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One block North Eglinton on Yonge - See their daily menu - 2335 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON, Canada (416) 488-5557 The place where to have a brew and a snack after work.

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  1. I have only been there once...a few weeks back. Enjoyed their Pad Thai (even though I thought it was weird that Pad Thai was a choice at a pub - the waitress recommended it).....

    Wanted to check out wing night this past MON (March 10, 2008)......but they were closed....locked out because they failed to pay the rent.

    It's too bad, because I heard many good things about the place.

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    1. re: ghetto_scarlem

      Say it ain't so... is the R & C still closed? That place is an institution. Kind of a hole-in-the-wall but it had a vibe that is getting rarer and rarer in this city...

      1. re: ghetto_scarlem

        Woah, really? I'm shocked. I love this place. Hope it opens up again. As far as generic pubs go, it has more character than the usual. And a fantastic beer & wings special.

        1. re: ghetto_scarlem

          ghetto scarlem, let us know if anything changes would you please? Who knows? Maybe they can pay up and reopen.

          It would be a shame to lose another independently operated pub that has such history in Toronto. Much like the Pilot, its a pub that gets passed down from generation to generation.

        2. bumping this thread. read on another thread about Y&E eats that this place is re-opening. anyone know the scoop about what's happening? or at least when it is re-opening?

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          1. re: auberginegal

            I was on the subway a couple of days ago and saw a current ad for Keith's (it was about the recent Alexander Keith's birthday celebration) and it listed the Rose and Crown as a participating pub... Anyone know the scoop? Is it back open?

            1. re: torontofoodiegirl

              It was supposed to open in September according to the sign on the door, but here we are in the middle of October and it is not.

              1. re: eller

                Thanks for the update. I hope it eventually reopens...

                1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                  Walked past yesterday and the Rose is open.

                  1. re: eller

                    Thanks! Will have to pop in and check it out soon.

                    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                      We decided to give the Rose & Crown a post-reno try last night. The layout and decor are similar to how it used to be, although it has received a coat of paint and doesn't smell like lingering smoke any more. The black beams are still a theme and it's quite a bright place, in a tavern sort of way which I guess could be charming to some. It still reminds me of a sticky-floored University pub in some small Ontario town.

                      I ordered a Smithwicks and a cheeseburger & fries which I consider to be a good barometer of a pub's operation. My pint was fresh and delicious, however I found the kitchen to be quite slow as I had nearly finished my beer before my burger was served to me. Perhaps that was their way of getting me to order another pint... I really don't know.

                      My burger was quite delicious, I don't it was a frozen patty as there was a great crust on the meat, nice and juicy but not so thick that I felt so much like a glutton. The cheese was real cheddar, although I found it strange that they did not have mustard in bottles as a condiment. Our waitress gave us packets to squeeze out onto our food instead. Fries were of the frozen Beefeater sort, but weren't spectacular as they'd been sitting under a heat lamp long before they were served at our table.

                      I prefer Scruffy Murphy's and even the Firkin's food and atmosphere over what I experienced last night, but I imagine that once they get back into the swing of things, it will improve some. Would I go again? Probably not as a first choice destination. I'd likely go there if all of the other neighbourhood options were unavailable.

          2. We went to Rose and Crown last night - first time since they re-opened. I had the Buffalo Chicken Wrap ($8.95) with fries and the Black Bean Soup ($4.95). I liked how the wrap was grilled - and overall, the wrap tasted good. Fries were crispy - perhaps from frozen, but that doesn't bother me. Soup was very hearty, sort of like a chili. It was the "soup of the day", so I am not sure you can get it regularly.

            She got the vegetarian Pad Thai ($10.95), and she enjoyed it a lot. I tried a little, and it tasted good.

            Overall, a very pleasant meal at a reasonable price. We shall return again sometime.