As locals my husband and I frequently visit local restaurants to find out whether or not a reputation is deserved. The Rose & Crown in Snettisham was one venue we had not visited, so when an evening of sunny weather enticed us to go out we headed over to the R&C.
True to the many accolades the pub/restaurant has, this querkily laid out building was both welcoming and oldey worldey.
Although we had not booked, staff were quick to find out whether we could be accommodated for dinner. A lively 'afterwork bar' was in full flow with plenty of local artisans enjoying a well deserved pint (or three) and had reportedly eaten the R&C out of peanuts. A lot of jocularity was going on and it was great seeing folk have a good time after a hard day's work.
We were shown into a 'parlour' style dining room which had a delightful,welcoming and knowledgeable waitress. The only problem was that the seating was extremely uncomfortable and our table for two was very cramped.
This proved to be a bit of a problem when a Platter for Two was delivered to the table. The variety of tapas-like dishes on the Platter was absolutely delicious and barely a crumb was left. Traditional dishes of fish and chips were then served and the sheer quantity as well as the quality was superb. Again, the size of plates and the other items on the table made eating feel very cramped so although the food and service was excellent, the small and rather dark dining room was not added to our favourites list.
The Rose & Crown is a large establishment and, at the back of the pub, is a beautifully appointed, light and airy dining room. How much more enjoyable it would have been to eat in there!
The Rose and Crown deserves its reputation for food and service but where clientele is in the older category and the comfort of chairs and tables is important, it would be worth checking where one will be placed to dine. However, meals are also served in the little ante rooms in the main bar, so this is perhaps another alternative if preferred.
Overall, a lovely visit which will be repeated but only if my husband and I can eat in a more comfortable part of the building.