Posts Tagged by Harp
|August 25, 2012||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Dining, Friday Feast, WDW Restaurants|
Today is a special edition of the Friday Feast on Saturday! Ok I’m lying…I couldn’t get it together to post this yesterday, so it’s going up today. Special edition sounds so much more fun!
I’ve been talking about healthy foods at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the Friday Feast for the past 2 weeks and recapping the Healthy Living Summit all this week…notice the healthy theme. Well for all of you that like to indulge in the “not so healthy” options every now and then, you’re in luck because we’re switching gears today and visiting Raglan Road to try some of their heartier dishes.
Located in the (now defunct) Pleasure Island section of Downtown Disney, Raglan Road is one of my favorite restaurant in all of Walt Disney World. This restaurant holds a special place in my heart because it was the first full service restaurant B and I ate at on his first trip to the World in 2007. This past May we returned here for a quick lunch on the last of our trip before heading to the airport, and let’s just say we ordered some less than healthy options.
I first want to show you some of the amazing decor. The entire restaurant was built in Ireland and shipped in pieces to Downtown Disney. The dark wood and stained glass detailing are absolutely stunning. It is incredibly warm and inviting making this Irish girl feel right at home. In the evenings, there is live Irish music and dance performances. It is very high energy and a lot of fun! Fair warning it can be loud, so if you’re looking for a nice quiet spot for dinner, this might not be it. This is why lunch is a good option, you get all the atmosphere in a more peaceful setting.
The lunch menu is a nice variety of lighter salads and sandwiches, plus the traditional hearty Irish fare like Shepard’s Pie, Fish & Chips, and Bangers & Mash.
I started with a Half and Half, which is half Harp and half Guinness. This is one of my favorite beers because you get the bitterness from the Guinness followed by the refreshing Harp. Delish! I opted for the soup of the day for my appetizer, which was wild mushroom. I seriously could have eaten a whole bucket of this. It was rich, creamy and oh so good. It was topped with some fried onions and had a puff pastry stick on the side for dipping.
For our main dishes, B went for the Beefy Briskey sandwich, minus the horseradish cream. He substituted Irish cheddar instead. This was a monster of a sandwich and it lived up to it’s beefy name. The brisket was actually quite moist and the tangy cheddar was a nice addition. It also came with a giant pail of fries and a tiny little salad.
I went for one of my favorite all time dishes, Fish & Chips. I always enjoy the Fish & Chips over at Rose & Crown in Epcot, but I must say that this blows it out of the water. The batter was light and crispy…perfect to be soaked in lemon and malt vinegar! I also really like their chips very crunchy.
I was stuffed, but B wanted to try dessert. He went with the Bailey’s Creme Brûlée Tart…I mean, how can you go wrong with that?!? I of course had a bite. The Bailey’s flavor was nice, but overall it was entirely too sweet for me. However, I’m not much of a dessert person, but I might not be the best judge here.
Raglan Road seems to be a place that we gravitate towards for a nice quiet lunch, usually on the last day of our trip. The food is always good and the friendly atmosphere makes you feel right at home. I’d highly recommend it next time you are in the World.
In October, I’m very excited to have booked a culinary demonstration with Raglan Road’s Chef Kevin Dundon during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Stay tuned for a full review of that coming up!
Have you been to Raglan Road?
|April 27, 2012||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Dining, Friday Feast, Princess Half Marathon Weekend, WDW Restaurants|
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!