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The Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield

Brindle Lane
Forty Green
Postal town: Beaconsfield
Phone: 01494673382
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Nick Davies left this review about The Royal Standard of England

One of those "must visits". Steve's description below still stands, and it seems another extension is being built out the back. Service was a bit corporate, the Chiltern Pale top notch. We doubled the number of customers on a Thursday afternoon, though after-work types soon started arriving. Judging by the size of the car park I suspect it's a nightmare at popular times.

Do make the effort to visit this Camra heritage pub - and it makes a much better stop than the nearby services on the M40.

On 5th May 2018 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Royal Standard of England

We visited here on the 5th of January, so there was definitely no worries about the pub being overwhelmed by tourists. We got here for lunch and have to say what a treat that was, our meals were outstanding. Mrs A went for the Fish Pie and I went for the daily special, which was the Cottage Pie.
There were six ales on handpump, Chiltern Pale Ale, Marlow IPA, Windsor & Eaton Guardsman, Windsor & Eaton Conqueror, Britannia Amber Ale and Marston's Owd Roger. We went for the Chiltern Pale Ale, which was in excellent shape and deserved a second pint.
We found a nice spot near the bar area, which was a very cosy snug area with a roaring log fire. It's a good walk from the station to get here or if you're feeling flush, you can get a taxi at the station, which only cost £5. Press the free call button at the train station and your taxi is there in a few minutes.

On 19th January 2018 - rating: 10
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Royal Standard Of England

I was first introduced to the Royal Standard of England quite a few years ago whilst working in High Wycombe. Being taken to it down the winding country lane was an adventure in itself but then entering this ancient pub for the first time via the large old barrel set the scene for the quaintness and history beyond.
I am a bit loath to review the Royal Standard, as I would rather avoid drawing attention to it, because the only thing that spoils it as a pub is that it cannot cope during the busy periods with the hoards of visitors it attracts and both the beer and especially the food quality have been known to suffer on my infrequent visits back.
But I guess it’s too late for that as its regular appearance in the GBG’s and restaurant review sites and its claim by the owners of being haunted and the oldest ale houses in Britain attracts locals and tourists alike in significant numbers.
There is some dispute to the actual age of The Royal Standard, and the owners would have you believe it has been an ale house for over 950 years. This is disputed by local historians, but frankly who cares as it a fantastic historic building in its own right and worth visiting just for this.
Internally it is difficult to describe and do it justice, but here goes. It’s quite a large internal space, but divided into several different rooms, each with its own character with plenty of snug areas and nooks and crannies to find a seat in. I paricularily like the candle room with no lighting except for candles that get lit when it gets dark. Plenty of original Oak beams, wood panelling , stone floors all at different levels and angles, and several stone fireplaces in most of the rooms. There is also several what looks like genuine stained glass windows to some of the seating areas.
There’s plenty of period artefacts dotted around to add to the ambience, although these run the risk of descending into period tat, as these include a collection of stuffed animal heads and a skeleton dressed in civil war armour.
There are also decent areas for outside drinking with a nice garden area and plenty of bench seating out front. And once you have found it down the country lanes it benefits from one of the largest car parks you are ever likely to come across for a pub, more resembling those you find for a NT stately home.
The beer has varied over the years in both quantity and quality, but the quantity is back to being at the better end. There are currently five hand pumps available which dispense beers from regional and local breweries During my recent couple of visit beers from The Rebellion and Chiltern breweries have been on and also Guardsman from the new brewery in Windsor. Unfortunately quality still seems to be an issue and frankly at well over £3.00 a pint I would expect better. Last time in I went for TT Landlord which was a good pint but at £3.60 I would have bloody well hoped so.
Despite its faults on the service front, it’s still a must visit if you are in the area of Beaconsfield and I would recommend trying to go at a quieter period and definatly avoiding sunny weekends, when you stand more chance of a decent experience on the beer and food front.

On 9th October 2010 - rating: 8
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 May 2018 by Nick Davies
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 05 May 2018 by Nick Davies
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 05 May 2018 by Nick Davies
  • Darts : No last updated 05 May 2018 by Nick Davies
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 October 2010 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 October 2010 by Moby Duck
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