Lunch @ Rose & Crown in Guildford, didn’t meet my expectations…

I’ve just come back from a girl’s lunch at the Rose & Crown in Guildford. I was quite keen to try the food there as the last time I went there it was just for drinks with burger boy in the very cool underground bar.

I checked out the trusty Urbanspoon very quickly for the address as I hit the roads, I didn’t read the reviews but saw that it had an 82% rating, so I had a expected a nice but pricey lunch.

When I first walked into the Rose & Crown,I saw aeroguard on our table. It was a Sunday afternoon so I thought it was rather strange…apparently ants were biting the girls underneath the table. Not a fantastic first impression.

I was tired from a busy weekend of drinking and felt like ‘comfort’ food, so I ordered the Sunday Roast which was pork with crackle and roasted vegetables (broccoli, potato, pumpkin) with gravy & apple sauce $28. It was beautifully presented and I was so excited to dig into it. That is until I took a bite and found that the roast pork was cold and a little dry. My roasted veggies were hot and cooked perfectly. I didn’t bother sending my roast back to the kitchen to be nuked in the microwave but I was disappointed as it looked so good. The $15 roast & grill meals you can buy at any shopping centre food hall taste better than what I had today.

The other girls enjoyed their meals though – maybe I was just unlucky. The gnocchi entrée (sweet potato, duck, cream sauce, pecorino) $21 looked amazing and my friend that had it loved it. The duck (slow cooked leg, braised red cabbage, lyonnaise potatoes, hazelnuts, watercress salad) $33 was also a winner – most of the girls thought that was nice too.

An amazing dessert after an average meal often turns my average foodie experience around but I couldn’t find anything on the dessert menu I liked…so I ordered the Ice Coffee which I thought was a safe option. To my dismay it was served with part of it spilt down the glass and onto the napkin, I had asked for plenty of ice-cream as I don’t like cream but it appeared to have melted on the way over from the kitchen (it was a hot day so I’ll give them that but I couldn’t even taste the ice-cream). I felt like I was drinking a room temperature watered-down latte. A couple of girls were also served wine with lipstick stained on the glass – not a great look.

It was a nice outing with the girls on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed the ambience and rustic feel of the Rose & Crown and the tasting platter was ok as it had chorizo and fetta which I love. All the little things that weren’t up to scratch weren’t major issues and can be easily fixed by the Rose & Crown… but I can’t say I’ll be rushing back for lunch based on my experience today. Maybe a drink later down the track…

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 


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