The Golden Cross Hotel

4.6/5 based on 575 reviews
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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.
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We saw this Hotel when we were staying somewhere else in Shrewsbury and we had a lovely lunch,great food ! We enquired about rooms for the next visit. We stayed in the four poster suite upstairs above the spooky walkway through to the church, very posh.
Look out for the low beams !
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We were four ladies looking to meet somewhere geographically in the middle of where we live and the GC was recommended to us. Top recommendation. It was absolutely perfect. Visited on 2nd Nov. Cosy and intimate atmosphere. Lovely buzz from other tables but very easy to hear our own conversation. Service was brilliant, from reservation to the end. Food was delicious. We were a bit of a pain (too much talking and not enough choosing of dishes etc.) but we were not made to feel rushed. We would love to go back. I have already recommended the GC to others. Also, the whole place oozes history and character. It’s been a drinking establishment for over 500 years apparently!
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After wandeling for hours through beautiful shrewsbury we needed lunch. Most restaurants turned us away because we have a dog along. Not so at the golden cross. The food was great and the atmosphere as well.
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Really really really enjoyed our evening at Golden Cross. Ambience was great, relaxed and a touch chic. Food was excellent for all of us - which we hugely enjoyed. Service attentive and friendly. Will certainly be back.
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21 of us came to the Golden Cross for a 90th birthday celebration. What a treat! Lovely function room, great atmosphere, brilliant service and truly wonderful food.
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Second time we’ve eaten here: one Sunday lunch and one midweek dinner. Both were great. The belly pork is excellent and the shoulder of lamb very tender. Service is very attentive without being intrusive and the dining room is quirky, full of character with the tables not densely packed. Would definitely recommend and return.
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We booked just a day ahead and were offered two dining times. This, to me, always suggests that the establishment consider how to ensure the kitchens are not unduly pressurised and hopefully leads to a relaxed evening. This was indeed the case. The venue itself is a little bohemian, a little shabby chic, and a lot in atmosphere! A great place to dine. We were shown to our table and we were asked for our drinks order. The reisling requested was not available but the picpoul was a perfect replacement. Starters of battered squid, pate and gurnard goujons were excellent both in quality and quantity. The mains of haddock and chips, fish tacos and burger were also fantastic. We were unable to manage desserts but strong but not bitter espresso rounded off a great meal. The service was attentive but not obsequious and the meal was great value for money. If we return to Shrewsbury we will certainly dine here again.
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We were wandering around Shrewsbury's lovely, cobbled streets on our final hours in the town before catching our train back to south Wales. My wife spotted a frock shop and disappeared inside, so left to my own devices I continue along the back street and found this charming hotel. Popping my head around the door, I enquired if they served morning coffee and was told yes. Retrieving the missus after her expensive foray, we entered this beautifully, and interestingly, furnished hotel, quite inlike most others in the area. We took our tea and coffee in the tiny sunlight courtyard, decorated with large framed mirrors, wall plaques and small shrubs and flowers. Teresa and her husband, Gareth, retold some of the history of this famous ale house, with over 600 unbroken years as a licenced premises. Formerly used by the local friars associated with the adjacent, original St Chads which collapsed in the late 18th century,as a sacristy, and also a favoured meeting place of the Royalists loyal to Charles 1st, until the Commonwealth soldiers arrived and sacked the town, this building has witnessed many trials and tribulations over the centuries. Now a charming and well-placed hotel, tucked away in quite back streets, this is a must stay for us on our next visit to this fascinating historical town. Looking forward to eating the menu!
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At a loose end and popped in. Lovely idiosyncratic restaurant and a good welcome. Lovely courtyard where I decided to eat. Prompt attention and a lovely and varied menu. I opted for smoked brisket. On request a good selection of bottled beers.
The food was well executed. Lovely full smoke flavours and long cooking were evident. The macaroni cheese was excellent.
Unusually the lemon tart was truly excellent. An exuberance of lemon with a truly short pastry rather than the usual soggy confection.
This place is a long running Shrewsbury classic that maintains its standards.
A delight and not to be passed by.
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Really fancied a steak, having a wander around town and saw the menu as soon as I saw the steak I was sold, 10oz handcooked chips green salad with a roquefort and pecan sauce, on entering it is akin to an antique shop, I was served by a lovely young lady who clearly knew the menu answering the couple of questions I had, my steak arrived quickly despite a couple of larger groups ahead of myself, my food looked very well presented and tasted fantastic, the steak was obviously a good cut and cooked perfectly. I had no room for a desert and settled up, the food was reasonably priced and I knew the price when I ordered it, but the shock was £2.75 for a pint of soda and lime which I think is way off the mark and by profit probably makes it the most expensive drink in the place, I assume the couple behind the bar were the owners, the gentleman seemed only interested in what else they could sell, didn't feel welcome to be honest and with the huge amount of choice in the town I don't think I will return.
