REVIEW: The Rose & Crown Dining Room is a Great Way to Try Classic British Food
A few weeks ago, we dined at The Rose & Crown Dining Room before seeing The Candlelight Processional. You read read about our experience for that here. For the event, we decided to use the dining package which gave us reserved seats, but one of the better things about the package is you get to eat a three course meal for a flat rate. At $57 per person, we were able to receive reserved seats for a Candlelight Processional show and dine at the Rose & Crown with the ability to choose anything on the menu and not worry about cost. This gave is a wonderful chance to sample quite a bit at the restaurant, which we had never dined at before. And I have to say, after eating there, we will definitely be returning!
We arrived at dinner, which was a 3:50 reservation, and decided to grab a few drinks at the Rose & Crown Pub. Now, if you have never had a chance to experience this bar, it is definitely a must. Thanks to the boisterous atmosphere and a live piano player, you feel as though you are in England as soon as you walk inside! Now you won’t be finding any fancy cocktails in this bar. It is very much a classic pub style full of British beers and liquors. I decided to try a new drink for myself and ordered a Black Velvet, which was Guinness on top of Strongbow Cider and it was delicious!
When our buzzer went off, we were sat on the outside of the restaurant under the overhang with a nice view of the World Showcase and its lake. I decided to try two other new drinks for myself, a Black & Tan, Guinness and Bass Ale, and the Golden, Bass Ale on top of Stella Artois. Both were great.
With our dinner package, we were both able to order three things on the menu. So for our appetizers, we ordered the Scotch Egg and the House-made English Meat Pie. The Scotch Egg is a Golden-fried Hard-boiled Egg wrapped in Sausage Meat with Mustard Sauce. It was an item I’d seen offered plenty, but was never brave enough to try. And the Meat Pie is a Pork Pie with House-made Picalilli and Pickled Onions. The filling was very flavorful, but I think the crust alone made the dish. It was light and flaky, exactly what you’d expect from a homemade pie. Both of our appetizers were delicious and there was more on the menu we wanted to try!
For my entree, I ordered the Pork Two Ways. This contains a Grilled Pork Chop with Pear Cider, braised Pork Belly, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and a Pear Chutney. I’d had pork belly before and it was incredible. Usually, I’m not the biggest fan of pork chops, but this one was great. The sauce and pear chutney on top really made the dish. And of course the pork belly was tender and full of flavor. I would definitely order it again. My fiance ordered the Grilled New York Strip Steak & Fried Fish and loved it. This came with Loaded Yorkshire Pudding, Seasonal Vegetables, and Jameson Irish Whiskey-Peppercorn Sauce. I’m not a red meat person, but she really enjoyed it. The fried fish was delicious of course. What is really great was the fact that we had difficulty choosing what to order. The menu has so many great offerings. We could return two more times and not have to repeat our selections.
Finally, it was time for dessert. I got the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which is a Steamed Pudding “Cake” served with warm Vanilla Custard and hot Butter-Rum Sauce. It was absolutely marvelous. I would not hesitate to order it again. My finace is a chocolate person and ordered the Banoffee Tart. This is a cream dessert with Banana, Jameson Irish Whiskey-Caramel, Sweet Cream, and Chocolate. I tried a piece of it and you could really taste the Jameson in the cream. Definitely strong flavors. It wasn’t my taste, but she really loved it.
Overall, we had a great time at the Rose & Crown Dining Room. The food was excellent and our server was great. We’re slowly making our way around the World Showcase restaurants and have many more to try, but this is one we’ll definitely be returning to.