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A Little Bit of Britain in Sunny Florida

If you have ever wanted to visit the United Kingdom for a vacation or to visit long lost relatives, a trip to The Rose and Crown Dining Room and Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot is something you may be interested in. However, don’t be taken in by your server’s costume! This is not what they wear back home, honestly. Dressed in wenches costumes the girls wear mob caps on their heads and the boys are kitted out in waistcoat and breeches.

I would definitely make a reservation if you wish to eat at the Rose and Crown as it is very popular both at lunch and dinner times. If you have an annual Disney pass it will enable you to claim 10 per cent off the cost but only at lunch times and only on weekdays.

Traditional English fare is the description given on the menu and you cannot go far wrong if you choose Harry Ramsden’s famous fish and chips (for our American readers, chips are not the same in the United Kingdom, our chips are your french fries. Oh, and incidentally your chips are called crisps in the UK). Confusing I know yet we all speak the same language! Try the sherry trifle, I don’t think that they have anything similar to this in the United States but I’m certain you will enjoy every mouth watering spoonful especially if you have a sweet tooth. Custard and jelly (not your jelly because that’s called jam in the UK, jello is the nearest US equivalent) with fruit and little pieces of sponge cake soaked in sherry topped off with whipped cream and a cherry….delicious.

Children’s meals are available for ages 3 to 11 but if your child is older the servers don’t mind if you order a kid’s meal for them just so long as the adults aren’t ordering from the children’s menu also!

If you haven’t made a reservation or you are passing by, try the fish ‘n chip takeaway that’s situated just around the corner from the restaurant. Wrapped in authentic newspaper (well nearly authentic) served in a basket with tartar or tomato sauce you can sit on a park bench in the little garden across the way and enjoy a taste of English tradition.

Adjacent to the restaurant is an old fashioned English pub serving real ale. There are plenty of choices on offer from Guinness Stout and Harp to Tennants Lager or Boddingtons Ale. If you are having trouble deciding and do not wish to imbibe heavily, after all you have all the rides to go on for the rest of the afternoon why not try the ‘Imperial Sampler’ which includes 5 4oz samples. That way you get to try them all out whilst remaining sober at the same time.

For one of the best views of Epcot’s nightly fireworks and laser show - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth you could not do any better than to eat outside at the restaurant around 8pm. Then just as you are finishing off your coffee the fireworks will begin. What a way to end a meal…….brilliant!

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