As a welcome break during our visit to Burwash, on an extremely hot, late August Sunday, we stopped for a family lunch at the “Rose and Crown”, although the only part of the pub which can be seen from the main road is its sign. Undeterred, we walked down a side road, to find a pretty 15th century pub with extremely low beams (those over about 5’9”, beware!).
A warm welcome awaited at the bar, where the staff were extremely helpful and attentive and, once our drinks were ordered, we settled down on the delightful terrace to choose our meals from an extremely diverse menu.
Although a full traditional roast was on offer, my husband, who has been successfully losing weight for a couple of months, threw caution to the winds and chose one of his favourites, Belly of Pork, which was slowly braised and served with dauphinois potatoes and red cabbage in a thyme, garlic and cider sauce; our daughter selected the Home Cooked Honey Roast Ham with eggs and chips and I, personally have never tasted sweeter or more succulent ham; our son, on the other hand, decided on Sausage & Mash with onion gravy. The sausages were meaty and full of herbs, while the mash soaked up the delicious gravy. I chose to stick to my diet and selected the Smoked Salmon and Crayfish salad which was beautifully presented and tasted every bit as good as it looked.
The food arrived promptly and was beautifully cooked, the portions being extremely generous. The service was polite and unobtrusive, allowing us – and the many other diners – to enjoy our meals in peace.
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable lunch was had, in exquisite surroundings, providing excellent value. A simply wonderful country dining experience, and highly recommended to all.
The Rose & Crown, Ham Lane, Burwash,
East Sussex, TN19 7E
Tel: 01435 882600.