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Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub Review – Is It More Than A Great Pint?

Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub Review – Is It More Than A Great Pint?

Cheers! We’re raising our glass to begin our Rose & Crown Pub review. As tradition states, every great night at a British pub begins with cheers. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to dine at classically style British pub on multiple occasions. Whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or one of the different dining packages, we’ll just say we’ve enjoyed a pint or two. We’ve our pint in hand, feel free to grab your own, it’s time to sit back as we share our experiences at Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub.  

Outside patio area of Rose & Crown Pub
Outside of Rose & Crown

Location 

You’ll find the Rose & Crown Pub on the banks of Epcot’s World Showcase. Making your to the right, it’s a short jaunt through the Canada pavilion to find the United Kingdom pavilion. Off to the left side, you’ll see the Rose & Crown along World Showcase Lagoon. 

The restaurant offers either indoor or outdoor patio seating. You can’t go wrong with either, if you’re looking for a quieter experience we suggest requesting outdoors. Cast members can never guarantee an outdoor spot, but they will definitely do their best. 

Passholder Insights: The outdoor patio is a fantastic spot to watch Epcot Forever. If you’re looking for a patio seat we highly recommend making an Advance Dining Reservation via My Disney Experience app around 7:30 pm for the 9 pm showing. 

Half Guinness and Half Harp pint at Rose & Crown Pub
Half and Half (Guinness & Half)

When In The UK  

First a drink! We’re flipping our food reviews upside down for the Rose & Crown Pub. In true pub fashion, we’re starting our review with the drink menu. Known for their perfectly poured pints, the restaurants offer a variety of half and half options. With a laundry list of options, there is something for every beer drinker’s desire. More often than not you’ll find the DVC Duo enjoying a traditional Half and Half, which is Guinness and Harp. It’s very similar to a Black & Tan, just a little lighter as they swap out the Bass Ale for Harp. 

Beyond the beer menu, you’ll find an extensive list of scotch whiskey. More peaty in flavor compared to an American Bourbon, a great way to get a taste of each of the options. Additionally, a variety of wine and specialty cocktails are available. 

Passholder Insights: For a drink on the go, stop into the Rose & Crown lounge area. The full bar menu area is available to enjoy outside the restaurant. 

Scotch Egg from Rose & Crown
Scotch Egg

Let’s Dine 

First things, first! First course that is. Now that we’ve got picked out the perfect beverage it’s time to dine. Beginning our meal we went with two of the appetizer options, the Scotch Egg and the Cheese Plate. The Scotch Egg is a traditional British starter where an egg is wrapped in sausage then deep-fried and served with tangy mustard on the side. For us, the dish is solid but falls a little flat. The majority of the flavor comes from the mustard, and we find the dish very heavy, especially on hot Florida days. What could make the dish really shine is if the yolk within the Scotch Egg was a little runny. 

The cheese plate from Rose & Crown Pub
The Cheese Plate

Our go-to appetizer is definitely the cheese platter. Pairing three large samples of UK cheeses (which change from time to time) with accouterments, the platter is a great dish to share amongst the table. By far our favorite pairing is the Irish cheddar with caramelized onions. You get a fantastic richness from the cheese that is balanced out well with the slight sweetness of the onions. Beyond our two options, there is a leek soup and salad as well. 

Passholder Insights: Directly across from the Rose & Crown Pub is a shop with a hidden character meet ‘n greet at the back. From time to time (never schedule) you may find Winnie the Pooh and friends in the far back. 

The Fish and Chips at Epcot
Fish and Chips

Main Course 

Fish and Chips! It’s what we’re all thinking when we hear Rose & Crown pub. The iconic dish of the restaurant is definitely the fish and chips, and rightfully so. It’s a solid offering, as we found the crust light, crispy and airy, all at the same time, with the fish perfectly cooked. Not greasy at all. The chips are more of a steak fry stile french fry and are very similar to what you would get in the UK. 

For us, we really caught our attention were two other items on the menu. Coming in a close second to the fish and chips, are bangers and mash. Two large sausage links are cooked in a rich, earthy flavored gravy and served atop a chunkier mash potato. The star of the dish is the gravy, as it pulls everything together and provides the backbone of flavor for the dish. 

