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The Blue Bird has been a tea room for a long time. The composer Elgar, who lived in Malvern, visited it. But that isn't why you should go. You should visit it because it is simply the best tea room I have come across so far.
It is on an upper floor, with windows giving a good view of the centre of Malvern. The rooms are pleasant, and the china is good-quality. There is a wide selection of teas and coffees available as well as breakfast and lunchtime snacks, and of course tea-time treats.
Favorite Dish: We had the most delicious scones still warm from the oven, which came with a choice of jams (strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant or greengage). Wonderful.
Written Aug 28, 2006
Address: Centre of Great Malvern
There are 2 railway stations that serve Malvern, as the third (Malvern Wells) was closed and demolished in the 60's.
Coming from the Birmingham direction, the first station you will arrive at is Malvern Link. The next station on the line is Great Malvern, and this is the station that you need to get off at for the town and also for the hills, as it saves extra walking.
If you have an Ordinance Survey map of the area. (I recommend the 'Pathfinder range' of scale 1:25000 which is 2.5 inches to the Mile or 4cm to the kilometer ). You may wish to alight at Malvern Link and walk around to the hills by the different, longer route.
Updated Aug 1, 2005
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go walking the hills, the weather can change in an instant. So take a warm waterproof covering with you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellent in summer is an advantage when hill walking and I recommend 'Autan'. Available from chemists and good supermarkets.
Photo Equipment: Camera and binoculars for views from the top.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A drink or at least a bottle of water is needed in summer when hill walking as there is no cafe at the top any longer.
Miscellaneous: An 'OS' 1:25000 'Pathfinder' map No. 1018 may be useful, and a compass.
Updated Aug 25, 2005
On the sumit of the tallest hill there is a 'Toposcope'. This tells where all points of interest or importance lie and there compass bearing from that point.
Written Jul 24, 2005
Favorite thing: Morgan cars are all hand made and, consequently, there is quite a waiting list for delivery.
The picture shows the new Aero 8. The latest car in Morgan's range.
Written Jul 23, 2005