A tranquil spot in picturesque Worcestershire countryside, The Fox Inn is a stone-and-brick built pub nestled in the attractive village of Bransford, close to Worcester and Malvern. A perfect place to explore the immense beauty and heritage of Worcestershire.
The attractive rural village of Bransford, on the banks of the winding River Teme, is the setting for the charming stone-and-brick-built Fox Inn, which has stood here since at least 1884. This attractive and historic inn is surrounded by similarly attractive architecture just metres away are the Grade II listed 19th century buildings Bransford Mill, and the adjacent Bransford House, notable for its attractive hipped tile roof. The house sits alongside the River Teme, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, and the bridges across this grand river include one built by the renowned Thomas Telford.
An attractive, traditional pub alongside the River Teme, The Fox Inn is an ideal location for delicious pub food. The attractive countryside setting makes the experience of sitting down for a relaxed Sunday lunch and a glass of smooth cask ale even more enjoyable.Read more...
Historic pub The Fox Inn has stood in Bransford since at least 1884, and its setting in beautiful Worcestershire countryside across from the River Teme, is matched by the area’s impressive history. Believed to have been inherited by the revered Æthelwig, Abbot of Evesham between 1059-77, who is reputed to have gifted it to Urso d’Abetot, the medieval Sherriff of Worcester, in exchange for the nearby settlement of Bengeworth. In more modern times, Bransford’s industry was represented by its large 19th century watermill – a Grade II listed building, as is the Flemish-style Bransford House across from it. The adjoining village of Leigh has a similar history, with one of the two wood clearings which made up its area owned by the Sherriff Urso.
To the west of Bransford lies the adjoining village of Leigh; a beautiful area replete with continental-style brick homes, winding streets and the Grade I listed 12th century Church of St. Eadburga standing grandly at the heart of Leigh. Just south lies the beautiful spa town of Malvern – visited by Charles Darwen, Florence Nightingale and Queen Adelaide in its heyday a town rich in culture, lying in the shadow of the stunning Malvern Hills Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). Nearby Worcester, with its woodland and beautiful Cathedral situated in the town, has a uniquely scenic look and traditional feel.
The picturesque River Teme, which weaves through both villages has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the fascinating geology it rests upon, including Silurian siltstones and stunning sandstone rock platforms beneath the surface. Across the Teme is the birthplace of one of Britain’s best loved composers. Edward Elgar was born in Lower Broadheath, Worcester, was educated and worked in the city, and at various times, performed and conducted at the Worcester Festival. The annual Three Choirs Festival, often held at the Grade I listed 11th century Worcester Cathedral has taken place for around three hundred years.
Worcester itself dates back to around 50AD, when the Romans founded a settlement here. Worcester grew rapidly in the 7th century, once it got a bishop and a cathedral, and in the 9th century it became a burgh, one of the fortified settlements developed by Alfred the Great to repel a potential Danish attack. Worcester’s strategic location meant it was fought over fiercely during the civil war. A parliamentary army attempted to capture royalist Worcester but was repulsed. By the latter part of the civil war, Worcester was one of the King’s last strongholds, though it finally succumbed during in the summer of 1646. In recent times, Worcester has been a significant centre of industry, where iron foundries and engineering flourished and the famous condiment of Worcestershire Sauce was invented. The guided tours at Discover History – The Worcester Story offer a good chance to see the history of this fascinating city, though a more tranquil walking route is on offer at the beautiful Laugherne Brook Local Nature Reserve, where the serene grassland is punctuated by the birdsong of the Chiffchaff.
Malvern is one of Britain’s oldest settlements, with flint axes, arrowheads and flakes attributed to early Bronze Age settlers, and the discovery of metal money bars make it likely that the nomadic La Tène people resided here around 250 BC. Medieval Malvern grew up around the 11th century priory, developing from a hermitage provided by Edward the Confessor. A small part of the priory, Abbey Gateway survives, and houses the fascinating Malvern Museum. The dissolution of the monasteries saw the destruction of other parts of the priory, though this period saw Malvern rise to prominence through its development of stained glass – a craft so admired by Henry VII and his family that they made substantial endowments.
In the Victorian period, Malvern developed as a spa town, as hydrotherapy became increasingly popular. Lord Lytton was a regular visitor, and a vocal supporter of Malvern’s healing powers, whilst Charles Darwin and Thomas Carlyle also visited for this reason. The present day Malvern Hills area, as well as being a scenic landscape of meadows and peaks, and one of England’s prestigious Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) site, is also a centre of scientific research, with the attractively located Malvern Hills Science Park the main hub of this architecturally impressive and picturesquely located site.Show less...