Review: Rose & Crown at Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room is a favorite of many Walt Disney World guests — and it’s easy to see why.

The charm of this table service restaurant is apparent from the curb, as the facades of the United Kingdom in Epcot’s World Showcase blend from one architectural era to the next. And inside the doors? The charm continues.

But all the charm in the world doesn’t mean a thing if the food isn’t good — and here, it’s good. Almost across the board, we’ve enjoyed our visits to Rose & Crown, no matter whether we dined in the Dining Room or in the Rose & Crown Pub that’s adjacent to the restaurant proper.

On our last visit, we tried a Battered Bangers and Mash dish in the pub, but on this most recent visit, we were in the mood for the Dining Room — and those entrees!

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

Atmosphere

Rose & Crown impresses from the jump, with the exteriors heavy and classic. We love the dark green window casings of the Rose & Crown Pub.

Rose and Crown

Rose and Crown

The main dining room features heavy dark woods in every direction. Plus there are homey details like decorative plates lining the walls.

Rose and Crown Dining Room

Rose and Crown Dining Room

With the right lighting, the ceiling moldings are really a stand out.

The main dining room is connected to the pub.

The main dining room is connected to the pub.

If you’re feeling outdoorsy, consider dining on the patio. And if you can score an Advance Dining Reservation for IllumiNations time? Request to sit outside with a **fireworks view** so you can have a World Showcase Lagoon-side view of the fireworks and laser show! You won’t get any guarantees from the host(ess), but it’s worth the ask!

Rose and Crown Patio

Rose and Crown Patio

Seating in the Pub is first come, first served, so no ADR required. But it can get crowded in there, and you might have a lengthy wait, so brace yourself. If all else fails and you must have some fish and chips, the Yorkshire County Fish and Chips quick service window is to the left of Rose & Crown and serves up super tasty bites.

View of the Pub and Bar at Rose and Crown

View of the Pub and Bar at Rose and Crown

If you do stop into the Pub, be sure to say hello to Carl! He’s a beloved Rose & Crown Pub institution and a true Disney legend!

Cheers with Carl at Rose and Crown

Cheers with Carl at Rose and Crown

Eats

The menu at Rose & Crown is predictably British, and it all starts with the Drink Menu. Ales, lagers, stouts, and whiskey reign. There’s also a wine list and some pub blends — plus non-alcoholic options.

Rose & Crown Drink Menu

Rose & Crown Drink Menu

The Menu features tons of British classics: Scotch Egg, Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage — the list goes on. So if you’ve always wanted to try one of these dishes (or you’ve already got a favorite), Rose & Crown is the place for you!

Rose & Crown Menu

Rose & Crown Menu

I went for a tasty bowl of Potato and Leek Soup. (We’ve got the recipe here, in case you’re inclined to make a pot of your own!)

Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup

This soup is thick and rich with subtle onion flavor from the leeks. It’s not the best on a hot Florida day, but on a rainy or chilly day it’s ideal. It’s really one of my favorite soups in WDW.

Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and Leek Soup

For the entree round, I had to go big, trying some classics (with a twist, in some cases!).

Rose & Crown Eats

Rose & Crown Eats

The Fish and Chips is insanely popular here, and it deserves its reputation for greatness!

Rose & Crown Entrees

Rose & Crown Entrees

Served up golden brown with lots of crispy bits to crunch on, the fish is crazy delicious.

Rose & Crown Fish & Chips

Rose & Crown Fish & Chips

And because they know what they’re doing here, the fish is also moist inside! And can we not forget those awesome chips, please? They’re thick, potato gold.

Rose & Crown Fish & Chips Interior

Rose & Crown Fish & Chips Interior

I tried the new-ish Vegetable Cottage Pie (we hear you, our intrepid vegetarian readers!) which is packed with seasonal vegetables in a cauliflower cream sauce. The topping is smooth mashed potatoes and some goat cheese. Chives bring some color and a bit more flavor.

Rose & Crown Vegetable Cottage Pie with Piccailly

Rose & Crown Vegetable Cottage Pie with Piccailly

The mashed potatoes are awesome, and the goat cheese that’s dropped on top adds a ton of flavor. (Mix it in a bit if you want to spread the cheesy love!)

Vegetable Cottage Pie

Vegetable Cottage Pie

The inside of is colorful, with lots of veggies (I spotted peas, carrots, zucchini, and summer squash), and the cauliflower cream sauce was good (not quite as flavorful as it could be). Maybe a cauliflower fan would enjoy it more than I did…

Interior of Vegetable Cottage Pie

Interior of Vegetable Cottage Pie

Alongside the Vegetable Cottage Pie is a small jar of piccalilli. This English-style pickle wasn’t really my thing, but it provided a burst of color and flavor contrast to the otherwise kind of one-note pie.

