Dear diners, please note that this restaurant requires a £10 per head deposit for reservations of six people or more. Please contact the restaurant directly to arrange payment.
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.
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.
We had a lovely Sunday roast on 13 August 2017. The service was good, the food quality was great and the portion large enough to take a doggy bag home. We had read negative reviews, however we have nothing bad to say.
Lovely atmosphere, great service, good food and a nice selection of beer and wine all reasonably priced. I highly recommend the steak. Plan to go back again very soon.
Excellent service fabulous meal and all in all a great experience,plenty of parking with easy access.My wife and I think it has changed hands as all the memorabilia has been rmoved
Great food and service and very traditional country pub - only slight disappointment was that they had run out of the special dessert which had come highly recommended from the staff.
Our first visit to the pub/restaurant. We booked an early dinner and had pre dinner drinks in the Bar area which was like a Snug and quickly got speaking with others having a drink. There are 3 cosy dining rooms . We had2 starters smoked salmon and prawns and fried squid with piri piri sauce, very nicely presented and very tasty. Main course was shoulder of lamb and hock and pea pie with a side order of vegetables, both nice meals and again well presented. The staff gave us good service and always checking if we needed anything or checking how things were. We would definitely return. There is a car park to the rear of the pub and a well maintained garden area which could accommodate quite a few people.
The Bell and Cross is a lovely place, lots of individual rooms with a few tables in each makes for a lovely ambience. Food was excellent, I had the the Pork Belly which was divine all my fellow diners enjoyed their meals too. Two minus points - the service was slow, we were there for two and a half hours and only had 2 courses. And we were overcharged - I have to admit we didn't notice until we got home but it took several phone calls, emails and a visit in person until it got resolved. So my advice is allow plenty of time and check your bill.
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!
The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly. There were 9 in our party and all enjoyed the meal and the ambience. There was a problem with the gents toilet, so men had to use the ladies, but hopefully this was a short term problem. Service to begin with was a little slow, and we had to ask for tap water several times, but overall it was a pleasant visit, the food was par excellence!
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.
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!