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Rose & Crown (Bar, Restaurant, Hotel)

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55 High Street, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5BA
Cuisine: Eclectic Average Price: £18.00
Tel: 020 8947 4713 | Email to Rose & Crown | Transport: Wimbledon | Write review

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Best for: traditional English Pub; Wimbledon Village retreat; after park pub.

Great for: Early morning sport and full “brekkie”; escaping TV addictions.

My life is easy tonight. I’m dodging an X Factor “extravaganza”; instead, a very traditional, somewhat elegant and quiet retreat in Wimbledon village. I’m a bit obsessed with the X factor - yes I am ashamed to say - but tonight I don’t want to deal with the craziness of a “Goldie act“, the intemperance of a tattooed boy in search of fame, and the usual Mariah Carey tune screamed to the moonlight. I am about to feel welcomed, not rushed, and pampered in pure English tradition. I want to enjoy a conventionally well-performed concert, no Wagner or Jedward please.

Here we are. The ambience is encouraging: pub area with friendly barmen embracing us – yes, you read that correctly – as soon as we arrive. Our table is set up by the window looking out onto the al fresco garden/terrace: flawless. It is a first row seat, what I deserve!

The flowered antique armchairs; mismatched table chairs; low coffee tables; unique style flower wallpaper; various sized dining tables; they are all very familiar and therefore reassuring and comforting. It is almost like dining at home, only without the perils of home itself (again, my dependence on judges, bad talent and emotional life stories on TV).

Everything I am expecting is in this pub: peace; tradition; uplifting food. I feel nurtured by a lullaby. I am cherishing my Peroni whilst my partner’s pint of Young’s - they are very proud about their bitters here - is just the right temperature. Perfect tempo!

I look around: a couple snuggling; friends laughing; families dining; and some big screens TV, turned off, thankfully, so we’re not tempted to succumb to our Simon Cowell lookalike cravings.

The manager is friendly and asks me if I have any questions. Actually, the waiter asks the same thing. Questions? No questions thank you; please proceed with the performance.

The starters are excellent: asparagus; eggs; salads and avocados. Bravo! We go on with the mains: sausages and mash; steak and ale pie; more salads. They are abundant, hot, and as you would expect: tasty and well known. No surprises here, but we don’t want any, thanks.

I ask for the breadbasket and promptly served a crescendo of granary breads with sweet butter.

Another beer and the world is smiling. By now I am tempted to turn to my iPhone to see what’s happening on TV, but I desist.

I’m told that there’s a hotel upstairs; many of the guests wake up early to enjoy a full English and to watch sport. The Rugby World Cup is currently happening and the pub opens at 6:30 a.m. to accommodate non-hotel guests. A bittersweet note: Italy is already out of the tournament. As someone reminds me, it’s a miracle in itself we even qualified.

Should we go for dessert? I must indulge. As I said, I need comfort food tonight far away from The Telly. My apple, pear and raspberry crumble make a perfect group. They complete each other. The pear and the raspberry execute a perfect back chorus whilst the custard on top and the pastry are the impeccable leading pair. Oh my! All this musical reference, I’m starting to experience withdrawal symptoms.

We also try the sponge and agree that this is a class act: great personality; perfect pitch; amazing scene presence; maybe even a bit too much!

We are jolly and really full. The performance has been marvellous and we’re certain this classy, traditional pub will “have the potential to sell many, many records”.

It’s been an excellent evening, old-fashioned all the way, from the drinks to the puddings, to the traditional pub furnishings.

We look at the clock: if we run we might still get a glance of some wannabe singers. We jump in the car and head for the couch.
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  • Cuisine Type: Eclectic
  • Average Price: £18.00
  • Dress Code: Not Specified
  • Group: Youngs

Rose & Crown Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Eclectic
  • Average Price: £18.00

Rose & Crown Food Menu

The Rose & Crown offers relaxed and friendly dining in the surrounds of a light and airy village pub. All dishes are freshly prepared and the menu is changed daily.

Updated 24/06/2008

Rose & Crown Drinks Menu

The light and friendly traditional bar offers the full range of Young's award winning draught and bottled beers, a wide selection of fine wines and lagers from around the world, plus soft drinks, teas and freshly brewed coffees.

Updated 24/06/2008

Rose & Crown Hire Details

Bookings are available for all occasions either in the cosy restaurant (Sunday's not included) or outside in the spacious courtyard. Please contact for more information. Hire part of the fabulous courtyard (includes private bar and BBQ/buffet if required) starting from £100.

Updated 24/06/2008

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"Dreadful pub, run by people who have zero idea about hospitality or running a pub. Upon arrival we sat in the back garden that only had one other table occupied , when we tried to order off the lunch menu..." Which venue is this?

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