I never knew there was so much al fresco dining space in Epcot’s United Kingdom pavilion until I sat with some friends for an early dinner at the Rose and Crown Dining Room.
I’ve darkened the door of the Rose and Crown Pub on many a visit to Epcot. It “IS” the only proper bar inside of the theme park and serves as a fabulous place to get out of the Florida heat, have a cold drink and listen to live music.
From the inside of the pub you have a limited view of the restaurant dining space which I always assumed was very small, until on a recent visit we were seated in the back of the building on the shores of the World Showcase Lagoon.
I have never been that intrigued by the menu at the Rose and Crown Dining Room and had only tried their cuisine on a visit with friends several years ago. That visit left me feeling somewhat lackluster about dining here again. On this particular visit I had friends visiting from out of town who had made a reservation, so I decided to join them and indulge only in libations. As any good food blogger would do, I took photos of everything that they ordered.
FOOD AND DRINKS
When ordering beer I tend to stay away from lagers and go for ales, the more aggressive and hoppy, the better. An IPA is my brew of choice, but you won’t find that here.
British Pub = British Beer ?
Black & Tan
half Bass Ale and half Guinness
My girlfriend Sarah turned me on to this concoction on one of our visits. Along with ales and lagers you will also find ciders and scotch.
Loaded Yorkshire Pudding
egg batter and cheese
This menu item can be found on the “sides” but was a pretty substantial serving.
ground lamb, seasonal vegetables, English peas, mashed potatoes, McCall’s Irish Cheddar
Grilled New York Strip Steak
This entrée normally comes with loaded Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and a Jamison Irish whiskey peppercorn sauce. The fellow who ordered this is a meat and potatoes kind of guy so he had the dish Americanized ?
Fish and Chips
“Rose and Crown’s Signature Dish” beer-battered and served with house-made tartar sauce
This is the same recipe that’s served outside at the grab-and-go. I’ve had it before and it is stellar!
Sticky Toffee Pudding
steamed pudding “cake” served with warm vanilla custard and hot butter-rum sauce
Sometimes I will grab a pint of beer from the Rose and Crown Pub and get it to-go. If you walk over to International Gateway there are several shaded park benches that line the walkway into the World Showcase promenade. It’s a great place to sip a cold one and people watch.
Pro Tip: When the bartender asks you if you want to make your cocktail a double the answer is always yes. It’s a great value!
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