This Torriano Avenue watering hole is such a gem that at least one member of the Kentishtowner team has enjoyed a ‘big’ birthday there over the last few years.
Maybe it’s the timeless shabby-chic pared-back interior, with its easy-going neighbourhood vibes and actual friendly punters. Or maybe it’s that quite delightful sunken garden – pretty magical on a balmy evening.
Speaking of which, the good news is the rear courtyard has just been spruced up a little, with new garden furniture, climbers up the walls, and planters spilling out with palms, ferns and grasses. It now promises to be an even more relaxing place to sink a pint in.
Ah yes, pints. The pub is, of course, probably best known for serving up some of the most interesting craft beer in the postcode. Current tip? A rather delicious 6% cherry Gose from Brew By Numbers (which is as vividly red as you can imagine).
The other element in the Rose & Crown’s strong suit has always been its shrewdly evolving kitchen residencies – instantly rectifying the common dilemma that, however good the food in your local is, it always seems more exciting to eat somewhere else.
The latest contenders are Rack City Ribs, who’ve done stints across east London at places including Truman Brewery.
Here they’re serving up tasty slow-cooked ribs – 8-hour beef and applewood-smoked pork – as well as brisket, plus a vegan jackfruit option with slaw. You even get to choose a glaze – sticky bourbon or pineapple jerk. Mouth watering yet?
For sides think skin-on fries, sticky wings, creamy slaw, sweet potato fries and more fries loaded with – yes – brisket. You’ll be thankful for the walk home afterwards.
Even better? Like all good establishments the Rose & Crown are doing #EatOutToHelpOut, which only helps make it all a ridiculous bargain.
Our advice? In this heat get there early to bag a cool spot in the foliage.
Mains £8.50-£17.95, sides £3.50-7.50. Enjoy 50% off (up to £10) every Mon-Wed throughout August. Follow @roseandcrownnw5 and @rackcityribs for more info