The Rose and Crown
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
This place looks AWESOME from the outside. It exudes originality and charm. And it's location is phenomenal, and it doesn't at all fit the landscape. +1 to that!
Step inside to be greeted immediately by a bathroom. At least now I can save a few words and not have to ask that question. Turn right. What's this? An overly well lit English pub where you can actually see every single detail in the joint and can't hide the worts on your nose from the one or two (if you are lucky) Stanford chicks in the crowd? Man, whatever happened to dimly lit pubs where you at least stood a chance until you walked under your first street light? There goes that whole cool vibe from the outside thing they had going for them.
Seriously, you could land a plane in the runway brightness that is the interior of this joint. It just felt odd. Not to overdo it, but dim the lights a tad, maybe throw a candle here and there, and the awesome exterior is matched w/ an equally inviting interior. Wouldn't take much. But they are far from there now.
Beer list is alright. In early Dec 2011, many Palo Alto Brewing beers, an Elder, hats off to a Bockor Rouge... but this is now three bars I've seen it featured out of five visited this week alone in the Bay Area so I can't give them much credit there... and a few other ho hum taps. The "Executive" Bottle list was interesting enough: $300 Utopias, $100 Raspy XI ($100... Really? Ouch!), Raspy XIV for $25, FW XV for $35, and an '05 Anchor Xmas Mag for $150 (I'll sell you one of mine for $12... the price I paid for it, and despite my storage costs, I'll still feel like I came out ahead!) among a few others. Then the standard (?) Black Xanthus offering, for $21. Maybe I'm over analyzing, but I'm laughing on the inside at the fact that this is on the board in the town that made it famous. At least, in the town where it's most famous BA made it infamous.
All in all, blahhh. Which is to say average. Place could be really, really cool in spite of a less than stellar but more than adequate beer list. But it's not quite there. Props to the bartendress: she was engaging and knew her craft.
12-13-2011 06:48:49 | More by jwjon1
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here before a Stanford game.
Small "British Pub" style place, some seating outside as well. Looks like a soccer pub, because they had a bunch of soccer stuff on the walls.
Service was ok. There was one girl working, it was fairly busy, but she seemed to make it by quickly enough so we weren't sitting around waiting for her. She was a bit standoffish when my friend complained about his $8 tulip of Belgian IPA not being very good. (he was right, I tried it and would have been upset if I paid $3 for it). However, she did eventually make it right and gave him a different beer.
Selection was pretty good, they had quite a few taps, no real standouts, and a nice, but quite pricy bottle list.
Quality was a mixed bag, the Palo Alto brewing beer I tried was average at best, but the pint of Sierra Estate made up for it.
Didn't try the food.
Prices were high, and not really clearly marked.
Ehhh... Not a great place, nothing special, and would probably pass on coming here again.
10-24-2011 02:44:36 | More by flexabull
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Since I live in Silicon Valley, the Rose & Crown is probably the best option for those in the South Bay. Located in the heart of Palo Alto, parking can often be a bitch especially at the end of a workday. I'm particularly fond of the atmosphere since I'm a soccer fanatic...always a match on the tube. Similar to City Beer Store, the place usually doesn't start to fill up until around 6pm or later. Mostly IPAs on tap from local Cali breweries gives me a chance to support the beer-makers of my home state. Their taps rotate so fast that the only way to keep up with what they have is to follow the R&C on Twitter. End of every month they feature a specific brewery and bring in 3-4 quality selections from that brewery. I've been there during Firestone, La Trappe, and 21st amendment night. Plan to attend Ballast Point night next week. The food is decent. Traditional English pub food that I'd have to go out of my way to find somewhere else. Staff and locals are very friendly.
06-23-2011 13:53:59 | More by leschkie
4.28/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Try keeping up with Rose & Crown on Twitter - damn near impossible. Seems like their kegs rotate so fast, but all of them are high quality.
Historically, this was just that "English pub" in downtown Palo Alto, but definitely should be on any beer-lovers list. The rotating taps always lend a wild card aspect to things, but the standards (including Pliny) are all incredibly solid - even had The Abyss on tap at one point.
The food is decent; nothing outstanding, but complements the beer very well. The bartenders know their stuff, but I'd stay away from bottle recommendations - a bit too pricey for me
06-21-2011 01:25:00 | More by Gambac
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
Went here a few weeks ago on a cold rain filled day. I was the only one there and was able to speak with Rachel the bar keep who was great. I had a pint of Pliny and some 1/2 pints of Bare Knuckles Barley Wine from Triple Rock and Congrats Orange beer from Moylon's.
The atmosphere is olde England (not that I been there) but it is what I think I would find if I did. They had about 12-15 taps with many local crafts and better imports. They have alarge bottle collection with the last three years of Firestone Aniv. beers, etc. Great selection at good prices.
Rachel was the bomb-very smart in the beer realm and a pleasure to speak to and to have as a beer guide.
Food not so good-but I would try again. If in PA this is a must visit-period.
