Bell & Cross

Pub Details

Holy Cross
Holy Cross
(01562) 730319
Opening Times
12 - 3, 6 - 11
12 - 10.30


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Licensee information

Licensee name
Roger Narbet

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

A delightful old interior, particularly good food, staff with a can-do attitude and a pretty garden
If you're fed up with the M5, this charming dining pub will make the perfect break. It has a cosy bar and four attractively decorated dining rooms with a choice of carpet, bare boards, lino or nice old quarry tiles, and a variety of moods from snug and chatty to bright and airy. Décor includes theatrical engravings on red walls, nice sporting prints on pale green walls, and racing and gundog pictures above a black panelled dado; most rooms have coal fires. Neatly dressed, courteous staff serve Enville Ale, Marstons Burton Bitter, Purity Pure Gold and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump and 12 wines by the glass. The lovely garden has a spacious lawn, and the terrace offers pleasant views. This is sister pub to the Chequers at Cutnall Green.

Good Pub Guide Food

Imaginative food includes lunchtime sandwiches, confit duck rillette with pineapple salsa, king prawns and chorizo skewer with catalan salad and aioli, burger with cheese, relish, lots of toppings and skinny fries, beer-battered cod and chips, a pie of the day, slow-cooked lamb shoulder with chorizo and sweet potato dauphinoise and pea and mint purée, free-range pork belly with griddled apricots and port wine jus, and puddings such as salted caramel and pecan cheesecake and warm toffee apple and frangipane tart; they also offer a two and three-course set menu (not Friday evening or weekends).

Bar food times: 12 - 2, 6 - 9 (9.30 Sat) ; 12 - 7 Sun


Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar


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Rating: 3/5 (1134 votes cast)

Reader Comments

The inside of this pub is very small - it's like going for a drink in someone's lounge

If this is "The Good Pub Guide's" Pub of the Year then the publication should consider changing it's name. I travelled some way to go for lunch and there is nothing remotely "pubby" about this place. I would say it's more a restaurant with a tiny bar area for a drink. My heart sank at the expensively printed menus indicating that it doesn't change too often and reminiscent of those omnipresent "pubs" next to a Little Chef on every main road and roundabout. There were some daily dishes which I chose and which was nicely cooked and presented but the food and the whole place was formulaic. Absolutely no atmosphere. Staff friendly and welcoming, no complaints there, apart from service being a little too brisk and referred to as "madam" the whole time, but really like being in an "adults only" Enterprise Inn, which is exactly what it was. My local pub has roaring log fires, home-cooked, regularly changing, food, great selection of ales etc and would knock this place into a cocked hat. I would love to know the criteria for winning "Pub of the Year". Is it sponsored by Enterprise Inns?

Having visited many times in the past in the evening, as a couple or in a group, I would agree that you came away feeling that you'd had a special time!
We have recently visited at lunchtime as a party of 4 and as a party of 13 celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary. On both these occasions the food was up to standard but there was a distinct lack of service. There was a lack of attention to detail; we had to ask to order drinks, meals served but with a delay before the vegetables arrived, long delay between courses etc.
We left the 60th apologising to our party as we had recommmended the venue and other than 4 of us, people had travelled from afar. We felt let down.

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