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The Cross at Kenilworth
The Cross at Kenilworth

The Cross at Kenilworth Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecrosskenilworth.co.uk
  • Phone: 0192 685 3840
  • 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: Gastro Pub, Modern European
  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Food since the change here is a million miles from how it was before. It is now a total dining experience and the deserts are just amazing. The owner of Simpsons has made this tired old pub into something completely different. Bravo!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "If you are a foodie, go here. The food is a real treat and surely it won't be long before a Michelin Star is awarded ! Totally recomend"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "My friend and I had a beautifully cooked lunch and a very pleasant afternoon at The Cross. The service was good and the staff very friendly. We went out to their garden for our after lunch drinks. The sun was shining and we stayed there for ages, we were reluctant to leave. There was a barbeque on offer in the garden and several people seemed to be enjoying themselves. When we next feel like a treat we shall certainly return."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Venue was great, was able to see food being prepared from our table . Very busy when we went. Food arrived hot , beautiful attention to detail tasted delicious.Staff friendly and helpful. Would visit again if in area."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "The food in this restaurant is head and shoulders above anything in the area. It isn't cheap but the food is some of the best we have experienced. It won't be long before this place receives a Michelin star."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Beautiful decor, fitting with the age of the building, but yet modern. The food and presentation was amazing, I opted for the guniea fowl, which was cooked to perfection, never had it better. Living and dining in London there are many restaurants, but this was better than most even in London! Definite recommendation!!!"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Can't fault the food although it's a limited menu - excellent starters and the duck and the bream were very good. We used to visit The Cross regularly before the food went downhill as it was excellent value for money. The food is certainly good now, but not a place we will visit regularly as it's expensive and perhaps a bit pretentious."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "Hardly anyone in the restaurant..... And after we were given the very limited menu we realised why !! Overpriced is an understatement ..... Food was good but not incredible..... Four of us ... 3 starters, 4 mains, 3 deserts, 2 bottle of wine and a few drinks in the bar..... £275 ....... Won't be going back ."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Recently took my daughter for lunch - couldn't fault it. Superb food, service and ambience. To top it all the bill for 3 courses, a glass of wine, mineral water, coffee and petit fours was an amazing £68. Will definitely be back!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Our son took us to The Cross for an early Father's Day treat, and what a treat it was. It was the best meal we have had in a restaurant for some time. The service was excellent, with even the water glasses regularly topped up by the waiter as opposed to us having a jug on the table to serve ourselves. The wine waitress was extremely knowledgeable and could answer all of our queries. The choice on the food menu was extensive and each dish was cooked to perfection, being plated and then served with no detail overlooked. Considering the standard of the food and the level of service, the price was not unreasonable, and we left the restaurant feeling that we really had had a wonderful experience. We will certainly return."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "second time we have visited in recent months and the food is astonishingly good and very good value for money. Amazing desserts compliment wonderful sea food."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Firstly the kitchen has been opened out into the restaurant so that people can see it. We were given a table next to the kitchen and spent the whole evening having to listen to the chefs shout orders at one another etc. this is certainly not what people want. This completely ruins the whole restaurant, who on earth wants to look at the chefs prodding the food with their fingers and listen to them talking and shouting all night. Ridiculous! Secondly, the food was what can only be described as dreadful. Considering it is so expensive you would expect a good quality. Went home starving and had paid £200. All others in the party thought it was awful. Such a shame as The Cross was always fantastic before it changed hands."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "The new chef clearly has higher standards than previous chefs and has whipped the kitchen up into shape. It was clear that he was also trying to do this with the waiting staff who were not quite as slick as the kitchen operation. Food was very well prepared and equally well presented and served. Great flavours using seasonal produce. The restaurant has clearly had a step up in quality recently. Would highly recommend it."