06-13-2011 16:50:28 | More by bradybeer
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
On a recent trip to the Bay Area, this was my main event. I was meeting my collegue Ricardo from Brazil at this bar, as it was near the hotel he was staying at. It was a Thursday night, and the crowds would slowly build up through the night. We walked in right before 8:30, and we were lucky to find two bar seats next to each other. A good crowd was on hand. The interior is somewhat intimate, well lit. A collection of English football scarfs hung from the ceiling. All in all, I enjoyed the vibe.
A good tap selection overall, bettered by a more geeky bottle selection. Offerings like Drake's were available on-tap, bottles like J.W. Lee's, Westmalle Dubbel, Eclipse - Evan Williams, Red Poppy Ale, and Cascade Kriek offered. Standard shaker pint glassware for most of the beers, though we did receive some Allagash footed glassware and saw another group receive Westmalle chalices for their Westmalle beer. Our first round was splitting a bottle of Red Poppy Ale. Round 2 involved splitting Eclipse - Evan Willams. They we ordered a Hophead Red (bottle) and Drake's Amber (tap) together and split those.
Even sitting at the bar, it took some time to get the bartender's attention. The food came out at an okay pace. I ordered bangers and mash; bangers get a big thumbs up, the mash seemed more like it made of instant mashed potato mix. I was hungry, so I cleaned my plate.
Given the scarcity of good beer places in the south Bay Area, the Rose and Crown is an easy recommendation. The mix of beers available will make any beer drinker happy. It did for us. After me and Ricardo left, we exchanged beers, and that ended the night for both of us.
04-05-2011 06:09:21 | More by DoubleJ
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Rose & Crown in Palo Alto, one of the places I always visit when I pass through San Jose.
Atmosphere is okay; it's a pub-ish looking place but in the middle of a college town (near Stanford), so lots of geeks and their friends. I happen to be a geek, and like their company, so that's a plus in my book. Definitely not a meat-market.
Beer quality and selection are definitely good for the area, although if they were in the city it'd be another story. Bartenders are friendly and personable, at least they were to me. Surprised to hear that they won't serve cask over the weekend since it's too much trouble. Disappointed on that one.
Haven't tried much food from there, although what I did try was overpriced and of average quality.
I've had some great beers here -- Angel's Share, Parabola, Supplication, and of course Pliny are highlights. Usually plenty of quality to choose from, although last time there they were out of Pliny and several others (on a Saturday afternoon!). And you never know what you're paying until you get the check, though, which can be painful.
Overall, it's a can't miss -- but ask how much each beer is first.
08-14-2010 02:36:20 | More by djmichaelk
3.88/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Stopped in here for a light meal and some drinks with friends during a recent visit to CA.
This place is an English pub that doesn't really sell English beers. As soon as you walk in there is an L shaped bar with several chalkboards listing the draft and bottle selection. To the right and around the corner of the bar there are several tables for dining. It has a traditional pub atmosphere with a few televisions with soccer playing as well as a dart board or two. Very laid back with a semi-hipster younger crowd.
The bartender was the only person working in the front of the house. All food and drink was ordered through him and he brought the food to the table. He was friendly but overall the service was average.
The food was traditional English pub food but was good and not expensive. As far as beer is concerned, the selection was very good with a lot of Belgian, german and local craft offerings. The lists seem to rotate and they had quite a few rarities including FW13 and Anchor Our Barrel Ale magnums(for $150!).
Overall this was a fun place for a casual dinner with a great selection of beers. I would definitely go back if I was in the area.
02-24-2010 04:35:54 | More by corby112
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
They have a great selection of Belgian beers for a British pub. Also have a bunch of good craft beer selections and a cask option. They also have the standard British pub beers.
The service is slow and not very attentive. If you like being left alone, you'll like it here. If you want someone to recommend beers and make sure your glass is always full, this isn't that place.
No pitchers. No liquor. Keeps the crowd a bit more laid back. Not many college kids or wine snobs.
Burgers are OK, fish and chips are pretty good, and my wife likes the Ploughman's Lunch (different cheeses and pickles and tomatoes). But you shouldn't come for the food.
12-05-2009 00:15:37 | More by mlaroche
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I've been going here on-and-off since 2005, but in 2009 I started going a lot more as the place improved and started catering to craft.
Outside of Tuesdays (trivia night), it's generally not too hard to grab a seat or table.
The bar service is decent, and the food, English pub fare, always comes out fast. It's pretty mediocre grub, though.
They have a wide selection of taps, including a list of staples and a rotating list. Kasim has really been stepping up his game lately with the acquisition of various hard-to-find beers. As I type this, I'm looking at a lineup that includes Sculpin, Victory at Sea, Supplication, and Blind Pig.
My major complaint -- and this is a big one -- is that the pour sizes and prices are not labeled. The standard beers are usually $5.50 to $6.50 a pint, but I've also received 10oz pours of Bourbon Angel's Share ($9), Supplication ($8), and Goose Island Matilda ($8.50). That's pretty steep; with tip, I'm getting $10 beers on a regular basis.
On average, food and two beers (plus tip) runs me $30.
These days I go once every couple of months. Pretty sad for a place that is within a mile of my house. It's not attractive from a value standpoint.
10-19-2009 17:05:30 | More by Arbitrator
The Rose and Crown in Palo Alto, CA
88 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.