It’s finally cooling off in the Valley — this means comfortable weather to enjoy the Downtown Phoenix night life. Slip on your trousers, grab your mates and head to The Rose and Crown Pub for a pint and a chin wag.
The Rose and Crown Pub is located in a historic house in Heritage Square, downtown Phoenix. As soon as you walk in the door at The Rose and Crown, you are walking up to the bar. After you have your pint in hand, you can either go left to hunker down in one of the comfortable leather chairs by the billiards table, or you can go to the right and find a table to get some grub.
Adorning the walls is pop art portraits of British icons, including Her Majesty the Queen, Winston Churchill and others. The paintings were commissioned for the Rose and Crown and created by local artist Alexander Scott Hughes.
The pub has high definition TVs (so you won’t miss out on the game), dartboards, a billiards table, and a spacious outdoor patio.
And don’t forget the free Wi-Fi!
But as a pub, it’s all about the food and drinks. The Rose and Crown offers more than 50 beers, local and imported. The bar offers 10 beers on tap with four rotating taps to keep things fresh. Like any British public house, food is served from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and the menu offers traditional British dishes to American pub grub.
My dining companions and I had the pleasure of sampling the Bangers and Mash, the Sheppard’s Pie and the Fisherman’s Pie. Each dish was delicious and distinct in flavor (or shall I write flavour?).
The Bangers and Mash was served with a side of gravy and perfectly cooked asparagus. The sausages were seasoned with rosemary and onion, piled on top of homemade redskin mashed potatoes.
My beer recommendation: Guinness
The Fisherman’s Pie is a delicious alternative to the Sheppard’s Pie for all the pescatarians out there or for those wishing to be different while staying in their comfort food zone. The pie is a combination of halibut, salmon and haddock in a white sauce, potato and onion. It is served identically to the Sheppard’s Pie, piled high with mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side, but the taste is its own. My beer recommendation: Boddington’s
The Sheppard’s Pie was, hands down, the best I’ve ever had. Instead of using what seems as the traditional ground beef in the pie, a slow-cooked roast beef was used. Mixed in were green beans, carrots, thick gravy, and piled with more homemade mashed potatoes, smothered in cheddar cheese. My beer recommendation: Smithwicks
The Rose and Crown, though English in name, ale and appearance, embraces the American lifestyle; and with football season approaching (I’m talking Super Bowl football here, not World Cup), The Rose and Crown Pub will have plenty of events from pub trivia to game viewing specials.
Visit the Rose and Crown’s website for more information.
If You Go:
The Rose and Crown Pub
628 E. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Parking validation is available for 5th St. and Monroe parking garage.
Hours: Mon – Sat, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sun – 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.