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Another Fullers House with a drop in ale quality - the Seafarers tasted like it was made with sea water.
Snarling_Mallard - 3 Jan 2014 19:36
Reasonably pleasant Fullers pub tucked away in a quiet village-like location not a million miles away from South Ealing tube. The interior has been modernised a little , but retains a traditional atmosphere. It also appeared to have a nice garden at the rear. Beers on were all from the Fullers range - Pride, ESB, Wild River, Red Fox & Seafarers. Aspalls was the cider.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Sep 2012 20:37
not been in the area for a few years and thought i would give this place another try, so glad i did great pub with nice decor and wide selection of drinks. i was very impressed as my last visit was very poor.
shake45 - 29 Oct 2011 16:43
I don't like this pub........micro waved food and typical Fuller's managed house with no soul..........and a pathetic attempt to convince us that the ale is good with a blackboard informing us when the ale was racked and who did it..............what a joke when the ale tastes mediocre anyway...........I'd sooner pay a few pence more and choose from the 5 ales available up the road @ The Red Lion.....A Real Pub for Real People.
Thomasburrows - 6 Jul 2011 18:40
Back again and can report that the Rose and Crown is open for business.

It was a nice enough local pub before however the refit has livened it up a bit without going over the top.

The Sunday roast was much improved on the last visit (although possible a touch expensive if you opt for the lamb - £11.95 - when the Kings Arms and New Inn do a cracking carvery for £9.95).

Efficient service, reasonably priced, did resemble a creche at times and a nice beer garden (shame it was pi55ing down today). Added bonus is the Seafarers on top (I do like to make my regular contribution to charity.......).
brodie_bruce - 5 Jun 2011 20:48
Hmmmm, called past here on Friday for a pint but the place was in darkness and looked like ladders and drop sheets inside.

I hope it's just a refurb and that the place hasn't closed down! Out of the three Fullers pubs around the area, the Rose and Crown was still my favourite even after the Sunday roast incident.
brodie_bruce - 3 Apr 2011 21:33
Methinks some of the ex regulars doth protest too much. Some of the former drinkers were so up themselves that really, really, it's a blessing that they've found somewhere else to patronise. And I do mean patronise.

Sorry to hear about mr bruce's unfortunate cullinary experience; it can vary, I guess but overall, the food is agreeable.
E1_Norton - 6 Jan 2011 17:28
Went here a few weeks ago for a Sunday roast and can honestly say that it was the worst roast I've ever had. Lamb was stringy, had a couple of mangy looking carrots on the plate and the roast potatoes were dismal. Mentioned it to the waitress at the time and was told we could speak to the manager if we wanted to wait - we didn't (well, couldn't) so e-mailed later but not a word back.

Shame as it's a pub I want to like - nice range of beer, still has Seafarers on tap, it's handy and up until that last meal the food was good too (had a cracking pie a month or so before that roast).

Give it a few months and I'll try again.....but I might look at what the roasts coming out from the kitchen are like first (otherwise I'll be nipping back to the Wheatsheaf).
brodie_bruce - 23 Oct 2010 18:24
I often nip in here in the afternoons and they have some decent beers and good food. Friendly staff and I've enjoyed a few music and quiz nights here as well. My favourite pub in South Ealing.
MarwoodChap - 16 Sep 2010 13:34
Much more food orientated than it used to be. Usual Fuller's offerings - tried the Gale's Seafarers whcih was a tad insipid. They opened out the small cosy bar area to make it more a part of the pub which was the last bit you could escape for a quiet pint away from people stuffing their faces and brats charging round. Doesn't feel like a pub anymore.
anonymous - 30 Aug 2010 09:48
My housemates and I are fans of the Rose and Crown, a friendly, local boozer with Tom in charge who cares about the place and is always up for a game of table football. The food is good quality and you get plenty for your money. The quiz night on a Sunday is well attended (our only gripe is that it starts too late and runs on a bit for a school night). But on the whole, a big thumbs up.
sopharelli - 5 Jul 2010 00:22
My friends & I stopped going to this place after (a) being overlooked & then denied last orders when the clock was plainly wrong, & (b) the darts' board was removed to even-more poncify the place...Gastro, expensive & pretentious spring to mind.
lenzarov - 5 Jan 2010 14:02
A hidden gem, trumps the nearby Castle Inn (great pub but spoiled by overly blokey atmosphere) and the New Inn (great staff but no atmosphere). Staff are attentive and chatty, beer is good. What more could you ask for? Also jazz nights, film nights and recently; a Thanksgiving evening (boss is American).
E1_Norton - 15 Dec 2009 17:31
Given it's location, off the main road tucked away a bit i'm surprised this doesn't have a more "community boozer" feel to it. Perfectly alright but must try harder. With the New Inn and Red Lion so close the Rose and Crown just isn't one to draw a fellow in really. Shame.
realalesnob - 28 Apr 2009 20:00
Actually I liked this pub and went back with my wife who liked it too. It's big, so if you want a pubby atmosphere there's plenty of places where you can't actually see the diners. The staff were friendly and helpful. We saw a jazz funk band there called Slipstream who were really good and apparently there's going to be more music here on a regular basis.
contrabass - 12 Oct 2008 17:39
Can't help but agree with other comments. It's a disappointing pub. It's certainly geared to diners and in particular diners with children it seems - both of which for me, curmudgeounly git that I am, should be largely absent from boozers. At least the dining area is demarcated away from the drinking areas. The pub has a problem with identity though - it's a big space, surely something more imaginative could be done with it? They have not made a virtue of its size and merely bunged in loads of dining tables and thought - oooooh, space for food. I don't mean gastro-fy it further (heaven forbid) but keep its authentic British pub feel and as another reviewer said, make it into a quality music venue perhaps. It's just so bland at the moment - and no doubt the diners resent the drinkers and the drinkers the diners. On the day I visited recently both the Pride and the Chiswick were lacklustre and flavourless .. maybe just a bad day as on other occasions it has been fine. If you go to the Churchill in Notting Hill (another Fullers pub), although i think it is personally overrated at least you feel the place has a sense of identity and verve. Maybe it just takes a good manager, someone with ideas and imagination.
Ullage - 1 Oct 2008 12:45
I will agree with most of the previous reviews that this is a pretty unremarkable pub. I feel that the management are after diners and not drinkers, which is not great for a boozer.

