|The Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room|
|The Rose and Crown, under the trees.|
|The right side of the England Pavilion.|
|A side street in the England pavillion.|
|The far side of the England pavillion, including the fish and chips shop.|
|The Twinnings tea shop.|
|The Rose and Crown from the front.|
Our reservation was for 12:05 pm, but despite arriving right on time and the restaurant being completely and utterly empty, we had a bit of a wait before being seated. It wasn't that there was a crowd; rather, it was because the opening crew was running late and hadn't apparently finished getting the restaurant ready for business. This, to me, is an inexcusable irritation. I mean, its not that big a deal, as we were seated as soon as they could seat us, but there's no excuse for not having your place ready to open its doors when the doors are supposed to be opening.
So like I was saying, we checked in at the reservation kiosk and were handed a buzzer and told that, sorry, despite there literally being no one in the restaurant, we'd have to wait to be seated. Okay, fine. It turns out that the Rose and Crown has an exterior terrace that overlooks the World Showcase Lagoon. It gave us a chance to sit down under the shade of the trees and enjoy the breezes off the lake as we watched the boats go back and forth. There were also ducks and egrets and ibises to watch, so at least there was some entertainment.
|The terrace at the Rose and Crown.|
|Enjoying the shade.|
|The view across the World Showcase Lagoon.|
|Our table. You can see, even at this angle, that we had a great view of the rest of the park.|
|Lee, our waiter.|
|The cottage pie.|
|Mom's fish and chips. I love the fact that it was served wrapped in newspaper.|
|Jared's fish and chips.|
When the time came to consider dessert, I demurred, as did Nathan and Mom, but Jared decided that he absolutely had to have something called a Knickerbocker glory. This was a sundae made of a fruit coctail (apple and pear chunks with grapes) topped with vanilla ice cream, and all of that topped with chocolate and strawberry syrup, with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry on top. Jared emptied it quickly and proclaimed it "delicioso!"
|The Knickerbocker Glory.|
With three adults and one child, drinks, and a dessert, the bill came to just under $75. I'm giving it three and a half out of five starts, and would recommend it to my friends.
Before we left, I stuck my head inside the taproom, just to get a look at it. There aren't many real bars on Disney property, but this is one of them.