The Rose and Crown
What We Love
- Cycling Route 63, which covers 45 kilometres of England's flattest countryside
- Learning of local history in the Wisbech and Fenland Museum
- Spreading out in your lovely suite
What To Know
- Breakfast and dinner are served in the on-site restaurant
- It's an hour's drive to Cambridge
- The building is 400 years old, so expect some wear and tear
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Sitting proudly overlooking The Fens, The Rose and Crown Hotel occupies a spot that’s hosted travellers since as far back as 1435. The ancient cellars still lie below and elegant and up-to-date rooms sit above. Wisbech itself is a characterful market town, just over an hour’s drive from Cambridge and its world-renowned university. You’ll find a traditional restaurant offering an elegant dining experience here, and breakfast is served daily in The Rose Restaurant. Back In Time is on hand for daytime coffee, cakes and snacks. As this hotel does not have any rooms on the ground floor and there is no lift access, this may not be suitable for guests with reduced mobility.
In the Area
There’s plenty to fill your days with here, from the museum dedicated to Octavia Hill—an artist and radical who pioneered the concept of social housing—to the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, which charts the history of these fascinating waterways. Elgoods Brewery is within easy reach too and was one of the first Georgian breweries built outside of London. For cyclists, follow Route 63, which covers 45 kilometres of some of England’s flattest countryside.
How to Get There
Very nice and helpful staff. Very dated decor. Shower doesnt drain properly or warm up very quickly. Food ok but understaffed on breakfast. Room ok but way too hot. Not worth the price to stay there in the slightest
Rose and Crown Hotel in the middle of Wisbech has a most convenient position and also now a new chef whose cooking is very good. Carvery served every day is one of the best, the meats and especially turkey being superbly tender. All the accommodation is comfortable and the staff, as I always find them, very charming. One of the best places from both the dining point of view at a very reasonable price and the quality of the food, and, so important, the helpfulness of staff.
We spent an enjoyable night in the hotel. Room was OK, cold when we arrived but soon warmed up when we put the radiator on. Bathroom was adequate.
I must admit the bed did look like it had been slept in, but after a sniff test we decided it hadn’t!
Breakfast was nice - I rang to confirm if it was a continental breakfast as advertised - and was pleasantly surprised when they said it is both full English and Continental.
Bar prices were very expensive.
We have visited The Rose and Crown on our many visits to Wisbech over the years and have seen it alter from a rather run down pub on our first visit and seen the improvements to the building over this period. It is a beautiful and historic building which is gradually being brought back to its former glory. Anyone who takes over an old house knows that it takes time and money to update and restore it. How many of the people staying here who have complained live in pristine modern newly built houses!! We visited the Rose and Crown on our way back from Sheringham and were impressed with the changes that had been made since our last visit. We popped in for the carvery, had a joke with the chef, found the meats on offer well cooked and tasty and the vegetables fresh. The amount of people eating and the good comments overheard seemed very gratifying. The bar staff were also polite and helpful. Keep up with the good work.
I rang to ask if we needed to book for four persons to have lunch I the Rose and Crown on Thursday, 20/09/2018, and was advised that a booking should be made.
On arriving, it would appear that our booking had not been entered in "the book". Not to worry, we found, as there were only two other persons eating when we arrived. It is a strange set up, as you have to pay for your meal before you actually get to eat it.
The choice of three meats was fine, but the roast beef, which three of us had, needed a lot of chewing, as it was very tough., the turkey seemed to be fine.
There was a good choice of vegetables, but they were not well cooked at all. The roast potatoes were nothing other than a mushed up mess, so I am not sure what they had done with them.
All in all, a poor experience, which is a shame, as wanting to support local business as much as possible , we would not return for the carvery unless there was a vast imrprovement