Piccalilli

Piccalilli

The Welsh Pub Burger comes with beer cheese sauce, so you know I had to get it. This is a tassssssty burger, y’all (I mean, chaps).

Welsh Pub Burger

Welsh Pub Burger

It even made our list of Best Burgers in Disney World!

The Angus beef patty is cooked to order and topped with the beer cheese sauce and beer-battered leeks. The Branston Mayonnaise is sweet chili flavored, so it’s got a great little punch of flavor, too.

(You definitely want to get extra sides of both the beer-cheese and the Branston Mayonnaise!)

Welsh Pub Burger

Welsh Pub Burger

I ordered Bubble and Squeak on the side. Traditionally this dish is made with potatoes and cabbage, but at Rose & Crown, there’s definitely potatoes, onions, and BACON — making this a great stick-to-your-ribs kind of dish. It isn’t the prettiest plate of food, I know, but there’s a lot of great flavor for sure!

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak

Desserts at Rose & Crown follow the theme of classic British eats with Sticky Toffee Pudding, a Chocolate Nougat Bar, a Lemon Scone, and an English Trifle.

Rose & Crown Dessert Menu

Rose & Crown Dessert Menu

You had me at Sticky Toffee Pudding. With extra hot buttered rum sauce. The steamed cake (pudding in Brit speak) is served atop vanilla custard. And this beauty is stunning.

It’s a guest favorite for sure, but the flavors might be a little different than what you’re expecting. Made with chopped dates, the cake itself is sometimes not as sweet as you’d expect. So order extra hot buttered rum sauce ;-D

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

The English Trifle was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. The components all sound great: strawberries, vanilla custard, graham crackers, whipped cream. But why wouldn’t you use a glass or bowl that shows the layers?

English Trifle

English Trifle

And while it tasted OK, it was kind of gooey mess. If you’ve got a picky eater, they’ll probably be okay with this one.

English Trifle

English Trifle

Ooh, that’s a meal, folks. So many good things to eat on the menu at Rose & Crown, you’ll have to go back again and again to try them all. And you’ll want to because the overall vibe here is so comfortable and warm, it’s like dining at your gran’s.

Nosh or Not?

Fly your Union Jack if:

  • You love classic British fare and gotta have some while on vacay!
  • You want some consistently tasty table service while touring the World Showcase.
  • You are hoping to score IllumiNations viewing from the patio.

Travel onward if:

  • British cuisine just isn’t your thing.
  • You prefer to dine on slightly more unusual fare, like Spice Road Table or Tokyo Dining.
  • You’ve got too many attractions to enjoy and can only squeeze in quick service eats.

Overall

With so many excellent places to dine in Epcot, you might have a hard time deciding where to go. But Rose & Crown makes a strong case for a valuable ADR every. single. time. The food is always done perfectly, and the atmosphere is cozy. We’ll be back.

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What’s your favorite Rose & Crown food memory? Tell us about it in the comments! 

Comments

  1. Doug Reichl says

    Rose and Crown was a regular stop for my family, until they removed the Steak from the menu. I was told that management wanted to make Rose and Crown more authentic to what you would see in a British Pub. In my opinion it was a big disappointment. I have 3 trips planned to visit Disney World in the next 12 months and I will not be eating at the Rose and Crown during any of the trips.

  2. Jeff says

    Doug,
    it sounds like Rose and Crown is doing exactly what they should in keeping their menu authentic to their country.
    It actually makes me want to go there more.
    You’ll have no problem finding steaks elsewhere.

  3. Mark says

    We lived in England for six years and have been to EPCOT something like 200 times and we’ve never been in this place. Spice Road Table and Tokyo Dining aren’t unusual, there just good. A pint does sound good. Had one with lunch for many of those six years in the pub we had lunch in.

  4. Paul says

    We are big fans of the Scotch egg, but not of much else on the current menu. We have been going to the Rose and Crown for dinner nearly every trip, but have been disappointed by the current menu, especially the Fish and Chips. The portion has really shrunk! I have found that they are better, larger, hotter and less expensive from the take-out window. However, I’m a big fan of the pub side of the R&C – a pint of Guinness and a Scotch Egg!

  5. Patricia C says

    Have never eaten in the pub, but my family and I always stop at the take-out window for fish & chips, and we LOVE them. It’s a must-do every time we visit. The fish & chips plus a Black & Tan from Carl are WDW staples for us!

  6. josh says

    Have always enjoyed it here but lately has not been up to par. And have I have to disagree with the review about the french fries, they are about as cheap and bad as it could get. Disney can do better, and they use to.

  7. Victoria Moore says

    We just had lunch here. Bangers and mash were good. The potato leek soup great, the cheese plate is wonderful!

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