Even before I ran the Princess Half Marathon, I knew I wanted to eat at the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room after the race. I figured a good pint and some fish & chips would really hit the spot after burning over 3,000 calories. And boy was I right…I had a GREAT meal!
I had made 4:15 reservations figuring we’d all be famished at that point. I was showered, had a nice nap, and was ready for a beer! We had a party of 6, but 2 were yet to arrive. Generally Disney won’t seat you until your whole party has arrived, but after some begging and flashing our new race medals, the wonderful hostesses sat us in the dining room. We were originally taken to a table outside on the coveted back patio, but it was a bit chilly and windy so we asked to move inside. If it was closer to Illuminations time, I might have braved the cold.
Rose & Crown has a nice selection of English and Irish beers on tap. I’m an Irish girl, so I decided to go with a Half & Half, which is Harp on the bottom and Guinness on the top. I love this drink, but that day, it was by far the most delicious thing I had ever tasted. Needless to say, I had 2 throughout the course of the meal.
Since we were all famished, we ordered some appetizers while we waited for our friends. We first started with the Trio of United Kingdom Cheeses and Pan-roasted Mussels with Tomato, Herbs and a Bass Ale Reduction for the table. YAY more beer! Sadly, the mussels are no longer on the menu, which was changed in March 2012. You can see the new menu here, but I was able to find a version of the menu we had over on the Disney Food Blog.
The cheeses were a great accompaniment to the beer. I wish I wrote down what they were, but I know there was a cheddar and a blue on there. They were paired with a few chutneys and caramelized onions, which I loved. The mussels were definitely my favorite. They were nice and large and had a great flavor from being roasted. My only gripe is that there wasn’t enough of the Bass Ale sauce to dip my bread in!
Halfway through the appetizers, my friend John decided he also wanted a Scotch Egg. If you’re not familiar with this, a Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, which is then deep fried. Interesting, right? I HATE hard-boiled eggs, but I do love sausage. So I tried that with the mustard sauce and it was delicious! John assured me that the egg was fantastic as well, but I just took his word for it.
Halfway through our appetizers, our other 2 friends arrived and we all promptly ordered our entrees. I had the Fish and Chips of course since that’s what I was there for, and a few others got that as well. Two members of our group are not big meat eaters and were having trouble finding something on the menu. The only vegetable entree was a Vegetable Curry, but not everyone likes curry. The ended up just getting a bowl of the Potato Leek Soup for their entree and some extra bread for the table.
The review of the soup was just so so. They said it was very thin and not the thick creamy soup you think of with potato & leek. Maybe this is why it is now off of the new menu… My Fish & Chips on the other hand were fantastic! I poured malt vinegar all over that plate and went to town. The fish was very crispy on the outside and light on the inside. The chips were also very good and similar to what I’ve had in England. I devoured the whole plate and probably could’ve had more.
Overall, I was very happy with my meal at Rose & Crown and it was just what I was looking for after running 13.1 miles that morning. Some of my friends weren’t too thrilled with the menu selection, but it’s not for everyone. Make sure to check out the menu before you go, but if you like good pub food, you will love this! I know I’ll be there after my next Disney race.
Also, make sure to check out The Hat Lady while you’re there. She performs in the pub side of the restaurant and is a lot of fun. It’s a one of a kind act that won’t disappoint!