Double award winning pub sets the standard

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The Royal Standard of England had a double celebration at the Publican Awards last night after taking home two prestigious prizes.After scooping the...

The Royal Standard of England had a double celebration at the Publican Awards last night after taking home two prestigious prizes.

After scooping the coveted award of Freehouse of the year, owner Matthew O'Keefe also picked up the title for Pub of the Year.

Matthew said: "We are absolutely over the moon. It is a great opportunity for the business because the publicity does translate into more bums on seats. Plus, it is great to be recognised by your peers."

The Royal Standard of England fought-off stiff competition from five other finalists to secure the Freehouse of the Year title. The category was sponsored by agents Christie & Co for the 14th consecutive year.

Neil Morgan, head of public houses and restaurants at Christie & Co, who was also a judge for the freehouse category, said: "The Freehouse of the Year is the epitome of recognition in the industry and is highly sought after by the best freehouses in the UK. The Royal Standard of England is a truly outstanding freehouse and its success is well deserved."

The pub, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, is also the oldest freehouse in England having served ales from the site for more than 900 years.

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