Published: June 4, 2013 at 9:10 AMWe ate there two years ago. We had reservations but we waited about an hour to be seated. The servers were indifferent and did a nice disappearing act. Tables are so close people bump into your chair as they walk. And the food was very ordinary. The steak I had wasn't even up to the standards of an Outback restaurant. Ordered it medium rare and it came back very well done, & so tough it was hard to cut. The only saviour of that dinner was stopping at the bar to hear the hat lady at the piano. She was pretty entertaining. I'm usually not picky on food reviews but I thought this restaurant was way over rated for service, food & ambiance.
Published: June 4, 2013 at 9:35 AMAmanda, I have to agree with you. Rose and Crown is probably our favorite restaurant at Epcot. We've been to Britain several times and eaten in lots of pubs, and they have captured the look and spirit of the real thing. Rob, I'm sorry that you didn't have a good time, but I have to tell you that the pubs in Britain are that crowded, with tables and chairs close together. The only thing they do different at Epcot is that the tables are normal American height- often the tables in Britain are low, almost coffee table height. I love the food there, and I think I've had everything you tried there and agree. The sticky toffee pudding is something we make here at home often.
Published: June 4, 2013 at 10:10 AMJames; Yes, I'm familiar with the English pubs since I've visited England a few times. It's a running joke with my Brit born soccer teammates & friends on the taste of British food. Heh, I reserved the Rose & Crown since I thought that would recreate the pub atmosphere (not the food) that I enjoyed while in England. And I just love that country and it's people. But the Rose & Crown was a huge disapointment. I think its the only Orlando restaurant I've previously given a negative review to on this site.
Published: June 4, 2013 at 2:08 PMAmanda; I guess we all get lackluster service at times. I just expected more. It wasn't necessarily horrible but kind of less than average. MY GF said no way on any future reservations there. I know I'm going to pay way over what it's worth at Disney, but that was just a combination of bad events. What made it worse is that it was raining hard outside and they wouldn't let us inside even though it was our reservation time. Something about tables not being cleaned up yet. On a more positive note, as I said before, we really liked the hat lady singer. We would definately stop by the bar again to catch her act. By the way, well written interesting article. I'd go if I wasn't already there.
Published: June 4, 2013 at 5:52 PMWhat I love about your columns is how positive they are. You write like you are a friend sharing your experiences with friends. And you make everything sound so delicious! I wish all the columns on this site were as cheerful and fun to read as yours!
Published: June 6, 2013 at 11:03 AMI haven't eaten there but do remember passing by and hearing good times going on inside. At my local park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the new Food & Wine Festival features Scottish Egg and I was hesitant to try it, but it sounds like the version at Epcot and I did have it and it was delicious! Something different!
Published: June 6, 2013 at 4:57 PMAmanda, I usually agree with your assessments on all things Disney (Boardwalk and Star Wars weekends were my favorites), but I gotta disagree with you on this one. I have, sadly, never had a great meal here. This is one that we always skip.
Maybe I just don't like English food.....hmmm
Published: June 7, 2013 at 12:18 PMWe've eaten here a couple of times, and would rate it average compared to the other EPCOT table-service restaurants. The fish and chips were really good, but a little overpriced for what you get. The same dish comes out of the window/counter service just down the way at a slightly reduced price if I recall. I do enjoy the fact that you can get a flight of beer, but we almost exclusively visit EPCOT now during the F&W Festival, so you can get similar or sometimes superior beer flights from the kiosks around the World Showcase without having to shoulder up to the crowded bar or sit down for a meal.
Also, the first time we ate here, we were supposed to have reservations to view Illuminations (this was nearly 10 years ago before they had specific sections and reservations for the show), and not only did the server try to rush us off our table before the show started (we sat down 45 minutes before showtime), but we weren't even on the perimeter of the interior dining room, and had a pretty crummy view of the lagoon.
Published: June 7, 2013 at 3:19 PMThank you for the great review, Amanda.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 3:10 PMOur dinner reservations were for around 7:30 also. A rule of thumb for most ADR's at Disney is to check in 30-45 minutes before your reservation. They will give you a pager that will allow you to still explore the U.K. pavilion. Let them know upon check in that you want to watch Illuminations while you eat so that you will get a patio table. Have a wonderful time!