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Rose and Crown, Orpington

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user reviews of the Rose and Crown, Orpington

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Stopped of whilst walking the dog and pleasantly surprised, given recent comments, a good pint of bombardier and a quite pleasant white Rioja. Service not wonderful, a bit gruff and slow, but adequate. Watched end of rugby, England won, which made the visit even better.
NormAle - 4 Dec 2012 10:51
just been to the rose and crown 2 years after i said i would never go back, as the sun was shining we sat outside in the garden, sorry rubbish dump, ordered food okish but for the price very poor you can get the same from iceland`s a lot cheaper i assume this is where they shop. the drink is served in plastic glasses for outside which is ok although most were using proper glasses outside, then at 9pm we were told to leave as we had children aged 14 and 11 who were sitting quietly in a deserted garden having just eaten dinner i asked if we could have pudding no was the answer as it was past 9pm dont bother with this pub it is in a downward spiral since youngs took over.
gubbsy - 26 May 2012 22:33
Went in Easter Sunday - early evening.
Atmosphere not good just lots of little boys shouting and swearing.

Bloke behind the bar didn't seem able to deal with simple requests.

Sh1t smeared all over the seat of the Gent's loo and floor awash with p1ss.

ripitupandstartagain - 26 Apr 2011 20:45
Went back here on Wednesday night after a few years out of the area and wasn't impressed!

Seems like youngs have got it all wrong and ruined a busy lively pub with decent staff, new crowd of drinkers not the best!
drinkiedrink - 10 Sep 2010 16:50
thank goodness youngs have finally seen sense and decided to change the manager, a dull and uninteresting woman with bad breath and very little in the way of social skills, i have witnessed her talking to her staff as if they were something nasty on her shoe that she had stepped in, being the worse for wear and shouting rudely across the bar after sampling to much of her products, and generally driving down trade from a once thriving venue. good riddance and next time you are passing just keep going.
papalouie - 7 Sep 2010 22:13
I hear there may soon be a change of Management, yet again ! What is wrong with this place or is it Youngs that just seem to cock things up. I have worked in Pub Management myself and I know ony too well that when a Pub doesnt work, blame and get shot of the Manager.Rather than admit that the Company have got it totally wrong.I visit The Rose & Crown at least twice a week and I have to say it has been much better since the current Landlady took over.The standards have definately improved and she Manages to create quite a nice atmosphere even though you can tell she is obviously under pressuer to increase trade.The Pub needs consistency so to keep changing the person at the Healm is a NO NO.
smileyjoe - 23 Aug 2010 17:49
We wanted feeding - only bar snacks available from a very vague menu. Didn't stay - went across the road to the Royal Oak.
steambeer - 23 Jun 2010 19:47
Slow staff. Typical chain type pub. This is the future sadly.
nickthefish - 26 Aug 2008 19:51
Well done Youngs! Managed to spoil a perfectly decent pub with the replacement of a decent freehouse serving unusual (for the area,) beer and good reasonably priced food, with bog standard overpriced (and not particularly well kept) Youngs Ale and an o psuedo gastro pub menu.

Now I accept that the family side of the pub was not welcomed by everyone, but that side of the business has also been wiped out.

All in all a real shame.
Norealaleinorpington - 22 Jun 2008 18:07
Typical food-led road house, very busy on a Sunday, slow services and average Youngs. Nothing special.
mtaylor40 - 9 Jun 2008 18:42
Sold to Youngs Brewery?That will give Colin even more time for sitting on the footpath and dangling his legs over the side.Its all the Guv ever did.
livelyjoe - 18 Jan 2008 04:42
This freehouse has apparently been sold to Youngs.

Lots of rumours around what they may or may not do and prices etc. Lets see what happens, but if half of what's been said is true this pub is likely to see numbers dwindle.
anonymous - 7 Sep 2007 16:17
Phoned up after reading the reviews above, to see if they had a beer garden. Asked the question and they said "yes" and then they put the phone down on me.

How's that for customer service. I won't be trying it out now!

anonymous - 9 Aug 2006 17:00
"Post monosyllabic"??
Beer Good, Landlord nice bloke, food lots of, tasty and cheap, barmaids mad but cute.
Immanuel Kant eat your heart out.
unklegash - 14 Apr 2006 21:27
My local.

Interesting to read some comments of another poster and fairly accurate IMO.

I like this pub, but then we all have a little soft spot for our locals and tend to overlook some of the bad bits.

The food is good although I don't like the restaurant area, it is a bit too "plastic". The bar side is nicely done and not quite so false as a S&L.

This is a one off in terms of ownership, it really is a freehouse.

Friday nights are busy and Sunday lunchtimes in the summer are heaving. The beer garden is huge with bouncy castles (tucked at the back) for the kids and a little play area. Very family friendly.

Weekend lunches in the summer are when this place really does come into it's own.
Guzzler - 17 Jan 2006 22:27

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