The Cross Pub/Restaurant Review
The Cross pub/restaurant is a fabulous blend of contemporary furnishings and original features, nestled in the heart of Kenilworth. It has a great atmosphere and was really buzzing when we arrived. We were seated and given menus both for food and wine – the wine list was extensive and had a great mixture of New World and more traditional wines.
We chose a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and then started to decide on our choices from the small but interesting array of dishes.
A selection of breads were brought to the table and after much debating we had made our final decisions.
I chose a crab ravioli which was served with fennel and a spiced crab veloute as I am a huge seafood fan. My partner selected the crispy duck egg accompanied by smoked haddock and leeks. They arrived promptly and presented to a very high standard. The dishes were an exquisite blend of flavours – and thoroughly enjoyable. We were given another starter before our main courses, which we had not ordered and was a delicious surprise.
The sea reared trout with couscous, endive and blood orange was amazing – I believe it is normally served as a main course, and I would recommend it to anyone, as it really was an unusual dish with a great assortment of ingredients.
The waiting staff were very helpful and friendly and were able to give good advice on wines and food.
They brought us a glass of red wine to accompany our red meat which we had chosen for our main courses.
My main course was a fillet and cheek of beef with glazed carrots, pickled walnuts with mashed potatoes. The meat was very tender and literally melted in the mouth and the vegetables were cooked to perfection – it is highly apparent that the ingredients used are all of a very high standard and very fresh.
My partner had an 8oz Aberdeenshire Fillet Steak which was served with onion rings, chips, wild mushroom compote, green salad and a Bordelais sauce.
This whole dish had been carefully prepared and again was cooked and served to a very high standard.
We did not have room for any desserts – but I am sure they would have been delicious.