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  • Monday - Saturday 10:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 10:30 - 22:00

Food Served

  • Monday - Saturday 11:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 11:30 - 21:00

Drinking in the Footsteps of Time in England's Oldest Freehouse Pub.

A warm welcome pilgrim, to the Royal Standard of England. As a nation we say “come to my local”, we are referring to our pub. This pub is a quintessential part of British life and culture. Loved and cared for by centuries of guests.

Passing through the ancient wooden doors, light disappears, as does the changing modern world you leave behind. Making your way into the bar, over the medieval tiled floor; you are welcomed by warming smells of wood smoke, hops and home-cooked food. Taking a seat, you are encased in a world of candlelit rooms, filled with treasures, trophies and ghosts of the past.

Refreshing pints of golden ale rest easily on wooden tables, and are sipped gently as they have been for generations. Warmth blazes from the log fires in winter, the cat curled up on the chair beside. Cosy corners lurk from room to room, for reading a book, confessing a secret or catching up with old friends. Plates steaming with delicious, hearty dishes make their way through to happy punters chatting merrily.

The garden, buzzing with life is filled with families and friends sipping on fruity beers and cool ciders, lazing sunny afternoons away in the sunshine. Groups returning from long walks with muddy dogs and wellies, ready for their Sunday roast.

This pub will have seen history made and we, dear pilgrim, are but late arrivals amongst its guests.
Learn more of our fascinating history

And now we wish you joy if you seek to find this pub.
Come freely - Go safely - And may you come to know it not as a stranger but as a friend.

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Pub Filming

At the Royal Standard of England, our traditional pub atmosphere has drawn in various film makers. We have been selected to be the location of some great films and TV shows and have had the pleasure of welcoming Oscar winning actors and actresses.

Some of our particular favourites include Hot Fuzz (2007) and The Theory of Everything (2014). We have also featured on numerous occasions in Endeavour and Midsomer Murders (and have since dedicated our chicken pie to it!), along with several historical documentries. Click here to view a full list of our features.

Next time you are here see if you can spot any familiar scenes!

We look forward to seeing you!

Only a 30 minute train journey from London Marylebone. We are also a 15 minute drive from the M40 (Junction 2) and have a large car park for those visiting by car. Feel free to use our car park for bike rides and walks.

The Royal Standard of England is located in the heart of the Chilterns, and we are surrounded by beautiful countryside. Download a map for our pub walk here.