Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room Review
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room is a table service restaurant and bar (hence the name) in Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World with a menu consisting of British pub grub and comfort foods. This review features food photos, and our analysis of the value & quality of this popular restaurant, which accepts the Disney Dining Plan, and the Tables in Wonderland card for a 20% discount. As a relatively inexpensive table service meal, it’s not the best use of table service credits if you’re trying to Maximize Value on the Disney Dining Plan, but there are a few menu options that can make that work.
Many American cultural customs, traditions, and that sort of thing are inherited from our motherland in Europe. One such example is our penchant for pubs. Simple yet hearty food typifies such establishments, and Rose & Crown is no exception. While the pub blends (that you can get without an ADR) are the star of the show at Rose & Crown, there’s a kitchen from which you can order meals of food, too.
Think of Rose & Crown as the poor man’s Le Cellier, which is itself a poor man’s Yachtsman Steakhouse. That comparison isn’t especially apt, but I sensed my window to establish U.S.A. on top of the culinary hierarchy, and felt obliged to take it. The more apt comparison is Raglan Road–one of our favorite restaurants at Disney Springs–and if I were to only recommend one European pub at Walt Disney World, it would be Raglan Road.
This is especially evident when glancing at menu prices, and Rose & Crown deserves an immense amount of credit for its price points. While some options do creep into a more expensive range, there are several entrees on the lunch menu that are under $20, with multiple entrees at or below $16. This makes it only slightly more expensive than most counter service meals, and probably the cheapest way to do a sit-down meal in World Showcase.
Moving on to the ambiance, Rose & Crown is a typical British pub, although some may be disappointed to find that the Imagineers didn’t recreate the authentic urine scent inside. For my money, Raglan Road also does a better job with the pub ambiance, as it manages to feel slightly raucous without ever actually crossing the line away from family friendly.
Nevertheless, Rose & Crown looks and feels like a lived-in pub, with a molded ceiling, rich woods, and dishes staged on the walls to give the place a cozy feeling. It works well enough, but I’d hazard a guess that many Walt Disney World visitors likewise have a pub in their hometown that works well enough, thematically.
In addition to the dining room, there’s also pub seating in front and a patio out back. The patio gets popular at dinner time as people compete for prime IllumiNations views (which you can request–just make sure you arrive plenty early). During the daylight hours, this patio can be fairly humid much of the year, but the view is nice even when during the day.
Moving on to the food, we tried the Shredded Corned Beef on Toast, Bangers and Mash, and Cottage Pie for our entrees. We elected to skip the appetizers after noting that most were two-thirds (or more) the cost of our entrees.
Sarah had the Shredded Corned Beef on Toast, and she thought it was decent. The portion was reasonable, but simple is the name of the game with all of the dishes we had. It tasted like pretty standard corned beef, although the Branston dressing helped give the corned beef a bit more character.
I had the Bangers and Mash, and this dish was once again competently produced, but did nothing to wow me. I felt it was a bit small, but not totally out of line for the price. The creamy mashed potatoes and onion-y gravy were the highlights, and elevated the dish beyond just being “basic” sausage and potatoes.
Guy & Jen each got the Shepherd’s Pie, and they both liked it, noting that although the portion size was too small, it was a good ‘comfort food’ dish and the meat to mashed potatoes ratio was favorable. The size was definitely on the small side, especially for a dish that was basically glorified mashed potatoes.
As for desserts, we tried the Banoffee Tart, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and the Warm Apple and Rhubarb Crumble. At <$7 each, these weren’t too expensive, but no one was really wowed by theirs.
I was reasonably pleased by the Warm Apple and Rhubarb Crumble, with the rhubarb providing a light, tangy contrast to the sweet apples. I wouldn’t get it again if only because there are so many other desserts I enjoy (many of which cost less) around World Showcase, but I wouldn’t recommend avoiding it, either.
Likewise, the Banoffee Tart was nicely presented and might have been the most complex dish of the entire meal with banana, Jameson Irish Whiskey-caramel, sweet cream, and chocolate.
I didn’t have a chance to order the Sticky Toffee Pudding, and I probably never will, as it was shockingly small for the price. This isn’t carefully plated fine dining–it’s British pub food.
Overall, even with all of this said, it’s tough to be too harsh to Rose & Crown. It’s one of the most budget-friendly table service options in Epcot and is probably going to most appeal to those who want to play it safe from a culinary perspective. It also has a loyal following (although we question how much of that is the booze talking), so maybe it’s just us. Even with all of that in mind, it’s tough for us to justify heading to here more than once every few years as the menu is fairly unambitious and we’d rather spend a bit more on one of the spots in World Showcase we truly enjoy (or save and eat somewhere like Tangierine Cafe). If you find yourself compelled to give it a try, we’d recommend hedging your bets by skipping appetizers and desserts, and ordering one of the <$16 entrees on the lunch menu.
