The pub, which has also been awarded the title of Worcestershire Dining Pub of the Year, comprises five small rooms, all individually furnished.
With a host like this, you can tell it is going to be a good lunch. Jo, who is immaculately turned out, is preparing for the arrival of a special high strength Hobgoblin beer for Halloween.
The couple met, inevitably, at a pub. Roger was then chef de partie at Le Gavroche in London and was drinking with mates at The Fox at Stourton. Jo was there with a group of her friends. It proved to be the sweethearts' match of the day.
These are exciting times for Roger. England expects. But so do pub diners.
"I was a Bryan Robson type of player," says Roger.
After a pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord, Jo encourages me to try a glass of locally brewed Mellow Yellow.
Although his younger brother Jon went on to play professional football for Shrewsbury Town, Roger, a dynamic midfielder, did not get a chance to shine in front of the Holte End.
There is push button on the wall, a relic of pre smoking ban days when gents used to close the heavy dark door and ring for assistance when their glasses needed refilling.
Tremendous care has been taken with the decor and furnishings.
However, the Bell Cross has just won promotion to an entirely new level.
Roger's "day job" involves running a couple of pubs in Worcestershire Omega Seamaster Professional Nato Strap the Bell Cross at Holy Cross, near Clent, and The Chequers at Cutnall Green.
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Her contribution to the success of the business cannot be overstated. Significantly, it is Jo's name that is above the door as licensee.
"I think we'll serve it with fish and chips and limit people to two pints," she says with a wry smile.
It is a fitting comparison as Robson, the bubble permed ex Baggies player and manager, is one of the many England football captains Roger has cooked for during his tenure as official chef to Omega Seamaster Orange Blue
If Jo ever tires of the pub trade, a career in interior design beckons for the former hairdresser turned hospitality queen.
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This early 19th century building has just been named as the best pub in Britain by The Good Pub Guide.
Hooks hang down from gnarled beams in the front room, recalling its former use as the village butchers.
Visiting on a Sunday, just days before the award is announced, it is not difficult to see why the judges were so impressed by the food and ambiance created by Roger and his Omega Seamaster 007 Replica
Lovely, eye watering pinks prevail in a room that used to function as the ex landlord's private lounge.
They are typically English rural boozers, places for rest, reflection and refreshment.
We dine in the old Smoke room, which is "easy on the eye" contemporary, with browns and bare tables.
Roger says: "I am very lucky that I have got a wife that puts in so much effort and enthusiasm and allows me to do what I do [with England]. We have a good relationship."
sight to delight: an old fashioned bar with hand pumps serving great beers.
the national team.
Next March, Narbett will mark 21 years in the job and just a few months later he will head to South Africa to feed and water Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard et al as they seek to lift the World Cup.
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