The Rose & Crown corned beef and cabbage
Corned Beef and Cabbage

Our surprise dish is the corned beef and cabbage. Tender pieces of braised corned beef are served with steamed cabbage, roasted red potatoes, and carrots. By far the best surprise on the menu. We found the corned beef bursting with flavor and the cabbage to be delicate with just the right amount of snap. It’s definitely an evaluated version of the boiled dinner we’re all familiar with. 

Passholder Insights: Just outside the Rose & Crown Pub you’re able to order the same fish and chips from the restaurant at the Yorkshire Fish Shop

Dessert Trio from the Rose & Crown Pub Dining Packages
Dessert Trio from Dining Packages

Wrapping Up  

Capping off our Rose & Crown Pub review is dessert. Sticky toffee pudding, that’s all we need to say. It is by far the best dessert option at the restaurant. A lesser sweet version of caramel the toffee really shines. If you’re like us and enjoy desserts that are more semi-sweet rather than sweet, this is the dessert for you. The pastry chef takes a toffee pudding cake and tops it with vanilla custard and hot buttered rum sauce. It’s the perfect way to cap off a great meal. 

For a more sweeter dessert option, a chocolate nougat bar is a great option. It’s a lighter more airy version of fudge almost like a three musketeers bar. 

Our Thoughts 

Overall the Rose & Crown Pub is a solid option for a sit-down restaurant in Epcot. Over the years we’ve consistently had great meals, similar to Admiral Boom, you can always rely on it. One more pint before head out? Don’t mind if we do!

Docking Bay 7 at Galaxy’s Edge – It’s Different Yet So Familiar

Docking Bay 7 at Galaxy’s Edge – It’s Different Yet So Familiar

Mess hall or cafeteria? Either way Docking Bay 7 is serving up a variety of Batuu specialties for everyone visiting Black Spire Outpost to taste. Batuuan Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has taken over the cargo hold and made it into his own mobile quick-serve kitchen. After traveling to a galaxy far from ours we’ve definitely worked up an appetite. Our sporks are in hand for lunch at Docking Bay 7! 

Sign and menu for Docking Bay 7
Entrance to Docking Bay 7

Which Docking Bay Is It? 

Marked with the Sienar-Chall Utilipede Transport atop the building, Docking Bay 7 is hard to miss. Situated between Ronto Roasters and the Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run, you’ll find the entrance to the quick-serve location on the evaluated platform within Galaxy’s Edge. The entrance is not well marked, just to the right of menu mounted to the building you’ll find the cargo door. With seating both outside and within the cargo hold, we found plenty of tables to choose from.

Passholder Insights: Just outside the entrance is a great place for pictures of the Millennium Falcon. Usually, you’ll a Disney Photopass photographer in the area. 

Docking Bay 7 serving the Endorian Tip-Yip Salad
Endorian Tip-Yip Salad

What’s Tip-Yip? 

We asked the same question. The feature item of the menu is the Endorian Tip-Yip, think of it as the Batuu version of chicken. Everything tastes like chicken, right? You’ll find Tip-Yip in two of Chef Tuggs offerings, one fried option and the second roasted. After our long trip to Batuu, we were in the mood for a healthier option and went with the Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad.

By combining ample amounts of marinated Tip-Yip, greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa, pumpkin seeds then dressing it with a green curry ranch you have your salad. Often salad gets overlooked, this is a salad worth your while. The perfectly roasted Tip-Yip was boasting with flavors of which reminded us a Middle Eastern-style chicken. Add in the crunch of the pumpkin seeds for texture, and the subtle spice of the green curry ranch, and you have a solid dish. 

The salad left us feeling full, but not uncomfortable. It was just the right amount of food for the Florida heat. 

Passholder Insights: When Docking Bay 7 first opened all meals were served with metal sporks. As of the middle of September, they have switched over to standard silverware. 

Docking Bay 7 Lunch and Dinner Menu
Lunch and Dinner Menu

The Rest Of The Menu 

Endorian Tip-Yip, not your thing, no worries Tuggs has you covered. In speaking with the cast members there are a couple of other recommended items we can’t wait to go back and try. One of the more highly recommended dishes is Yobshrimp Noodle Salad. The cold noodle dish sounds light and refreshing. 

Not be outshined, the Smoked Kaadu Ribs, were also highly recommended by the Docking Bay 7 staff. The sticky pork ribs are served with a unique spin on a corn muffin with the addition of blueberries, and rounding out the dish is the cabbage slaw. From what we heard the ribs are served more in Asian inspired flavor palette. The more vinegar sour taste offers a different spin on the more traditional smoked rib. 

