High expectations can be very dangerous.
I had been hearing a lot about the Sticky Toffee Pudding at the Rose and Crown, the pub/restaurant in the England Pavilion at Epcot. But when we decided to eat there not too long ago, I was determined to not rely too much on the hype I had been hearing. I wanted to give the toffee pudding a fair chance.
The rolls that started out the meal were quite nice, and that's always a good sign...
I tried the Grilled Steak and Fried Fish - it came with Yorkshire Pudding, mashed potatoes, and green beans. It was very good. Not spectacular, but still very tasty faire.
Then came the moment of truth. The dessert menus came out. I was determined to experience that bread pudding, but then I noticed there were also JAFFA TARTS on the list. Jaffa cakes are one of my very favorite British snacks, so it was definitely a dilemma. Luckily my Mama Snob was planning to get the sticky toffee pudding and was willing to share. Hooray!
THIS, my friends, is the Sticky Toffee Pudding. And you know what? It was really really good. VERY rich, moist, delicious. I'm still not sure I would put it on the same level as the Ooey Gooey or the Ohana bread pudding, but it was reeeeeeally close. I'm a huge chocolate person, and a tiny part of me felt like the sticky toffee would have been that much better with a little chocolate. But then I guess could say that for just about anything. ;)
The Jaffa Tarts were also quite lovely. That raspberry sauce was so good I wanted to lick it off the plate, and there was the chocolate I was looking for - there was even a little cocoa powder union jack on the plate! I'm honestly not sure which I would chose if I went back again - they were both really delish!
The only con about the Rose and Crown was the service - we waited a very long time for our table, and then the kitchens took a very long time to get our meals and desserts out. But in the end it wasn't so bad, as we were just ready to leave when Illuminations was starting. Rose and Crown has a little wedge of a viewing area just for its guests, and although we were rather squeezed in like sardines, it was a pretty good view:
We were close enough that we could actually recognize some of the shapes and images on the globe! Usually we're left to impossible and highly improbably guessing.
That light (to the right) did stay on during the performance, and it was very crowded - but considering we were able to walk up to such a close spot 5 minutes before the show started, it wasn't too bad at all!