The Royal Standard
The building that now houses The Royal Standard has stood in Ely for over 300 years, but has changed over the years. There are still signs of the old bakery it used to be, with a visible baker’s oven adding a quirky touch to the spacious pub. Patrons make a beeline for The Royal Standard as it offers plenty of room to drink and dine – the upbeat, buzzy atmosphere attracts a varied crowd.
The food served is cooked fresh and the menu is printed daily, allowing the kitchen team to chop and change the menus with the seasons. The ginger-marinated grilled chicken breast with Swiss chard, sunblushed tomatoes and red onion salad is a great way to kick off any meal. Traditional dishes like local sausages and mash, beer-battered fish and chips, and a selection of steaks are top choices with diners, while the club sandwich takes the lead on the lunchtime menu. Steaks come with sides such as macaroni and blue cheese, and caramelised onion and goat’s cheese mash. There’s always a vegetarian and vegan option; currently it’s roasted butternut squash, coconut and ginger risotto.
Drinks are given just as much attention as the delectable food. All cocktails are made with fresh ingredients and an impressive ever-growing selection of gin, whisky, rum and brandy are showcased behind the bar. It may be hard to choose from the wine list, which features more than 50 varieties from everywhere from Hungary to Brazil and Australia. The five new boutique en-suite rooms offer even more reason to visit The Royal Standard.