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Our family of five (three kids under 10) dined at the Rose & Crown on February 3rd for the fireworks package (Harmonious). Service was impeccable, the viewing location was outstanding, and the food was pretty good (fish n’ chips, bangers n’ mash, Scotch egg, sticky-toffee pudding were the adult choices we made; kids were delighted with their choices which included the character cup and light-up drink cube). Unlimited alcohol for the adults although I would beg folks not to take advantage of that! (Too many inebriated guests leaving Epcot that night for comfort). Overall, the price was just slightly more than we paid at Be Our Guest (for what it’s worth, I didn’t order any drinks at Be Our Guest) for far better food and experience. I agree with Tom that we can get excellent pub fare in our hometown (in fact, a far superior Scotch egg), but for Disney prices and for a prime fireworks viewing spot, we’d do it again!
We just got back from a trip to London and ate at pub in Kensington, for two adults and three kids we paid $147 pounds with an exchange rate of $1.22 ($179.34). We had fish and chips, steak and ale pie, couple of pasta and tomato sauce a beer and wine no dessert. So Disney’s with prices, if the food is as good as we had Britain, sounds worth it to me.
We’ve been there twice; It’s one of my favorites. I love the atmosphere; and service has been good.
I get the Shepherds Pie. My son likes the Fish/Chips. The strawberry dessert is good, and refreshing!
Prices are great-especially compared to the way overpriced Canada restaurant!
Just came back from dining at the Rose and Crown. Loved it years ago but quality and size portion went way down. Had the Shepard’s Pie and it was probably the worst I ever had. The meat was chunky and dry, maybe 3 peas in it and gobs of masked potatoes topped with minuscule white cheddar. My husband had the burger. No big deal. You can get burgers anywhere. Bubble and squeak was basically fried mashed potatoes and onion. Really now? Better and cheaper to get an ale and fish and chips outside and people watch. Will not be going back until they change their menu.
We just ate at Rose and Crown because it was the first place we stumbled upon at 8 pm in Epcot not having reservations anywhere, and with a whining husband who complained that his feet hurt. So I was desperate to shut him up. We thought the food was great. The fish and chips were delicious and the service was very nice. We lucked into seeing Illuminations, as only after we were seated did we realize we were going to have a perfect upclose view under the heat lamps of the patio which was great given that it was chilly. I wouldn’t bash the place too much. The only thing that was a downer was the trifle dessert.
Their Welsh Pub Burger with a pint of Boddington’s is one of my favourite meals in the whole world (and that’s world with a small w).
I would love some tips on viewing Illuminations from the Rose & Crown patio. I’ve made dinner reservations there a few times, but then chickened out because I didn’t want to miss the show if we couldn’t get a table with a view. I’m also wondering, if we did get a seat on the patio, does that mean we can see Illuminations or does everyone leave their seats to try to get near the edge?
We recently had lunch there. The $24 Corn Beef was the worst I’ve ever experienced. The beef was on the dry side and tough. It came with partially cooked cabbage, unpleasantly loaded with vinegar. Fortunately, the portion of cabbage was stingy, as the vinegar overwhelmed the taste. The portion of partially cooked carrots was twice as large, but equally disappointing with raw carrot taste.
Fish and Chips is now $22. Expect a thick layer of greasy batter.
The Sticky Toffee Pudding was enjoyable. The English Trifle was not as good as before.
Many years ago they used to serve an afternoon tea here, but I guess it didn’t prove to be as popular as the high tea offered at the Grand Floridian, and they most likely figured there was no need for two places to serve afternoon tea & finger sandwiches. I remember how much we loved enjoying the afternoon tea at the Rose & Crown. When we called Disney to inquire why they were no longer offering it, we were told we could still enjoy high tea at the Grand Floridian..but for a MUCH higher price. I have only been back for beers at the bar since then. It seems like I’m not missing out on all that much. Good to know! Thanks for the review!
I agree with your review 100%… the prices are decent for table service in The World, but it is not somewhere that I go out of my way to eat at. We also prefer Raglan for a sit down, but the counter service at Rose is pretty tasty. The atmosphere is fun for drinking around the world, or just sitting with a friend. We always stop in for a drink and I love the “neighborhood” vibe and the Hat Lady. She is adorable.
My guy and one of our travel mates usually end up sipping Pimms at the Rose & Crown bar while the rest of us buy tea and do Meet & Greets.
