What better time to drop into Perth’s best beer garden than now with Spring in the air, and warmish sunny days? Well that is what we thought, so off we went – it helps it is only a couple of hundred metres away, too.
We found a comfortable spot at the back of the courtyard near the old stables and proceeded to look over our wine choices – they do have a pretty good wine list, and in keeping with their location a good representation from Swan Valley and Perth Hills wineries.
On this occasion, however, a Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River caught our eye, and the 2012 Thompsons Estate it was. With a lovely bouquet of mulberries, blackcurrants and chocolate, and a silky smooth palate loaded up with flavours of plums and cherries, with finishing touches of dark chocolate, it proved to be excellent current drinking.
Naturally with our wine a snack was in order – nothing too big we thought, so a dish of dirty potatoes soon found its way to the table. Potato chunks fried with jalapenos, red and green onion, and topped with whisps of shaved parmesan, it was just the thing. Well-cooked spud, with lots of crunchy pan-sticky bits at the bottom of the dish – the chilli gave it a pleasant zing, and the parmesan a nutty finish.
The Rose and Crown has, as I said earlier, what we think to be the best beer garden in Perth – and lots of different areas within it to hide away – it is a superbly presented place. They offer a great range of drinks, the food is a cut above the average pub fare, the staff are friendly and welcoming, and 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. Certainly worth a visit!