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5.0 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews

The Bell & Cross

Holy Cross European, British £££ +100
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About The Bell & Cross

Few things warm the heart more than a classic British pub and The Bell & Cross in Clent is a fine example of why. It’s a little cottage-style building in Holy Cross area and it’s well-loved by the community it serves. Here you can expect rustic-chic decor, real ales, a warm embrace and a menu chock full of homemade food. Whether you’re after a light lunch, a hearty main, or even just a relaxed ale or coffee, prepare to spend longer at The Bell & Cross on Holy Cross than you thought you would. Here is the best of British and you’re going to love it as much as we do.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
The Bell & Cross, Holy Cross, DY9 9QL Clent

Further Information

Every country village needs a pub and restaurant it can rely on and, in the case of Clent, a distant suburb of Birmingham, that pub and restaurant is The Bell & Cross. This is one of the most charming little eateries you’re likely to come across and it’s fair to say that Holy Cross is lucky to have it. Step inside and you’ll be met by a friendly team who really can’t do enough for you, as well cosy decor that radiates a sense of home. Set on Holy Cross – one of the main throughways of this wonderful area – The Bell & Cross is the perfect spot for a drink or for fine British cuisine.

Begin your meal at The Bell & Cross with some lite bites in the way of garlic mushrooms on sourdough toast with blue mascarpone, a smoked salmon and prawn cocktail, duck and orange terrine, or a whole mini baked camembert studded with garlic and rosemary. Goodness, we’re excited already, but for mains there are even more fine British flavours for foodies of Clent and Holy Cross to get excited about. To highlight one dish over any other is, to be honest, criminal because all of it is standout. But, to give you an idea of what to expect, there is calf's liver with smoked bacon and mousseline potatoes, Cornish slow-cooked lamb shoulder, carved ham with egg and chips, pie of the day and last, but certainly, absolutely not least, beer battered cod and chips. Is your mouthwatering? Ours is. Reserve a table at Clent’s The Bell & Cross to enjoy all of this fabulous British cuisine and much, much more.

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42 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 16:06

Exceptional service which was as sunny as the day outside !!!! Slightly disappointed that there was only a 3 course menu on offer with no lighter bites included... but it was Fathers Day so I shouldn't complain... particularly some they made the Dads the focus of their attention.. which is as it should be!! A fab place and I'll definitely be back to sample their regular menu which sounds creative and delicious!

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 17:36

Gorgeous food, fabulous service. There was a great selection to choose from. I chose beef and it was cooked perfectly. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. We had a lovely, relaxed lunch. Will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 13:52

Lovely food and a broad choice. Good service even on a busy Saturday night by very friendly and welcoming staff - overall a very pleasant experience. Would recommend

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 08:38

Lovely pub and fabulous food this is my second visit the staff are attentive and very pleasant. Love the idea of individual dining rooms. I will be returning.

1 review so far 5
04.06.2017 21:05

Service was prompt, ambience great too, due to the small rooms with a few tables per room. The shared starter was nice although there weren't many starters that particularly appealed. This was in contrast to the main courses where the wide appeal means we will definitely be making a number of return visits. The main course was well cooked and really enjoyable. Too full to have a dessert, but enjoyed the coffee.

2 reviews so far 4
24.05.2017 08:32

The food was good but the service let the experience down - the staff were friendly and we didn't have to wait long but they didn't seek to explain the menu and could have quite easily have unsold us to some of the extras had we know there were no vegetables with 3 of the 5 dishes ordered - the staff need to have a better understanding of the menu and explain this to the customers - the result would be happy customers and increased turnover for the venue!

1 review so far 6
18.02.2017 10:49

Went there for my birthday meal with my wife, We hadn't been there for a while but was pleasantly surprised to see that the new owners have kept the same kitchen team together, front of house were excellent, Friendly and attentive. The food was excellent as always and value for money, We will be going back

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 07:57

We found the staff very helpful, understood my not eating shellfish which would have been part of my chosen dish. We were given choice of rooms to eat in, the 'pink' room was great with window seat onto village. The food was delicious with the fish cooked to perfection. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 17:42

Service was good. Food overall very good however our daughters dessert was not as described on the menu. She ordered lemon tarte which should have come with raspberries and lemon sorbet, however there were no raspberries and it was served with ice cream not sorbet. It was our daughters birthday so we did not complain but feel you should be told.

1 review so far 5
20.06.2017 20:33

Very dissappointed as the only fish on the menu was battered cod. Only one other meal i could eat was lasagna and that was extremely salty. My dessert was enjoyable. My husband really enjoyed his meal and gave it full marks. The staff were polite and pleasant. In some areas it was untidy and messy.

3 reviews so far 5
21.02.2017 16:11

Tuesday lunch. Pub and staff were very welcoming. Menu choices were good, main course, specials board and light bites too, so something for everyone. I had duck breast with fondant potatoes, glazed parsnips and green beans. It was all cooked to perfection. Bakewell tart was delicious too. Will definitely be going again!

1 review so far 3
06.05.2017 09:09

We have been using the Bell and Cross for years and I'm sorry to say it is really going downhill. The prices have always been higher than elsewhere but we didn't mind as the quality of food was outstanding. However prices have remained the same but quality has dropped significantly so I can only assume that either the chef has now changed or they are being given sub standard ingredients to work with. Really disappointing as we now need to find another place to eat.

2 reviews so far 5
04.02.2017 21:53

Lovely food and good service. We would definitely go there again. Couldn't fault anything. My partner had duck which I don't really like but I tried it and it melted in your mouth. Place is old and rustic with original doors and beams make it a nice setting and atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 6
12.02.2017 13:24

Great village style pub with original character fittings and friendly staff. Good value food, varying from traditional pub food like fish/pie and chips to restaurant standard. Also popular with locals, open fires and free wifi. Overall, lovely atmosphere and great pub.

