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Royal Standard, Wooburn Common

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This pub has a long narrow lounge and the bar is front of you. There is a good choice of real ales and it has cheap bar food. It is long time since I have been able to buy a simple no nonsense filled roll which is served direct from the bar. Why don't pubs have food counters any more so you can see what you are eating before you order it? The lounge is a bit cramped but reasonable comfortable.
boozers_knows - 8 Dec 2015 14:10
What a brilliant pub, 8 or 9 real ales, 6 ciders, very good food and friendly staff, can't ask for more, well worth finding if you are in the area.
Randyray - 9 Apr 2014 18:29
I'm sorry to say that I have moved away from Beaconsfield and this wonderful pub is the only thing I miss. And I miss it sorely! Use it and use it NOW!
motco - 9 Jul 2013 16:21
I'd forgotten how good this pub was. Last night was my 3rd to this rural pub and I was there for the culmination of a bank holiday beer festival. It's a roadside pub with one large room with a couple of partitions. There is an outdoor undercover smoking area and tables at the front on the roadside. Service is good and food is normally served. The beer list was (take a deep breath) Outstanding Selling Out, Woodfordes Wherry, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Hopback Summer Lightning, St Austell Tribute, Binghams Twyford Tipple, Orkney Dragonhead & Red MacGregor, Vale Checkmate, XT13, Acorn Blonde, Bristol Beer Factory Acer, Coastal Hop Monster, Crouch Vale Yakima Gold, Darkstar Carafa Jade, Inveralmond Independence, Leeds Vienna, Nottingham EPA, Oakham Inferno & Citra, Pictish Calypso & El Diablo, Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale, Rebellion Googly & Skinners Ginger Tosser. Not to be outdone, there were also 10 ciders and perries - Westons Cider Twist Raspberry, Cider Twist Winter Spice, Old Rosie, First Quality & Country Perry, Radnage 2012 Vintage Dry, Cornish Orchards Farmhouse Draught, Millwhites Blackberry Blush & Whiskey Cask & Thatchers Cheddar Valley. I won't leave it as long before my next visit.
blue_scrumpy - 7 May 2013 20:49
Walking from Bourne End to Cookham the long way led to a stop at the Royal Standard. One of our number had been banging on about this place for some time and had given it a big build up, so we entered with anticipation.

And it was pretty good. Five standard real ales and five guests ( the Black Bee Honey Porter was pretty fine ) plus five ciders so no problem with choice. Pub is fairly small but has a good atmosphere. Staff were friendly. A lot of tables were set for lunch which does re-inforce the comment below about orientationj towards food, but all pubs have to do food these days or they disappear so no issue with that.

The food was fine and although my colleagues fish was quite a size, my home burger was a much smaller portion. And they served coleslaw without warning me, which as a coleslawphobic person does annoy me.

However the Royal Standard is well worth a visit and we would happily return at a future date.


ramblethenlunch - 26 Sep 2011 09:43
Yes does seem to be under new management. Has always been a good pub beers are excellent kept to a very high standard also staff very friendly and helpful. Food is very reasonable price with good a selection and ever changing specials .my only ten out of ten pub.
manhoot - 12 Jul 2011 22:17
I was told that the tenancy has changed from the previous landlord to a couple of the people who have worked there for a good while. I was in for a meal this week (June 2011) and it is still the great place it was so get down there all you locals and support it or it will be in danger of joining the forty-odd pubs that close every week in UK!
motco - 9 Jun 2011 16:55
Great choice of beers, best selection for miles around. Had a very enjoyable evening at the meet the brewer night with Dark Star brewery. If you like beer, you can't but help like the Standard.
tpfirt - 20 May 2011 16:32
Also went during the beer festival, plenty of beers available with others becoming avaialble later (we were there on the Friday evening) plus half a dozen ciders.

Don't forget there is another, usually larger, Beer Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Although in terms of distance The Standard isn't our 'local', it is certainly the best pub near us, and the one I choose to spend my money in.

Yes, it's a pity it doesn't have a nice garden, if it did I would probably have to get my mail re-directed there.
stuart_p - 19 Apr 2010 11:52
Went during a beer festival, not just any old pub beer festival either, a lot of different beers were on, all in good nick, about 13 beers from the very excellent Dark Star alone! Served in over-sized glasses which makes for the slighty high prices. Friendly pub which is slightly slanted towards food probably for commercial reasons but if you're 'here just for the beer' you will not be disappointed.
Abteilung - 4 Apr 2010 13:23
Terrific traditional village pub with a great range of ales - 10 in all with 5 from hand pump and 5 on stillage. Last night included Summer Lightning, York Centurion and Leeds Pale in excellent condition. Wonder if you can get a bus from here to the White Horse at Hedgerley as the two would make the basis of a fine country pub tour.
Tigerdrinker - 21 Mar 2010 16:34
Wonderful pub - just too far to walk in winter evenings, unfortunately.
motco - 14 Feb 2010 14:46
This is a brilliant pub, 10 real ales available, 5 from the hand pumps, 5 from the barrel. Good, reasonably priced food, fast service and friendly. Outside seating is limited and too close to the road but other than that it has very little against it.
Randyray - 23 Feb 2009 22:24
Good pub with a huge ale range, mostly in good condition.

Can feel a bit locally inside. Outside seating is a bit close to the main road for my liking!