Passholder Insights: A great way to save time is mobile ordering your meal from within the My Disney Experience app.

Our Thoughts 

Fantastic! Docking Bay 7 joins our list along with Woody’s Lunch Box and Satu’li Canteen as the best quick-serve locations at Walt Disney World. The most impressive aspect of the location is overall themeing. From the tables and chairs designed as different pieces of cargo to the large container being lower from the ceiling, everything is on point. We enjoyed our meal so much, we may or may not have headed over for breakfast as well. Can you say teaser? We’ve got to go, our Tip-Yip is getting cold!

Oga’s Cantina Drink Review – Enjoying A Drink With Han

Oga’s Cantina Drink Review – Enjoying A Drink With Han

We’ve worked up a thirst! After piloting the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy is there a better way to celebrate than throwing back a few at Oga’s Cantina? Ok, maybe a glass or two of Blue Milk, but we’re looking to share our story. After nabbing the coaxium for Hondo, we’re officially smugglers now and there’s only one place to for a cocktail when you’re a smuggler. Oga’s Cantina it is! The bartender is waiting, time to put in our order!

The unmarked entrance to Oga's Cantina
Entrance to Oga’s

The Cantina

Steps away from the Millennium Falcon is the less than well-marked entrance for Oga’s Cantina. The hole in the wall style lounge is hidden behind a lock-tight door, marked only by the Batuuan’s guarding the door. We recommend making an advance dining reservation via the My Disney Experience app.

Upon checking in with the host you’re guided to your reserved area. Walking through the doors you’re met with DJ Rex dropping hot beats that instantly transport you to your favorite Star Wars cantina scenes. The only thing missing is Lando chilling in the corner.

Passholder Insights: The majority of Oga’s Cantina is standing room only. There are only a few tables for sharing by multiple guests.

Drink Menu at Oga's Cantina
Alcoholic Drink Menu

What To Get?

A drink of course! Whether in you’re in the mood for a Batuu inspired cocktail, beer or wine, Oga’s god something for you. She even has a variety of non-alcoholic drinks as well. Lucky for us, we’re in the mood for a crafty cocktail or two. One thing to note about Oga’s Cantina is the limited amount of food options. The lounge is only offering one snack option called the Batuu Bites, a tasty dip that comes highly recommend.

Passholder Insights: Reservations at Oga’s are limited to 45 minutes, and each guest is able to order two drinks of any combination of alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Oga's Cantina Fuzzy Tauntaun
Fuzzy Tauntaun

The Fuzzy Tauntaun  

What’s the tingling? Upon first sip of the Fuzzy Tauntaun you feel a tingling on your lips from the unique foam that tops the cocktail. The orange-flavored cocktail combines peach vodka and schnapps, with simple orange syrup to create the iconic drink at Oga’s. The refreshing yet not too sweet cocktail is perfect for a hot day on Batuu. We found the cocktail to be a more upscale version of a drink you would find in the islands. By far the star of the show is the foam topper.

Jedi Mind Trick at Oga's Cantina
Jedi Mind Trick

The Jedi Mind Trick

It fooled us! Bright blue in color, the bartenders are combining two types of vodka with falernum, blue curacao, and finishing it with white grape juice, lime juice, and grapefruit bitters. With a grapefruit forward flavor, this is a drink for any looking for a more tart less sweet option. For us, it was right up our alley, as we tend to enjoy less sweet cocktails. We were pleasantly surprised by the flavor profile, as any time we see a blue drink our minds tend to move towards sweet drink. The trick worked!

The Outer Rim from Oga's Cantina
The Outer Rim

The Outer Rim

It’s all about the black salt. The tequila-based cocktail adds passion fruit puree, lime juice, and acai liqueur to create what we in the DVC Duo house like to call the Batuu margarita. What makes the drink stand apart from a traditional margarita is the black salt rim. It’s a little less salty taste than you may expect. Definitely a solid drink that we found to be more alcohol forward than the Fuzzy Tautaun.

