The Cross at Kenilworth
The Cross at Kenilworth

The Cross at Kenilworth

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecrosskenilworth.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01926853840x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Food Service
    Monday Closed
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00-14:30
    Sunday - 12:00-16:00
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 18:30-22:00
    Saturday - Friday 18:00-22:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Adam Benette
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus Stop on New Street
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: 40 Car Parking Spaces
A word from The Cross at Kenilworth
The Cross at Kenilworth is a pub restaurant serving excellent food, cooked by award winning chefs. The Cross started out as an inn back in the 19th century and was recently refurbished to reveal its original features. Expect a warm welcome, friendly service and stunning dishes, cooked using the very best local ingredients.
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The Cross at Kenilworth reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since 22 October 2013
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.9
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (64)fit for foodies (57)romance (32)business meals (25)sunday lunch (14)good vegetarian options (12)outdoor eating (11)group bookings (9)outstanding value (9)disabled access (6)brunch (5)afternoon tea (4)child friendly (3)pre/post theatre (3)Show More
  • Relaxing Sunday Lunch
    Wijit1066
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Sunday 19th October; fantastic Sunday lunch. Hugely enjoyed by the whole family from 8 to 68. Service generally good, although dipped a little towards the changeover between lunch and dinner. Three course meal was excellent. Risotto starter one of the best. Bar area was lovely, with a good selection of wines and lager, would be nice to have a local beer too.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty but Super
    QofQ
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Took two friends for the Sunday 3 course lunch option and sat in the delightful oak-panelled dining room. Good size portion of vegetarian risotto with seasonal pumpkin; glad to have a choice of vegetarian food for the main course too - unusual in most places on Sundays - but my companions found the wine sauce with their chicken and roast potatoes far too salty. The chocolate tart was the highlight of pudding - enjoyed the gingerbread ice cream and mini doughnuts myself. Very reasonable prices on the wine list. Would recommend, with a friend or two. Delightful service despite a very busy room.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Very nice
    Rdldcd
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Nice food at a fair price....friend said hake was best fish meal she had ever had! Service slow at times but overall a good experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Having been to six Michelin star
    Davidh1234
    Dined on 17/10/2014
    We were expecting a dining experience similar to the six Michelin star restaurants we hav visited over the years ...unfortunately this was not the case. The restaurant lacked real ambiance, we were seated by the front of house manager (polite but not very friendly ) up a corner next to the kitchen which was a little noisy. The waiters were efficient and prompt but not knowledgeable about the food. Food was good, presentation was bad. Overall it was expensive and lacked a quality feel .
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday night outing
    Novezan
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    First class food served with flair, excellent service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Simply fabulous. Worth every penny. Every course superb, especially the deserts. Potato "fish scales" on the sea bream looked amazing, so the presentation was as good as the taste!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet dinner for 2
    Colette
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    Excellent food in a bustling pub like atmosphere, in general the service was good. Recommended. Initially we were shown to a small table next to the kitchen, we wanted to talk over dinner but the noise levels made this difficult. We were quickly and politely moved to a quieter table also benefiting from more comfortable chairs. Service was prompt and efficient; my only criticism would be the red wine served a little warm for my liking and the overfilling of our wine glasses.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Sunday Lunch
    Anneth
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    The starter and pudding were excellent but between us we had the roast lamb and the roast beef. Because my friend has parkinsons disease I had to cut her meat up for her and the lamb was quite tough to cut, also the pink beef was also very tough to cut until we were given a serrated knife. The flavour of the meats was good but both could have done with an extra 10 minutes cooking or sliced much more thinly. We described the meats as chewable but not melting.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • The Cross is out of this world
    Banger
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Food excellent, service excellent, atmosphere excellent. The best meal I have ever had. Fantastic job guys.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special
    Carolne
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We had a lovely meal but some portions were a bit small. The ambience was very friendly and relaxed. Although I appreciate a look into the kitchen I would have preferred to sit further away from the kitchen opening because the traffic around there was a bit hectic.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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  • Really Great Food
    Luvgudfood
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was a birthday treat from my husband and a very nice one at that! The food was beautifully presented and tasted every bit as good as it looked. The portion sizes were just right so we were able to eat the delicious sourdough bread as well as our chosen three courses and enjoyed every last little bi! Service was excellent too! We personally would not be able to afford to eat here all the time but we are so happy to have found somewhere that we can go to for special occasions knowing that it is a treat worth paying for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very special restaurant
    Galerie167
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    It is easy to see why The Cross has recently been awarded a Michelin Star. The ambience, the service and especially the food were all absolutely faultless. I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • not what we expected - disappointed
    cauliflower
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    As the cross had just won an award, we decided to try it for dinner. We ordered a main course a dessert. The main course was slow cooked belly pork, mash and cabbage, when we received it, both mash and cabbage was luke warm. We had to send it back because it wasnt hot enough to eat. The staff were very apologetic and replaced it, but we received it again, mash luke warm! We didnt feel we could send it back again. We then had a dessert which was chocolate tart and brioche pudding. it was fine, but not great. The staff did not charge for a glass of wine which was nice. overall very disappointing for what we paid.
