The Brewers Arms has been an integral part of the village of West Malvern for over 150 years. Hidden away down an unmade track high on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills, the Brewers not only plays a pivotal role in the local community, but has always been popular with visitors and walkers too - who for generations have enjoyed calling by after partaking of the pleasures of the nearby hills.
The Brewers Arms is undisputedly a little gem of great distinction: with a single simple bar; some original fittings extant; a roaring fire in the winter, and a view to die for to be had from the garden, it enchants many on a first visit. It is this charm and great character, allied with its role of being a focal point for a gamut of local clubs, societies and community groups, that makes it the beating heart of West Malvern. The village would be such a poorer place if it were to be lost.
Since the Lamb Inn in West Malvern closed in 2013, it laid claim to being the last and only pub in the village. It has previously survived a devastating fire in 1992, and more recently (with one or two exceptions) it has suffered from a rapid turnover of tenants, who have struggled to make a living. The Brewers Arms, with its limited space, is by no means an easy ask for a landlord or landlady.
Therefore, when it was learned that owners, Admiral Taverns, were looking to sell the pub, the local community decided it was time to take decisive action. Thus the creation of the Brewers Community Pub Group, which sought to take the Brewers Arms into community ownership and run it for the benefit of the whole community. This plan was brought to fruition in September 2022.
The period between the purchase and the opening on 10th December 2022 was marked by extensive cleaning and renovation of the pub, living quarters and garden space, all undertaken by volunteers.