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Eating and drinking at The Firs

Visitor carrying a tray of coffee and cake in the cafe at Llanerchaeron, Wales
Award winning Little Al's cafe at The Firs | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

At Little Al's cafe at The Firs you can be sure that every piping hot latte, sumptuous homemade cake and tasty brunch is served with a smile. They're proud winners of the Visit Worcestershire 2022 Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Tourism Award for their dedication to implementing the best ethical and environmental practices in their business.

What’s on the menu?

Little Al's pride themselves on serving consistently great and fair-trade coffee, refreshing teas, and a selection of brunch favourites. Tuck into a wide selection, including hearty soups, slow-cooked ham sandwiches, and not to forget cracking sponge cakes. Many of their options are traditional favourites with a twist, and they swap out ingredients to give you seasonal varieties when you stop at The Firs for a tasty lunch.

They aim to cater to everyone and offer a selection of alternative goods, such as gluten-free options, milk alternatives, and vegan choices.

Above all, they stand for serving ethically and responsibly sourced food and drink. It’s important to them to work with local and ethical suppliers to serve you scrummy, comforting, and quality goods.

The counter at Little Al's cafe at The Firs showing Little Al smiling with a life-size cut-out of Edward Elgar surrounded by coffee, tea and cakes
Little Al's Cafe at The Firs | © Nina Leonard

Award winners:

In 2022, Little Al's were proudly awarded the Ethical, Responsible, and Sustainable Tourism Award for their dedication to implementing the best ethical and environmental practices in their business. The team were delighted to be championed with such a prestigious and momentous award as they pride themselves on maintaining high standards throughout their entire supply chain all the way to the coffee you hold in your hand.

They work with some of the best local suppliers fuelled by heritage, quality, and passion. It’s the same in the cafe at The Firs too. You'll find their fridges stocked with responsible products and plastic-free cold drinks. Their water comes canned too! Packaging is something they constantly evolve to ensure they meet high environmental standards. By using local suppliers who provide plant-based, responsible, and compostable takeaway cups, you can sip your drinks in style without worrying about where your rubbish will end up!

Dog friendly

Well behaved dogs are welcome at Little Al's cafe as well as in the visitor centre, cottage garden and woodland area at The Firs.

Allergen information

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Thank you

Every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us to continue looking after places for everyone to enjoy.

View of the house at The Firs, Worcestershire. Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar

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The small family home which nurtured the creative genius of Sir Edward Elgar. Visit the cottage where he was born and learn more about his life and work in the visitor centre.

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Explore the garden at The Firs 

Explore the cottage garden at The Firs, birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar. Discover seasonal borders, the Sound Garden, and sit beside Elgar’s statue as you take in views of the Malverns.

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The Firs is a one pawprint rated place. Following Elgar’s great love of dogs, The Firs welcomes dogs on leads in the cottage garden, woodland area and visitor centre. Enjoy a dog friendly visit to Elgar’s birthplace.

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