Royal Standard: Historic pub popular with Sheffield United fans reopens with new name, huge TV screen for World Cup 2022 and specialising in Lebanese food

A historic pub popular with Sheffield United fans has been reopened with a new name, a huge TV screen and will now specialise in Lebanese food.

Tuesday, 12th April 2022, 12:52 pm

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.

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

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The Royal Standard pub on St Mary's Road has undergone refurbishment and has opened as Royal Lounge serving Lebanese cuisine. Picture Scott Merrylees

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.

The Royal Standard pub on St Mary's Road has undergone refurbishment and has opened as Royal Lounge serving Lebanese cuisine. Picture Scott Merrylees

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.”

The Royal Standard pub on St Mary's Road has undergone refurbishment and has opened as Royal Lounge serving Lebanese cuisine. Picture Scott Merrylees

"There is also the World Cup later this year, so we are excited for the customers to come and watch the matches while they try our food as well.”

The exterior has been repainted, interior redecorated and new TV screens have been put up – including one that is 120 inches – so football fans can always get a good view of the action.

There is also a beer garden with new seating areas and there are plans to have live music.

While certain signage has changed, a distinctive Banksy-inspired painting on an outside wall of Jarvis Cocker alongside the phrase ‘Still Common’ – a reference to Pulp’s hit song Common People – still remains.

In addition, the venture has created nine new jobs.

The pub has been popular with Sheffielders for a long time.

A number of customers love it so much that they have taken to posting reviews online.

The pub has an average rating of 4.4 stars out of five according to Google reviews.

One reviewer, Alice Fraser, posted: “One of my favourite pubs in Sheffield. So friendly, cheap drinks, great food, free pub quiz, friendly pub dogs, cheap to play pool and darts.

"Great regular staff who remember you and always have a chat. Discount pick for drinks also a great idea, money off draught pints every time.

"Come here a lot with friends, will be coming for a long time.”

Paul Bennett added: “Great night out good selection of beers wines and spirits great atmosphere and live music.”