My wife and I frequent the R&C as we don't live that far away. We do enjoy our time there, but I think that it suffers from a bit of personality disorder, trying to market itself as a sports bar but falling far short of it. But more on that in a bit.
First, let's hit the food. The menu is extensive and covers a whole heap of offerings (including brunch on Sundays). But, I've honestly never eaten anything there that has impressed me, even relative to bar food. Part of that has to do with the actual taste, and part has to do with value. The Rose and Crown is not a place to go to save a buck, as their pub fare food doesn't come at pub fare prices. A couple items I'd recommend are the RC Banger sandwich and the English meat pie app (skip the super spicy mustard though). Burgers are cheap enough, but you could make a better patty at home with a little TLC. In general, the food is decent, but the prices are a little steep.
Drink and beer selection is ample, but, again, prices are a bit on the high side. Just look at their drink 'specials'...if you can call them that. $2 Miller Lite pints as a special? 90% of bars I've been to offer Miller Lite at that price all the time. And here's a little math: $15 for a ML pitcher...a pitcher will give you about 4 glasses of beer (standard pitcher is 48oz, 12oz in a glass)...that equals out to $3.75/beer. So much for the 'special'.
Service isn't bad. Occasionally you'll get a bad waiter/waitress (there are a couple), but most of the time its spot-on, especially at the bar.
Back to what I was saying before...R&C doesn't know what kind of place it wants to be. You go in during the day and you see a nice restaurant with dark wood, ample seating, and a nice place for a meal. Go in after work, and its a packed, loud happy hour bar. Some nights they have trivia, some nights they have karaoke (really?), some nights (and occasionally during the day as well) they have live music which is FAR too loud for a place of this size. Then, they try to push themselves as a place to catch your favorite sports game. They have ample TVs, but its rarely quiet enough to watch the game (especially with the aforementioned music), let alone get lost in your favorite team. Plus, in the battle of sports bars, size (of the TVs) does matter. And the 37 inch models they have strewn about don't really cut it. If they want to be a sports bar, invest in a designated area to watch sports (aside from the noisy bar) and a couple large screen TVs.
Rose and Crown, as the title says, could be a great bar. But I'd like to see them become more focused on what they are trying to push themselves as, instead of just using the 'Watch Sports Here' tag to get people in the door. That, coupled with true specials and some cheaper menu items, would make this place a nightly stop.
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