Proper taste of Britain; POSH NOSH ROSE & CROWN, Market Place, Warwick.
Even though the country has changed so much over the last century it's difficult to see which great traditions we've got left.
The jolly old street party is perhaps the best example of this.
Prince William barely had time to slip his mum's old sparkler on Kate Middleton's finger before calls came to celebrate the nuptials with a good old knees-up along a row of tables in the middle of a public highway.
The spontaneous parties would help rekindle our sense of community spirit and be a welcome distraction in these tough times of austerity, it was claimed.
Yeah, right. So while we're huddled round a plastic table in the pouring rain, next to God knows who might live next door, we are going to forget our fears over the mass job losses and the cutting of public services we've relied on for years.
No-one has had a street party for at least 30 years, back when Charles wed Di.
Even then, there weren't that many held. And the celebrations were in vain.
The pair were probably one of the most unhappy couples ever to have tied the knot.
But it is wrong to say that Blighty is completely without tradition.
It's still got quaint cottages, rolling meadows, a few red postboxes, and cheese rolling down the hills of rural Gloucestershire.
And, of course, it's still got the great British Sunday treat - a roast dinner with all the trimmings in a good old English pub.
You can travel the length and breadth of the place on the seventh day of the week but you will never be far from the offer of the old favourite.
And a great example of this is available at The Rose & Crown pub in historic Warwick. In this friendly hostelry, which is as popular with drinkers as it is with diners, we were met with a warm and friendly welcome and an impressively expert service.
The popular venue was buzzing with customers as we arrived in the late afternoon. One of its best assets is lending a modern feel to the great tradition. Antique-style chandeliers glistened against the striking, rough finished, silver-sprayed wall.
And while roast dinners were on offer aplenty, these were not served up, as tradition would dictate, on individual dishes swimming in gravy.
Instead, they arrived on giant platters, offering diners the chance to try a couple of meats at the very least.
I decided to go for the leg of lamb, juicily well-done and oozing with flavour, while my friend went for the impressively named Aberdeenshire 28-day dry-aged roast beef, which was pink and perfect (pounds 12.50 each).
Our meats came with a deep dish over-flowing with tasty veg, including cabbage, broccoli, roast potatoes and leeks.
There were also two gigantic yorkshire puddings, crispy and light and yellow and yum.
Before we began our dinner we enjoyed starters of luxuriously creamy garlic mushrooms on crunchy toast (pounds 5.75) and punchy duck and Shiitake mushroom pancakes with five spice chilli sauce (pounds 6.50). We ended our feast with a couple of winter warming puds.
I had a warm chocolate brownie, with white chocolate ice cream, complete with crunchy chocolate pieces which melted in the mouth perfectly with the warm sponge and icey ice cream.
My friend enjoyed a hearty sticky toffee pudding, swimming in sweetly soothing toffee, with a dab of vanilla ice cream (pounds 5.25 each).
I washed my meal down with a glass of sauvignon (pounds 4.95), while my friend, who was driving, enjoyed a refreshing soda water and lime. And we each enjoyed a refreshing fresh mint tea (pounds 2 each) before trekking back to Brum. FB Rose & Crown, Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SH (01926 411117)
TASTY: The Rose & Crown mixes quaint tradition with a slightly more modern presentation
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Mar 13, 2011|
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