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The Rose & Crown

I ate alone at the rose and crown in highgate last week.

service was perfectly adequate. food was simply-prepared, delicious winter fare. drinks were fine, particularly an old-fashioned mixed for me by the eager to please young american bartender, who properly took his time (essential for an old-fashioned) and appeared to show a real love of his work. the friendly young chef was passing through the dining area and took the time to enquire as to my meal. he needn't have worried. friendly, warm and charming. a real find.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Rose & Crown

upon arriving at this former local pub on a january thursday evening, we were greeted by a delightful young polish girl, who made us feel at home. the meat- and game-heavy menus came mounted on wooden frames. on a freezing winters' night a pot-roasted pheasant served whole (you are meant to carve it yourself) with braised red cabbage, hazelnuts and pancetta hit the spot for two of us (it is recommended to share). our companions opted for braised lentils with mushrooms, a hearty and well put-together if simple dish, and a pub classic: bangers and mash with onion gravy, pricy at £10.50 but otherwise perfect in every way. three sausages of venison, pork and leek, and another pork offering (honey?) on a bed of perfect light creamy mash, with a gravy as unctuous and silky as you will find. again, we were disappointed with the lack of ales on draught. the dessert menu was good but too small. service friendly and efficient

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

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