The Rose & Crown
The Rose & Crown, a pub with rooms set in a 17th century townhouse in the middle of Warwick, is a bustling, comfortable, fun-loving sort of place. Unlike many pubs, it hasn’t had all its rough edges smoothed away to leave a characterless shell, yet it’s smart and pleasant enough to appeal to all. Despite a recent refurb, it retains many characteristics of a nice old traditional town centre boozer – original features, hanging baskets, good beer (several locally brewed options), chatty staff and a relaxed vibe – alongside modern touches such as decent coffee, a nice cocktail list and homemade cakes on the bar.
Indeed, The Rose & Crown is far more than a laid-back, friendly watering hole. The food, while being comforting and hearty, is superior to that offered by many pubs that are far more self-consciously ‘gastro’. During our late Sunday lunch in the cosy dining room, we enjoyed a baked Camembert to share, followed by excellent roast beef with all the trimmings and a beautiful bottle or red (we forget its name as we relied on the waiter’s recommendation and were enjoying to too much to make a note). Although we declined pudding on the grounds of tight trousers, we were brought a sharing board of delectable small tasters anyway, which we had no choice but to see away.
Decent rooms are available at The Rose & Crown, too – five above the pub and eight in a separate building just round the corner – making it the perfect base from which to explore historic Warwick and surrounds. But with such a comfortable pub at your fingertips, serving good food and drink, including top-notch cooked breakfasts, there’s a good chance you won’t make it far beyond your room.
By Matt Wright, founder & editor-in-chief
Photos: The Rose & Crown