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A great dining experience, very relaxed and the food was of very good quality with generous portions and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • The Cross on a Wednesday night
    TVRGIRL
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Starters great, worth the Star, main courses and puddings not outstanding although tasty. Food needs to be hotter for me.
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    romance
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  • WOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I booked a table for my husbands birthday after hearing from a work colleague that it was a lovely place to go if you want to spoil yourself. My husband is a chef and has had many years experience working in some high class restaurants in London, including The Ivy and Groucho Club. We have been looking for a good place to eat for a long time and always seem to come away slightly disappointed. We both thought the service, food and presentation of the dishes at The Cross were fantastic. I wanted to take photos of my food, Sea Bream with scales to show friends but chose not to. I am already looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Fantastic modern British cuisine!
    hispanoperuano
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We've been coming to this restaurant regularly with international speakers visiting our University and they've all been impressed by the quality of the food at The Cross.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant experience
    LadyM
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went for Sunday lunch in a big room with sunlight streaming in. Our starters were excellent; celeriac soup was particularly delicious; interestingly presented with a garnish of chestnuts. Our main courses (roast beef, Hake, beetroot and goats cheese) were less exciting but well cooked and tasty. The dessert was an anomaly; the bay Pannacotta itself was lovely but accompanied by too many other things (doughnuts!) that really didn't need to be there. The service was friendly but slightly amateurish. The wine list gave no information and the waitress could not tell us anything about the wine either. I am very happy to have a Michelin starred restaurant near where I live but there are some little things that need ironing out here.
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • A taste sensation
    LifeCoach23
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    First Class Food, combined with First Class Service... A taste sensation, in more ways than one.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Star
    QofQ
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the crispy yet soft-centred duck egg with white beans; excellent sour dough; enormous and tasty fennel risotto; delicious petit fours. New Michelin star well-earned. Service a bit hectic possibly due to popularity and a couple of larger tables taken nearby, so waited 45 minutes for food - worth the wait Coming back next week with mother in law hoping to impress her with a Sunday lunch. Thank you
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Lovely lunch
    Vege4meplease
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    We had an absolutely super lunch here and the vegetarian menu was brilliant.
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • supurb!
    finedine
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Amazing food, lovely atmosphere & great service...well deserved its Mitchelin star*!!!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Ok so this is not the cheapest night out that you will have, far from it, but what you will get is an excellent experience, the food was outstanding, cooked and presented to perfection. I have been to a lot of Restaurants, but this by far tops the lot. The staff are friendly and accommodating, I took some friends out for a celebration so it needed to be perfect and it was. Would I recommend this restaurant and would I go back, definitely, but I will have to save up first, this is a prime example of "You get what you pay for".
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • The Cross
    foodie
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Had our first meal at The Cross, Kenilworth last Friday. Food was excellent and the service very attentive - if occasionally too much so with pouring the drinks. The staff were very accommodating when I asked for a mixed salad instead of the starters on the menu, and although this had to be checked with the chef first the salad was perfect. For main courses we had the beef cheek and the squab pigeon, both of which were excellent, and the beef meltingly tender. Portion sizes were good and we decided not to have a dessert. But petit fours came with the coffee which were also very good. Would definitely go again but it is quite pricey (almost at London prices) so fo special occasions only.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Thoroughly enjoyable.
