Rose and Crown Dining Room Restaurant Review at Disney’s Epcot

by josh on March 16, 2010

Food Type: British

Location: United Kingdom Pavilion on the lagoon side.

Dining Plan: 1 Table Service.

Cost:  Lunch appetizers: $6-$12; Entrées: $15-$27; Kids: $9 – $11. Dinner appetizers: $6-$13, Entrées: $15-$31; Kids: $9 – $11.

Discounts: 20% Tables in Wonderland.

Menu:

Lunch (12pm – 3:20pm): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/rose-and-crown-pub-and-dining-room/menus/lunch

Dinner: (4pm – Park Close): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/epcot/rose-and-crown-pub-and-dining-room/menus/dinner

Bar: Frosted windows protect the privacy of those imbibing inside this cozy pub, which is virtually always hopping. Draft beer includes Bass, Bodington’s, Guinness, Stella, and Harp. Scotch flights, mixed drinks like the Pimm’s Cup and Welsh Dragon, wine, and a limited food menu are also available. Try the English Bulldog, a Split Banger stuffed with Mashed Potatoes, Chopped Bacon, Irish Cheddar, and a Spiced Mustard Sauce for less than eight bucks.

Setting: Modeled after a traditional British Pub, Rose & Crown is a family-friendly establishment offering traditional favorites like fish and chips and bangers and mash.

Advantages:

  • Great location on the water – beautiful views outside during a warm day. Some of the friendliest service you’ll find at any Disney restaurant.
  • The best IllumiNations view from a restaurant. Guests inside the restaurant will be invited out to the private balcony viewing area and guests sitting outside on the patio can enjoy the show form their seats.
  • Lower priced items are worth the money. Cottage Pie and Bangers and Mash are particularly good.
  • Kids’ meals include grilled chicken or sirloin steak and fish and chips.

Disadvantages:

  • Constantly changing menu, usually for the worse. Inexpensive lunch sandwiches are long gone, as are favorites like the Sunday Roast. Instead, Rose & Crown serves items like Rainbow Trout and Indian-style Chicken Masala with Seasonal Vegetables, Basmati Rice, crispy Poppadom and Raita.
  • Limited menu. Dinner has all of eight entree choices.
  • Not all tables have a prime IllumiNations view and guests dining inside will have to leave their tables if they would like to see the show.
  • Not a great value on the Dining Plan. Dinner has two steak entrees at $27 and $31, but the other entrees are all under $20.

Tips: For IllumiNations, make a reservation around 7:45pm and request a patio table.

Value: Below average. The atmosphere inside the restaurant isn’t particularly unique and food quality has come down significantly in past years. A patio table during IllumiNations on a cool evening is hard to beat, but that table is not guaranteed.

Reputation: Unfortunately, Rose & Crown is not the fun, slam dunk meal it once was. Food still approaches decent quality, but you can do a lot better.

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Jeff from San Diego January 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I had wanted to take the family to the UK this month but airfares made it out of the question. Got great fares from CA to Orlando and am having a fantastic time here in the warm FL weather. I’ve dined in real pubs in the UK and think the fare at the Rose and Crown is tops. The pricing is actually quite reasonable as well. I’d highly recommend this to others. We had the fish and chips, cranberry salad and the pot pie – delicious all around.

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