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "This was our first visit since the new owner and chef took over, and I cannot wait to go back. We ordered from the set lunch menu, which is fantastic value at £25 for tree courses. The mackerel with horseradish was a fantastic combination, the ham hock and celeriac remoulade full of satisfying flavours, as was the pork belly. My hake was beautifully cooked, though a little salty. However, I use very little salt, so it could just be my taste buds. The lemon posset was a delight, with the rhubarb topping, gingerbread ice cream and spied madelaines. The dining room is lovely and service was perfectly timed. A really wonderful lunchtime experience. "
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "We went for my daughters birthday on recommendation from friends whom had tried it a few weeks before, my daughter has a nut allergy and not a keen meat eater, not only did they check everything for nuts but also had a lovely meat free option, we also had a very tasty meal which was evident in the cleaned plates. We would definitely be returning and would recommend it to others"
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Our champagne came with wine glasses not flutes, the coffees had long been drunk before the petit fours arrived, and the acoustics need softening with some fabrics before we dare take our in-laws, but these are minor teething issues for the new team at The Cross. The staff were bright, cheery and eager to please. And as for the food…. The scallop ravioli was a very pretty sight; the beef cheek melted in the mouth and was accompanied by all sorts of perfectly prepared morsels; if you ever thought cabbage was not for you then give the side dish a go – mouth-watering; nice puds, and then the final highlight in the form of those petit fours – heaven on a stick! Welcome back Andreas… we have missed Simpsons in town. Our meal was yummy."
    dined on 04/10/2013
  • "Welcome back to the Cross. Food as great as we expected, service also very good, a few teething problems, but only the 4th day. Go try it! For my wife and I, the best place to dine in Warwickshire in our opinion. Well done Andreas."
    dined on 29/09/2013
  • "I can't comment on all categories above after just one visit. Disappointed by menu. I had been recommended by a friend and had looked on line at the menu which bore no resemblance to actual menu which has a very poor choice -.just a very few dishes- and each of us would probably not normally have selected what the low choice offered. The food, however, was exceptional-each course beautifully cooked and presented. The staff were excellent - friendly, very helpful,;extremely efficient and very accommodating. All the staff who waited on us were very impressive and worthy of praise. We enjoyed the evening very much but will be disappointed if the menu doesn't become more extensive following the refurbishment."
    dined on 16/08/2013
  • "Really good food, brilliant service. Would reccomend to friends and also return for another meal soon!"
    dined on 12/08/2013
  • "Very relaxed atmosphere, but intimate at the same time. Staff were very attentive without being in your face and only interupted when was appropiate. Special diet was catered for at the highest level i've ever experienced and all traces of gluten were removed, without compromising the taste of the meal. Only bad point was hubby was brought the wrong dessert and although the staff apoligised, there was no refund given, even though i had eaten mine before his new dessert arrived. Not the cheapest place, but you get what you pay for and we would happily pay it again. Will be going back."
    dined on 03/08/2013
  • "I booked the cross for myself and my boyfriend's 3rd year anniversary, we have visited the cross previously a few times in a big group and have always enjoyed it. Once again the cross didn't disappoint, the food was gorgeous, the staff were lovely and we had a really nice meal. The value for money is outstanding, I have paid at least double elsewhere for the same standard of food. I will continue to visit the cross, thank you for making our day very special."
    dined on 14/07/2013
  • "The location in Kenilwirth is such that it is not struck by traffic on the high street and the decor and ambience is very good."
    dined on 12/07/2013
  • "We went for a 50 th birthday celebration. Booked table on line before hand - still rang to make sure it was OK. - nice guy on phone said. " don't worry - we will look after you ". Sat outside at a quite battered table - there were 5 in our party so they'd put two table together - which were different heights. Not so slick. However the waitresses were attentive, even if it did take 20 mins for drinks to arrive. Orders were placed , and turned up another 20 mins later- they were busy. Smoked salmon starter was really excellent and beautifully presented. Pork main meal same - not massive, but enough , and cooked expertly - pulled pork croquette was lovely. Everyone had a good meal and we will definitely go back for the food."
