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The Rose of Denmark
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Rating: 4.7/10 (5 votes cast)

The Rose of Denmark

The Rose of Denmark is a traditional pub located on what once would have been a main thoroughfare into Bristol, now it’s tucked under the Brunel Way flyover on the junction where Hotwells Road and the Cumberland Basin Road merge.

The interior of the pub is relaxed and has that traditional pub feeling to it, it even has an open fire for the really cold days. There is ample seating upstairs with benches and tables as well as comfy chairs and bar stools. Downstairs there is a more formal restaurant area divided into 2 sections with the kitchen to the rear. There is an outside seating area on the Hotwells Road side of the pub, however I have never seen this used except in the height of summer.

The reputation of the roast at the Rose of Denmark is perhaps a little over stated. I can’t say I was disappointed, but I was expecting a bit better. The roast was good, the portion sizes of the main courses was generous and a substantial plate of veg was served on the side. I had the beef which was well cooked and tender, but there were a few moans from my companions about the lamb being a bit stringy. That said there was not a lot left at the end so it can’t have been too bad. My main grumble would have been about the potatoes which were not particularly crisp. They were cooked and brown on the outside but still a bit flaccid, how this was achieved I have no idea but I think there is room for improvement there.

My other slight niggle was with the pudding. I’m not normally a pudding person, preferring to jamb myself full in round one, however on the odd occasion that I come across a traditional crumble it’s difficult to refuse.

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At £5 I expect a decent sized potion, not the 3.5″ ramekin that we were served, but also I expect it to come with lashings of custard. The thimble of custard that we got was definitely not enough and when we asked for more in a jug, we were given an espresso cup full, for 4 of us. Birds custard, which this was, is not expensive to make so why the rationing was necessary I’ve no idea and it left us all feeling a little hard done by.

So all in this was a good roast and for a reasonable price, however like many of my school reports used to say “could try harder”

6 Dowry Place  Bristol, BS8 4QL
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  1. Drayton Bird says
    31/08/2014, 12:50 pm
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    I tried this – twice – because a friend recommended it.

    The pub, which is very nicely done up, and the staff seemed to me better than the food.

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  2. twatson111 says
    08/06/2014, 10:12 am
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    All round disappointing and quite frankly tasteless!

    The portions were a good size but lacked any flavour…some of the veg was dried out and seemingly been hanging out for a long time. Roasties clearly zapped in the microwave – some of my food was hot and some warm.

    We arrived at 1 and I believe eventually ate at about 2.30 – there were four of us dining & all of us love a good roast & left wholly unsatisfied.

    With so many other good places in Bristol for a roast do yourself a favour & just pop in for a drink!

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  3. Lunch with a View
    Lunch with a View says
    14/02/2013, 9:03 pm
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    The Rose of Denmark sits on what is effectively a roundabout next to Cumberland Basin in Hotwells. An unpromising start but a popular pub and it soon filled up with hungry groups eager for food. I advise anyone to book as most of the tables appeared to be reserved. A promising start if it was this popular. The interior is a bit tired though, kitted out in a rather unflattering 1980s peach wash, which was odd as apparently the place has recently been shut for a revamp. However, with friendly staff, a good range of beers, some from the barrels arranged behind the bar, it was a warm and comfortable place to be. Good on a very wet, grey, February day.

    The food arrived within about 20 minutes after the order was placed, pretty good. I ordered the shoulder of lamb with garlic. Only thing was as best I could figure there was no garlic and I’m not convinced it was from the shoulder. Also, I always thought Lamb a very definite taste but this, well, wasn’t so, almost essence of lamb. It was also a bit stringy and very fatty, I was picking through it to find the meat. Rather disappointing. The roast potatoes and veg weren’t unfortunately good enough to dig the meat out of a hole. The roasties were average at best, along with the red cabbage, swede and creamed leeks. The latter looked as though they had been waiting a while, they shouldn’t have been as we were amongst the first to order.
    Another of us ordered the beef and this did look very good. Though unhelpfully I can’t remember whether they said it was any good though.

    For pudding you could have chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, apple and cinnamon crumble and one other that escapes me. I had the crumble, which came in a small pot with an even smaller pot of custard. Barely enough to coat the crumble in, although when asked we did receive a bit more, in an equally small pot. A bit tight bearing in mind a few of our group thought it Bird’s instant!

    At 15 quid for two courses I thought it a rather average, some might say below average, Sunday roast experience. I’d pop back for a pint and to watch the rugby.

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  4. gemmaamor
    gemmaamor says
    10/02/2013, 5:24 pm
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    The Rose is a welcoming environment with a cosy, familiar atmosphere and not a bad spot to park your bum on a cold, mizzly day.

    Ambience nonwithstanding, as a gastronomic venue this place falls well below the mark,and the Sunday roast is a somewhat dissapointing experience.

    Although it is nice not to have to wait an age for your food to arrive when you are hungry, my suspicions are always aroused when a roast meal arrives within 10 to 15 minutes of ordering.This usually means a lot of microwave action. This suspicion was confirmed by the potatoes- once upon a time in a long ago age, crispy. Now, rather doughy. But strangely golden brown. All the signs point to reheating.

    The same goes for the accompanying veg, nicely presented but I suspect chosen because it is easy to make in large quantities, stick in a plastic bowl and reheat. Creamed leeks, braised cabbage, and swede mash. The plot thickens. The gravy didn’t, and was rather pallid and
    grey- reheated grey.Not fresh, rich, hob-cooked brown.

    Most dissapointing was the lamb, which was pitched on the menu as a shoulder joint. This led me to believe I’d get something along the lines of a braised hunk of meat on the bone, but was, I think, a different cut and far inferior. And very fatty- more gristle than meat.

    I ate everything, but mostly because I am pregnant and I’ll eat anything at the moment. I did not feel as if I was eating a meal worth the £10 I paid for it, although in slight defence at least portioning was not stingy. I also paid £5 for a good sized chocolate brownie which was forgotten about by the kitchen and probably worth about £3 in terms of taste.

    To sum up, the main thing lacking in this whole experience is any sense of freshness- nothing tastes freshly sourced or prepared, and everything has been orchestrated by the kitchen to allow for faster cover times and higher turnover, rather than taste.

    This is a perfectly pleasant drinking pub- not an eating pub.

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  5. Tom says
    09/12/2012, 6:54 pm
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    A nice waterfront wander from the centre. Decent roast all round.

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