Top places to live in Worcestershire Tenbury Wells
Keen to leave behind the stresses of the city but not willing to compromise on your foodie and arts scene passions? Then get your sat nav firmly pinned on Tenbury Wells. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Tenbury Wells is tucked away in the far north west of Worcs on the picturesque River Teme – which makes a great spot for paddling and watersports. A popular market town with regular artisan farmers’ markets (to please the foodies), it is surrounded by scenic hop fields, cider apple orchards and rolling countryside – indeed Queen Victoria once dubbed it ‘the town in the orchard’. Along with a lovely Art Deco cinema, ‘The Regal’, which hosts films and theatre all year round and the annual Tenbury Music Festival there’s loads going on in this lovely little town.
Pensons at The Netherwood Estate is top of any foodie’s list, this Michelin star, ingredient-led restaurant grows all food on site and is a real gourmet gem of the area. The Pembroke in Tenbury centre does classic pub grub with a contemporary twist (served under its wonky wooden beams) and the Cadmore Hotel has a lovely lakeside restaurant if you like dinner with the ducks. Head to the locally popular Fountain Inn with its large beer garden for a great traditional pub experience. If you want great food in cool surroundings go to the new Unwined bar and bistro on Market Street, which does a range of delicious tapas plates and charcuterie.
Expect a richly traditional high street still, with shops such as Banfields Ironmongers, a fresh fish shop and grocers. It’s even got a Willy Wonka-style chocolate scene in Mr Thom’s, a sweet shop come chocolate factory which sells the finest handmade chocolate and sweets. The quirky Round Market is open twice a week for all kinds of lovely local food and crafts. Head to the Harlequin Gift Shop for a range of lovely gifts and accessories, and Nice Things, a stalwart of 29 years in the town, for quirky interior homewares and more.
Visit the historic 19th century Pump Rooms for some history-hunting or head to the National Trust’s Berrington Hall and Gardens or cool Croft Castle, with its 1,500 acres of wild woodland to explore by foot or bike.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Excellent value. Properties in Tenbury Wells had an overall average price of £241,499 in 2021. The majority of sales were detached properties, selling for an average price of £298,250. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £230,323, with terraced properties fetching £176,575.
The acclaimed Abberley Hall School, a day and boarding co-ed for ages 2 to 13, King’s School and popular Royal Grammar are half an hour away in Worcester. For good state options there’s the well-regarded Tenbury High Ormiston Academy and Tenbury C of E Primary Academy.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Tenbury is the mistletoe capital of the UK, we kid you not. Auctions for the spiky green plant are famously held every year here still as the crop is grown locally – the auction is the biggest in the country.
From Kidderminster (30 mins away) it is two and a half hours to London, or, the nearer Ludlow or Leominster Stations will take just over three hours. Tenbury is 40 miles south west of Birmingham, and a short drive from Hereford and Worcester for more options to link to the capital.
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