Good Eats At The Rose & Crown

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Officially dedicated on October 19, 1982, along with  the rest of the United Kingdom Pavilion, the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room has been around as long as Epcot.  It’s just one of those restaurants in Walt Disney World that is immensely popular. The outdoor seating areas are considered to be among the most coveted spots to be during IllumiNations.  It has a very authentic British pub look and feel both inside and out, and with its position inside the UK Pavilion it is clearly designed to attract visitors.

I’ve managed to eat there at several times along the way as both a kid and an adult, and I’ve seen the food quality come and go over the years.  In fact, my wife, Cheryl, and I had been avoiding it in recent years as not long after she first got sick we had a really bad dining experience there.  As such it simply moved to the bottom of our “to do” list.  Recently, our friend Kim, whose mom has dietary restrictions, suggested that we return as they had had a really great experience.

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As a result, Cheryl and I had been looking for an opportunity to return, and just a few weeks ago we had that chance along with fellow staffers Henry, Scott, and Scarlett.  In typical manner a reservation for two jumped to 4 to 7 and then finally to 10. After sitting in the pub area a bit we were finally seated in the dining room.

As is now the standard fashion for reservations indicating special needs diets at Disney World restaurants, our seating ticket – usually left on the table by the host or hostess – was stamped with “ALLERGIES” by the greeter.  You can learn more about how to indicate this on your reservation from a blog post I wrote last year on Dining With Special Needs.

When the server takes the ticket, and they see the stamp, they immediately take the time to identify those with dietary restrictions – in this case, Cheryl.  The server will often try to pinpoint the trigger items (dairy, peanuts, etc.) and bring them to the attention of the Chef who will then come out to talk with those who are restricted.  In Chery’s case she eats vegan when not at home (she has dropped fish from her list) and gluten & dairy free always.  They will then work together to create a meal that she can eat.

This time around one word caught my ear in their discussion: lentils – a personal favorite.  And what she got was this very appealing creation.  It was some tofu topped with potato slices, vegetables, and mushrooms sitting on a bed of cooked lentils.  It’s a wonder a dish that looks this gorgeous isn’t a regular menu item.  Cheryl wanted me to make sure that I mentioned how much she loved this dish as it was a real highlight for her.  I had a few forks full of it myself and I can tell you that it tasted as good as it looks.

For my own dinner I had the Chicken and Sweet Potato Pillow.  I hadn’t seen a picture of this dish in advance so what I pictured when ordering was much different than the way the dish actually is.  The chicken itself wasn’t anything special – it is the same deboned chicken that is now prevalent at most WDW restaurants (there is a single bone left in the wing).  It was baked, unassuming, and plain – saved by it’s crispy skin.  However, it bears mentioning that Sweet Potato Pillows rock.  Seriously, I said to the server that they should be serving them from a kiosk during Food & Wine.  They should be a staple item, and I would have gotten a stack of them alone if I could.

Some others dishes that were ordered were: Filet of Beef (smothered in cheese), Guinness Stew (served in a bread bowl), Surf & Turf (grilled steak with fried fish), and Sheppard’s Pie.  It seemed that everyone enjoyed their meals.

Also depicted are some of the desserts you can order: Fruit Trifle, Chocolate Scotch Cake, and the very popular Sticky Toffee Pudding (photos by HarshLight).

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In addition to food, and a full service bar, the pub area also has entertainment in the form of the Hat Lady.  Storyteller and singer with a cheerful disposition her piano playing and commentary will have you singing and laughing right along with her.

Cheryl and I had a great meal this time around, and we plan start going to Rose & Crown more in the future.

What about you? Have you been to the Rose & Crown?  Do you like it?  Dislike it?  Only stop there for drinks?  Would you try it again?  Why?  I could go for a Black & Tan right about now.

Todd Perlmutter

Todd is a Central Florida local who just so happens to be a mega geeky Disney, tech, and gaming nerd. Lives or dies by his iPhone - it spending a significant amount of time in his hand while he's at Walt Disney World. In addition to being blogger here at he is also a developer working on the Touring Plans Engine, the Chief Technical Officer for The Disney Driven Life, and co-host of the Disney Film Project Podcast. Loves his wife (@cherylp3) and pup (@DisneyDoggie). You can reach Todd via Twitter (@tperlmutter) or Facebook (tperlmutter).

18 thoughts on “Good Eats At The Rose & Crown

  • February 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    What I miss at the Rose & Crown is Teatime. Back in the 80s and 90s, you could reserve a 4pm teatime with tea, biscuits, cucumber sandwiches. We used to go back every visit; since the Teatime removal I haven’t been back.

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  • February 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I didn’t know that. I wish I knew that when I was there in October, and that it was still over at Twinings.

  • February 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve never eaten here before, but those desserts look killer. I’m definitely going to have to try it now. I have heard the hat lady perform and she is always fun to watch.


    • February 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Yes despite the loss of Carol’s old haunt the Comedy Warehouse – it’s great to see that Disney took the time to give her this space to perform.

  • February 25, 2011 at 6:20 am

    The food looks nice, but I’m from the UK and I don’t think its quite like what we have here. I’m coming to WDW in September, probably won’t end up eating in my own country though.

    • February 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Hi Tom. That’s probably a fair way to look at it. Some of the World Showcase restaurants, while good, are stylized representations.

      Also wanted to point out that I think the restaurant is regionalized a bit, considering that next door is Yorkshire County Fish Shop (sells fish&chips) – and I’m thinking you may not be from that region perhaps?

      • February 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

        No, I’m not from that area. But I have had fish and chips in both Yorkshire and WDW. They’re not the same to be honest.

        • February 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

          Agree with Todd, the best you can hope for at any place is a stylized representation. Even most restaurants striving to be authentic outside of their contry of origin have to make compromises resulting in dishes that are just “not the same.”

  • March 4, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks to my girlfriend, Erin, she said the “off-the-menu” combination of the Snakebite (Cider and lager) and the Cider and Blace (Cider and Black currant juice) could be combined… Amazing.

    And now (from above), I look forward to the next visit for Sheppard’s Pie!

  • April 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    What is truly missing at the R&C is that there is no TV showing soccer/football. Now I know we don’t go to Disney to watch TV, but the bar is oddly missing it and it is sometimes too quiet at the bar because of it and seems to be a glaring hole in the bar. Even if it ran a tape of classic games (perhaps Disney won’t pay for a premium sattelite or cable service for live English soccer?) Otherwise, love the place and always stop in for a pint.

    • April 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Interesting, hadn’t thought of that as a missing bit of atmosphere. Thanks!

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