street, or if bottomless brunch is more your thing, head on over to Bill’s in Chapel Walk.

Breakfast and Brunch

(L – R) Wayland’s Yard, The Steamhouse, GoodRoots

Wayland’s Yard

Wayland’s Yard has been serving hungry Worcester students since opening their OG location in 2016, and has since expanded to branches in Bristol and Birmingham. Located conveniently next to Foregate Street station, this popular spot offers speciality coffee, brunch and lunch in a calm and relaxed environment.

My Pick: Raspberry Buttermilk Pancakes

The Steamhouse

The Steamhouse is one of the more recent additions to the city, having first opened its doors in 2021, but it’s already made quite the impression with locals. Perfect for those looking for a light bite, The Steamhouse’s bagels all come with a complimentary tub of tortilla chips. Its huge glass windows and corner location also make it the ideal people-watching spot for hungry students.

My Pick: The Southern Gent

GoodRoots

GoodRoots describe their ethos to be about “serving good food, in a good vibe to good people”, and they certainly succeed. Located within the stunning Worcester Royal Porcelain Works, GoodRoots specialise in made-to-order breakfast and brunch options.

My Pick: TheBreakfastButty with French Fries with Truffle + Cheese

Lunch and Dinner

(L – R) HANBAO, Pizza Freakz, The Olive Branch

HANBAO

HANBAO has previously been dubbed the “best burger place in the UK“, and it’s really not hard to see why. They serve great burgers in a great environment with great service. Be warned though: their portions are HUGE. This is a perfect option for the days where you want to indulge.

My Pick: Odd Future Burger with BBC Fries

Pizza Freakz

Pizza Freakz is a bit of a hidden gem, nestled above Hop Lords on Pump Street. They sell pizza New York-style, by the slice, and it just might be the best pizza I’ve ever tried (no exaggeration). The slice sizes are generous and very reasonably priced, and they often offer bundle deals for students looking to save a little extra.

My Pick: Pepp God

The Olive Branch

The Olive Branch is a Mediterranean tapas bar situated in the heart of the city centre. A little on the pricier side for the typical student budget, this is one I keep for special occasions such as birthdays or end-of-year dinners. Fancy a quiet night in but still want to splash out? They also offer delivery via the Deliveroo app.

My Pick: Patatas Bravas

And there you have my top picks for restaurants in Worcester city centre. There are so many more fantastic options that didn’t make it to this list, so be sure to check out Worcester’s TripAdvisor page for even more suggestions. I hope you have the best time exploring all that Worcester has to offer! Until next time, fellow foodies.