The only Michelin-starred restaurant for miles to reopen tomorrow in Worcestershire

Pensons Restaurant

A restaurant which secured its first Michelin Star last October- just nine months after opening, is to reopen for business tomorrow following lockdown restrictions introduced nearly four months ago.

Pensons, on the Netherwood Estate near Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, will reopen with more more widely spaced table than the Government guidance and adjusted service procedures to minimise person to person contact. It also has a sheltered courtyard area.

Head Chef, Chris Simpson, and his team will be cooking seasonal, ingredient-led menu that focus on fresh flavours direct from the restaurant’s kitchen garden and other local food suppliers.  The new menu will include lamb and beef from Legges of Bromyard, Mawley Milk, Herefordshire cherries and Worcestershire Hop and Hay-on-Wye cheeses.

But the restaurant wasn’t idle during lockdown. Like many other restaurants, the Pensons team provided more than 3,000 free dishes to local vulnerable and elderly people and key workers nominated by others in the community across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.

In addition, to avoid produce from the kitchen garden going to waste, they have created a range of high-quality hand-picked dried herbs and edible flowers that are full of flavour and include restaurant inspired blends and herbs that are rarely available.  They are available to buy via their website along with Netherwood Estate Rapeseed Oil and Honey.

Owner of The Netherwood Estate & Pensons, Peta Darnley, said: “The whole of the Pensons team are excited to welcome our guests back to eat with us again.  During the closure, we have been working on our new seasonal menus inspired by fresh, local seasonal produce.”

Head Chef, Chris Simpson, added:  “I have thoroughly enjoyed creating a new flavour led menu for our guests that epitomises the taste of the summer season using a wide variety our produce from the gardens and local suppliers that is so abundant and bountiful at this time of year.

The Netherwood Estate is an historic agricultural family farm set within 1200 acres of land, dating back to before the Domesday Book. Having been traditionally managed as a farming enterprise, over the last eight years it has diversified into many different areas, including hospitality.

Opened in January 2019, Pensons was awarded a Michelin Star in October 2019.