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4.6 /6 Excellent 66 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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CHEF'S CHOICE

66 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 66 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 12:58

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.

1 review so far 6
11.08.2017 13:26

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.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 09:55

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

1 review so far 6
11.07.2017 08:05

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.

1 review so far 5
01.07.2017 10:25

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.

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 5
10.08.2017 10:09

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!

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 3
16.08.2017 17:29

I was surprised what a small menu it was ,I had looked on the web site and the menu had looked good, there was two steaks on offer I did have the ribeye which was very good, however the veg was disappointing with two lots of beetroot and the spinach was very gritty as if it had been grown in sand I did tell them about this and they offered I cheese board which I declined owing to the fact that I had enough to eat by then. The staff were very nice, however I don't think I will go again

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 5
03.07.2017 09:51

we enjoyed the atmosphere at the restaurant but the food was not as good as I remember from past visits. We felt that the lack of vegetables and was a big fault These are not expensive to purchase and although fiddly to prepare, do make for a well balanced meal. Disappointing

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.

4 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