The Rose and Crown is a dark little English-style soccer pub hidden off a parking lot in downtown Palo Alto. It is distinguished by having the best fish-n-chips in the area -- they serve fresh flakey white cod lightly battered and never dripping with excess grease, along with chips which are hand-cut daily. There are 12 brews on tap, usually half representing the pub favorites of Britain, the other half a rotating selection of west coast microbrews. On recent visits I had Green Flash Imperial IPA and Left Coast Hopjuice. The current regular IPA is Bear Republic Racer 5, but sometimes they carry Drake's as well. The proprietor is also proud of his selection of Belgians available in the bottle.
On a weekend afternoon it's a sleepy and friendly spot where regulars waste the day watching English football (go Liverpool!) or just reading their papers over a few pints. In the evening the place crowds up and can get hot for live music or comedy, or just darts. Nice jukebox with a good mix for all generations of ale lovers.
If you prefer to watch American football on a big TV while you consume a pitcher of Coors Light, the Old Pro is just a block away, and I think you'll find everything you need there.
The Rose and Crown is Palo Alto's hidden jewel (it's a dusty jewel).