Awarded Michelin status in 2014, The Cross in Kenilworth is a culinary adventure in a stylishly traditional pub
Photographs by Jamie Gray
Within one year of opening, The Cross in Kenilworth was thrust into the national spotlight after receiving a prestigious Michelin Star. Things have not quietened down since, with consistently high standards and more awards making the restaurant one of the most sought-after dining experiences in Warwickshire. The popularity results in the need to book early as a meal at The Cross is likely to need forward planning. The food is masterminded by a talented team of chefs, headed by Adam Bennett, who has been featured as a guest on Saturday Kitchen Live.
Entering the stylish former pub from the road, you are welcomed into the restaurant’s bar room which has faithfully retained the feeling of a country pub. On tap are real ales sourced locally, and high wooden stools to perch on. You are free to have a drink here for a while, soon you are collected by a smart and polite waiter and taken to your table.
The main dining room with its oak panels and plum painted wall makes one feel extremely comfortable. If you’re seated in the other dining room behind the bar, you’ll have a full view of the kitchen pass, where you will see chef Adam or one of his carefully selected proteges create some of the finest food in the country.
The service at The Cross is extra special – most of the staff are sourced from Europe where as we know, hospitality is a professional career. Your food will be presented to you with as much passion and pride as the chef put in to making it.
The A La Carte menu features delights such as cured salmon from Loch Duart for starters, with slow roasted ox cheek mains, or duck breast with fermented barley, hispi and cider sauce. Prices are £10-12 for starters, and main courses approx £26.
The Cross is an informal and relaxed opportunity to experience Michelin Star food at an affordable price. Don’t let it go to waste, book today; thecrosskenilworth.co.uk