I understand that British pub food is simple, but the prices should really reflect that. $16 for such a small portion of bangers & mash is a bit outrageous. The least they could do is try and make the presentations a bit prettier.
Maybe I’ve just gotten too used to California pricing, but I didn’t think $16 for a TS entree–even a simple one–was that bad.
That is, until I walked past Restaurant Marrakesh yesterday and saw a $19.99 lunch special that included appetizer, entree, and dessert. I love that restaurant AND that’s a much better deal. So, I guess $16 isn’t so great, after all…
Restaurant Marrakesh had the same lunch special when we went in August; it’s got to be one of the best dining deals inside the parks. I do think that even $16 isn’t so bad for a table service entree in the parks, since many of the quick-service entrees are $10+. I ordered the special when we went, and I actually liked my wife’s Couscous M’Rouzia Fassi better than the chicken kebabs that were on the special, but the appetizer and dessert were good, and big enough that we could split them and she didn’t need to order them for herself.
As a Brit, we avoided Rose & Crown like the Plague on our recent trip! It is very well themed and does remind me a bit of the pubs at home, albeit busier and more people in shorts! However, it was the food on offer that really unimpressed us. I thought the menu, although typically British, was very uninspired. I wonder how many English people actually eat in the pub when there is so much other exciting food on offer around World Showcase?
Were British also and agree we have never been. The food is basically what I eat at home for a fraction of the price, double the size and probably nicer. The Fish & Chips are stupidly overpriced which i’m assuming is because most people relate British food to Fish & Chips. The rest of the menu looks very uninspired.
If Brits are anything like Americans (and I think they are in this regard), I’ll bet a lot. People like what’s safe and familiar, and this is most definitely both of those things for Brits.
It always surprises me how many Walt Disney World guests aren’t willing to be a bit adventurous with their dining choices.
We just ate there before seeing NPH at the Candlelight Processional and had a wonderful meal! We usually go every year and were actually surprised and impressed by the new menu which featured more than the regular yorkshire pudding, etc. The cheese plate was great (it used to be a piece of cheddar/stilton/etc. with some grapes) and the burger was filling and fantastic. It is a bit overpriced, but nowhere near some Disney restaurants. Also, you can’t beat looking out over the World Showcase when sitting on the porch. Glad y’all somewhat enjoyed and love your blog!
I’m a vegetarian, and their vegetarian shepherd’s pie is my favorite meal in all of Disney World. That said, when we were last there on 12/5 we were sitting on the patio and one of those local area seagulls flew over and let a massive, splattering shower of excrement over our entire table- meal and black and tan included, so I’m not sure if I can stomach another visit anytime soon.
That’s an *ahem* lovely mental image. I’m sure it was even worse to see in person. Yikes!
I think the friendly personalities behind the bar and the warm personalized sing-a-long entertainment provided by the “hat lady” in the bar area do much to give this a neighborhood pub kind of vibe, and who doesn’t want to feel like they are a citizen of Epcot? I think it is best just to grab a drink at the bar and skip table service, but maybe this homey feeling goes a little ways towards explaining the loyal following?
I think you hit the nail on the head. I’m sure a lot of people have nostalgia for the place, and that helps its cause.
We’d dine at Rose and Crown for lunch or dinner each time we visited Disney. Maybe a steak with Yorkshire pudding or shepherd’s pie, usually seated on the patio, and it was lovely. A number of years back we noticed the food wasn’t up to par. Now we go elsewhere. The food isn’t terrible, it’s just not good.
We recently returned from a Disney trip where we celebrated four major birthdays. Every meal was excellent. Each celebrant picked the restaurant, and amazingly, there were no bad meals. In fact, there were great meals. (Not one was a signature restaurant either.). Even the counter service meals were good. For example, Earl of Sandwich was mobbed so we went to Wolfgang Puck’s counter service and had the best turkey club sandwich. Yummy.
We find the Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club Hotel to be an excellent Epcot dining choice. IMO, it’s worth the walk from Epcot.
Happy New Year to you and Sarah!
Just checked the menu to see fish & chips clocking in at $20.99 these days. Still recommend?
We last dined here in December 2015 and they were that price then. I about fell out of my chair at that price, especially given the numerous $15.99 menu options.
I don’t think I’d necessarily “recommend” it in the first place. It’s just fine for what it is.
Since they sell a smaller portion for half the price at the counter service window just outside the restaurant, I can’t justify spending $21 on it!
They used to have a wonderful trout dinner. Was very disappointed when I went back to find it was no longer on the menu.
I’d love to see more options that push the envelope, and that sounds like something that would. I wonder why they did away with it…