“ 30 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SH. Tel:01926 411117 „
I've heard good things about this restaurant and bar in Warwick and have finally had a chance to try it! The date of this review is September 2010 - I had a Sunday lunch there with my girlfriend and mother.
Service was quick when we waited to be seated and a table for four was found by the wall in the middle of the restaurant. The bar was busy, there being a cycle race around the Market Square where the building is situated. Customers were a mixed bunch, all enjoying the fine beers and wines available.
Bread was brought to our table quickly - a nice crusty wholemeal. Water was also brought along with our drinks orders. I was pleased to find that they served Black Sheep ale so that was me happy! Sadly only a half as I had a long drive ahead.
We only ordered a main course from the specials board and were advised that the portions were generous so we did not order any starters. All three of us ordered the 28 day aged Aberdeen beef which arrived quickly and cooked to order. Accompanying the beef were fantastic roast potaoes (I think there was some honey used in their glaze?), huge yorkshire puddings, mashed butternut squash plus cabbage and broccoli. The gravy was excellent and the beef delicious. I had ordered mine pink and this was very tender. My mum found a piece of metal shaving in her beef - presumably from hanging - but it was visible enought that she didn't swallow it. A shame as otherwise the food was excellent.
Service was excellent and a member of staff was always visible and attentive. The waitresses were chatty and the atmosphere was pleasantly informal.
Sadly a fly had somehow entered the dining area and although a tricky problem to overcome I expect I didn't really enjoy our gatecrasher's company. A niggle but it needed saying. The overall cleanliness of the restaurant was very good.
Pricing was £14 per head for the food.
I would recommend the Rose and Crown, Warwick as a restaurant and would eat there again.
I stayed in this bed and breakfast for 2 nights in June. There were 3 of us (all girls in our 20s) sharing this room and for 2 nights we were charged £50 each. The room was comfortable with a window overlooking the marketplace which is beautiful. What I would say is that although one of the beds is a double, it is a very small double, making it rather cosy for 2 friends to be sharing! The bathroom is very modern with a modern power shower in there. There was plenty of hot water for 3 of us to shower. There's also a bath. We were provided with soap, handwash, shampoo, fresh cookies(!!) and cofee, tea, hot chocolate. There was a kettle in the room. I would say the facilities are great!
Initially we were made to feel very welcome by a young guy that showed us to our rooms. He old us to come down for dinner when we were ready and he would make sure we got a table (it gets very busy and usually you have to book). However, we were extremely hungry after travelling and decided to wait for the 3 member of our party to arrive, then go straight for dinner then get changed and continue our evening. We were wearing jeans and t-shirts, presentable and not scruffy. We went downstairs for dinner where one of the waiting staff looked us up and down and told us it was fully booked for the evening. We felt embarrassed and therefore did not ask for the guy that had showed us in, instead went elsewhere.
This place is very snobby with some terrible staff that work in it: to expand, one evening I found a book on the side of the bar that had been left open and from a quick glance I could see that it was being used for the staff to make comments on the customers. There was nothing about myself or my friends but some terrible things written about other people dining within the vacinity.
The immediate area is fantastic and its only a 10 min walk to the castle which is again great. I would recommend it if you're out and about all day and night and ignore the staff.
Also another slight downside is the parking: I had to park in the multi-story car park recommended by the bed and breakfast. You can leave your car there overnight but have to return to it at 8.30 in the morning to put more money in the machine. I spoke to the car park attendant and he informed I couldnt pay for the weekend, I did indeed have to keep returning to it and putting money in the machine to avoid being clamped. This car park is only a 5 min walk, there are others but again, they are all pay and display. Personally, if I were to take my car again, I'd look for a B&B with parking facilities.