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Rose and Crown (London)
Member Name: pottmar
Rose and Crown (London)
Date: 06/03/01, updated on 06/03/01 (1262 review reads)
Advantages: Great Food, Good Accomodation
Disadvantages: Decoration not perfect
I recently had need of accommodation in the Stoke Newington area of London, a couple of colleagues had previously found that a local pub called the Rose and Crown had a few rooms that they let out on a bed a breakfast basis. The pub was very close to the place I would be working so I thought I would give it a go.
Being fond of the odd tipple or two I had fantasies of being given keys to a pub and sneaking down for a wee dram after the landlord had gone to bed, unfortunately (Or fortunately as I had to work in the morning) this was not to be.
The Rose and Crown only has 6 rooms, so it is not suitable for large parties and they do not take credit cards so you need to make sure you have your cheque book or enough cash to cover your stay.
When I arrived, I popped into the pub and spoke to one of the bar staff saying I had a room booked, they were very helpful, asking if I had been in the area before, when I said I hadn’t they told me about a number of local restaurants, parks etc. They gave me my keys and showed me to my room, unfortunately this was back out of the pub and along to a side door that took you round the back. Then it was up a couple of flights of stairs to the 2nd floor where most of the bedrooms are located.
My room was of a reasonable size, I certainly did not feel cramped, but it was not as big as a good hotel. In my room I had a double bed, desk and stool, 2 chairs, a wardrobe and some drawers. There was also a shelf with a number of books (Nice touch as I forgot to take one) a good bedside lamp, Television (Standard channels only BBC1, BBC2, ITV, CH4, CH5), Trouser Press and Tea and Coffee making facilities.
There was an on-suite shower room with a toilet, sink, light with shaver point, small shelf with bards of soap and sachets of shower gel and a shower cubical. I never had problems with the temperature of the shower there was always hot water when I wanted it. My only complaint was the state
of repair, the wallpaper was peeling away in the bathroom this made it look very tatty.
I was worried about noise, being above a pub and next to a busy main road, but it was never a problem, I always had peace and quiet when I wanted to sleep.
The Rose and Crown does not do food in the evenings, so you have to eat elsewhere even that is not a problem. Church Street Stoke Newington has to have more restaurants and food shops than the average town has in its boundary’s. You will be spoiled for choice, within a 5-minute walk there are Chinese, Thai, Indian, French, Pizza, Fish and Chips, Kebab and more, but I can’t remember them. There is also a chemist and supermarket near by just in case you have forgotten anything.
While I am on the subject of food, the Rose and Crown do food at lunchtime, and it is brilliant food, I had a steak pie with chips and I thought it was wonderful really good chunks of steak with a home made pie crust, loads of vegetables and lovely thick gravy. In the end I had a meal at the Rose and Crown at lunch time and went and got a sandwich for the evening (From a lovely sandwich shop called Petit Coin, maybe the subject of another opinion later)
Breakfast is in the dining room on the 1st floor, this is quite small but again not cramped. Breakfast is normally available between 8:30 and 10:00am, but if you want it earlier then just let the bar staff know and they will arrange it for you.
When I arrived for breakfast my table was all laid out, there was a nice jug of milk another jug of Orange Juice a Tea Pot and yoghurt. There was a table filled with quite a few different cereals for you to help yourself and an urn full of hot water along with Tea Bags, Coffee and Hot Chocolate for your drinks. There was a bell to ring for attention where Mick or Mabel (The Owners) would make you toast. There was another table full of things to put on you toast, lots of jams, peanut butter, marmite e
tc. It was certainly enough to get me going in the morning.
In Summary, the place is probably not where I would choose to go on holiday, but if you are in the area and in need of a place to stay then you could do much worse than this place. The price I paid was £40 per night bed and breakfast and for London I did not think it was bad. As I have said the only complaint I had was the decoration in the bathroom apart from that everything else was great. If you are in the area, give it a go.