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
We came all the way from London using a Secret Escape deal. Staff were very friendly, with a warm welcome at check-in: Louise and Brittany in particularly and a mini little bottle of vino Spumante was in the room. Dinner was lovely, unfortunately my cold didn't let me taste the food. We had salmon on the first day and it was gorgeous, perfectly cooked and generous portions. Starters and deserts were excellent too in a lovely old restaurant.
Lounge area dating back to 1435 very pleasant. We enjoyed a couple more drinks there in a nice relaxing atmosphere.
The morning breakfast was also really nice and hot ; all perfectly cooked and fresh.
Our room was clean, tidy and nice - it lived up to the price paid and had all we needed. Shower was pleasant but less powerful but still good.
We found the bed particularly comfortable, but that's arguably a personal preference; different people like different mattresses.
We would have preferred curtains to the blinds, but they were OK.
We were woken by noise a couple of times - our room backed on to storage cupboards which the staff must have been using early in the morning.
Definitely we can recommend this little diamond if you wish to escape from a busy City like London.
This hotel has everything going for it, conveniently placed, lots of period features and spacious rooms. On the the whole, the staff are very friendly and seem to want to do the right thing for you, but the end result is frustratingly disappointing. We stayed there for three nights on a deal from Secret Escapes, which included one dinner and a half bottle of Prosecco. Check-in was easy and pleasant, the room spacious, with a large, firm, but comfortable bed. Despite the period features of the hotel in general, there was no attempt to sustain any character to the room, which has retro 50's furniture in it, there wasn't a door to the wardrobe and only five hangers on a rail, which made unpacking for two people with three day's of clothes, awkward. The complimentary bottle of prosecco wasn't present, so we asked for it with our evening meal. Very generously the hotel brought us a full bottle. The meal was basic, though pleasant enough, although not quite as described in the menu, with ingredients missing and consisting of mostly re-heated, pre-prepared food. Breakfast on the first morning was adequate, though, again not as described, with only a few of the ingredients listed available. The continental display didn't have any pastries, meats or cheeses, as were listed on the web-site menu. On the second, morning with a different waiter, there wasn't anything offered. we had to ask for specific ingredients, including coffee and toast, which you'd expect to receive as a matter of course and the waiter seemed surprised at these requests! As well as the lack of meats and cheeses, there wasn't any fruit, or yogurt, though a small selection did appear after requesting it. The cooked breakfast was more successful and the general choice of ingredients quite good, I especially liked the quality of the bacon. The biggest disappointment came when we returned to our room each day, after a day out, to find that it was never cleaned, or the tray of coffees and teas re-stocked. In the end we asked reception to find us some more milks and teas etc, and, despite making them aware that the room hadn't been attended to, we didn't receive any servicing during our stay, eventually changing our cups ourselves, to get some clean ones. This hotel has the potential to be very good, we were comfortable, though the lack of attention to the normally expected details of hospitality lets it down.
We came to the Rose and Crown for a big family get-together, and the Rose and Crown accommodated us in the private dining room. The food was tasty, however I found the Menu a little limited, and the service was soooo slow! However, we had a nice time.