For the sake of Sir Tarquin Pickles, we set our sights on the United Kingdom Pavilion at Epcot.
While the differences are subtle, the UK is one of the more architecturally-diverse Pavilions in World Showcase.
Just at the Rose & Crown, you’ll see parts of the building that represent everything from a river pub along the Grand Union Canal to a Victorian street pub circa the late 1800s.
Should somebody accuse you of taking a picture and saying it was from a different time of day, you can point to this sun dial out front to confirm the time.
I don’t take any pictures without a clock present anymore.
Speaking of the Rose & Crown, the menu there has changed considerably over the last couple of months. Here’s what you would have seen a couple of months ago:
There were some pricey entrees, including the Steak that would set you back $30+ either by itself or when paired with the Fried Fish.
In a move that almost never happens, several of those more-expensive entrees have been eliminated, leaving a menu with an average entree price of just $22.13, which is about 33% less expensive than what we saw at Chefs de France.
Perhaps “more surprising,” the restaurant currently displays the above menu without prices, so anyone looking at what the restaurant offers in-person probably won’t even realize that this is now one of the least expensive restaurants at Epcot.
The Cider & Fireball is a bargain, served in a souvenir cup for $11.25.
If you’re in the mood for a blast from the past, check out this menu from 2012:
The Bangers and Mash were $15 in 2012 versus the $21 you’d pay today, which means they’ve gone up a dollar each year. At that rate, in 2097, you’ll pay an even hundred bucks. Imagine seeing a $12 sandwich on a table service restaurant menu at Epcot in 2k18.
I haven’t had a ton of luck at Rose & Crown over the years, but sticking to the tried and true favorites is a good recipe for success. Here with the Bangers & Mash, the sausages were surprisingly flavorful, tender, and spicy with a sizable topping of roasted mushrooms and a rich wine sauce. The mashed potatoes were creamy and the dish was served piping hot. Very good.
And here with the Shepherd’s Pie. Another winner for the same $21.
If you ever see me tweeting from Epcot, I’m actually sitting at the Pub alongside one of the scotch flights while I send out random people to take me a picture of this or that.
I’ve actually never been past the UK before, but I’ve heard some good things about a couple of spots here or there.
Next door, you’ll find Yorkshire Fish Shop, serving exactly one entree.
And they do it quite well. The fish is deliciously crispy and the Chips are among Disney’s best fast food potato products – meaty with a terrific crunch and just the right amount of salt. Split an order and you have a hearty snack for under six dollars each.
The seating section for Yorkshire is one of the most scenic that you’ll find anywhere on Disney property.
And while that side is typically busy, there’s another seating section to the left of Rose & Crown that is much less popular, probably because it looks like it’s restaurant seating.
That’s how you get in there.
Speaking of beer, the stand has done away with the majority of the bottles that had been available and now serves Bass Ale and Harp Lager on draft, in addition to the Magners Pear Cider.
The Innis & Gunn, which I really like, seems to come in and out of stock. Here’s the menu in April without it.
Then in May, in the menu picture above, it’s available again. And here in June, it’s off the menu.
If Innis & Gunn is available, it’s easily your best bet and a somewhat unique option on draft.
Shopping in the United Kingdom is perhaps underrated with a number of cute little shops that offer a wide variety of thematically-appropriate items.
We’ll take a closer look in the next update.
A few more pictures while we’re here:
And while the Flower and Garden Festival is further and further behind us, we can still delight in its former beauty:
We cover merchandise in this post next.