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The Cross at Kenilworth, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
Award-winning

The Cross at Kenilworth

4.8
4.8
281 reviews
£41 and over
British
Located in the historic town of Kenilworth in the heart of Warwickshire, The Cross is an award-winning pub that combines Michelin-starred food with a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere.

Under the guidance of chef-director Adam Bennett, we have held a Michelin star for over nine years and are proud to boast three AA Rosettes. We received a Good Food Award Gold Seal in 2021.

The Cross is housed in a Grade II listed 19th-century inn and has been sympathetically restored to retain its heritage alongside contemporary touches that make it a fabulous place to enjoy great food, a casual atmosphere and informal but attentive service.

Our main dining room is a former school room that leads to a cosy and welcoming bar - previously a butcher's shop.

Another dining room overlooks the pass, where guests can glimpse the team of chefs busily at work.

We have a green and spacious pub garden, perfect for aperitifs, cocktails and post-dinner drinks.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Wed–Sat 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    01926 853840
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Our snug can seat between 6 and 10 guests.The restaurant can also be cater for exclusive events. - please call/email to discuss your booking enquiry
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2024
  • Area
    Kenilworth
  • Cross Street
    16 New Street<br />Kenilworth CV8 2EZ
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    BY CAR<br /><br />We have a spacious car park that can be found at the rear of the building and is available for the use of our customers.<br /><br />BY TRAIN<br /><br />The closest station to The Cross is Kenilworth Station, only one mile away (about a five-minute drive). For more regular trains and a greater number of destinations, we recommend Coventry Station, which is only 15 minutes away by car.
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Vegan

What 281 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Warwickshire

    Best Overall

  • Warwickshire

    Best Food

  • Warwickshire

    Best Service

  • Warwickshire

    Best Value

  • Warwickshire

    Innovative

  • Warwickshire

    Great for fine wines

  • Warwickshire

    Romantic

  • Warwickshire

    Good for special occasions

281 Reviews
  1. markj

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing lunch - top quality experience. Awesome food - we had the tasting menu. Great service and fabulous to chat with master chef Adam. Book book book !!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely experience - great food and service - loved the wine flight narrative - only gripe was if you are a table of 2 (like we were) you are on top of your neighbour - was really surprised at this - helpfully the staff addressed this moving us to a table which suited me. Definitely worth another visit but will be very specific about seating next time

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  3. Emma

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service! Loved everything about my evening at The Cross

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  4. ColinG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven't been for a number of years, so was lovely to go back, food was innovative - a range of tastes and textures and simply a pleasure to relax and enjoy. Staff were attentive and knowledgeable making the whole experience a real treat - thank you.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food exceptional. Staff are clearly very pleasant, and up to speed With telling you all the details about the food and wine.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An exceptional meal at The Cross, beautiful presentation of delicious food, topped by superb service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for my mums birthday. Epic experience from start to finish. Daniel, our waiter, was brilliant. Informed and indulgent with us. Would recommend highly - thanks crew.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional and loved the food too. The attention to detail was amazing.

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  9. RosemaryE

    Oxford

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a warm welcome at The Cross. The restaurant area is always clean , unfussy and comfortable Unobtrusive, pleasant, and very efficient staff deliver the most wonderful dishes. Exquisite food. Great ,top quality ingredients combined with expertise and imagination to produce an exceptional seasonal menu. Extensive wine and drinks list. Our favourite local restaurant. Worthy of its Michelin star

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic a birthday treat to my wife-service started well but lack of attention at times had to ask for a knife as not replaced after pre starter stuck to plate, had bread & butter but no knife- and water had to ask twice when not replaced within 5 minutes also had a long wait between end courses on tasting menu but still enjoyed it very much.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met all expectations. It was my second visit, sure we will enjoy again