1 review so far 5
08.02.2017 07:46

As always lovely meal. Not quite top marks but only because lovely specials had sold out early . Only suggestion would be to vary the desserts a little but otherwise we sat as requested and staff were lovely!Wuslity of food always excellent. Will continue to frequently visit

1 review so far 5
19.06.2017 12:53

Top marks for the food & service, especially as I understand it has changed hands recently. However, it could do with a revamp of the some parts of the pub/restaurant. We had to wait a little while but we were told this when we ordered.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 09:25

One of the best meals I can recall at a local pub! Excellent menu choices, food beautifully cooked and presented, friendly and efficient service in welcoming and comfortable surroundings. Be sure to book as always very popular.

1 review so far 5
25.01.2017 10:01

Very friendly staff. Good service and great food. The chef really knows how to cook fish perfectly , lovely moist salmon. Lots of wine by the glass and half bottles of champagne if you want to push the boat out but not too much.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 11:11

Lovely meal ,atmosphere was welcoming and cosy.Quaint bar in which to have a pre dinner drink. Small dining rooms gave for an intimate feeling and the waiting staff could not have been more attentive and friendly.

1 review so far 5
05.05.2017 12:02

Excellent friendly service. booked on line arrived early were greeted warmly and offered a table of drink in the bar . Good food seabass cooked well and nicely presented limited vegatarian menu but starter with side order of Chunky chips more than enough

2 reviews so far 6
05.03.2017 12:17

Beautiful traditional pub, great friendly staff, open fires, great food, great service; serves good beer as well of course perfect, my kind of meal. Also a good sign that the locals drink and eat there.

1 review so far 4
20.02.2017 13:30

Starter was not great. Cold couscous with just fried squid. Mains and pudding were nice but didn't blow us away. I would have expected a higher quality with the high price tag. Service was good, staff very friendly although there was a mistake with the bill and we nearly charged £10 extra.

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 08:50

Service was good food excellent nice and hot when arrived. Party of 8 all had different the only thing we would say felt that some of the desserts as only ice cream a little expensive for what they were

1 review so far 4
29.04.2017 18:41

Food eaten was 1st class. Several food choices were unavailable though, and Waitress knowledge required training eg We had to press hard just to have 'No pink' beef-burgers. Usual attention was limited. Surroundings good. Overall the excellent food eaten made it a 'very good' night.

1 review so far 5
23.02.2017 23:39

Friendly welcoming service with great food that looked good and tasted great. Cosy, comfortable atmosphere and we didn't feel rushed, which is always great. Will definitely go again and maybe try a lunch there too.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 19:11

A great venue for lunch with a varied, good quality menu with some excellent specials. Suitable for business or private lunches in a cosy and smart surrounding.

1 review so far 6
01.03.2017 12:09

Love the food love the place, take my wife here every year for our anniversary and other special occasions. staff always friendly and food is great

1 review so far 6
21.02.2017 08:04

Very enjoyable meal. Waiter very friendly and efficient. We shall return and look forward to eating outside in their lovely garden again when it is warmer!

1 review so far 6
19.02.2017 21:25

Great service and food was amazing. Ordered the Sunday lunch beef and my other half ordered the Steak. All cooked to perfection. Deserts were also delicious.

1 review so far 5
18.04.2017 08:01

Great food, lovely staff, amazing service! The restaurant was a bit dated in terms how of decor but you can tell everything is home made and fresh! We all loved it!

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 10:18

Service was excellent and the food was also excellent. It was our first time their and will return soon I'm sure , could not fault the pleasant and attentive staff.

1 review so far 5
27.01.2017 08:22

Lovely food and the staff really look after you. Highly recommend their Sunday lunches too. Best I have ever eaten. Slightly pricier than the average but good quality food.

2 reviews so far 5
03.03.2017 21:53

Good food and service - nice place but just a little rushed - not a criticism but just an observation - would certainly recommend and will be going again

1 review so far 5
21.06.2017 00:11

Great food and pleasant country pub atmosphere ... special Sunday lunch experience and those roast potatoes were the best ever ! ... definitely will return ; )

1 review so far 5
21.01.2017 08:24

Lovely evening , good food , cozy country pub for a winters night , staff lovely, without being intrusive. Definitely return , could become a favourite haunt.

1 review so far 5
20.03.2017 09:04

the food was excellent and our waitress was cheerful and efficient . lovely experience I am keen to do again. Good value for money. Pleasant surroundings

1 review so far 5
03.02.2017 17:22

The Staff were very friendly. Our room very clean and quite comfortable. The drinks were surprisingly quite pricey but otherwise we had a lovely stay.

1 review so far 5
24.02.2017 23:41

Lovely pub but with restaurant food. Never had a bad meal yet. Must try chocolate truffles. Ambience/lighting in the rooms is my only criticism..very bright!

1 review so far 4
27.05.2017 05:49

The food was very good...perhaps next time we will ask for a different room as unfortunately we were the only diners there for the majority of the evening.

1 review so far 3
05.06.2017 14:33

Service was fine but they didn't have a number of things on the menu that we wanted, which was disappointing - Said they hadn't had a delivery....

3 reviews so far 3
19.06.2017 10:24

Reasonable quality food and service, sadly not as good as it was previously. Spelling needs to be checked on menus. Plenty of menu choice available.

1 review so far 2
15.04.2017 08:11

Can't complain about the quality overall . However the portions sizes were smaller than expected. The main course came without any vegetables other than McDonalds chips and the coffee Lattee was very bitter