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96127 1

The Royal Standard of England

Renowned, historic gabled inn

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year

Really, really tucked away in The Chiltern Hills, this claims to be the oldest free house in England. It all started with the West Saxons, who brewed ale on this site using water from an old Romano-British well that remains under the kitchen to this day. Ancient blackened timbers, flagstone floors, leaded windows, battle standards, armour and dried hops greet your entry to an interior warmed in winter by open fires and an inglenook. Chiltern Ale and Windsor & Eton's Conqueror share bar space with farm ciders and a Herefordshire perry. You might try the oysters to start. Hearty mains include homemade pies, sausages and homemade chips; Welsh lamb shoulder, sauté potatoes and cabbage; and fish pie made with salmon, cod, smoked haddock and prawns. Specials, including local game, appear on a blackboard. Desserts follow a traditionalist path too, with Bramley apple crumble and custard; and Eton Mess.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11
  • Lunch: all day
  • Dinner: all day

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival
  • Cider festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A40 to Beaconsfield, right at church roundabout onto B474 towards Penn, left into Forty Green Road, 1 mile.

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