The Royal Standard
The Royal Standard is a nice place to go for breakfast with some really good parking, there is a large car park at the back of the pub just off Broard Street. So its dead easy to walk straight into the back of the pub ,where the front entrance is actually off Fore Street, which runs down from the market Square to the river.
As I visited The Royal Standard this morning with the threat that ‘the beast from the east’ was on it’s way (not this morning) the pub was quite quiet with a few people braving the weather. I would imagine that it would have been a great atmosphere when busy. The venue was very quaint with wood panelling and low beams, I liked it.
The service was good with a guy who was very attentive and was genuinely wanted to make our experience a good one, although he obviously did not have a great deal else to do (on this occasion). I was meeting a friend there, in fact he was the guy that made the recommendation to me in the first place, so I ordered a coffee whilst I waited, unfortunately it was in a pot and was luke warm, so it had to go back.
The menu was really good with lots to choose from, there would have been no danger of not finding something that would suit all tastes, especially with all the ingredients explained.
On the Plate:
The breakfasts looked really good on arrival, I was obviously going to enjoy this experience. The plate was hot so everything has to stay hot throughout the meal, which, if you are a regular reader of my blog, will know that I am a huge fan of. I did think that another rasher of bacon would have been good, but as I cut in, another one appeared I did have two rashers after all … a bonus, and it was very well cooked. I would imagine that the sausage and the bacon came from the same butchers as they were really good. and tasty The mushroom was a field mushroom so some lovely flavours coming through. I do like black pudding, but not a lot of it, and this was perfect as it was quite small with bags of flavour. The fried egg was perfect along with the vine tomatoes, and the baked beans speak for themselves. This breakfast was accompanied by two rounds of toast, i was offered a choice of white, granary or sourdough … nice!
My friend decided that today was his day to have Eggs Benedict, he had obviously been here before because the dish looked very nice indeed, (if you like that sought of thing).
I had my normal black coffee which forgetting the first cold cup was very good, nice body to it without being too strong, David had a Cappuccino which he thoroughly enjoyed,
The total cost of the breakfast was £16.90 which I thought was very good value for money, which included 3 cups of coffee and a bottle of water.
I really enjoyed visiting The Royal Standard in Ely, it would have been better if there were more people in there, but nobody can perdict or control the weather, I will certainly be going back, and would also recommend others to do the same.
The Royal Standard
24 Fore Hill
Date: 27th February 2018