On my last trip to Walt Disney World some friends and I decided to have dinner at the Rose and Crown located in Epcot’s World Showcase. Guests can make their way to the United Kingdom pavilion to find this recreation of a British pub and sample some of the UK’s favorite dishes. I had been there once before, but it had been a long time so I was eager to try it again.
The atmosphere matches that of a pub that can be found on a UK street corner. The large bar is a favorite watering hole for Epcot visitors and is decorated in the traditional British style. The dining room is toward the rear of the building and looks out over World Showcase Lagoon. Upon arriving, guests check in at a podium outside before being seated for their meal. The rich wood walls help make the space feel cozy and inviting.
Since this is a pub, I’d lying if I didn’t say I was looking forward to a nice beer to go with my dinner. The drink menu here at the Rose and Crown will not disappoint with several specialty beers and combinations of beers to try. Do you prefer cocktails? There are plenty of those to pick from along with more standard brews. I opted to try one of the “pub blends” called the cider and black. It was made from hard cider with a shot of black current juice. It was tasty and sweet, but I think I preferred my friend’s snake bite which is also one of the blend options.
If you’d just like a drink you can always stop into the bar area rather than sitting for a full meal. Here, the cast members will be happy to serve you a variety of British beers, ciders, and other specialties. A light food menu is also available in the bar if you are feeling a bit hungry.
Some friends at the table opted to order the trio of United Kingdom cheeses to share as an appetizer. It was a lovely looking plate with cheeses, grapes, and a few crackers and my friends enjoyed it quite a bit. Other appetizer options include potato leek soup, mussels, and a scotch egg. I thought about getting the soup, but decided to skip it this time; maybe next time I’ll try it out.
Since we had so many people at our table we had a variety of entrees brought to us so I have several photos to share! I had a hard time picking between the traditional shepard’s pie, the Guiness stew, and the fisherman’s stew. The Guiness stew was a beef stew made with the famous stout and served in a bread bowl. A few of my friends selected this for their dinner and gave it glowing reviews. The fisherman’s stew included cod, scallops, mussels, and prawns in a tomato based broth. When it arrived at the table it looked really yummy with a ton of fish and a bit of crusty bread. However, I ordered the shepard’s pie and really enjoyed it. If you like lamb, you’ll like this comfort food dish.
We were all too stuffed to try dessert on this trip, but I’m sure we’ll be back. Some items that look yummy include the sticky toffee pudding and the chocolate scotch cake. This eatery also offers a selection of after dinner drinks. How about a coffee spiked with Bailey’s Irish cream? I thought it sounded good too. If your seating is close to an Illuminations show time you may want to linger over dessert and coffee while you wait for it to begin.
As a bonus to a tasty dinner, the Rose and Crown offers a great spot for diners to watch Epcot’s fireworks show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Folks who are lucky enough to snag one of the outside tables at show time can watch this beautiful display without moving. For those seated inside, ask your server about watching the show when it gets close to starting. After a bit of confusion, we figured out we could go to the side of the building to a small reserved area to watch. This benefit was a lovely added perk to an already fun meal.
Overall, I had a really good time and a good meal at the Rose and Crown. I wouldn’t call it the best dinner on Disney property, but it was certainly satisfying. My sheperd’s pie really hit the spot and I definitely recommend giving it a try if you head this restaurant. It was a fun place to eat with a group of friends since we could sample different unique drinks and enjoy each others’ company. If you and your friends are family are into pub grub then you should give the Rose and Crown a shot.
What about you? Have you dined at the Rose and Crown? Let me know what you thought about it!
Next week I’ll be back to tell you all about the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!