I have a love/hate relationship with Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room, and I’m currently in love. Blissful, British-y love.
This tidy little pub and dining room set on prime World Showcase Lagoon real estate really does approximate a pub you’d find in the UK today. Although I’m not sure they have pub quizzes…which they should have. Does anyone know if the Rose and Crown has pub quizzes?
The site is split between the pub, which sits on the street-side of the building, and the dining room, which sits on the lagoon side of the building. The two have separate entrances; to head into the pub, use one of the front doors on the street-side of the building. To check-in for a table in the dining room, look for the check-in desk next to the pub, by the patio.
The pub is open to anyone, anytime. While you’re there, head over to the bar to see if Carl is heading up the team that day. He’s an incredible person with a great story…and a ‘gator-wrestler to boot!
Hang around to check out the decor, or stop by in time to catch the Hat Lady’s act! (I hear you can win a free drink during her Disney Trivia shows!)
While the pub does serve a small selection of appetizers, you can also always head over to the Yorkshire County Fish Shop next door for some fish and chips!
In the dining room (reservations aren’t required, but they are recommended), dark woods, stained glass, and old (looking) windows with wooden casings set the stage. The feel is casual and boisterous — it’s a fun place too dine and the food is simple, but delicious.
Wrapped around the outside of the dining room is a huge patio, which practically doubles the seating area of the restaurant and also offers some fantastic fireworks views in the evening. (Click here for more in-depth info on the best ways to secure one of these viewing spots for your evening meal.) Patio seating is first-come, first-served; if you’d like to sit on the patio, be sure to request it when you check-in for seating.
While guests seated inside the dining room might be able to spill out onto the patio for the fireworks show, there’s usually not enough room for everyone out there without getting in the way of the patio-seated guests. Great fireworks viewing is overwhelmingly a request, and only a small percentage of guests will actually get lucky on any given evening.
Eats and Drinks
Being as authentic a pub as possible in Disney World means including some standards from over the pond on tap:
You’ll also find some interesting whiskeys and blends on the menu:
As always, for links to full, updated menus along with info about the restaurant and discounts, check out our Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room page in our Disney World Table Service Restaurants Guide.
Because I (and various family members) have had a few meals at Rose and Crown since I started this blog, I’m able to give you quite a round-up of food photos! While the quality of Rose and Crown has varied significantly over the past 10-12 years (there was a period of about 5 years when I wouldn’t even eat there because it had gone so far downhill), the kitchen seemed to be in better working order on my last few visits over the past two years. The food is better than it has been, and I now trust that if I make a reservation at Rose and Crown, I’ll be happy with my meal. That’s a bit of a disclaimer, however, because I do only dine there once or twice a year, so quality could be fluctuating again. Would love to hear your experiences in the comments section.
Beginning with appetizers, my favorites are the Rose and Crown Meat and Cheese Selection For Two and the delectable potato and leek soup. The former is an incredible array of meats, cheeses, pastry, sausage, gherkins, onions, chutneys, and more. If you’re a cheese plate fan (and you know I am), order this.
The soup is made with a quart of heavy cream, and you can TASTE it! This dish is so rich, I’ve met my match. I usually can’t stomach a full bowl, but the cup always leaves me wanting more.
If apps aren’t for you, start your meal with the delicious bread and butter at the R&C:
Then move on to the entrees! I usually have a hard time choosing between the Bangers and Mash and the Burger. Bangers and Mash is one of my favorite British classic meals — how can you go wrong with sausage and potatoes? The shallot gravy is thick and savory — a perfect accompaniment.
And while you wouldn’t expect the burger to be a favorite, this one is delicious. Served at lunch only, with bacon, cheddar, and house-made malted ketchup, it’s easily one of the best burgers in World Showcase. Plus, you get some delicious English chips along with it!
My husband’s favorite part of Rose and Crown is the Sunday Roast dinner, served with Yorkshire Pudding, Roasted Potatoes, seasonal Vegetable, and Shallot Gravy. The Yorkshire Pudding is his downfall on this one, but he raves about the beef as well. Remember, this one’s only served from the dinner menu!
Another favorite is the Cottage Pie — Ground Beef with Onions, Carrots, and Green Peas topped with Duchess Potatoes. There’s a long history between my family and the Rose and Crown Cottage Pie, so it’s usually on the table when my parents are visiting at the same time we are!
If you still have room for dessert, the Sticky Toffee Pudding is a standard British delight. This version is delicious, though I’m always wanting more custard! While this dessert isn’t the sweetest thing on the menu, the rich custard and toffee are an excellent ending to any meal.
If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, try the Lemon Pie. Heavy on the meringue and light on the lemon, this will give you a nice, sweet taste without the heavy, “can’t-move” feeling that a lot of super decadent desserts often impart.
If no-sugar-added is what you prefer, the Fruit Trifle is a good option. While this isn’t nearly as sweet as other desserts, it’s a refreshing dish — and quite large as well!
As I mentioned above, my love/hate relationship with Rose and Crown is largely due to some inconsistencies in quality over the past dozen years or so. For a while there I couldn’t trust this restaurant to make a decent meal, but lately I’ve been feeling the tide turn and I’ve been generally impressed with the food quality.
I’d like to hear your thoughts if you’ve been recently (or in the past) — the good, the bad, and the ugly! Let me know in the comments section below!