The Cross Hands is a pub and hotel situated directly on the A46, offering a wide variety of food and also a warm atmosphere.

Part of the Greene King chain, the pub has always had a good reputation in the area.

There is a large car park and plenty of tables inside, allowing it to accommodate large numbers of people.

I visited the Cross Hands at around 5pm on a Saturday afternoon, probably timing it just right between the lunch and dinner time crowds.

There was a few tables of people eating and a small collection of people at one of the two bars on offer watching the rugby on TV.

This could have been an issue with noise etc, however because of how large the pub itself there is a clear divide between the bar and the restaurant.

The menu offers a great range of food at reasonable prices, these can range from Italian dishes to your more traditional steaks and burgers.

There is also various options for people with specific dietary requirements.

There are numerous meals that can be adapted to suit those who require gluten free dishes, whilst there are alternatives for vegan and vegetarian customers.

On to the meals, we shared a Camembert with bread and celery to start and it was plenty for two people.

Sometimes this starter can be cooked wrongly however the Cross Hands got it spot on.

For main courses we went for two more traditional dishes.

I had the Hunter’s Chicken which was lovely and was presented well on the plate.

The other main that we had was a Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Burger which again was cooked very well and served in a lightly toasted brioche bun.

Both mains were very nice and were good value for money at around £10 each.

Whilst we could not be tempted by desserts the menu looked impressive.

On the list was cheesecake, brownie, ice cream and many more.

The reviews on trip advisor state that the pub is also a popular choice for Sunday lunch, whilst I can not confirm this it has plenty of good reviews online.

Another reason why the Cross Hands is so popular is because of its function as a hotel.

There are a number of rooms for people to spend the night which explains why it is sometimes used for bigger functions.

This is a great little pub that is positioned in a brilliant location for people across Gloucestershire, it is good value and very friendly.

A couple of other things to note would be that there is a lovely garden outside which during the summer months could be a nice place to spend an afternoon, and there is also reasonable access for disabled people.