On this particular day, the timing made sense to meet at Rose & Crown, so we got the opportunity to check out a few menu changes on the pub menu.
Now, Epcot’s Rose & Crown Restaurant and Pub both have different menus, so don’t be shocked if your favorites don’t translate from one to the other!
We started out with a couple of drinks. My friend knew immediately that she wanted a Snake Bite and Black (equal parts lager and cider with blackcurrant cordial added as a sweetener). I, however, couldn’t make up my mind.
So I headed over to the bar to see my good friend Carl — who brightens my day EVERY time I see him — and charged him with choosing my drink for me. “Why don’tcha have a Pimm’s Cup?” he asked; and so it was. (Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is a gin-based drink, which here is mixed with Sprite.)
Now, on to that new menu I was telling you about. Things have changed slightly on the bar menu (don’t worry! The English Bulldog is still there!), and the cheese platter has been updated. We decided to order it, along with a side of house-made crisps.
The updated cheese plate includes three cheeses — a Cotswolds Cheddar, an aged Irish Cheddar, and Stilton blue. The three were served with onion jam, honey, a cold fruit chutney (which was actually quite sour), and a mix of Craisins and walnuts, along with small toast slices.
We dove into the cheeses and were very impressed from the beginning! The Cotswolds Cheddar was incredible! The flavor was heady and onion-y — but the texture was smooth, as though the hard cheese had been infused with sour cream or cream cheese.
The Aged Irish Cheddar was perfectly crumbly and strong-tasting — interestingly, this paired will with the Pimm’s Cup I was drinking!
And the Stilton blue is always a winner. They’d covered it with honey, which I loved; and I also added some dried cranberries and walnuts to the mix to give it even more layers. Yum!
While eating the cheese plate, we were also snacking on the delicious house-made Rose & Crown crisps. These aren’t too thick or to hard — not at all like kettle chips. They have a good, strong potato flavor, and make for a great bar snack.
But the main reason why I’m writing this post is to tell you about a major discovery we made on our visit to the Rose & Crown Pub that day! We created a brand new snack that was AWESOME (and I promise that’s not the Pimm’s Cup talking).
When we ran out of little toasties to put our cheese on, we started piling it onto the crisps (natural progression, no?). And when we tried that Cotswolds Cheddar on a crisp we were blown away. We knew we’d had the taste and flavor before, but none of us could remember where.
Then, all of a sudden, it hit us! Sour Cream and Cheddar Ruffles potato chips! That’s exactly what this tasted like, except…better! The combo of textures — that creamy richness of the cheese and the crunchy saltiness of the crisp — made for a seriously delicious bar snack.
So, while it’s significantly easier on your pocketbook to just head out to the grocery store and pick up a bag of Ruffles, should you find yourself at Rose and Crown with a hankering for something smooth, salty, and crunchy at the same time, consider making an order for these two snacks! It’s worth it! 😉
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