A few years ago, my wife and I took our children to the Rose and Crown Dining Room in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot. After a long wait, lukewarm food and high prices, we decided we would never venture there again. So, when my fellow Touring Plans blogger Todd Perlmutter and his lovely wife suggested that we meet there for lunch, I was concerned. Turns out, there was no need.
It was the four of us for lunch at Epcot on a busy Saturday afternoon, yet once we checked in it was only a few minutes before we were able to be seated. Within moments, our waitress appeared and was able to take drink orders. When we had a special request, the chef came out and chatted with us all about not only what we wanted to eat, but other things that were going on around the park.
Having been to Walt Disney World as much as I have, I’m used to cast members being nice. But throughout this meal, the cast members were exceedingly nice to us. We were seated on the exterior of the building near World Showcase Lagoon, and it began to rain. Our waitress and the staff jumped to our aid, pulling the table away from the rain at first, then changing our table. They were wonderful about the entire thing.
So the service was great, but how was the food? Last time I was there, I had a steak that was unbelievably bad. This time around, it was a complete change. I ordered the Doncaster burger, which sounds like a heart attack on a plate. Eight ounces of angus beef, topped with a fried egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and horseradish cream. I had the cream on the side, since I don’t normally enjoy horseradish. This was good, though, once I spread it on the burger. It was lighter and creamier, and added to the flavor.
I have to say, this may be the best burger on property. There, I said it. I am somewhat of a burger aficionado, and in general, I think Disney’s burgers are pretty bad. Beaches & Cream and Pecos Bill’s are okay, but not the same caliber as something you’d get outside the parks, like Five Guys or some local restaurants around my house. But the Doncaster is fabulous. The chef explained that it was something that is served in pubs in Doncaster, and he decided to add it to the menu. He related that the chefs had visited other pubs and locations around the United Kingdom, and that more pub food items would be coming. I say bring it on.
My wife ordered the fish and chips and was presented with two large pieces of cod and fries. While it did not seem like anything special, it was exactly what you would expect from fish and chips ordered in an English pub, but if you want fish and chips, you’re probably better off at the Harry Ramsden’s stand around the corner or at Raglan Road.
Besides the Doncaster, the main reason you would want to go to Rose and Crown is the beer. They have it all here, from Guinness to Harp to Smithwick’s to any mixtures of the above and more. My advice to you is that you don’t drink beer because you’ve tried the domestic brands in a can and didn’t like them, you should try draught beers at Rose and Crown. Talk to the waiter or waitress and tell them your tastes, and they’ll suggest something for you.
I could not have been more pleased with our dining experience at Rose and Crown this time around. From the service to the food to the company, it was a marvelous experience. If you are looking for a lunch spot in Epcot with a magnificent view, you would be hard pressed to find a better spot than Rose and Crown. Enjoy a nice beer, grab a Doncaster and enjoy life for the afternoon.