Royal Standard, SE3 7JQ
- 020 8858 1533
- 44 Vanbrugh Park, SE3 7JQ
- Mon-Thu: noon-11pm; Fri-Sat: noon-midnight; Sun: noon-10:30pm
Pub in Blackheath.
It was previously part of the Orchid Group, specifically their Do Drop Inns chain, but following Orchid's 2014 descent into administration it was bought by Mitchells & Butlers and added to their Castle sub-chain.
The walls are solid painted blocks of dark grey and dark orange above wood panelling. Seating is a mix of banquettes and mismatched wooden chairs flanking varnished wooden tables, while lighting is a mix of faux-vintage and faux-industrial. Pillars and waist-height wooden screens break up the space, and plastic shrubs sit in small metal buckets 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 has visited twice now, most recently in July 2019. On a Saturday afternoon in September 2013 (under the old management) the handpumps 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, and music was playing, perhaps a little louder than ideal. On a Thursday lunchtime in July 2019, the ales were Laine Mangolicious, St Austell Proper Job, Sharp's Doom Bar, and Hopback Summer Lightning; a pint of lime and soda was 70p. There were again only a few other customers in.
Food is served, apparently all day. In July 2019, Kake's aubergine and harissa burger (£11.50 including fries) photo was fine for what it was, though seemed to contain more chickpeas than aubergine. The fries were skin-on, and nicely hot and fresh.
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.
- Photos of the menu as of July 2019: sandwiches, main menu
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