Whereas most pub chains strip things down when refurbishing, Chef & Brewer take the opposite approach, turning up the 'rustic' quotient whenever they can. So the 'new-look' Rose and Crown now comes with lowered ceilings, real heavy wooden beams and various olde knickknacks; the whole effect is fairly convincing and not too bad, in a harvester kind of way. There's three ales on tap, none particularly inspired and food best described as 'adequate', which is a shame for a place which promotes it so heavily. Still, it has a great location overlooking Kew Green and sitting in the pleasant front garden watching the cricket on a sunny afternoon couldn't be more pleasant, or quintessentially English, if it tried.
Reviewed by redcat
03 Jul 2006