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.

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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)

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Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Bell & Cross

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Family Friendly


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Customer Ratings on The Bell & Cross

4.6  / 5

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  • avatar
    September 2018

    4 people found this review helpful
    Great food. Now under new ownership/management

    Watch out for old reviews of this lovely place. Some not so complimentary.
    July 2018 a breath of fresh air blew through the place.
    I have just been in for lunch after not visiting for a year or so. New menu, new staff, new everything.
    Great result.

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