    Sausagelovers
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had a lovely evening, good service, excellent food and wine. My son had recommended this place and we certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food
    Chino
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    Excellent food exquisitely prepared. Had a fantastic meal there for my anniversary. Highly recommend it.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding Food
    BenJarns
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Simply incredible food, have to say, it was the best experience I've had at a restaurant. Would be hard pressed to find better, for that I applaud The Cross.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, fantastic value
    TonyP
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    We took my sister and her husband for a birthday meal on Sunday and had the Sunday lunch menu. The food was stunning, the beef was so very tender it's making my mouth water just thinking about it. We had read some reviews of how good it was prior to booking and we weren't disappointed. The garden is a fantastic suntrap (if you're lucky enough to get some sun lol) and very prettily laid out. The restaurant itself is quaint and you can tell you're in a good establishment, but it's not ostentatious. Highly recommend a meal out here for any occasion. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    Ab89
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    After wanting to eat at the cross for a while, I was really looking forward to going there... I was disappointed. Food was not up to the high standard I expected, the starter was nice and pudding was too but main was not great. I had the beef cheek, the meat was ok but it came with macaroni which was a strange combination.. Didn't go well together. Very over priced for the standard of food. There's other places around that are a lot better for a much more reasonable price.
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  • Excellent Food and Friendly Service
    Bazbas
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    My wife dined at The Cross for a Valentine's Day lunch. We were so impressed that we decided to celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary there. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service efficient and very friendly. We will go again.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistant
    eat2muchout
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Since changing hands here, the food here is unrecognisable from before,(THANKFULLY) A different league all together. Superb!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something special
    Gettingon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Excellent meal. Lovely surroundings and service . This restaurant is a real find as it is quite special. It deserves a very good reputation for its high standards across the board. This was our third visit in recent months and it was faultless.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Special Occasion
    sparky
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We chose The Cross to celebrate my birthday with friends who were visiting from Ireland. The restaurant was recommended to us and we were not disappointed. The quality of the food was excellent and the service superb, I would definitely eat at The Cross again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Highly Recommended!
    FreeAsABird
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Absolutely beautiful meal, the waitresses really couldn't do enough for us. The restaurant itself feels very sophisticated, with tasteful decor and lots of natural light streaming through the windows. The vegetarian menu had a good selection and the wine menu was huge! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. Especially couples looking for a romantic setting!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Special occasion
    Beansarebest
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Food interesting and excellent quality. Rather expensive, so save for a special occasion, and don't collect hangers-on!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top table comes to Warwickshire
    Finebouche
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Visited the cross as joint birthday celebration with my wife this weekend. Neither of us strangers to the hospitality industry we had high expectations. Chef Director Adam Bennett was at the pass in person...not being one to only lend his name... and he didn't disappoint. Presentation at the Cross is with classic precision. However, the flavours.....oh wow what taste.....washed over us like wave after wave of pleasant surprise as each dish was tasted Though we are in Kenilworth it is fair to say these are not far off London prices but worth every penny. This has to be very close to the pinnacle of British cooking at this moment in time. I suspect it will not be too long before the men at Michelin are polishing up a new star.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wilkom1
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Service was the only area I would be slightly negative about. Staff asked the same questions 3 times on 2 occasions and forgot an additional order, although this was subsequently removed from the bill. The food was very good, although rather expensive. Overall a good experience, but not a regular dining experience due to the expense. £120.00 for 2 people for 2 courses with wine.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where to eat?
    jonboy
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Coming to a hotel near Kenilworth for a weekend and not wanting to eat at the hotel for two nights we wanted to try somewhere else. So glad we did. Booked with open table but a telephone call am Saturday from The Cross 2 confirm. The starter of tomatoes and goats curd set the bar, the extra sour dough bread added bonus points and the main course of Pollock for wifey and my rib eye did not disappoint. They were cooked and presented perfectly. The staff were attentive but not overbearing. Overall a quality meal, slightly higher price than the norm. Worth it? I would say yes.
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful place to celebrate!
    patti
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    We had fabulous food, friendly and attentive service and a wonderful evening at the Cross, only spoilt by the long wait for the taxi at the end of the evening. Not the fault of the Cross of course.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife's Birthday.....
    Haydn
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    Went to the Cross some years back, so decided to go back on my wife's birthday. Everything was great apart from the length of time to get the food out. 13.30 booking and eventually left at 16.20. Staff were very apologetic but when you have a 5 years old with you sitting for nearly 3 hours is a bit much. Apart from that food amazing and lovely atmosphere.
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    Sunday lunch
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