Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Taste of the United Kingdom Without Crossing the Pond

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room is the table service restaurant located in the United Kingdom Pavilion of the World Showcase at Epcot. From the outside, it looks like a small pub since there is a bar located in the front of the building. To the side are gardens with views of the water but hidden behind both is a fantastic restaurant greatly overlooked.

There is a small indoor dining area but the majority of the seating is outside overlooking the lagoon and World Showcase. There is an upper and lower eating area, both covered. Not known to many is that the Rose & Crown is one of the only table service restaurants at World Showcase where you can see Illuminations: Reflections of Earth while dining. Make your dining reservation for 7:30 pm or later and you can enjoy Illuminations from the comfort of your table. But keep in mind that you must request an outdoor table when you check in at the podium.

The menu offers samplings from all over the UK. Appetizers include Scotch Egg which is a fried hardboiled egg wrapped in sausage meat with a mustard sauce, a Trio of United Kingdom Cheese and a Frisee and Apple Salad.

Entrees include Rose & Crown’s signature dish of traditional beer battered Fish and Chips, Pan-fried Fresh River Trout, Slow-cooked Curry Chicken and a Pork Duo that has brisket and braised pork. Items served with the dishes vary from seasonal vegetables, to cheddar mashed potatoes and rice. You can also get side orders of Mushy Peas, Cauliflower with cheese and traditional Bubble and Squeak.

My favorite dish at Rose & Crown is their variation of surf and turf which has fried fish, grilled sirloin with bleu cheese butter, vegetables, mashed potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding which is not pudding at all but rather a dense popover made with the juice of the steak.

For dessert there is a cheesecake with mocha cream and caramelized bananas, no-sugar added lemon custard, pound cake with fresh berries and a Ribena syrup and Sticky Toffee Pudding. I choose java tarts which were small orange crème filled cakes with chocolate ganache, raspberry sauce and fresh oranges. I also chose a hot coffee with Grand Marnier to go along with it.

On the menu under the entrée descriptions are also drink recommendations but your server will be happy to make suggestions as well. My favorite beverage is called a Cider and Black which is an apple cider with black current juice.

After a fantastic and filling dinner, sit back with your dessert and coffee, relax and enjoy Illuminations from the comfort of your own viewing area.


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