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The Rose and Crown
Ranked #53 of 82 Restaurants in Devizes
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed November 13, 2016

Having seen the signs for Bill & Gerry's pop up kitchen at The Rose and Crown over the past months its something that I have wanted to try. Wasn't sure how it worked so phoned the night before. No need to book, just turn up and order from the menu. Had a warm welcome from the staff, friendly homely atmosphere with a real fire. Obviously very popular with the locals.
I chose pheasant casserole and my son had the beef goulash, with side dish of warm crusty bread. Pheasant was off the bone, beautifully cooked, rich red wine sauce, stuffing ball and dumpling, vegs. and crouton. My son said that his beef was one of the best "stews" he's ever had. Real winter comfort food and so filling that sadly we didn't have room for dessert.
Loved the whole feel of the pub, nice to know that the real English village pub is still alive! Thank you Bill and Gerry for a wonderful Sunday lunch.

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Thank Sheena B
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

Very friendly village pub, run by very nice people, we visited three nights and made welcome by owners and local customers alike. Serving excellent ales and ciders on tap. Do not serve food but saying that the pop up kitchen/barbecue boys were there twice during our stay and cooked excellent stir fries, crepes, burgers and chicken etc. really nice pub and atmosphere.

1  Thank Martin P
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Reviewed July 30, 2016

This is how a village pub should be! Lovely old place with friendly customers and staff.
Beer is well kept and everything was bright and clean.
Well worth a visit.

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Thank Paul G
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Reviewed June 20, 2016

So, this pub is in new hands again 3rd Landlord in 18 months and this ones a Little
well shall we say ....shy. Polite enough but really not engaged.

We visited on a Friday night and the place was heaving. We had to sit outside to enjoy our pints of wadworths 6x Bitter( £3.40) in a small plan grass garden with 6 new bench tables facing the road.

Rumour from the locals is that the new owners have bought the pub specifically to run it down over the first few months and then seek planning permission to convert to housing. This seem a little far fetched to be honest an I was thinking too much Cider and conspiracy theory, until you look behind the bar...Its really poorly stocked and uopn asking was told they only sell wine in minatures ( handbag size, so I'm informed). This is conscious decision apparently. They also have decided not to do food on a permanent basis.

However, on the night we went there was a trendy "Pop up Kitchen" from two visiting chefs...Bill and Gerry. We couldn't eat as the thing was sell out and the food looked amazing and around £14 for 2 courses. We counted 38 people eating.

There were also a group of 6 or so well heeled 40-Something Gents discussing Politics and shakepeare at the bar ( I kid you not) and they were very polite. Not what I was expecting at all for a rural local.

Decor is looking tired and 30 years out of date, but its just go so much potential and clearly a very supportive local base.

So... why on earth a really busy village Pub decide not do food, sell wine by the minature yet allow a pop up kitchen to feed 40 people on its premises, use its kitchen, make a complete success of the evening and prove the case for catering is completely beyond me.

Odd place, but we liked it. There's a pie night coming up from Bill and Gerry in a few weeks so and will go back on a pop up kitchen night unless its been converted to a house by then !

Nice pint though.

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5  Thank Joethetaxpayer
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Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Our first visit to this excellent pub but certainly not the last. Friendly, welcoming staff, good choice of food and drinks which are filled to the top.
Very good value, something for every purse.
Highly recommended

1  Thank Lisa B
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