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The Rose & Crown

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Bar, British, Pub
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High Street, Elham CT4 6TD, England
+44 1303 840890
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:30
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten at the Rose and Crown on 4 occasions now and have never been disappointed. The owners are very friendly and the service 1st class. We really enjoyed the open fire and comfy sofas. Fantastic pub food. We will be back!

Thank 46john
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I visited Elham last evening with friends and we went to the Rose and Crown for a meal.What a disappointment!!We sat down and waited and waited for service.The staff all two of them were more intent on their conversation than serving us so we took our departure and went to another local pub where we were treated very well.

Thank John R
xander d, General Manager at The Rose & Crown, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had a bad experience whilst visiting the Rose and Crown, having now spoken to the staff on duty and reviewed the CCTV when you entered the pub you approached the bar you were asked if you would like a drink and you declined! You were shown to your table (table 1). At all times you... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Rose & Crown is a traditional inn or pub and sits in the idyllic village of Elham, at the heart of Elham valley within the Kent Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Rose & Crown is also the first place in England to introduce bar billiards. As a family of six, we turned up without a booking... More 

Thank DJD52
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I stayed for one night and found the staff friendly and helpful, my room was warm,clean and comfortable and had everything you could wish for. Dinner in the evening was copious and tasty and breakfast (included) was unbeatable with local juices, yoghurts and the choices and variety could not be faulted. Highly recommended at a reasonable price.

Thank DjerbaSuperwoman
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We ate here twice. The food was all excellent, beautifully cooked and served by friendly and helpful staff. The wine was good and reasonably priced.

Thank PC_comments
Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The pub is welcoming and has a good cosy ambience. However the food is plentiful but very standard pub grub level. I would not say I would never go again but I wouldn't make an effort. If you have a good appetite it is reasonable value. We don't and would have preferred much less.

Thank liz_howells
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Visited without a booking they were full, but the weather was good and we sat in the garden. Fabulous Sunday Lunch best we have had in a long time, lovely variety of vegetables and plenty to eat would highly recommend a visit. Staff were really nice and service was very quick even though we had been told there would be... More 

Thank ChrisDen B
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Had a meal here last week,steak and ale pie.To be fair the pie had plenty of content but lacked flavour,also the mixed veg was way overcooked and waterlogged.My companions were generally unimpressed with what they had that evening,maybe the kitchen had an offday i dont know,but have had better.That aside the beer was fine and the pub itself was cosy... More 

Thank Gary M
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Ate a great Sunday roast here, beautifully cooked. 8 different vegetables, perfectly done, not overcooked as so often is the case. Very reasonably priced too. Would recommend it.

Thank Alison P
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

After reading a number of good reviews on here, my wife and I decided to give this place a try as we were visiting in the area. We were seated and ordered a main course only very quickly. However after waiting for over half an hour we asked our nearby tables if they had waited a long time and they... More 

Thank Karl S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:30
10:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street, Elham CT4 6TD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Elham
  • Phone Number: +44 1303 840890
We would like to welcome you to The Rose and Crown Inn (AA 4 Star) situated in the heart of the Village of Elham in an area popular with walkers and declared as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are only a short distance from the Channel Tunnel at Cheriton, approx 5 miles from Folkestone and 6 miles from the City of Canterbury. The Rose & Crown Elham is a Grade II Listed building, it was originally timber framed and built in the 16th century. Most of it has been re fronted, and extended at the south end, where a date stone gives the date 1740. This inn was used for many years for the Elham Petty Sessions, and the courtroom can still be made out on the first floor. Mortises and grooves in the beams show where a small room was set aside for the use of the magistrate, who visited here once a fortnight. The first game of Bar Billiards was played here in the Rose & Crown, Elham in 1932. David Gill of Ox Road Farm, North Elham was responsible for creating the first Bar Billiards table, which was first played on here at the Rose & Crown Elham. (Information Source Derek Boughton. Elham Historian)

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