The Bell and Cross at Clent
Dining at The Bell and Cross is a celebration of high quality modern British food.
The Bell and Cross is a 19th century, grade two listed building. Sympathetically renovated in 2018, retaining the historical features and charm it has long been famed for. Embracing the buildings original layout, the restaurant is split into three dining rooms, creating an intimate and relaxing experience.
With an enviable outdoor space, the vibrancy and style of the restaurant extends out into the garden and the classic bar area and original smoke room will take you back to a traditional pub.
Due to the challenges faced during Covid-19, the garden has seen significant investment to ensure our customers can safely enjoy their experience. Guests are served in the garden and the introduction of an app-based ordering service has been introduced. For those not keen to order online, orders can be placed observing social distancing rules at The Horse Box Bar.
From a long line of culinary experts, Joe started cooking at the age of 10 in his Grandfather's restaurant, Browns in Worcester where his passion for the industry was born.
Joe, who grew up in Worcestershire, attended Birmingham College of Food, now University College Birmingham, which he retains a strong relationship with to this day as part of an apprenticeship and mentoring program.
Running his first kitchen at the age of 22, Joe was Head Chef at Kingsleys in Sydney Australia, catering to a long list of celebrity clientele. But Joe credits his long-term mentor Toby Fletcher at The Venture Inn at Ombersley with showing him what it is to juggle a passion for cooking with the streamlined efficiency required to make a good kitchen a great one.
Returning from Australia in 2015, he worked in some of the Cotswolds most well-respected Gastro Pubs before setting his sights on owning his own restaurant with a focus on great fresh, local produce and innovative culinary techniques.
In 2017, The Bell and Cross, a pub he visited with his family frequently as a child, closed its doors and through the months it stood empty as it was primed for a complete overhaul. When Joe finally got the keys, the scale of the work ahead left him undaunted and with the unrelenting support of his parents and siblings he set about turning it into the popular pub it is today.
Two years in, The Bell and Cross hasn't stopped evolving and the praise it now celebrates is testament to the commitment and hard work of the team Joe proudly calls his work family.