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Published October 6th 2012
A pub you'll want to visit again and again
The Rose and Crown in Warwick is one of those rare pubs where you feel welcome straight away.
The decor is warm and inviting and large wooden tables urge you to huddle up and enjoy a brew, be it hot or cold. It's immediately clear from the lively atmosphere and busy standing area that this is a favourite haunt for many of the locals. I visited on a Friday night and was lucky enough to win a free round of drinks thanks to 'Spin the Wheel' which takes place weekly from 5 to 7pm.
The following day, I decided to go back to try the lunch menu. It was uncannily hot for autumn so we took full advantage of the sun and sat outside. Within a couple of minutes a friendly waitress came and introduced herself. She took time to explain the options and brought our very own chalk board over to give us a run-down of the specials. Nothing seemed too much trouble for the staff here – I saw one waitress find and carry a rather heavy looking chair quite a way for one family and at least two came to check that we were okay throughout our time there.
The menu offers an overwhelming choice ranging from sandwiches to heartier feasts such as deli boards and 'Roasts of the day.' With a variety of dishes to suit all tastes and at reasonable prices it took us a long time to decide. I'd recommend visiting their website in advance to check out the latest menus, especially as it changes seasonally. You'll also see their strong commitment to sustainability and sourcing fresh ingredients from British farmers.
A week later, I introduced my boyfriend to the Rose and Crown, this time on a Sunday morning. I enjoyed a cup of tea and he, a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, seemed impressed with his Mocha. Had we not had other pressing engagements, I'm sure we could have settled there for the day.
The Rose and Crown have won several prestigious awards and it's worth noting that they also have rooms available if you're coming from out of town. Overall, this pub seems to take everything a step further to create a friendly, welcoming environment and it's definitely somewhere I'll be visiting again.