My husband and I had always wanted to have a meal here as looks so cosy and romantic. Booked at the beginning of December. Greeted and shown to table. I had a long coat on and had nowhere to put it as sitting on a bench. Literally had to ball it up and put it next to me. Menus bought over and drinks ordered - all good. A few more tables arrived - clearly regulars - were asked if they could take their coats, shown to table and told of specials and changes to the menu - which we hadn’t. Came to order 20 mins after drinks arrived, I said I had over heard changes not been told - no apology just a shrug. Starters pleasant, main was not and we both asked for it to be changed as it wasn’t as was we had been told and had a massive dollop of cranberry sauce in the middle which overpowered everything. I reordered steak and hubby ordered beef rib. Both nice. Wine we ordered at £26 for the bottle was very weak. Desserts were very good however. Bill came and 2 rounds of drinks added which we hadn’t had - again pointed out to receive a shrug of the shoulders! Just generally there was a lack of attentiveness here - regulars treated a lot better. We won’t be back which is a shame.
In December 2020, Julestri said:
We had an excellent meal at the Golden Cross.
It's a very old pub, but it's now a restaurant really. It's beautiful inside.
Watercress soup, pheasant, twice cooked chips, ginger snap and ice cream all delicious!
Very good covid precautions.
In December 2020, Katie Mason said:
We absolutely love this special place and always come for date nights. Staff are lovely, food is amazing it’s a gem of a place!
In November 2020, carolesT2567WM said:
We managed to have Sunday lunch here between lockdowns. Four of us had a really lovely experience. We all had starters, main course, dessert and coffee. The Sunday lunch was fantastic, really tasty and among the best we have ever had ( and we’ve had quite a few). We would all definitely recommend this venue.
In November 2020, Vincenzo Sclafani said:
Booked this place for our anniversary lunch after reading great reviews. Unfortunately we didn't receive the great experience that I've read about. The whole experience was average, the food was lovely but over priced for what we received. The server didn't really communicate well and had to ask for lunch menu another wise it was a la carte!! The venue it self was beautifully decorated, but not sure if we return anytime soon.
In September 2020, Dyspeptic_Spirit said:
A converted pub in the heart of Shrewsbury; this is a quaint and popular little venue.
None of the starters grabbed us so we kicked straight off with the Smoked Sweet Potato & Oxtail Tacos and the Wood Fired Tandoori Chicken with Bombay Potatoes. Both sounded a lot more exciting than they were (both were just a little bland) and the chicken was a little overcooked. For dessert we had the Creme Brulee with Peaches in Lavender and the Chocolate Banana Bread with Ice Cream & Caramel Sauce. Both were really nice with the creme brulee a highlight.
With a couple of beers, the final bill came to £58 which is reasonable. This is a reasonably priced and friendly restaurant with good service but the food for me is just a little below par.
In September 2020, Clive E said:
Nice restaurant in the centre of Shrewsbury. Good selection of food accompanied with a goor beer and wine selection.
In March 2020, 97pete said:
Stayed at the Cross Saturday evening. Arrived lunch time and despite being busy were lucky to get a table for 2.
The lunch menu has a good variety of choise. opted for the Steak sandwich and Welsh Rarebit. Both superbly cooked, presented and really delicious.
The atmosphere is really relaxed.
great place to eat.
In March 2020, G7190NQamandam said:
We hadn't visited te Golden Cross foraging few years but visited to celebrate our friend's 50th birthday. Lovely setting, feels different to the norm. Attentive, responsive but relaxed service. Good seasonal choice on the menu and the food was delicious and beautifully presented. Thank you.
Only point was for a group of 7 (an awkward number) our table was a bit cramped.Highly recommend.
In March 2020, NickiB001 said:
I cannot put enough into words to describe this wonderful establishment.
It is a truly unique dining experience, which starts with the warmest of greetings from the lovely owners upon arrival and proceeds to offer an adventure into a world of culinary delights & beverages, which serve to compliment the imaginative and creative decor in the different dining areas. The amount of passion and hard work, which has gone into making this restaurant one of Shrewsbury’s best venues is evident for all to see & I would strongly recommend anyone who is a food and wine connoisseur to try it.
Thanks to Theresa, Gareth & their team for making my evenings over the years here so special.
In February 2020, PoppyUK1989 said:
A delightful restaurant right in the centre of town. A beautiful old building with a cosy interior. Delicious food and lovely staff.
