The Rose and Crown in Epcot's UK Pavilion is a charming spot on the water's edge that's comprised of a pub and restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating. Whether you stop in pub side for a round, are having a family dinner, or make a reservation for drinks with friends; the leisurely atmosphere of the Rose & Crown makes it the the perfect place.
On this excursion my traveling companions and I were seated inside in the dining room for an early dinner. I must admit that I had made reservations at Rose & Crown so that I could continue on my quest to try as many new cocktails as possible. Boasting the only full bar in Epcot, this Pub has an extensive menu that features not only a strong selection of ales, lagers, and stouts, but a small wine list, a variety of scotch, congac and port. The friendly bar tenders will also be happy to pull you a half and half pub blend, or mix you up one of the signature cocktails below:
I had perused the Pub menu ahead of time and decided that I would give the English Rose a try. However after my distaste for the gin in the Scottish Raspberry Lemon Drop earlier in the week, I wasn't sure I would like it. However with the encouragement of one of my companions who offered to "pick up my slack," I decided to give it a go.
I wasn't expecting what came to the table to be quite so big, or so delicious! The English Rose is served in a 12 oz. souvenir mug that's filled with ice and filled to the brim with it's fruity red punch. Friendly and girlie, the English Rose is a cold fruity punch that goes down easy.
With such drinkable cocktails, it was a good thing that we had ordered some starters. The tasty Scotch Egg is a "Golden-fried Hard-boiled Egg wrapped in Sausage Meat with Mustard Sauce" that's on the menu for $9.49. Typical picnic food since the 18th century throughout the UK, the appearance of the Scotch Eggs at Rose & Crown are "elevated" with some croutons, frisee, and pretty plating.
We also tried the fabulous Trio of United Kingdom Cheese with Accompaniments for $9.99. I would have loved a larger version of this cheese plate to share with the table. As a fan of candied nuts, sharp hard cheese, and a good pickle, it was one of my favorite things to eat during my whole vacation. This trip to the Rose & Crown absolutely recharged us before heading off to the Magic Kingdom for the Halloween Party and may have bumped it up for me to to becoming a mid-afternoon Epcot staple.
The UK Pavilion's Rose & Crown is a popular spot to book an advanced dining reservation just prior to the Illuminations fireworks. Though there's no guarantee, many guests take a chance on patio seating. It's a risk, but if your mission is accomplished, the reward is gorgeous. The Disney Food Blog recommends "booking a reservation for around 7:30pm and requesting a patio table at the podium." Illuminations doesn't begin until nine, so you have plenty of time to wait to get one of those prime outdoor tables.
Thanks so much to the Disney Food Blog for the exclusive use of their patio seating pictures. Have you been to the Rose & Crown recently? Do you have a favorite drink from this traditional pub? Leave a comment and let us know!