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  12. AnnL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Disappointing. I had expected so much more. The meal was good but not great and my first course was tasteless! Accordingly, I found the lunch to be overpriced and I have certainly eaten better for far less. Perhaps as disappointing was the dining room in which my son and I were shown to. (he had travelled some distance to be with me). We were not given a choice of dining rooms- despite a very early booking. In our dining room the kitchen and chefs were in full view, the seating uncomfortable, dreadful music coming from the included bar area and overall dull, unattractive and lacking in character and comfort. The dress code to which we had adhered was not by the other guests in our dining room- so we might just as well have put on our tatty jeans and worn trainers! I found the booking system draconian ( the threat of my credit card being charged in the event of a cancellation 48 hours before - regardless ...) and I did read that if busy we might be asked to vacate the table after 2 hours! The young man who served us was polite, efficient and helpful and I was happy to pay the generous discretionary service charge incorporated into the bill. Needless to say my patronage ends here.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal. Service rather slow - looked there was a glitch with our order.

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  14. Morten

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with attentive care and excellent food and wine. Recommend

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  15. MercerM

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and wine, and very amiable staff. My guests very much enjoyed the lunch.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super Sunday lunch for Dad’s birthday. Food was delish AND beautiful. Hazelnut souffle was (quite literally) the nuts 👌🏻 Shout out to all the staff - really excellent service - attentive but not overly fussy.

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  17. CarolineK

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was fantastic as you would hope. The food was amazing we had the Sunday lunch beef which was melt in the mouth and everything was so good including the best cauliflower cheese and roast potatoes ever. All the little amuse bouche appetisers were delectable - croquettes and tuna tartar morsels as well as their own sourdough bread. The desserts were stunning and the tiramisu which I would never normally order had so many flavour layers, the hazelnut scuffle was light but decadent with the caramel sauce poured into it. Little artisan chocolates to finish off was a lovely touch but we had to take them home to eat as we were so full and satisfied!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most beautiful evening at The Cross. The whole ambience was very classy but relaxed and friendly, and the staff were so attentive, caring with amazing foresight (I was with a crutch!) and attention to detail (my friend had a birthday and there was a card on arrival and a beautiful Happy Birthday plate at the end). And to top it all off, the food was sublime. Beyond grateful.

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  19. MaryF

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a splendid meal and enjoyable evening. The food was excellent through each course both in terms of taste and presentation. The only issue we would raise is that we would have appreciated a palette cleanser before the dessert. The service was efficient and friendly and the flow of the meal was spot on. Finally, the ambiance was warm, welcoming and unpretentious. We look forward to coming again!

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  20. PaulS

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We received a voucher for the taster menu at Christmas and decided to use for a birthday treat. Whilst everything was perfectly cooked and had so much flavour , I couldn't fault anything. I also realise a taster menu is just that , a small portion of several dishes from the menu. But I do feel that the cost of the total bill (which included a £35.00 bottle of wine and a 12.5% service charge) of £301.00 for two people was very high. I would have preferred the choice of a 3 course meal á la carte . Which I think would show better value for money. My wife and I both felt that we left the restaurant having enjoyed all of the delicious tastes and flavours feeling , not hungry exactly, but there could have been more on offer for tasting. I would recommend The Cross to friends, but with warnings.

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  21. Jeanine

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really knowledgeable and friendly staff, perfectly shaken cocktails at the bar, amazing food, beautiful garden... what more could one want? It was a fabulous evening, and we will be back the next time we are in the neighborhood.

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  22. swinners

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Treated ourselves to the tasting menu with the flight of wines. Pricey. But a delightful range of tastes, flavours, sensations etc

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  23. AlastairM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary. The food and service were outstanding. The only thing I would change is that when we first sat down, music was playing, the type of music that made it feel more like a karaoke bar than a michelin star restaurant. That was quite unnecessary and the music was stopped later. Otherwise it was a perfect evening.

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  24. JulesT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table of 6 opted for the tasting menu for lunch, 3 with pairing wines. Staff were great, pace of service was excellent, food and fine fabulous. Some specific dietary requirements managed perfectly. Dining room and atmosphere was far, far nicer than the pictures suggested. A real gem!

