Royal Standard: First look inside historic pub popular with Sheffield United fans following revamp

Here is the first look inside a historic pub popular with Sheffield United fans that has been reopened with a new name, a huge TV screen and will now specialise in Lebanese food.

The Royal Standard, on St Mary’s Road, has been popular with Blades fans for a pre or post match pint due to its close proximity to Bramall Lane.

The pub, which is believed to date back to at least the 1850s, has been shut for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it has recently been taken over, undergone a refurbishment and the new owners are promising a fresh outlook for the place.

Owners Bernard Mgina, aged 36, and business partner Faraz Mosaferi, aged 35, both from Sheffield, also run another sports bar called The Stack Lounge on London Road.

They are promising big things from their new venture and have taken the decision to take down the distinctive Royal Standard signage and rename the bar the Royal Lounge.

There is also a new menu with a focus on Lebanese food featuring dishes such as Moussaka Et Batenjan, Shish Tawook and Kafta Meshwi. Vegetarians and vegans will also be catered for.

Signs indicate there will also be shisha.

Bernard said that while they were repairing the place they “had people coming saying their grandparents used to come the venue and they are excited the venue is being renovated.”

He added the feedback so far from Blades fans has been “really good” and said he was excited to “share the Lebanese dishes.”

Take a look around.