Bell & Cross

Pub Details

Holy Cross
Holy Cross
(01562) 730319
Opening Times
12 - 3, 6 - 11
12 - 9


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Licensee information

Licensee name
Roger Narbet

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Super well liked food, staff with a can-do attitude, delightful old interior and pretty garden
A real winner' and a pity this is so far from my home' are just two comments from readers about this charming dining pub; it's quite handy for a break from the M5, too. Smart and very attractive with neatly dressed, courteous staff, the unspoilt, early 19th-c layout has five beautifully decorated little rooms and a kitchen opening off a central corridor with a black-and-white tiled floor. Rooms offer a choice of carpet, bare boards, lino or nice old quarry tiles, a variety of mood, from snug and chatty to bright and airy, and individual décor in each: theatrical engravings on red walls, nice sporting prints on pale green walls, and racing and gundog pictures above a black panelled dado. Most of them have coal fires and two have small serving bars with Banks's Bitter, Everards Tiger, Timothy Taylors Landlord and Wye Valley HPA on handpump, 14 wines by the glass from a good list, organic soft drinks and a range of coffees; daily papers and background music. A lovely garden has a spacious lawn, and the terrace offers pleasant views.

Good Pub Guide Food

Impressive food includes lunchtime sandwiches, pork and cep terrine with apple and calvados compote, vietnamese chicken with lemongrass, coconut and chilli salad, ham and free-range eggs, burger with cheese, bacon, relish and fries, porcini mushroom, spinach, squash and parmesan lasagne, a pie of the day, malaysian chicken curry, barbecued lamb koftas with marinated aubergine and harissa tzatziki, slow-cooked pork belly with smashed apples and cider sauce and puddings such as white chocolate and passion-fruit cheesecake with chocolate chip ice-cream and treacle tart with orange confit and clotted cream.

Bar food times: 12 - 2, 6.30 - 9 (9.15 Fri, Sat) ; 12 - 7 Sun


Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar


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Rating: 3/5 (1019 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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