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 were in Wisbech to visit Peckover House, and took the self guided tour around the town centre. We popped into the Rose & Crown for lunch as it appeared to be the only pub serving meals at lunchtime in a run down market square.
The Swan Bar did not match the appearance of the menu. The white linen restaurant was not in use at lunchtime, and the first thing the bar man told us was they had no chilli con carne, no lasagne and no gammon - Good Friday night trade had been unexpectedly good. The cook had just returned from the market with fresh veg at 12.30pm.
We chose sausage and mash - it came swimming in gravy with a very sloppy mash. The tuna salad was more than sloppy with the mayonnaise overwhelming the fish.
The bar could not offer any draught local Elgood beers - even the bottled beer was from Warwickshire.
There was only one barman who was run off his feet trying to cover food, drink and café service. The establishment looked to be struggling....we would not go back.
went for lunch with family for 60th wedding anniversary on21st March 2019 after meeting grandson who had flown from working in China to see us his grand parents we hadn't expected to see him until next october
WOW. What an improvement. First came here 30 years ago. Brilliant. Ten years ago awful. Returned and found it back to its old glory. Accommodation is a work in progress but the room I had was smashing. Food excellent. Breakfast very enjoyable. Evening meal was first class. Staff lovely. Manager Mario was All you would expect from a quality hotel. Ten years ago swore I would never return but so pleased I did. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you all.
Unfortunately I stayed in this establishment for three weeks. First week I had to change the room three times! Due to faulty tv no signal yet I was told that upcoming snow is to blame yet no snow for another week and looking at other people’s reviews this is obviously their frequent problem (not but poor tv signal). Issue with the bath felt like yet another screening of Carry On movie. Second week I was accommodated in a room where constant humming of kitchen fan (day and night with infrequent silence) have severely affected my tinnitus, least to say I lasted one day. I asked to be relocated away from this noise as huge inconvenience and discomfort especially having major ear surgery only 5 weeks ago, this certainly felt like some bizarre request perceived by receptionist.
Mornings in the dining room are completely another experience trying to order food equals with mission’ impossible quest to locate waitress who clearly is more interested in staying at the back and use mobile phone for her amusement whilst unattended tables are full of previous guest’s half eaten meals.
To top it off, today I was confronted by angry Italian receptionist “telling me” to move my car as the spot was his and/or management’s parking space. I’ve informed him in a polite way since my manners do not allow me to bark orders to people yet customers. I explained that there is no signage in said parking spot that it is for staff only therefore I could not know! Then to my surprise being “told” that yesterday I also parked in the same spot which I did, and I was not in my room when said rude Italian receptionist called to “tell me” to move my car, how dare I go out to have a dinner?!.
I politely acknowledged rude men’s request explaining that I’m in the middle of having meal - again how inconsiderate of me to have my final meal of the day at the same tim but this time in my chamber. Finally I have moved my car just to avoid any further interaction with this man.
Word of advise to aforementioned gentlemen, your behaviour triggered this negative review as well as your comments about the way hotel management is running their establishment and owner’s inability to maintain good standards of the hotel. This revelations perhaps should not be shared with random customer such as me whilst having beverage in the bar on Sunday 27th of January (I hope management who this guy have strong feelings about check the bar cctv recording for validation of my statement).
Also, fire doors with mandatory sign saying ‘keep shut’ typically means that compartmentation in case of fire must be adhere to and wedging them put customers lifes at risk. I wonder if statutory agencies will be interested in this unsafe practice, every night.
Two more nights to go, wonder how this place can further surprise me...
We wanted to stay centrally in Wisbech as we did not know the area, so this hotel made the ideal choice. We found the staff very welcoming and friendly. After experiencing a problem with the TV on the first night, we were given an upgrade to a delightful room with large bathroom. The included full breakfast was very good. The rooms were also spotless. We stayed for 4 nights and would definitely recommend the hotel. Parking was also easy and good. There is no lift so if you have a problem with stairs we're sure that the hotel would help you if needed.