The Rose and Crown Dining Room is a Table Service restaurant in the UK Pavilion in Epcot. The restaurant is themed to a traditional British pub and has both indoor and outdoor seating and fantastic viewing locations for the fireworks. Rose and Crown serves traditional British food and also has a separate bar area.
The Rose and Crown is one Table Service Credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and you can expect to pay up to $35 per person plus sales tax. The menu can also change, so no two visits will be the same.
Check in for the Rose and Crown is located at a podium just before the entrance to the pub. You do not need a reservation for the bar area, but it can be very busy. It is recommended you get a reservation for the Dining Room as you may have a long wait for a walk in.
Often, you can be expected to have to wait a little for your table. There is a seating area to the side of the podium close to World Showcase Lagoon which can be a nice sit down whilst you wait for your table to be ready. We waited around 10 minutes or so for our table.
You can also request to be seated outside, which I highly recommend if you are going for a later dinner reservation as you are able to watch the fireworks from your table without having to wait for a water side view. The inside dining is linked to the bar/pub area and can get quite loud on a busy day, so if you can get outside I would say it is better. The outside is also under cover so if you do get caught in the Florida rain you don't have to worry about getting wet! The servers are also able to lower the sides of the outside cover if the rain is coming down at an angle.
As someone from the UK, I do find the view of British food slightly amusing. Although for the most part, it is fairly accurate, it isn't often you find some of these items on a British menu! There is also a separate allergy menu for those who require it.
The menu is pretty limited in my opinion, not allowing many options or different dishes. On both visits to the Rose and Crown, I have gone for the chicken masala curry.
If you are familiar with a "British version" of a chicken tikka masala (called the masala curry here), you might be a little surprised with what you get. The chicken is usually a chicken breast and thigh, not cut into chunks as you would expect for a curry. The pros to this are you seem to get more meat, the cons are that there is often a lot of chewier meat, not something you always expect with a curry. The sauce is a pretty standard masala sauce, not too spicy and quite creamy. The weird part I find is that the rice contains vegetables similar to what you would get with a Chinese style rice. I don't find this nice to eat with an Indian style curry and tend to pick them off to the side to eat afterwards. It also comes with a small slice of naan bread and a yogurt dip.
The first time I visited Rose and Crown I really enjoyed this dish. The second time, I didn't as much. It is a good dish if you aren't from the UK and don't have this sort of food as part of your normal diet.
I would definitely recommend the fish and chips as a much better option. If you are not able to visit the Rose and Crown, the Yorkshire County Fish and Chip Shop to the side of the Rose and Crown, close to the bridge leading to the France pavilion and access to the Boardwalk, also serves this dish as a Quick Service option.
The dessert options this time were also pretty limited. I do not like caramel and most of the options for dessert were caramel based, which I was disappointed with. They also did not have the same dessert options as the last time I visited, showing that they do change the menu on occasion.
I went for the scone with berry compote. The scone itself was lemon, which, although not a combination you usually encounter, was really nice. The strange part was the berry compote. You normally have clotted cream and a jam/jelly combination with a scone rather than a saucy compote. It made the scone very soggy and was a flavour combination that didn't work. The berry compote was sour and bitter where it should have been sweet to offset the bitterness of the lemon in the scone. Safe to say I was unfortunately disappointed.
Someone else in my party had the chocolate bar which had layers of mousse, caramel and chocolate cake. Essentially, this was a Mars bar. They spoke highly of it, so this is a great option for those who enjoy a caramel dessert.
This was the dessert I had on the previous visit to the Rose and Crown. These were jaffa tarts which, as the name suggests, were larger jaffa cakes. They were SO good. They had a layer of sponge, with an orange jelly disk, topped with another sponge layer and dipped in chocolate. It was served with a chocolate flag and cubes of sugar coated orange jelly. This is the sort of dessert I can get behind!
At the end of the meal, a few of us got up to go to the bathroom. The bathrooms are located through the bar area which is separated by a small gate.
The bar was very busy and very loud, which had a great atmosphere. However, as I walked through, I had a group of drunken men grab a part of my body that won't be discussed on here. This immediately put me on edge and made me uncomfortable, so I turned around and walked to the bathrooms opposite the entrance to the Rose and Crown.
Overall, the visit to the Rose and Crown on this occasion was slightly disappointing. My whole party felt similar and, although we might be tougher on this because this is my "home restaurant", I would be giving it a miss on my next visit. However, if you are keen to sample British cuisine and you are able to visit the Rose and Crown, give it a go, you might enjoy it more than me!