One thing Brits love is a good pub. It’s a place to celebrate good news, commiserate over bad news, meet new people and hang out with old friends. It’s a one-stop shop for emotional and social needs.
Brits are also pretty specific about what that pub should look like. A jukebox is always welcome. Ditto a pool table and dart board. They have screens for football, and increasingly, are expected to serve decent food. A warm, cosy feel helps, too. A good range of draught hops, shorts and a variety of grape will keep most punters happy.
All of this is a way to introduce The Rose & Crown, the new British pub that stands between The W Dubai and The St. Regis Dubai in Al Habtoor City. It sits at the entrance of what will become The Atrium, a new spot full of eateries, nightspots and a theatre show.
So, does the pub tick all of those boxes mentioned above? Almost. Drinks-wise, the selection of draughts includes some hand-pulled hops, the type you get back in England. The food menu looks good, but you’ll read about that elsewhere in the magazine soon. Pool table and dart board are present, though there’s no jukebox. Nevertheless, the music being played is good.
If there’s one let-down at the moment it’s the atmosphere. The Rose & Crown looks the part, but is still new, and as such, it feels a little cold. But we’re sure that over time as the floor becomes worn and the staff get more experienced, the place will warm up.
It will fill up, too, once the rest of The Atrium opens. For now, though, it’s a cracking place to head to for a relaxed drink.
The bottom line
It might need some time to bed in, but this is a proper pub, make no mistake.