On Wednesday I was in Warwick with an old school friend for a preview of the new Winter tasting menu at the recently refurbished Rose & Crown.
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Warwick’s The Rose & Crown has been busy creating some luxurious new hotel rooms. Together with Suzie and Sarah from Peach Pubs, I followed the red vinyl footprints outside the pub to Market Place, went up a flight of stairs to find eight rooms offering a small haven of tranquillity.
The building used to house a nightclub and work began on the refurbishment in March. With a completion deadline of the Cliff Richard concert at Warwick Castle on 8 June, eight new en suite rooms with plenty of home comforts have been created.
Each room has really good, handmade beds, fine Egyptian cotton sheets, piles of pillows and soft pure wool throws in a soft dove grey, with splashes of zingy lime and white. Furniture is well spaced into curves and alcoves, mixing an old trunk as a bedside table with the latest flat screen TV. The double showers and great lighting make the bathrooms really attractive.
Guests check in at The Rose & Crown pub to be shown round to their rooms. The rates, which include a good English breakfast to set you up for the day, are £75 midweek and £85 at the weekend. www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk
The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square are offering Midlands Gourmet Girl readers a lovely competition prize of an overnight stay and breakfast for two people!
Simply email your answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 12 July.
Where are The Rose & Crown Rooms on the Square located?
A winner will be chosen at random from the entries received. The winner must book the stay directly with The Rose & Crown on 01926 411117. The prize is subject to availability, non transferable and has no cash value.
Congratulations to Rob Hatwell at the Rose & Crown in Warwick for winning the Craft Guild Pub Restaurant Chef of the Year. 28 year old Rob has been at the popular gastropub for eighteen months, which has also just celebrated its 10th birthday. www.roseandcrownwarwick.co.uk
In Stratford, chef Wayne Thomson from Number 9, reached the semi finals of the Craft Guild National Chef of the Year category with his menu of wild sea bass three ways, rump of lamb with elephant garlic, spiced aubergine and fresh peas and mint, Pimm’s and summer berry jelly with poached meringues and pink pralines. www.no9churchstreet.com
Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth is celebrating Euro 2012 with a special menu of meals and matching drinks from the competing nations. From Danish smoked sausages to Portugese salt cod stew, the menu is just £12.95. www.qhotels.co.uk/chesford-grange