Well worth seeking out for the ale range.
Quinno - 3 Aug 2008 14:36
Excellent beer and good food.
baxterfish - 4 May 2008 10:20
What a gem..! Has been on my radar for quite a while now owing to the extensive range of real ales available. Has also been the venue for one of our 'One-Pub Pub Crawls' .. now that's an accolade..! Don't know about the grub, but supposed to be good, according to people I know who have eaten here. If you drink bitter, you'll not be disappointed..!
Glenco - 7 Mar 2008 00:55
The best real ale pub in this area, quality beers well kept and decently priced. Friendly regulars and bar staff. Every visit here is an absolute pleasure. The food is also very good ,decently priced and traditional. The new smokin area that is at the side in the car park is huge with tables comfy chairs and heaters - the smokers outside often outnumber the non smokers inside. Summer Lightning/Crop circle always on and all your other favorites/ no less than 10 beers to choose from - What more can you ask. This pub now far better than the White Horse in Hedgerley due to the quality and choice of beer.
muffinboy13 - 8 Feb 2008 14:57
Ahhhh the Standard....one of the best Traditional Pubs in South Bucks.

If you like Beer, you'll love it here.....just leave the Car at home eh?
bitterboy1970 - 12 Dec 2007 15:37
Very friendly staff, lovely atmosphere and decently priced food. Wasn't too impressed by the choice of food but at least it was not the typical Waetherspoon type of menu.
Outdoor seating is pretty close to a fairly busy road but it's definitely worth paying a visit, especially if you want to sample the huge variety of ales this pub has to offer.
Overall rating 8/10 - some other pubs should look, listen and learn from it!
Beer_Belly - 8 Aug 2007 14:07
Great changing beer offer and no nonsense food. This is how the smaller traditional pubs should be, warm, hearty and stuck for choice.
roundhead - 20 Apr 2007 15:19
I'd visited here once before, early on a winter's Friday night with my girlfriend, and got an ever-so-slightly bad vibe from the place. There was nowhere to sit, and it felt a little intimidating to not be an obvious local. The ales were superb though.

However, after a sunny afternoon visit on Good Friday, I saw a completely different side to the place. It was bright and welcoming, with friendly staff and absolutely top class real ale. As mentioned below - five handpumps, and five more out the back on gravity. I tried two from the gravity selection - Dark Star Old Ale (midway between a mild and a porter - absolutely delicious), and a Scottish ale called Ossian (golden and delicious).

My only regret about my visit is that I was driving, and couldn't sample the rest.
scissorkicks - 7 Apr 2007 12:02
I just called in here this afternoon following a long walk, and am pleased to report that the place is still marvellous, both in terms of the atmosphere and the Beer. Simply great, and makes coming out of London an absolute pleasure.
Alain - 30 Dec 2006 18:11
Nice to read such good reviews. I have been a regular here for around 6 years, and consider this my local pub of choice. The staff are very pleasant indeed, and can't do enough for you. The locals who drink there are welcoming and chatty, and the atmosphere is just good.

The outside seating is a bit close to a busy rural road, and offstreet parking can get a little difficult, but they have cctv to keep an eye on cars, the menu is good, the food is reasonably priced and they are very generous with helpings.

Most omportantly, they know their beer and they keep it well.
cynicalbastard - 21 Oct 2006 15:32
Excellent chilled Sunday evening pub. Beer was great (apparently!)the place was full of dogs and nice people, and we all fell instantly in love with the pretty, witty and spectacularly buxom barmaid!! Will definitely be back!! My local West London pubs should take note - this place is cool!!
anonymous - 26 Jul 2006 15:08
A gem of a Pub, real beer, real food and real Barstaff that know their Product. I defy you to find better in South Bucks if you like Real Ale.
Alain - 17 Jul 2006 12:08
As a regular customer as far as I have been able to tell they only ever have 10 real ales on, no more and no less. I'm not saying that 10 isn't a lot but they don't have at least 12 as previously reported.

Five are on hand pump and five on gravity out the back. The pump bank always includes Caledonian Deuchars, with the other four being semi-regulars that come and go but reappear frequently, normally standard beers from from larger regionals (London Pride, Youngs Bitter etc), but occasionally something a little more daring.

The five from gravity always includes Summer Lightning and the others are from smaller breweries including regulars, seasonals and specials from the likes of Burton Bridge, Nethergate and Skinners etc.

Upcoming cask pump clips are displayed behind the bar, but they don't appear to be in any order so are more decorative than informative. Don't get your hopes up about getting anything that's displayed there because it might be on later that day, or might take two weeks.

No real cider but they have something from Mr Whiteheads served under pressure, which is better than most pubs. Food is standard pub stuff (egg and chips), and a few attempts at more upmarket things. Fancy it isn't, but it's good for what it is and fairly priced.

Downsides are that the pub doesn't have much age to it, that it's on fast, busy road and all the outside seating is by that road. There is not much else wrong with this, as it is an all round good pub and well worth a visit. I give it 7/10.
Gueuzefan - 6 Jun 2006 23:01
Fantastic country pub, always has at LEAST 12 Real Ales on at any one time, well kept and regulalrly rotated Beer. This is what a proper Pub is all about!!
ps The Sunday Roast is the best 7 you'll EVER spend too!
Chris Sperl - c_sperl@yahoo.com - 30 May 2006 19:13
A nice country pub on a fairly busy road a couple of miles from Burnham Beeches and next to Odds Farm Park rare breeds centre. Not terribly old or much to look at. Inside there is a single bar area divided into two sections with a small eating area at the very end (non smoking). Outside there are a dozen or so picnic tables next to the road. The car park is large but can get busy. There are 10 real ales of offer, 5 via hand pump but the other 5 are poured off via gravity from a back room. The hand pumped beers tend to be regular or semi regular (although still a broad and unusual selection) and the beers on gravity are ever changing guests. Guest highlights include breweries like Burton Bridge. I would call the food good pub style.
Gueuzefan - 17 May 2006 13:27

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