The cafe which used to be at the top of the Worcestershire Beacon was not replaced after it burnt down.
The nearest place to get refreshments is the Brewers Arms in West Malvern. Walk down the Beacon to the North where you will find a circular direction stone between the Beacon and the next hill. Turn left at this point and go straight down the crevice between the hills. It is a rough, steep track so be careful. Head towards a group of houses and then down onto the West Malvern Road. Immediately opposite where you meet the West Malvern Road you will find a sign directing you a little further down the hill to the Brewers Arms.
The Brewers Arms is a fantastic pub at the southern end of West Malvern, just off the West Malvern Road. It won "Worcester CAMRA Pub of the Year 2010" and also "Best Pub View" awards. Dogs and children are very welcome and there is outside seating / beer garden. Opening times all year are as follows.
Monday to Thursday: Midday - 3pm (food available until 2:30) and 6pm - Midnight (food available until 9pm)
Friday to Saturday: Midday - Midnight (food available until 9pm)
Sunday: for breakfast 9am - 10:30am and then Midday - Midnight (breakfast 9am - 10:30 and other food midday - 7:30pm)
If you walk on past the circular direction stone at the bottom of the Beacon, keeping to the path on the eastern side of the hills, you will come to a signpost directing you right, down the hill to Great Malvern. Take this route and you will get to St Ann's Well Cafe above Great Malvern.
St Ann's Well Cafe is one of the best known cafes on the hills. Located on the eastern slopes on the most popular route from Great Malvern to the hills it can get quite busy in the summer. The building dates back to 1813 and houses a Sicilian marble spout and basin gushing Malvern water. Providing vegetarian and Vegan home made meals in addition to cakes, tea and coffee. Opening times of the cafe vary during the year:
Summer school holidays every day: 10am - 4pm
Summer off peak: Tuesday to Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday:10am - 4pm (closed Monday)
Winter (October to Easter): Friday: 11am - 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 4pm (closed Monday - Thursday)
Rather than continue on the eastern side of the hill, take the western path which drops down to West Malvern. You will reach Westminster Bank Spring at a junction. Do not take the path on your immediate left , but the right hand path going down to the road. A little way down you will see Ragents Cafe on the right.
Sugarloaf Cafe is in the middle of West Malvern where the village meets the hills. Owned and run by Elim Theological College as a small shop for their students, the cafe welcome's local residents and walkers and serves fantastic home made soup, cakes and hot drinks. Opening hours are the same all year:
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 10am - 3pm
If you would rather walk south from the Beacon, continue to follow the spine of the hills until you reach the road which bisects them at the Wyche Cutting. Turn left and follow the road through the cutting to the eastern side of the hills where you will find the Wyche Inn. If you turn right and follow the cutting to the western side, you will find Cafe H20 on the right hand side, within the Malvern Hills GeoCentre at the rear of the Wyche Innovation Centre.
The Wyche Inn has magnificent views, Real Ales and is dog friendly. They also serve proper home made meals if you fancy more than a sandwich. Opening times are the same all year:
Monday to Friday: 12pm - 11pm, Saturday: 11am - 11pm, Sunday: 11am - 10:30pm
The cafe serves home made light lunches, drinks, cake and ice cream. Breakfast served on weekends and bank holidays. Opening times are the same all year:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (closed on Wednesdays): 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 9am - 6pm