Bringing the best tastes of autumn to our plates

Bringing the best tastes of autumn to our plates

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, autumn menu

AUTUMN is my favourite time of the year.

It’s also Harvest Festival time – which brings a bounty of flavour and fresh ingredients to our dinner plates.

And the chefs at The Rose and Crown in Warwick are heralding the season in style with their new menu of comforting and satisfying seasonal fare. From new deli plates and mains to puddings and cheese, hunkering down for those winter months in a year quite like no other, is somehow less daunting.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, autumn menu

A Warwick resident for more than 20 years, The Rose and Crown is not an unfamiliar haunt and I was delighted to be invited back to be among the first to sample the new menu, which again, did not disappoint.

From a choice of eight starters, (ranging in price between £6 and £9.50), I opted for the Baked Somerset Camembert, Truffle Honey, Walnut Crust & Toasted Sourdough (£8) – a tasty opener to proceedings.

The Rose and Crown is not afraid to be bold in its flavour and texture combinations but, while I still devoured it, on this particular occasion, I wasn’t as convinced by the addition of the walnuts to this dish if I’m honest.

My husband had no such qualms with his selection from the Specials Menu however and offered high praise for the Moules Mariniere, Aoli and Sourdough Baguette (£7.50).

He stayed with the specials Menu for his main course and what was a new culinary first for him, Whole Roast Partridge, Bacon, Bread Sauce, Red Cabbage, Game Chips and Juniper Jus (£18). His verdict? Delicious and something he’d definitely return to again.

For someone who appreciates a fine cut of meat, my 8oz Rump Cap Steak (£19.75). sourced from local butchers Aubrey Allen, was mouthwatering and lived up to expectations. A 10oz Rib Eye cut (£27.50) and Steak Diane Fillet Steak Medallions, with Creamy Mushroom and Shallot Sauce, is also available for £25.

The tempting line up of main courses has satisfying British cuisine at its heart, but with some international notes, including Sri Lankan Spinach, Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry, Cashews, Coconut Sambal, Basmati Rice & Chapati (£14.75); Honey-glazed Merryfield Duck Breast, Savoy Cabbage, Smoked Bacon, Puried Celeriac, Green Peppercorn Jus (£22.50) and 14-Hour Braised Beef & Ale Pie, Buttered Mash, Greens and Gravy. (£15)

Or, interesting new options from the specials include Whole Roast Grouse and Roast Trout.

Do pay close attention to the description of the dishes though as you may wish to order a side of vegetables to accompany some of them. Options include Braised Red Cabbage, Seasonal Green Vegetables and a variety of chips and potato dishes.

For those who want a lighter snack, the deli plates offer a great alternative. Choices include olives, devilled whitebate, hummus and flatbread and beetroot falafel.

The colder weather also gives us a great excuse to indulge in some of our favourite puddings – well, it would be rude not to!

For those still able to make room, highlights include Banoffee Cheesecake, Rum-Soaked Raisins, Bananas & Pecans (£7.50); Lemon and Pistachio Polenta Cake with Black Cherries (£6.75) and Warm Chocolate Fondant and Honeycomb Ice Cream (£8).

There’s also the option of a Mini Pud and Tea or Coffee (£5.95) or a very good cheese board selection to finish in style. (1-5 cheeses from £3.75-£12)

But it was a return to the Specials Menu for me with an irresistible Brioche French Toast, Caramelised Apples and Rum and Raisin Ice Cream (£6.50) that did not disappoint.

Meanwhile hubby’s Crème Brulee and Shortbread (£6) was tasty and plentiful – and a great way to round off this delightful Rose and Crown autumn experience.

For those of us who still want to enjoy the fruits and flavours of autumn, check out The Rose and Crown’s new Dinner and Sunday menus.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, autumn menu

It’s easy to see why this restaurant, part of the Peach Pubs franchise, is a favourite with the locals. It has a cosy, comfortable and friendly vibe and boasts a clutch of awards to its name. It also feels safe in the current environment without being intrusive on your visit. The art of hospitality and conviviality has certainly not been lost against the backdrop of this horrific virus.

It truly is a jewel in the crown of a town blessed with a not insignificant number of fine eateries – and one we must continue to do our best to support.

Visit it and pre-book at: www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk

The jewel in Warwick’s crown

The jewel in Warwick’s crown

IT’S my favourite time of the year – the golden glow of the October trees and crisp autumn air in your nostrils.