In February 2020, 99joanneq said:
Enjoyed another wonderful meal here last weekend. Service is just perfect, you don’t feel mithered or rushed, but you are never forgotten about. Food is so beautifully cooked and always a lovely ambience in the restaurant.
In February 2020, CherryBerry800 said:
Tucked away down a small side street is this quaint hotel pub, that’s old and creaky. Through the heavy rustic wooden doors you enter into a small stylish eclectic restaurant. The ambient candlelight is enough to read the wine list at your leisure and take your time... for there is no rushing here.....
We went as a group of four and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely meal, good wine followed by coffees of our choice ... baileys, tequila and americano with cream. It took a little time to serve each course but then again why not? We had the whole evening to relax and enjoy in a comfortable interesting cosy setting full of history.
In February 2020, sjanie1 said:
Visited for lunch. Had the best squid we have had for ages. Light bites were really tasty and big portions.
Eclectic mix of furnishings inside. Very lovely.
In January 2020, C5308GFoscarc said:
Stepped in to be greeted by a wonderfully decorated period pub, warm and charming. Staff immediately greeted us and were very friendly and attentive. I had the pheasant special which was also superb with a great mix of flavours. I will definitely return!
In January 2020, Paul N said:
A lovely comfortable place with brilliant service and menu,food was great and not too pricey.
looking forward to going back next time we’re in Shrewsbury.
In January 2020, restaurantlover19 said:
Enjoyed a meal here with my wife last night and must say, after being disappointed with the quality of food in some of the local restaurants repeatedly in the last couple of months, we didn’t hold out much hope - what a surprise! Our food was absolutely DELICIOUS! Every course was superb, perfectly cooked and seasoned and unpretentious and flavourful. Service was efficient and friendly, the owners were delightful and the restaurant had a lovely ambience. Will definitely be back and will recommend to others... not that they need me to, they were full to the rafters!
In January 2020, geraldmA9581TX said:
Visited the golden cross for lunch .looked enticing from the outside. Thought it was a pub bar as well as restaurant. I was surprised as we entered .the decor and seating is quite weird .the propietors were friendly and welcoming. The menu was varied .ordered the coq au vin . Overpriced for an average meal .at these prices for mains they need to offer a little more .
In January 2020, aldavril said:
Just delightful. It’s so cosy and inviting. We only stopped for a drink but it makes you feel so very comfortable. The furnishings are so different to anything else. Lovely welcoming host. Most enjoyable. Had a look at the menu. Lots to chose from.
In December 2019, 60deannap said:
Attractive room, with individual style, super food (best Sunday lunch) and lovely staff. The front room is smalll with lots of character.
In December 2019, pammaj0r said:
Teresa and Gareth make sure that you receive a warm welcome, fabulous food and lovely atmosphere. We eat here on a regular basis, and when my family visit en mass we stay in the super accommodation.
Thank you for all the effort you put in to making this for us "Simply The Best"
In December 2019, robsZ2289HC said:
Teresa and Gareth create a warm welcoming atmosphere that is unique in town, so different from the many chain brand eateries as they are proud of what they offer. The food is always very good with a menu changing with the seasons. It’s cosy, intimate and well worth a visit.
In November 2019, bizzieliz said:
Four of us went. We ate a variety of starters mains and puddings, and all were lovely. I had black pudding and poached egg and pancetta on a Staffordshire oatcake with Hollandaise sauce. This was not as overwhelming as it sounds as the oatcake was small and there was one egg. It was all perfect. The pate with ginger pickle and brioche was raved about, as were the mushrooms. All the mains were lovely. We all had things we wouldn't eat at home. Pumpkin gnocchi with chestnuts and dolcellatte was stunning. The pork was raved about, as was the venison with dauphinoise potato. The puddings were beyond me, but were enjoyed by others. We got good advice on wine. Cheerful service. It was a lovely evening. Thank you.
In November 2019, erinheyden said:
The golden cross was absolutely fabulous from begining to end. Varried menu with great range of starters, mains and deserts, the food is brilliantly balanced and unpretentious. I had the pork belly with black pudding potato cake, bakes apples and red wine jus and it was delicious, great selection of wines and the ambiance and service was just lovely! amazing, warm, inviting place to spend an evening! If you are planning a special evening or trip to Shrewsbury it would be cirminal not to go here.
In November 2019, StewartL125 said:
Table of 6 for a 77th birthday Celebration. Nothing was too much trouble. Service was efficient friendly and helpful. Menu was diverse and veggie and gluten free friendly which was great as the birthday boy has gluten intolerance. The hosts were so friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent so too was the ambiance. We will all be back.