Vine Lane, CLENT, DY9 9PH
Tucked into one of the sharp valleys which cleave the glorious Clent Hills, the Vine started life as a watermill at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Reborn as a pub in 1851, beers from Wye Valley, supplemented by cider and perry fresh from the Malvern Hills reward ramblers challenging the mini-mountain range that are the Clents. Recover in the tranquil wood-side gardens behind the flower basket-hung pub and consider a tempting menu that specialises in game and fresh fish offering the likes of free-range crispy duck egg with warm chorizo and black pudding salad, followed by Moroccan beef tagine; salmon Wellington; or The Vine's game pie. Leave space for treacle, lemon and stem ginger tart.