Royal Standard of England
Full of history and character, with fascinating antiques in rambling rooms, and good choice of drinks and food
The good pub guide review
This ancient red-brick inn appears regularly in films and television programmes such as Endeavour and Midsomer Murders ' and it's easy to see why. Trading for nearly 900 years (do read the leaflet documenting its long history), it's an atmospheric trip back in time. The rambling rooms have some fine old features to look out for: huge black ship's timbers, lovely worn floors, carved oak panelling, roaring winter fires with handsomely decorated iron firebacks and cluttered mantelpieces. There's also a massive settle apparently built to fit the curved transom of an Elizabethan ship. Nooks and crannies are filled with a collection of antiques, including rifles, powder-flasks and bugles, ancient pewter and pottery tankards, lots of tarnished brass and copper, needlework samplers and richly coloured stained glass. Drinks include Chiltern Pale Ale, Hardy & Hansons Olde Trip, Rebellion IPA and Zebedee and Windsor & Eton Conqueror on handpump, a carefully annotated list of bottled beers, an array of gins, whiskies and rums, farm ciders, perry, Somerset brandy and a good choice of wines by the glass. You can sit outside in a neatly hedged front rose garden or under the shade of a tree; look out for the red gargoyle on the wall facing the car park.
The good pub guide food review
Traditional, hearty food includes lunchtime baguettes, welsh rarebit and other snacks on toast (11.30-5) Cornish oysters, moules marinière, fish pie, roast chicken with spiced red cabbage, liver and bacon with mash and onion gravy, pork belly with bubble and squeak and apple sauce, vegan mushroom and sherry steamed pudding with sautéed potatoes, and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce, chocolate mousse and eton mess.
Royal Standard of England, Brindle Lane, Forty Green, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1XT