As would be expected in a Fullerís pub Pride and ESB are available along with Discovery and Chiswick. There are also a few premium and bog standard lagers ranging from Carling to Leffe.

The beer garden is quite nice with covered/uncovered areas and a hut with a sign saying that this should be reserved for smokers. There is no area reserved for non-smokers though - except inside the pub away from the harmful UV rays!

This is not a pub that I would go out of my way for, but it would be nice in the garden on a hot summerís day.
Strongers - 24 Jul 2008 07:05
Good pub on the whole. Could do with more live music there though. Was in one night and the Eric Gilchrist Jazz Quintet was playing - added a whole lot more fun to our evening. Recommend you get this group in again and if you do, I'll come again.
music_lover - 16 May 2008 14:46
Paid a massive £8.65 for a large wine and pint of stella;more fool me!!! Am I the only one to think that fullers prices are extortionate? So why did I go? One because I'm an idiot. Two, because my girlfriend really likes it there and i feel like a tightarse if I am constantly avoiding Fuller's pubs.
I really think more of us need to boycott these pubs-starting with my own stupid self.
weston - 17 Mar 2008 12:58
I completely agree with the comment below, this pub has not character or atmosphere. Its just another fullers carbon copy. The quiz does nothing a pub quiz should, its boring. I wouldn't avoid this pub, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there either.
annom1 - 10 Feb 2008 16:02
This pub lacks everything for me. it is a lovely pub but there is no atmosphere, the staff are like robots and the music always seems odd to me
The menu is ok if you understand what all the posh words mean.
I feel its trailng away from what use to be a great pub, shame.
shake45 - 24 Sep 2007 23:06
when you get over the 'off the beaten track'novelty value, this pub in essence is boring and the food mediocre.
weston - 12 Jul 2007 10:51
dissapointed what have fullers done here last year this was a great pub. now just very dissappointing cannot put my finger on it
anonymous - 10 Jul 2007 22:42
Fairly bog standard Fullers pub. I'm not a local, but I didn't get any funny looks, nor did I see any hillbillys ( whatever that means ). Not worth going out of your way to find - but worth popping in if passing

