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Rose & Crown
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
547 Emerson St
phone: (650) 327-7673
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2005)
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| Reviews: 25
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Meh. That one simple sentence pretty much sums up my opinion of this establishment. They do actually have one of the better selections of beer on tap in the south bay, but the prices are a bit high. I just cannot justify spending 6 bucks for a pint of Guinness. Other prices for beer are within the same price range. The bartender was a bit spacey and flustered considering the place wasn't even that busy. I don't think I'll be returning. I will give them credit for what they are trying to accomplish with a beer bar, the execution was just not there.
04-16-2008 19:34:38 |
More by N1CKOLAS
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
There are not too many decent places to drink in Palo Alto, but this is one of them. This place is very much an expat hang-out for Brits who pine for home. The place is small, and has a kind of fake English atmosphere about it inside and out, but its not bad. It is a little dingy and dark- definitely more of a bar feeling. There is also a small alley of outdoor tables that are pleasant. The service is rudimentary at best- everything must be ordered at the bar, even food, although the will at least bring the food to your table. At least its very quick. I'm pretty sure they still have a cash only policy. I was there tonight, and I paid in cash, but forgot to ask if it was still that way. There is am atm machine right inside the door, but it wasn't working when I was there, so be forewarned. The barkeeps are pretty indifferent unless you are a regular.
There is an okay draft selection whose highlights are Fullers ESB and Charles WellsBombardier on tap, as well as a few decent California brews like a couple of Drakes and Anchor Steam. Altogether they had about 15-16 taps of all at least decent stuff and some bottles that were mostly macro swill. The Bombardier I had was very well kept.
The food is average- all vaguely English or burgers. I had the fish and chips and while not bad, it was nothing to right home about. All the food is at least passable to decent, but all a little greasy. Piccadilly style bread sausages anyone? The place is a little pricey as well, but not terrible. As I said, Palo Alto lacks lots of real beer options, so this place is okay as a change of pace if you find yourself in the area.
08-14-2006 03:59:44 |
More by Georgiabeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here before a Stanford game.
Small "British Pub" style place, some seating outside as well. Looks like a soccer pub, because they had a bunch of soccer stuff on the walls.
Service was ok. There was one girl working, it was fairly busy, but she seemed to make it by quickly enough so we weren't sitting around waiting for her. She was a bit standoffish when my friend complained about his $8 tulip of Belgian IPA not being very good. (he was right, I tried it and would have been upset if I paid $3 for it). However, she did eventually make it right and gave him a different beer.
Selection was pretty good, they had quite a few taps, no real standouts, and a nice, but quite pricy bottle list.
Quality was a mixed bag, the Palo Alto brewing beer I tried was average at best, but the pint of Sierra Estate made up for it.
Didn't try the food.
Prices were high, and not really clearly marked.
Ehhh... Not a great place, nothing special, and would probably pass on coming here again.
10-24-2011 02:44:36 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I guess after a visit and 2 South Bay BeerAdvocate meetups it's time to give this place a review.
The atmosphere is warm and relaxed unless you go on a tuesday trivia night, don't go on a tuesday unless you're into the super loud and crowded trivia thing with Stanford students.
Overall quality of what they are trying to achieve is good, but like others have said the execution is where the place could improve tenfold.
I've only had service from the same guy all three times, and I have been unimpressed all three times. Seems like he doesn't want to be there, and he is certainly slow.
The selection is pretty good, with a nice selection of rotating taps. Most of those are hard to find local craft beer. Keep your eyes peeled for: Racer X, Pliny the Elder, Double Rocket Ale, Drake's Hopocalypse, Full Sail Old Boardhead, and other stuff. They also have a nitro for stuff like Old Rasputin once in a while. The selection is pretty great for the area, but on the broad scale of things it's just good.
The food is just okay. But I wouldn't expect much better from a little british pub either. I have yet to try the fish and chips but will make sure to do that next time.
Value is reasonable for draught craft beer, not sure about the other stuff as I am not interested in buying bottled beer at a pub.
Special props do go to Kasim for allowing the local BeerAdvocates to meet up here once a month.
2/20/2010 - Editing the selection to 4.5 since they have been routinely pulling in some really great stuff in the last few months. Keep it up guys, selection and quality are what matters most to me! I am also upgrading the food to a 3.5 after trying their fish and chips, pretty good.
01-28-2009 00:39:31 |
More by Bubba83
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I emerge from my cocoon. Hair damp and matted, eyes crusted shut with the residue of sleep, I slither to the local drinking establishment to suckle its taps. They don't mind me, b/c of their hospitality and b/c of my many hook-like appendages. This is the Rose & Crown.
TIP: hold your breath in the pedestrian tunnels from Caltrain to downtown. They reek of urine and defecant. Sorry about that.
For those uncomfortable in Palo Alto's upscale environment, R&C has an alleyway fenced off to which you can bring your drink. Six or so rotating taps and the occasional cask keep things interesting - Ommegang Rouge, Sculpin, and Abacus have all made appearances. As a bonus, the menu discloses neither the volumes of the drinks nor the prices so that every time you order you get a nice little surprise.
TIP: avoid Tuesday night unless you like the involuntary frottage caused by the massive pub trivia crowd.
Those unable to subsist on hops and malt alone can order from the wide variety of solid food available - everything from breaded dishes to battered dishes to fried dishes. When the kitchen is closed you may import your own food. The Pizza My Heart adjacent will satisfy even the most discerning grease fetishist.
TIP: often and generously.
Secreting alcohol from my pores, I skulk back to my nest by the light of a waning moon.
07-31-2009 03:47:56 |
More by alfrantzell
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Nice place in downtown Palo Alto. Bar tender was rather surly, didn't seem particularly interested in helping, but did a decent enough job pouring pints. Roughly 20 taps including some good ones like Rare Vos, Drake's IPA, Fuller's ESB, Chimay Triple. Nice bottle list as well including some good Belgians - Rochefort 6, Gulden Draak, Karmeliet Triple, among others. Pints on the pricier side - Rare Vos+Chimay Triple = $14.50.
Relaxed atmosphere with a couple dart boards and some patio seating. I'll be back, if for no other reason due to the lack of good beer options in Palo Alto.
06-10-2007 23:58:50 |
More by mitchfor3
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
Not a place to dine ... grab a burger okay, but it's all burgers and fried foods. I had a steak sandwich and onion rings. Not a lot of steak on that sandwich and the rings tasted of old oil.
The beer is well worth your while. The taps change frequently with stuff from Belgium, Germany and the states. I had a Maredsous on tap (proper glasses too!) and then a bottle of Triple Karmeliet.
Both the tap selection and bottle selection seemed above average to me. I'm a Belgian fan and noted three on tap as well as about 10 bottles, all with their glass for service.
The bar tender got the job done, not fast, but he got to everyone. I got a few laughs out of him.
Several tv's with ball games playing. Two dart boards open for play. Outdoor seating. Free wireless.
This place is a little hidden at the back of a public parking lot.
I give it a beery thumbs up.
09-30-2007 05:08:47 |
More by dougnboston
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