Royal Standard, SE3 7JQ
- 020 8858 1533
- 44 Vanbrugh Park, SE3 7JQ
- 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Pub in Blackheath.
It was previously part of the Orchid Group, specifically their Do Drop Inns chain, but according to the August/September issue of London Drinker, following Orchid's descent into administration it has most likely been bought by Mitchells & Butlers. We haven't visited since the change of ownership, so some of the information below may be out of date.
Seating is a mix of battered leather sofas and armchairs, banquettes, high chairs and tables, and normal chairs and tables. Recessed spotlights in the ceiling are supplemented with shaded lamps here and there. Pillars and waist-height wooden screens break up the space, and fabric flowers sit in small vases on the tables. There's some external seating out the front, as well as a small patio-style part-covered garden to one side.
Kake visited on a Saturday afternoon in September 2013. The handpumps on the bar were clipped for Cottage Brewing Phantom (£1.80/half), Theakstons Old Peculier, London Pride, Greene King IPA, and Courage Directors. There were only a few other customers in. Music was playing, perhaps a little louder than ideal.
According to a menu viewed on this visit, food is served noon-10pm. It looked like a chain-wide menu, but relatively interesting for pub food.
They offer free wifi via The Cloud (free registration required).
According to a sign seen in September 2013, there's a quiz every Sunday from 8pm, £1 entry.
Child-friendliness: They have at least four high chairs, but they're the type with no tray and very little back support. There are baby-changing facilities of some kind in the accessible toilet (not checked; this is going by the sign on the door).
Accessibility: Two steps to get in. Once you're in, it's step-free to the bar, toilets (including an accessible one) and some of the seating. The rest of the seating is up one or two steps. Two steps to get out to the garden.