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I visited The Golden Cross last night with a group of family and friends to celebrate a birthday. I’ve been many times before and have always enjoyed the experience however on this occasion it excelled itself. The decor and surroundings are so welcoming - quirky yet tasteful with fur throws and cushions adding to the comfortable ambiance.
However it was the food that stole the show!! What an inspired menu! Only problem was, it made choosing only one dish a difficult task. For starters we solved that dilemma by having shared boards of a number items including oriental dim sum dumplings with a delicate ginger dipping sauce, asparagus with soft poached egg, burrata and the most delicious olives I’ve ever tasted! We finally selected main courses and everyone claimed theirs to be perfect!! My smoked beef brisket on macaroni cheese with apple coleslaw was heaven and I sampled the belly pork which oozed flavour with a thin, delicate glazed crackling that was brittle and perfect!! We ended with some cheese. Although the desert menu was equally tempting, we just could not do it justice. Thank you Theresa, Gareth and all the staff at The Golden Cross for a perfect and highly memorable evening!!
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We ate a very enjoyable meal in comfortable in cosy surroundings and were made very welcome. The food was mostly traditional with a tasty twist. I had gurnard goujons with sauce gribiche, then Lancashire cheese pie and my son had Roquefort cheese cake with pickled pear (very interesting) and roast belly pork. It was also good to find a restaurant serving hand pulled ale. The portions were good and there was a good portion of cabbage and carrots too. I was pleased to be able to change boiled potatoes for roast.
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Visited here last month with friends and met up here again as we love it. The food is always excellent and the menu is seasonal and fresh. Service top notch as always. The brisket with mac n cheese was to die for as well as the cheese pie. Hope to visit there again shortly.
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Visited with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter for dinner. Food was simply great and service spot-on. Will certainly visit again when we are in Shrewsbury.
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This place is simply amazing, everything is absolutely spot on. Could go on but don’t need to. BEAUTIFUL FOOD, EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE.
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Ate two main courses on a Saturday lunchtime. Excellent quality, not cheap but ok price.
Young girl serving was rubbish, showing no attention, plonking plates down and walking away.Older lady was gushing over customers she knew but not otbers
Seems like tbe owners have been here a long time and need a refresher in customer service.
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We've lunched/dined here quite often and the food and service are always first class. Yesterday was no exception; we were a party of four including, for the first time, a Vegan (we flagged this up when booking). The proprietress had kindly laid on some apprpriate courses for him. We were all very happy with the cuisine, the service and the hospitality afforded to us by the prprietress and her staff (which included a convivial chat after the meal). We are looking forward to our next visit.
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Visited for dinner with friends who live locally.....and what a gem of a restaurant!
All four in the party had something different and all thoroughly enjoyed every course.
As a starter i had the Beetroot Arancini which was excellent, whilst other had Ribs or cured salmon.The mains eaten were Lamb confit, and two fish dishes whilst i had the Gammon.
It was the presentation and wonderful use of seeds and pine nuts that gave it such an excellent flavour.Desserts were shared and enjoyed and the wine list varied and well priced.
The service was discrete and the fact that you could talk and hear each other was something that is rare these days in restaurants.
A great evening !
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Fantastic food and service. Love the atmosphere of the place. Staff is very thoughtful. Thank you for a great meal!
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We walked past The Golden Cross one evening in January and it looked so warm and inviting that we knew we would visit one day. Well today was the day and we were not disappointed. We all had different dishes (starter, mains and dessert) and each was mouth wateringly delicious. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. We will certainly be back.
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We stumbled upon this restaurant and were overwhelmed with the quality of the food, the professionalism of the staff, who actually knew about the food they were serving, The surroundings were quirky but comfortable. I couldn’t fault it. Being a vegetarian you get used to having the normal vegetable lasagna etc, but the choice was good and the flavours were out of this world.
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We had lunch in this 500-year-old pub. Being just of the main thoroughfare meant when we ate here the place wasn’t very busy.
I guess you can only comment on the experience you have on the day, and our experience was very pleasant. The food was very good; the ambience relaxing; the hosts amenable, and the costs acceptable.When next in Shrewsbury we would certainly consider eating here again.
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My wife and I went to the Golden Cross after not being there for a long time. The service was good and very pleasant. I had the crispy squid and my wife had avocado tempura both of which were very good. I had the pork and my wife the fish which were also good. We had a nice bottle of wine and it was a very pleasant evening.
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Called in at lunch time while having a blast from the past visit to the town. We had a wonderful welcome in this tastefully decorated Inn. We had a lovely table close to the bar and were quickly offered the more than adequate menu. Everything we had off the small menu section was superb. We are looking forward to another visit when we can sample the full menu and enjoy a bottle or two of wine. If I lived in Shrewsbury think The Golden Cross would be top of my list for meals out. We would be so happy if this lovely place was in the small market town where we live.
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