Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Rose & Crown
First up was the Rose & Crown hotel in Guildford. I'd never been here before but I aboslutely loved it! Built in 1841, the hotel houses a very nice-looking restaurant upstairs as well as a bar. Our party was downstairs in one of a series of cellars. It was amazing down there - beautiful hand-made bricks and wooden tables and bench seats. Our cellar also had a well (you can see it in the second photo), which was built by convicts. One of the other cellars had the remnants of a tunnel (now walled-up - it's behind the wheel in the top picture) that used to lead to the nearby Swan River and was used to bring in stores from barges...although there are all sorts of other stories circulating about convicts escaping through the tunnel!
I've been a fan of Guildford for a long time, mostly for its antique shops (although James is also a huge fan of the bakery!), and now I have another reason to make the trip there on a Sunday afternoon...
Stay tuned for another post on part two of Dave's birthday shenanigans, involving a train ride to a secret location for a delicious dinner and all-round amazing experience!