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  25. StephanieB

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service , fabulous food , great choice of wines by the glass . The hazelnut soufflé was divine.

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  26. RosemaryE

    Oxford

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic lunch. All beautifully served in a lovely restaurant. Very nice touch to receive a personalised card to celebrate our friends’ anniversary. Really appreciated. Many thanks

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  27. AndyH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another superb meal served by attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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  28. CarolineM

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointed overall, arrived at 14.20 eventually got our starter at 15.30 which wouldn’t have been such a problem except the room was extremely cold which the staff agreed with but apparently it’s an old building !!! I’ll be surprised if this retains its Michelin star

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is always delicious and imaginative- we have never been disappointed. The staff are welcoming and the service faultless.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the ambiance and the service were excellent

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  31. HelenR

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There were 4 of us. Two arrived before official opening time, but were immediately welcomed and seated. One of us is disabled and appropriate seating was found straight away. The Cross is disabled friendly- a level entrance from the carpark suitable for wheelchairs, and a dining room at that level (also with disabled loo access). There is also a larger dining room with several steps up to the main entrance, but staff always at once open the lower entrance. The food was as always stunningly attractive and delicious, and three of us ate the incredible hazelnut soufflé for dessert. Beautiful canapés and petits fours add pleasure.

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  32. Kenneth9999

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have eaten here many times and every meal is outstanding, the Sunday roast beef is so good and melt in your mouth you don’t need a knife to cut it so tender

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  33. GillC

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful lunch at the Cross on my birthday. Not only was the food and service excellent but the staff made my birthday special. I would certainly recommend.

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  34. NoName

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening. Highly recommend the tasting menu with wine flight. Lightning could be a little more subdued.

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  35. SPMxxx

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is superb. Not cheap - but it's perfect for when you want a special celebration or to treat someone.

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  36. SimonK

    London

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Some amazing plates of food from a kitchen clearly at the top of their game. The parfait was perfect. Loved the monkfish. The hazelnut soufflé was absolutely sensational. Friendly and helpful team. One of the younger members might need a bit more practice on carrying and pouring drinks as there were a few spillages. If I had one gripe (and it’s a minor one) it would be the background music, which seemed to be some bland easy jazz. It really began to grate after a while. Is music necessary? There was plenty of buzz from the clientele

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  37. Jake

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, staff and overall experience. I would recommend and return to The Cross.

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  38. AdamF

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place, excellent service, even more excellent food

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  39. JCPJ

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Usually delicious, sadly not up to previous standards. Starters looked fabulous, however the tuna tartare had an overpowering earthy flavor, more than beetroot would normally provide. The monkfish main was salty and the dish as a whole lacked a variety of flavors and colors, that would compliment it and break up/balance the saltiness. Decor and table layout could do with some flair as its just a bit "pub", which is ok for a pie, mash and fire setting but not for a Michelin Star restaurant. The staff were tentative, polite and friendly.

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  40. Antandgaye

    Devon

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent and generous. We were looked after as if we were true friends.

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The Cross at Kenilworth is rated 4.8 stars by 281 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Cross at Kenilworth

16 New St, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2EZ

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2024
  • Cross Street
    16 New Street<br />Kenilworth CV8 2EZ
  • Area
    Kenilworth
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Wed–Sat 6:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    BY CARWe have a spacious car park that can be found at the rear of the building and is available for the use of our customers.BY TRAINThe closest station to The Cross is Kenilworth Station, only one mile away (about a five-minute drive). For more regular trains and a greater number of destinations, we recommend Coventry Station, which is only 15 minutes away by car.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Vegan
  • Phone number
    01926 853840
  • Private party facilities
    Our snug can seat between 6 and 10 guests.The restaurant can also be cater for exclusive events. - please call/email to discuss your booking enquiry
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