PUB Spy wanted a change of scenery this week, so I decided to take a drive out of the city to dine at The Three Horseshoes, in Poolbrook Road, Malvern.

With its country feel, the exterior of the pub is quite charming, with its flowerpots and shutter windows, it offers a warm welcome.

It was a rather dreary weekday evening; else I would have been tempted to sit outside the pub’s beer garden to soak up the summer sun. There was even a choice of beer gardens - one was located at the front and one at the back of the pub, which overlooks the stunning views of the Malvern Hills.

It’s not often I travel to Malvern; however, I fancied a change and decided a little drive after work would help me unwind after a busy day at the office. It was a pleasant journey and took just over 20 minutes to get there from the city of Worcester.

When my date and I arrived, we went straight to the bar and was greeted by a friendly waitress. She told us we could sit where we liked, so we wandered to a corner table so we were out of the way.

There was an open fire adjacent to our table – obviously not lit, but I thought in the winter it would add a nice feel to the pub. You can’t really go wrong with a roaring fire; it creates such a cosy mood.

There is a lot on offer at the pub, as the menu provides a little something for everyone. After thoroughly scanning through the menu, the steak and ale pie caught my eye. On the menu, the pie was described as “encased in a buttery short crust pastry, with triple cooked chips or mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy.” Just reading through the description again is making me hungry.

The pie was delicious - it was piping hot, as it should be, and oozed a beautiful meaty flavour. The chips were chunky and cooked to perfection, with its golden crisp texture and fluffy feel on the inside.

The pub offers a host of cask ales, lagers, malt whiskeys and gins for the beverage buffs. I ordered my favourite, a Guinness with a hint of blackcurrant, which went down very nicely with my pie.

The staff were very attentive and regularly came over to check up on us to ensure we were enjoying our food. They were courteous and chatty to its customers. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

Although the pub was not very busy, but what do you expect for a weekday evening, there was still a positive atmosphere surrounding the place. At all times, the staff seemed very happy and there was this sort of positive energy that bounced off everyone.

I quickly discovered that the pub was dog friendly, as the owners dog came over to our table to say hello. I know some people are put off by pets being around food, however, as much of a hygiene freak I am, this doesn’t bother me.

Inside the pub there is plenty of room and lots of tables to sit and eat. There was a candle positioned in the centre of each table, which I think is a cute addition, especially for couples having a romantic meal out.

The bill came to £27.28 in total which I think is very reasonable for two pies, one Guinness and a pink gin and lemonade. I will look forward to visiting again.