March-April 2016 | ROSE & CROWN, LEWES



Written By: Brian Shane | Photographer: GRANT L. GURSKY

The latest incarnation of the famous Lewes pub Rose & Crown is a gastropub with British flair, featuring a well-stocked bar for any connoisseur of fine spirits and craft beer.

While the pub’s namesake goes back to 1982, at its original location on Second Street, the latest version of Rose & Crown is located inside the Hotel Rodney. The hotel itself is a historic property dating to 1926 that’s been updated with a chic and modern vibe.

The former Rose & Crown closed and was replaced by Jerry’s Seafood. When the current pub owners decided to open a restaurant in the Hotel Rodney, it had been leased to a third party. The business lasted about five years. After that, the owners decided to re-open as a pub, and to bring back the Rose & Crown name. So far, it’s been very well received.

Ownership completely rehabilitated the restaurant, with exposed brick and a rich wood bar. The moderately priced menu features must-try hamburgers, bangers and mash, and Shepherd’s pie. 

Rose & Crown works in conjunction with the hotel for special events, like anniversaries, birthday parties and rehearsal dinners. The pub also caters events in the hotel’s conference center.

Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. One menu serves both lunch and dinner. Entrees are $15 to $24.


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