Normally when we go along to the Rose and Crown – which is often as it is only a hundred metres or so away from our house – we sit out in the beer garden, arguably the best in Perth – the Rose and Crown has been superbly restored and the outdoor area simply shines.
But on this occasion, at lunch, we opted to eat inside in the dining room – a typical old style pub dining area – heavy wooden chairs and tables and the rest, but comfortable and welcoming for all that.
We began with a shared dish of corn fritters – these were a tad overdone, the coating quite dark, however inside they were moist and creamy, so all’s well that ends well.
Then onto the mains – first a quite delicious pie – steak and ale filling, rich and unctuous, in a flaky short pastry, sitting on a bed of wilted spinach, creamy mash along with crisp parsnip chips – absolutely nailed this – excellent.
Our second main – crab bruschetta – a couple of crisply toasted strips of ciabatta, smothered in a mix of picked crab meat, fennel and chilli – light, fresh flavours – loved it.
With this we enjoyed a bottle of rosé from Margaret River’s Marq winery – 2017 Serious Rosé – lovely drop from Mark Warren, made from Grenache. Cherries and strawberries dominate the bouquet with a waft of crushed lemon blossom. As the name suggests this is no sweetie…crisp and elegant with sour cherry and pomegranate flavours overlaid with Turkish Delight.
That helped a very enjoyable lunch to a satisfactory conclusion.
With a great range of drinks, food that is a cut above the average pub fare and friendly staff it is a treat to sit around in such an historic site being the oldest pub in WA and the third oldest licenced premises in Australia. We love it.