T-18 Skyhopper from Oga's Cantina
T-18 Skyhopper

T-18 Skyhopper

Great spin on a classic! Mixing together vodka, melon liqueur, and half and half you get one of the more unique options at Oga’s Cantina. In what we can only describe as a melon flavored White Russian, the T-18 skyhopper is rich in flavor from the half and half. A little thicker than a normal cocktail, we found the cocktail enjoyable and something that fit the thememing to a “T”. For us, we’re usually not fans of cocktails made with dairy, however, the T-18 Skyhopper is definitely one we would order again.

Our Thoughts

Amazing experience! Oga’s Cantina is definitely all about the environment and recreating the epic scenes from the movies. The drinks options are solid, but the combination of the solid cocktails with the overall themeing of the lounge is what makes it a home run. For a more traditional lounge feel we would recommend heading over to the Brown Derby Lounge at Hollywood Studios.

Round of Fuzzy Tauntauns? Don’t mind if we do!  

What Are The Best Epcot Sit Down Restaurants? – DVC Duo’s Top 3

What Are The Best Epcot Sit Down Restaurants? – DVC Duo’s Top 3

Challenge accepted! Picking the best Epcot sit-down restaurants is no easy task, but we’re always up for a challenge. Circling Seven Seas Lagoon, in Epcot’s World Showcase is an array of dining options, each with their own unique experience. Some may say the World Showcase is your culinary oyster. Oh, oysters, we could go for some right about now. Pass the hot sauce! Ok, we’ve got focus. Our forks are in hand, let’s head out on a journey around the World Showcase to find the DVC Duo’s best Epcot sit down restaurants. Al la cuisine!

Rose and Crown Entrance, one our Best Epcot Sit down Restaurants
Entrance to Rose & Crown

Pub and Grub

Home to one of our favorite quick-serve locations at Epcot, the UK pavilion is more than just fish and chips. Which are fabulous. Located along Seven Seas Lagoon is the Rose & Crown pub. Offering a variety of classic British pub favorites, the Rose & Crown pub menu from top to bottom is solid.

The go-to menu item is definitely the fish and chips. You can’t go wrong with this option. For us, what keeps us coming back and asking for more are two dishes. First and foremost is the corned beef and cabbage. The traditional Irish dish raises the bar on what we know as a boiled dinner. Not playing second fiddle to the corned beef, are the bangers and mash. The only missing from these dishes is, well, nothing. After enjoying a meal at Rose & Crown you’ll see how it made our best Epcot sit down restaurants list.

Passholder Insights: The patio seating to Rose & Crown is one of the best areas for viewing Illuminations and soon, Epcot Forever. We recommend making an Advance Dining Reservation for around 7:30 pm for the best opportunity to be sat on the patio.

Entrance to one our best Epcot sit down restaurants San Angel Inn
Entrance to San Angel Inn Restaurante

Margarita Time

Isn’t it always margarita time? We like the way you think! With multiple dining options, Epcot’s Mexico pavilion has two sit down restaurant options representing different regions of the country. For the Pacific coast flavors of the region we recommend checking our La Hacienda de San Angel. Our favorite is San Angel Inn Restaurante within the Mayan Temple.  

With a menu designed around the traditional Yucatan regional dishes, San Angel Inn Restaurante is an iconic Epcot dining experience. Known for its al Fresca style dining, the restaurant is well more than just an environment, the menu packs a punch. Offering up the best mole we’ve eaten outside of Mexico, San Angel Inn Restaurante is a must on every trip for us.

Passholder Insights: The best spot in the restaurant are the tables along with the water with a view of one of our favorite Epcot rides.

Entrance to one our Best Epcot Sit Down Restaurants Le Cellier
Entrance to Le Cellier

Basement Dining

Windows, who needs windows when you’re enjoying a steak? Not us. Tucked away in the Canada pavilion is one of the best steak restaurants on Disney property, Le Cellier. Themed around a wine cellar, Le Cellier is well known for two things, perfectly wood-fired steaks, and cheddar cheese soup. Oh yeah, and pretzel bread. How could we forget the pretzel bread?

Well-executed food is why Le Cellier makes our best Epcot sit down restaurants list. From starter to dessert the Disney chefs deliver on all levels, including the unique spins on classic cocktails. Whether your preferred cut of meat is a filet, strip, or rib eye, one thing is for certain, if it will be perfectly cooked. Using an oak-fired grill every steak has the perfect crust filled with smoky flavors from the grill.

For an extra special touch, add on the mac n cheese. No need to thank us.