It’s also Harvest festival time – which brings a bounty of flavourful and fresh ingredients to our dinner plates. A reason to celebrate in itself!

And the chefs at The Rose and Crown in Warwick are heralding the season in style with their new menu of comforting and satisfying Autumnal fare. From new deli plates, mains, puddings and cheese to even hearty breakfasts, hunkering down for those winter months has never been so much fun.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, Peach Pubs

A Warwick resident for more than 20 years, The Rose and Crown is not an unfamiliar haunt and I was delighted to be invited back to be among the first to sample the new menu, which sounded very promising.

From a choice of eight starters, (ranging in price between £5.75 and £11), I opted for the Pulled Pork & Chorizo Croquettes with Sweet Red Pepper and Sherry Dressing. A very tasty appetiser – and something new for me.

The Rose and Crown is not afraid to be bold in its flavour and texture combinations and options such as Buffalo Cauliflower Wings and Chipotle; Gin and Orange-cured Salmon with Crème Fraiche and Poppy Seed Tuille and Artichoke and Onion Soup with Crispy Bacon and Seed Crumb, were among those which most stood out. The soup, however, had proved so popular, it had already run dry.

My husband’s Native Scallops, Cauliflower Puree and Black Pudding and Pickled Apple dish didn’t disappoint.

A tempting line up of main courses has satisfying British cuisine at its heart, but with some international notes, including Sri Lankan Sweet potato and Cashew Curry and Chicken Milanese.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, Peach Pubs
Free-range Coq Au Vin and Seasonal Greens

My Coq Au Vin & Seasonal Greens was the perfect choice of warming hearty fare for the change of season. But it was not an easy decision with dishes such as Butcher’s Steak of the Day or Venison Haunch, Parmesan and Herb Crust, Butternut Squash, Kale and Truffle Jus or Pan-fried Sea Bream with White Bean Cassoulet and Clams, also competing for your attention.

And there’s a choice of four dishes which can be ordered as either a starter or main course, including Bang Bang Chicken, Cucumber and Peanut Salad and Sesame Dressing and Poached and Smoked Salmon Fishcake with Wilted Spinach and Lemon Butter Sauce.

Vegetarians can also enjoy the season’s bounty with a delicious-sounding Maple-roasted Beetroot, Pearl Barley and Goats’ Cheese and Pine Nuts combination.
The Autumn menu also sees the return of a favourite – American Pancakes with crispy bacon, or blueberries. There’s also Eggs Florentine, Eggs Benedict, Creamy Mushrooms on Sourdough Toast and Shakshuka, alongside the classics you’d expect.

Do pay close attention to the description of the dishes though as you may need to order a side of vegetables to accompany some of them, such as my husband’s Chicken Milanese with Garlic and Sage Butter and Skinny Fries or Green Salad.

Prices for main courses range between £11.50 (Warm Salad of Balsamic-roasted Peppers and Fennel, Avocado, Tomato and Lentils and Maple Dressing) to £19.75 (28-Day Dry-aged 8oz Rump Cap Steak with Chips and Rocket)

For those who want a lighter snack, the deli plates offer a great alternative. You can choose from any three of eight dishes for just £12. Great for sharing – or not!

The colder weather also gives us a great excuse to indulge in some of our favourite puddings – and these certainly did not disappoint.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, Peach Pubs
Honey Poached Pear, Brioche French Toast and Mascarpone

The Honey Poached Pears on Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone was one of the tastiest desserts I’d devoured in quite some time and definitely a favourite of the evening.

My husband’s Coffee and Walnut Cheesecake was also polished off with gusto – although he warns it’s only suited really for a particularly sweet tooth.

The Warm Chocolate Fondant with Caramelised Banana, Toffee Sauce and Chantilly Cream definitely has my name on it for next visit.

The Chocolate Fondant is the most expensive of the puddings at £7.50. The others are either £5.75 or £6.50.

And this will hopefully be sooner rather than later. I want to enjoy the fruits and flavours of this new autumn menu again, so am already looking for an excuse to return.

It’s easy to see why The Rose and Crown, part of the Peach Pubs franchise, is a favourite with the locals. It has a cosy, comfortable and friendly vibe and boasts a clutch of awards to its name, including Britain’s Best Brigade in 2017.

The Rose and Crown, Warwick, Peach Pubs
Rose & Crown Warwick / refurb

It truly is a jewel in the crown of a town blessed with a not insignificant number of fine eateries. I’m delighted to confirm that somehow it still manages to stand out as one of its very best.

Visit it and pre-book at: www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk