Reviewed by Victoria Moore
The Rose & Crown is about a five minute taxi ride from either of Warwick’s stations, or very close to local parking, tucked into the marketplace corner amongst just a handful of other food and drink destinations open after the shopping streets have closed their doors.
The exterior is understated, but upon entry you’re whipped to chic London atmosphere, the busy bar was well staffed with well dressed barmen and had a good selection of drinks including local ales.
Diner’s are invited in and shown to one of the well spaced chunky wooden tables teamed with autumnal leather seats, the dining area is tastefully and stylishly decorated with feature silver walls. Classic high fashion mixed with local style.
Possibly due to it being a Friday evening, the bar was definitely bustling, but the staff were attentive once the crowds cleared. A races / classy hustle feel, one can tell that this is the place that appeals to cocktail lovers and those on an upmarket night out, it had a very social and stylish atmosphere.
The only downside to this was that the dining area is very close to the bar, and the noise travelled effortlessly which for an early dinner sitting was surprising. Other diners could be heard commenting on the level of sound, which would tend to lend itself to being a location for friends dining rather than family or romantic night out.
The varied menu is styled to a high class / experimental / experienced pallet all delivered to a high tasty standard with well chosen accompaniments. Specials added to celebrate the seasonal day expands the varied and sophisticated menu.
Our starters were well timed to arrive and well presented. Nice bonus of the special chicken wings being accompanied by a selection of sauces and a lemon hand dip bowl to assist even the messiest of ‘winger’s. The risotto cooked to just the right density, and very tasty.
The homemade burger hit the spot although the presentation on a wooden board divided opinion. The aim and presentation goals were clear and achieved and I personally felt the homemade ethos was enhanced with the rustic chic serving style.
The perfect amount of honey glaze adorned the gammon, and a personal favourite in hand cut homemade chips was teamed with a peppery rocket and nice alternative in a poached rather than fried egg.
The deserts were wide in variety and could defiantly appeal to most taste buds. The presentation was slightly lacking in these, the very simple slices served with no garnish aside a scoop of cream, which stood in stark difference to the previous courses. The strawberry cheesecake could have done with a tad more strawberry, and the white chocolate torte was sweeter even than a sugared cream filled doughnut. The taste was delicious but really needed a counterpart to take the edge off the sugar. This was attempted in a passion fruit cream but this unfortunately really didn’t work and tasted rather sour. The idea was there but traditional lemon or mint may have provided the desired effect and maintained the 5* standard in the food.
The accompanying coffee certainly boosted the desert and the quirky and individual presentation and quality of coffee was top notch.
Unfortunately the toilets were a disappointing visit after the standard that is near completion in the bar and dining area, while attempts to cover the dated decor with mirrors, hand wash and chandeliers were noted. But we did overhear that further updates were due outside so perhaps this is part of the future plan.
You can tell that the food is all homemade which gives the Rose & Crown the edge in a cosmopolitan town and will continue to attract a range of people through the bar which is very well attended.
I’m not sure if the intention is of a bistro chic restaurant or independent style rustic pub, as the smart attire by staff, menu and speed of service would presume the first, yet the cutlery (enough for two sittings) sat on the table in a pot rather than laid would suggest the latter.
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Rose & Crown. 30 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SH Z | 01926 411117