    dined on 12/07/2013
  • "Fantastic food and lovely surroundings - but as first time and potential repeat visitors we did not expect to be seated at a table immediately next to the kitchen and servery. The service was poor - wine glasses were removed from table without our being asked if we would be having any wine; the amuse-bouche arrived at the same time as the starters - and the staff didn't seem to understand why that was an issue; and generally we found the staff to be rather supercilious. The food was excellent, but the whole dining experience was spoilt by the poor service. We shall not be returning."
    dined on 29/06/2013
  • "The Cross is always a great experience for dinner out on special occasions. However i have always thought that the benches you sit on in the restaurant are too low and slightly uncomfortable. I always end up with back ache..."
    dined on 26/06/2013
  • "The service was poor. We had to wait 20 minutes for our table despite having pre booked. The white wine we chose was not cold and was poor quality. We had scallops for our first course, they were delicious but only lukewarm. Two of us had Turbot for our main course which was delicious. The other two had Ribeye steak which was of variable quality and quite tough in parts. Overall, we felt that the service was sloppy."
    dined on 08/06/2013
  • "The food was excellent and the service was generally good. However, when you turn up as a couple, I never like being seated right next to another couple when the restaurant is very quiet. There is really no need for this, it just makes life easier for the serving staff. Does limit conversation, I find, and I don't appreciate having to listen to the conversation on the next table. Saying that, as the restaurant filled up and the ambient noise level rose, it became somewhat more comfortable as an occasion. However, the food made up for that and I would readily visit again."
    dined on 30/05/2013
  • "Great food, wonderfully presented and really enjoyed the evening. We all cleared our plates and did that satisfied sigh after!"
    dined on 25/05/2013
  • "Website and printout stated the fixed price menu was available from 6-7pm (this was not the case when we arrived) Service was very good and great setup and location. Disappointed with certain elements of the dining, in particular the pasta dishes lacked any flavour and taste, expected a lot more based upon reputation but sadly would not consider dining there again when considering quality vs cost."
    dined on 03/05/2013
  • "Took my mum out for a birthday lunch at The Cross last Sunday, I don't live in the area and hadn't been before so I was really pleased to have made the right choice with booking The Cross at Kenilworth. We had a really enjoyable time. The atmosphere was warm and relaxed, the staff were very friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. I think for the quality of the food, which was all really fresh and beautifully presented, the Sunday lunch 3 courses for £20 is excellent value. Would recommend. If I lived a bit closer would return more regularly!"
    dined on 28/04/2013
  • "Went with aged parents for Sunday Lunch, which was excellent and very reasonable. Service was good throughout. Very pleasant decor"
    dined on 14/04/2013
  • "This was our second visit to the Cross. The welcome was warm and the service attentive but not intrusive. Food was very well presented and tasty. Hard to chose from so many things. Desserts were perhaps a bit TOO fancy, but we chose specials that were excellent."
    dined on 13/04/2013
  • "We've eaten at plenty of Michelin starred restaurants and so didn't expect lots from a restaurant selling starters at £6 and mains from £15. The flavours in the starter were as good as any we have tried, with the balance of flavours and refinement being the only thing different. The mains were also very good, with improvements to made to be excellent but very good value for money. You can get some terrible food in some terrible pubs for the same price as the cross. Service was good, but maybe the waiter/ess could have smiled a little more. We booked again straight away to come back in a few weeks. Overall, don't expect brilliance, but this restaurant sells very well cooked food at very reasonable prices."
    dined on 11/04/2013
  • "We went to The Cross for lunch on Sunday and felt underwhelmed by the whole experience. The food was alright, service ok and the surroundings adequate. If the cost was half the price we would have been impressed but at this price we expected more. Lunch wasn't terrible but was just average - the Cross is trying to be something it's not!"
    dined on 24/03/2013
  • "We eat here often as I believe it is the best place in Kenilworth. This time around we had 5/6 good dishes - one main was bad covered in charcoal type dust and just tasted bad. Nevertheless the desserts are divine and are a highlight of the cross. We will return again soon"
    dined on 20/03/2013