Review on The Bell & Cross
Roger Narbett has been a well-known figure on the Midlands restaurant scene for many years (he's also chef to the England football team) and his latest venture is this tall, mustard-coloured hostelry at the foot of the Clent hills (two miles from junction 3 of the M5).
Inside, the place is divided up into four separate rooms crammed with sporting prints, theatrical engravings, photographs, framed portraits and – of course – Roger's own football memorabilia.
Light snacks, sandwiches, fishcakes and the like are good lunchtime fillers, there's always a specials board, and the full menu is certainly not short on ambition. Expect starters like roast red pepper and aubergine soup or Peking duck rolls with oriental salad before main courses of seared Scottish salmon with crispy Parma ham and buttered Savoy cabbage or thyme-roasted chicken with sweet potato and spinach cake and wild mushroom cream, plus a contingent of straightforward grills.
Desserts range from treacle tart with Granny's thick custard and warm vanilla rice pudding with Armagnac prunes to maple syrup and banana crème brûlée with toffee fudge ice cream. Real ales and well-chosen wines by the glass.
The Bell & Cross is also featured in: Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Gastro pub / Modern British
Roger Narbett and Paul Mohan
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (7.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00 (9.15pm Fri-Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card