The Rose and Crown hotel opened in 1841 and is the oldest hotel in WA and the third oldest licensed hotel in Australia; there are a number of bars, dining areas and simply places to sit around and have a relaxing drink; the outdoor dining area – beer garden – is we think easily the best of any hotel in Perth.
The underground Cellar Bar, down a steep set of stairs reveals an old (luckily covered) well that was used to draw water in colonial days.
The renovated Stables bar at the rear of the hotel has added yet another great spot to enjoy the atmosphere.
Lady FWO and I, living only 150 or so metres away from the pub’s front door, often drop by for a drink; during the week we stopped by for just that and something to eat. We were there too early for the dining room but happy enough to choose off the dishes on the all-day bar menu.
Feeling slightly Mexican, we opted for the pulled lamb nachos and fish tacos.
Soft tortillas piled high with small fillets of nicely fried fish, moist, tender, topped with green leaves, avocado and a mild spicy, creamy chipotle sauce, really hit the spot.
It was a generous serve, and was well presented on a board. A very good bar snack, we thought.
Likewise the nachos, a good sized bowl of warm corn chips, topped with a pile of melt in the mouth lamb, juicy and full of flavour; a mild tomato salsa, sour cream infused with lime and tequila, and finished off with smashed avocado.
Both of our dishes demonstrated the thought and skill that goes into the food at the Rose and Crown.
The wine list at the Rose and Crown has a good range of wines from WA and the Swan Valley, as well as others from around Australia and overseas, with 15 or so available by the glass.
Beers on tap include Feral Hop Hog, Little Creatures Pale Ale and Sly Fox with Corona, Cascade and the like available by the bottle.
From the list we ordered a bottle of the excellent 2011 Picardy Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend. An aromatic nose full of plums and spice, with tobacco notes, the wine has smooth, fine tannins, and plum, chocolate and mulberry flavours abound; it is an elegant wine which will reward a few years in the cellar.
The Rose and Crown serves very good quality pub food – a cut above much of that going around – and the gardens and bars make this a great spot to relax at any time of the day or year – outside in the sun, inside by the fireplace – it is certainly a wonderful place to be.
We like it, and it has the added benefit for us to being just around the corner.