Another sighting of Thwaites Lancaster Bomber as a guest beer - didn't see any body order a pint though
JohnBonser - 13 Jun 2007 12:10
beers good, but its full of hillbillys. You get looked apon if your not a local. full of old men drinking at the bar. dont get me wrong, its a nice place, just abit dull.
anonymous - 29 Mar 2007 19:05
Only a snapshot I know but came here for the first time for a long time on Saturday night, only 2 girls serving, one had to disappear to serve food, leaving 1 covering the 2 bars. Bunch of old blokes drinking out of tankards sat at the bar, blowing clouds of smoke over staff and others waiting, who had to order drinks through them, why don't they sit at one end? Waited 10 minutes for service and left. went over to the New Inn, was busier in there but had had 4 or 5 staff on, got served immediately. Basics.
Dave_ESB - 5 Feb 2007 14:51
Another meal which we all enjoyed. The stuffed peppers and risotto is a modestly-sized dish but quite delicious. Manager/landlord and his South African assistant most cordial and welcoming. The place seems generally to be liked because one sees families with babies, plus elderly and disabled, as well as partying-types and older hangers-on like me. The Chiswick went off for a while but there was Pride and ESB to fill in. Rugby on the screens but the volume wasn't excessive so non-sports-fans like me could still talk and listen. The impression is of cleanliness and efficiency. My companions could smoke (though not at table), but I guess policy on that may soon be decided by higher authorities than landlord/managers. Garden looks nice but you wouldn't have caught me out there in this weather.
pauldanon - 13 Feb 2006 15:40
We ordered drinks and food over the bar; no problem with waiters and bills. Delicious tagliatelle (pronounced with a deliberate and perceptible "g" in the Ealing argot) with vegetarian sauce, and sausage and mash, both apparently prepared fresh by a white-hatted hirsute chef who regards customers with unintentional surliness though a serving-hatch that could be taken for a stainless steel widescreen TV. The pedestrian Pride, though drinkable, made one yearn for the low-cost cornucopia of pornographically-named guest-beers at Wetherspoon's who, it appears, now never close.
pauldanon - 4 Dec 2005 17:20
Great pub before the refurb,with a funny quiz that got everyone laughing every week.since the refurb its lost any charm it had,waiters take your order for drinks so you have to wait for a bill like in a restaraunt,which i think is bad.Food has always been mediocre but is overpriced and the last time i did go to the bar i was looked up and down by some poisonous little toad of a barman with the 'latest' hairdo.
bernard2504 - 22 Sep 2005 11:45
I think this is a fairly decent place - a large Fullers' house, it serves the full range of Fullers ales fairly well. The food clearly aspires to more than bog standard pub grub and looks OK. It also has a nice garden and the service is pretty good.
grecian - 9 Sep 2005 10:38
Hmmmmmmmmmm. Been dollied up, and reupholstered - great. But the beer has all been jacked up in price - £3.10 for a pint of ESB anyone? Yes, I kid you not. And the food has also gone up in price, but down in quality - despite the 'gallery kictchen', the frozen to deep fry fish and chips I ordered was really quite disgusting (soggy, greasy, queasy). I think the aim is to make it seem a little like the Ealing Park Tavern gastropub, but it's nowhere near.
sparky747 - 11 Aug 2005 17:53
Am told it has undergone a refurbishment - looks good. Noteworthy because the staff were genuinely friendly. The waiter passing by our table said we had to order food at the bar, then offered to take our order anyway - and bring us drinks. No faulting that! Has a garden which is nice and a non-smoking section if you like that kind of thing.
richardings - 22 Jul 2005 16:07
I actually like this pub, and the beer is well kept. But I think it might well be time for the seating to be reupholstered - sitting there in the summer and sticking to the begrimed fabric in shorts is not pleasant. Nor is the Gents loo - possibly one of the worst toilet experiences in the world, and I've been in some smelly khazis all over place.
anonymous - 9 Nov 2004 17:16
Nice place! Looks like a whole new staff team to me, friendly and helpful! DONT TRY TO KICK YOU OUT ANYMORE!! Cracking atmosphere during the match! definatly going back to try the sunday roast, Hear its great!!
sara - 13 Sep 2004 13:28
how can Fuller's run this pub, the Castle and the Red Lion, and not do anything about the management here? or staff? or ambience?
time for a complete overhaul on the customer service front!
jay - 25 Aug 2004 19:16
Nice pub - but definitely agree about the over-enthusiastic ushering-out at 11pm. And the quiz on a Sunday (which used to be excellent) had gone severly downhill last time I visited, with the most annoying quizmaster in the world at the helm.
Ellie - 15 Jul 2004 15:06
I haven't been here since Haley left as manager, and I'm not sure I'd want to. As the comments below suggest, I've several friends who have given up on this place over the last few months, due to the vocal intimidation from the bar-staff at 11.05. Perhaps the current management would like to receive a hand-book on current licencing laws if they don't have one?
anthony2 - 13 Apr 2004 00:25
Totally agree with Ian about the R+C..we've had a more than one night spoilt in there by someone standing over us at 1105 demanding us to leave. Best was Christmas eve last year where they set all the tables for the next days dinner at 7pm and told us to move away from them! Sabotage naturally took place later..
Officer Dribble - 12 Mar 2004 04:57
My favourite... not just because i live in staggering distance, dont think it has much of an atmosphere but it is nice, everyone who works there are friendly and the sunday dinner for less than 7 quid is wicked !
Kat - 10 Mar 2004 13:08
Everything's fine with the Rose & Crown, apart from the staff's eagerness to get rid of you at 11 o'clock. We get 20 minutes of drinking-up time. We don't need seventeen reminders to leave.
Ian - 2 Mar 2004 15:53
Sitting in the Rose&Crown's spacious beer garden in the summer drinking a quality pint of Fullers Honey Dew (Britain's best beer- official) is one of lifes treats. Great Pub, mediocre food.
James B - 1 May 2003 15:33
Great pub, lovely food, relaxed atmostphere, good beer garden. The only thing that could make it better would be if Jacko himself made another appearance
Sheila - 23 Apr 2003 21:00
Fantastic Fullers pub, Large beer garden good but pricey food, sky TV.
arturo_morales - 19 Mar 2003 15:02
The bar staff are a bit too eager to kick you out of the pub at closing time for my liking. You never get the full 20 minutes drinking-up time. But good beer and decent atmosphere.
Phil - 4 Mar 2003 18:07
Had a meal in here and the food was fantastic! So was the beer. Friendly staff and clean. Not the kind of place you want to party in, maybe for a quiet drink.
Del - 1 Jan 2003 21:50
It used to be the pub that filmed a tv series called Brushstrokes ! apparently
Neil Spicer - 11 Jul 2002 17:00

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