Restaurant Bar and Cafe Reviews

Restaurant Bar and Cafe Reviews
Restaurant Bar and Cafe Reviews

Friday, 4 April 2014

Rose and Crown, Wivenhoe, Essex (2013)...

My partner and I decided to try this pub/restaurant for a lunchtime Valentine’s Day treat, and we weren’t disappointed.

The interior is very ‘Olde Worlde’ with beams and rustic furniture, which we like very much. In spring and summer people like to sit outside on the Quayside as there’s a lovely view of the water and boats. At the bar we asked for a tea and a coffee (it was a chilly day) and ordered our meals. The manager/chef told us there would be a short (20 minute) wait for my chips as he was changing the oil, which we didn’t mind and were grateful he’d given me the option to select a different meal if we were in a hurry – which we weren’t. I’d much rather to be told of any delays when ordering the meal than be left sitting at a table wondering where the food was.

I ordered the mozzarella and pesto burger (mozzarella, bound with sweet potato, red peppers, red onion and pesto lightly coated in crisp breadcrumbs) and chips, at £8.79, which was presented on a large, round wooden platter, with the chips in a small enamel bowl and a pot of tasty BBQ sauce on the side. Everything was cooked well, the chips were excellent and the whole meal was deceptively filling.

My partner chose the seafood salad (salmon fillet, king prawns and flakes of tuna, served with crisp lettuce, red onions, a boiled free-range egg and tomatoes - all dressed with seafood sauce and topped with crunchy croutons) also at £8.79 and was really pleased with his meal.

We did look at the dessert menu but to be honest we were both a bit too stuffed to eat any more.

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