Welcome to the Mulberry Tree Restaurant & Bar!
The Mount Pleasant hotel, Great Malvern has a new name for its restaurant.
Situated right in the heart of town, the hotel and its restaurant have a deep connection with the community, the Malvern Hills and its enriched history. Literature legend George Bernard Shaw planted the Mulberry Tree in 1936 in the Priory Park to mark his eightieth birthday. In the great man’s own words, ‘The attraction of the tree is for it to last so long‘.
For us, at the Mount Pleasant, a Mulberry tree which is a symbol of nature, faith and growth resonates with our love for Great Malvern and our pursuit of service excellence.
In the words of AJ Bains, GM, Mount Pleasant hotel, “Mulberry Tree is the right name for our restaurant as it represents a promise of growth and everlasting faith. Exactly what we want our customers to think of us.”
Steve Rimmer – Head Chef
Head Chef Steve Rimmer shares a bit more information behind his food choices…
At Mulberry Tree restaurant we use the best locally sourced produce all of our dishes are prepared in house, the menu includes a great choice of meat & fish and there is a selection of vegetarians dishes. we create a lot of our dishes based on seasonal products and customer’s needs, not only is it economical but eating seasonally has health benefits too; foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of year. For example, we will use wild garlic & asparagus between March and May when it’s just come into season and is at its peak, whilst the Herefordshire berries are very delicious from June to September.
When we come to seasons my favourites has always been Autumn and Winter. This is the time of year I like cooking heartier food such as slow cooked blade of Herefordshire beef with horseradish mash, roast root vegetables and a deep rich red wine sauce. The Autumn Winter vegetables such as parsnips, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash are great and go well as purées with fish, meat and vegetarian dishes. You will always find beetroot on the menu as that’s one of my favourite ingredients to use and I love to put it with goat’s cheese. Give it a go this season!
Ben Pearson – Restaurant Manager
For Ben Pearson, restaurant manager, the cornerstone of success in the hospitality industry is the readiness to always serve your guest with a smile and never leaving anything to chance.
Ben started his career with an Italian restaurant as a supervisor. Being a passionate, driven and affable person, joining the hospitality industry was a natural choice for him. In fact, he further improvised his skill set by perusing his education in the hospitality sector while continuing his job.
He joined the Mount Pleasant in 2016 and quickly rose to the position of Restaurant Manager within a year. His favourite part about working at the Mount Pleasant is the impetus that organisation gives to company culture and growth of its employees.
His favourite dish on the menu? In his own words, “I am spoilt for choice with Steve’s (the head chef) cooking but I do love the pan fried Scallops!”
His advice to those who want to join this sector? Be proactive and challenge yourself every day. In his words, “the power of positive attitude carries extraordinary results”.