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Set on the edge of Kidderminster, this Victorian pub has tons of character. Its atmospheric interior is filled with tucked-away alcoves and comfortable nooks, while outside, a spacious garden buzzes with life on summer days.
The Mare and Colt is housed in a Victorian building set on the edge of the busy A449 thoroughfare. Though once part of the small, stand-alone village of Summerfield, the area where the pub stands has now been absorbed by the growing town of Kidderminster.
The pub itself has been in existence since Victorian times. Long before the word ‘mini-chain’ existed, this pub was part of one. Back in the mid-19th century the Mare and Colt, along with three other pubs in the area, was owned by a local publican family. Inside the bar, a charmingly old-fashioned maze-like layout provides recesses where guests can dine on traditional British cuisine, drink real ale and relax, while an outdoor garden space complete with tables and sun-shielding parasols overlooks the road.Read more...
The nearest town to the Mare and Colt is Kidderminster. Two waterways, the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, run through the town and there are numerous cafés, shops, restaurants and outdoor markets as well as a museum devoted to carpet. Much more interesting than it sounds, the excellent Museum of Carpet occupies an old 19th-century mill and traces the rise and fall of carpet manufacturing in the region through revelaing displays that include huge looms, weaving demonstrations and several hands-on exhibits.
The Mare and Colt’s attracts both visitors to Worcestshire and local residents who enjoy days out in the surrounding area. Families, heritage enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors will all find appealing options for them within the vicinity of the Mare and Colt. Railway aficionados often make a pilgrimage to the area to ride the Severn Valley Railway. Historic mostly steam-hauled (and occasionally diesel) locomotives chug their way from Kidderminster all the way up to the terminus at Bridgnorth, providing gorgeous views of the valley. Special events, including murder-mystery and 1940s-themed rides as well as dedicated weekends for railfans, take place throughout the year.
Less than 15 minutes’ drive from the Mare and Colt lies the West Midlands Safari Park. A favourite day out for local families, the safari park allows drivers to cruise slowly past free-roaming zebras, buffalos, cattle, lions and even rhinos. Also within easy driving distance of the pub is the 200-acre Kingsford Country Park. Before heading to the Mare and Colt for a feed, guests can work up an appetite trekking along the park’s four circular trails, which range in length and lead through mixed woodland and colorful open heathland. Even closer to the pub is the peaceful canal towpath between Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn, which is frequented by cyclists and walkers.
Another delightful day out destination nearby is Harvington Hall, a gorgeous moated manor house just three miles from the Mare and Colt. Originally built in the 14th century, the house later underwent extensive renovations in the late 16th century. Now open to the public, Harvington Hall contains several rare Elizabethan wall paintings. The building, which is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, is perhaps most famous for its so-called ‘priest holes’, an ingenious series of concealed nooks where Catholic clergy could hide during, thus avoiding the anti-Catholic persecution that was rife during the Elizabethan and early Stuart eras.Show less...