Who Wants to Grab Some “Bangers and Beer”?!

Good morning, my friends!  Welcome to “Dining Recon: A Fabulous Lunch at Rose & Crown Dining Room”!

I was talking to Doug Davis of the WDW Main Street Podcast late last week, and he reminded me that Mrs. All in WDW and I are scheduled to meet him (and his better half!) for dinner at Epcot’s Rose & Crown Dining Room in early March.  We can’t wait!

Then, that also reminded me that I still have a lunch to share with you!  It’s not often I visit a Table Service restaurant on my very own, but on this particular day, way back in October, I couldn’t resist!

You know, I’ve been pretty vocal about the fact that, for years, my favorite Disney entree was the Captain’s Grille’s Cabernet Braised Short Rib.  After the restaurant’s closure, I even entered the dish into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame!

The Captain’s delicious Cabernet-braised Short Rib with Sweet Corn Risotto enters the Hall of Fame!

Of course, now that the Captain and its masterpiece have been retired, another culinary delight will need to step to the forefront of my palate’s desire, don’t you think?  Enter the Rose & Crown’s Bangers and Mash!

Doug is right.  For the price – now for $21 – this presentation is still the most cost-effective, best-tasting meal on Disney property!  Traditional English sausage with colcannon potatoes, roasted mushrooms, caramelized onion jam, and red wine demi?  Delicious!

Enjoyed every last bit!

For me, what made this particular lunch so enjoyable, however?  Well, it’s simply because I provided Doug with a running, bite-by-bite commentary (by text) as he diligently hung sheetrock on the job site.  Hey!  He took it with good humor.  I loved the dish’s great taste!

Take it from both Doug and I.  You can’t beat the Rose’s atmosphere.  The beer is always cold and refreshing.  And, whether you go Fish and Chips or Bangers and Mash, you can’t go wrong.  The food is great!

Le Cellier Merchandise at Northwest Mercantile! … photos provided by John Peters

Good Monday, my friends!  Yes, Monday is here again.  Too bad, isn’t it?  Well, Christmas break is approaching quickly.  I hope you get some well-earned time off.

Let’s see a show of hands.  How many, here, have stepped into the United Kingdom’s Sportsman’s Shoppe in Epcot?  Have you seen all of the Rose & Crown merchandise they offer?

Well, Canada’s Northwest Mercantile is getting into the restaurant merchandise “game”.  Yes, folks.  If you’re a rabid fan of Le Cellier Steakhouse, your prayers have been answered!

Many thanks go out to our podcast partner, John Peters, for supplying this small taste of what Canada has to offer.  Do you love Le Cellier’s filet?  Then, maybe you’ll adore their “merch”!






Menu Update: Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Prices always go up, don’t they, everyone?  Especially in Disney, eh?  Hah!  The question becomes … is it (whatever “it” is) worth the extra dollar or two?


When I last covered Epcot’s Yorkshire County Fish Shop, a little over a year ago, the best Fish and Chips in all of Walt Disney World cost Guests $9.49 a serving.  But, flash forward a year.


A recent (last month) picture of Yorkshire’s menu informs us that the United Kingdom’s perfectly battered fish demands $10.49!  Then, look on line at Disney’s web site!  $10.99?!

Now, I won’t editorialize on whether the cost of frying a couple of pieces of fish has increased somewhere between 10% and 16%, but Disney … really?!

I’ll just have to admit this … in the fish shop’s case, I truly think that an extra dollar (or dollar-and-a-half?) is another very large handful of pennies well spent.

This fish is perfectly battered.  It’s also piping hot, incredibly flaky, and crisply fried.  Simply perfect!  Buy it, folks.  Yes, buy it regardless of the price!


Of course, I guess that leaves us with one unanswered question … what price is too much?  Oh, my friends, I really hope we’ll never have to find out.

Dining Recon: Fish and Chips Throwdown!

Fish and Chips.  “[A] hot dish of English origin, consisting of battered fish, commonly Atlantic cod or haddock, and chips.”  Thank you, Wikipedia!

I have been planning to write this post for quite some time now.  In fact, it took Mrs. All in WDW and I two “research trips” in order to acquire the photos we needed to whet your appetites!

Fish vs. fish.  Epcot vs. Magic Kingdom.  Yorkshire County Fish Shop vs. Columbia Harbour House.  Hmm.  Where, in WDW’s parks, should you go for a phenomenal plate of Fish and Chips?

Should it be the United Kingdom counter service window cleverly attached to Epcot’s Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room?




Or, should you wander to the back of Mickey’s Magic Kingdom and pay a visit to its beloved and nautically-themed colonial restaurant?




Truly, my friends, we think the pictures speak for themselves.

When in Walt Disney World, whilst dreaming of perfectly battered, piping hot, incredibly flaky, crisply fried fish, you must remember the word “English”.  To be more blunt, you have to pick Yorkshire!

Oh, yes.  Columbia Harbor House is a well-themed New England colonial venue, but the facts of the matter are that Yorkshire’s product is just better.  It’s hotter, crispier, and flakier.  It’s just plain delicious.

So, if you’re aching for some Walt Disney World Fish and Chips, go to “England”.  You won’t be sorry.  Oh, and here’s a tip … do you want a nice comfortable spot to sit and enjoy your meal?

Well, head into the Rose & Crown Pub and grab a table.  They’ll let you go back out to Yorkshire, grab that delicious lunch or dinner, and enjoy those battered “treasures” with an ice cold beer!


Doctor Who has Left the Building!

Matt Smith’s portrayal of the famous time-traveler has ended, and the 50th Anniversary year of the doctor’s history has passed.

As if on cue, the Sportsman’s Shoppe in Epcot’s U.K. pavilion has also said ‘good bye’ to “The Doctor”.

You might remember, back last year, I reported that the Sportsman’s Shoppe had dedicated nearly half of its space to ‘Who’ memorabilia.  Shirts, posters, and much more!

Take a look back at that display here!

So, if Doctor Who has left the building, who or what has taken his place?

Well, you can still grab the latest and greatest in English Premier League football (er, soccer) gear, I can tell you that much.  Don’t bother with the Chelsea goodies, folks.  Manchester United is the way to go!

But, my friends, I have to tell you … I have never seen so much Rose & Crown merchandise!  The store is more “Rose & Crown” than it is anything else!  Check it out, below!  Wow!

See ya’ tomorrow!

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