Passholder Insights: At the Food and Wine Festival you’re able to sample the filet and cheddar cheese soup at the Canadian festival booth.

Our Thoughts

No bad choices at Epcot. The park has an abundance of great dining options, from pizza in Italy to traditional kebobs in Morocco. The hardest decision is figuring out what you’re in the mood to eat. Soon our options will be even harder with the addition of the new space restaurant. We’re already predicting this restaurant will be a home run. For now, these are our best Epcot sit down restaurants, check back tomorrow, as we’re sure the list will change. Our dinner is served!

Ronto Roasters for Breakfast – Waking Up On Batuu

Ronto Roasters for Breakfast – Waking Up On Batuu

Roasting away! No, we’re not talking about the Florida heat, we’re talking about Ronto Roasters for breakfast. As the sun rises over Batuu, and hunger sets in, you’ll have a couple of options for morning dining on the planet. Today, we’re looking for something handheld, something we can grab and go, we’ve got a Millennium Falcon to pilot! Ronto Roasters for breakfast it is. Napkin in one hand, and a Ronto Wrap in the other, we’re ready to review!

Back Story 

Everything has a story, and Ronto Roasters is not different. Themed around pod racing, Ronto Roaster is a quick-serve location in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge specializing in more or less one time, the Ronto Roasters wrap. Using a pod racer engine to roast, the droid pitmaster turns the spit to roast the meat (Ronto) for the specialty sandwich. 

Passholder Insights: For any “Galaxy’s Edge” merchandise you should head over to Keystone Clothiers on Hollywood Blvd, as no Galaxy’s Edge Logo merchandise is available on Batuu

Ronto Roasters Droid Cooking Away
Droid Roasting the Ronto

Where’s It Located? 

In Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. We know that Nate, but where inside of it? On the evaluated platform within the land, you’ll find Ronto Roasters. You can access the quick-serve either through the market or directly across from Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. The open-air location has a small amount of seating available, as the food was designed to eat while walking around.

Passholder Insights: To save even more time you can order from Ronto Roasters with Mobile Ordering in the My Disney Experience App. 

Menu at Ronto Roasters
Menu

Breakfast Is Served 

Perfect, we’re ready to eat. Our pitmaster has roasted our Ronto to perfection and it’s time to try what they’re serving up. Breakfast at Ronto Roasters has a variation of the traditional Ronto Wrap. Wrapping, scrambled eggs, grilled Ronto (pork sausage), cheddar cheese in a pita then drizzling it with a black peppercorn sauce you’ve our breakfast of Batuuan champions.

Delicious! Wow, it seems simple and it is, but it just works. The breakfast wrap revolves around two things, the grilled Ronto (pork sausage) and black peppercorn sauces. Biting into the perfectly roasted sausage you get that snap you’re looking for. Tender, juicy, flavorful, and everything in between, is how we like to describe sandwich. We found the sausage to be on the mild side, but no sweet light a traditional Italian sausage, more like a variation on a bratwurst. 

What brings everything together is the black peppercorn sauce. It adds a slight bit of spice you’re looking for in the sandwich, while not overpowering the sausage. What we liked most about it is how it added to the pita. A lot of times plain pita can be forgetful, not with this black peppercorn sauce it. 

Passholder Insights: There is no sign marking where Ronto Roasters is located. If you’re in the market it’s at the far end. 

Ronto Roasters Rising Moon Overnight Oats
Rising Moon Overnight Oats

The Other Option 

There’s more? Yes, there’s a second option for breakfast at Ronto Roasters and it’s Rising Moon Overnight Oats. Combining an array of seasonal fruit, dragon fruit, and oats, the overnight oats are served purple in color. We enjoy overnight oats a lot, however, we found the texture of this offering to be a little bit off, almost like they’re “rushing” the process. The fruit on top of the oats was fantastic, you could definitely tell it was fresh. Purple in color and flavor, the overnight oats have a slight berry flavoring to them. For us, we much preferred the wrap over the oats.

Our Thoughts 

Can we have a second? Yes, and yes we did. Ronto Roasters is a fantastic addition to the Walt Disney World quick-serve family. It’s definitely on par with Satu’li Canteen over in the Animal Kingdom. If you enjoy sausage, then this your spot. Casey’s Corner better watch out, as there’s a new kid in town serving up some great meat in tube form. The only problem we have is trying to share it!