A proper British pub. That’s what The Rose & Crown sets out to be and, thankfully, it manages to succeed.
It has a pool table, a dartboard and tons of big screens. There are proper bar stools and booths, cask hops and books on shelves. There is also a menu that looks like it was brought straight out of a pub in England.
If you haven’t got much of an appetite you can go for a Ploughman’s, a portion of scampi or the soup of the day. Burgers and sandwiches are present and correct and there are as many pies as salads. A huge mixed grill takes centre stage on the menu. It’s a British expat’s dream. It’s also all good value, with almost everything coming in well below Dhs100.
We head to the “pub grub favourites” section and choose the full English. It’s an artery-clogger, for sure, with all the fried options you’d expect, with some bubble and squeak adding an extra touch to the usual ingredients. It’s good quality and filling. Just like it should be.
The chips and curry sauce are the most disappointing part of the experience. We expect big chunky chips, like mum used to make, but instead get a thin and crispy rendition, a little fatter than fries but similar in shape and consistency.
The curry sauce is also more like the pots you get in a fast food burger chain rather than traditional pub fare (however, we were spoiled at university. Fitzgerald’s in Sunderland does the best in the UK, if you’re ever in town). The dish isn’t bad, but it’s not perfect.
Best of the bunch is the shepherd’s pie (what follows is a list of clichés, but they’re all true). Light and fluffy potato is piped over tender minced lamb in a rich gravy, studded with sweet chunks of carrot. Garden peas are served on the side. It’s the perfect recreation of a classic. Much like the pub itself.
The Bill 1x full English Dhs70 1x chips and curry sauce Dhs35 1x shepherd's pie Dhs65 Total (excluding service) Dhs170
The Bottom Line Great value and unpretentious grub to accompany a few drinks.
The Rose & Crown