The Standing Order is a monster of a pub, a huge old bank with lots of original features still present. Marble pillars, etched glass windows, ornate ceilings and even an old walk-in safe. It’s really quite impressive. There is one main room with the bar (pictured) and several smaller rooms off that, so it is sometimes possible to find a quiet(er) spot.
Despite its size it’s often rather busy, probably due to the cheap food and beer. This is one of only 3 Wetherspoon pubs within the scope of the tour, the other two being the Alexander Graham Bell, also on George Street, and the Playfair in the Omni Centre.
An impressive 18 casks, though two were off: Knops Musselburgh Broke, Knops IPA, Houston Warlock, Houston Blonde Bombshell, Loch Lomond Bravehop, Loch Lomond Bonnie ‘n’ Blonde, An Teallach Crofters Pale Ale, An Teallach Hector, Springhead Leveller, Orkney Dark Island, Kelburn Cart Noir, Jennings Cockle Warmer, Caledonian Deuchars X 2, Isle of Skye Blaven, Fullers London Pride, Greene King Abbot Ale, Sharp’s Doom Bar.
Kegs: Amstel, Heineken, Stella Artois, Fosters, Tennent’s Lager, John Smiths, Tuborg, Carlsberg, Guinness, Estrella Damm, McEwans Red, Kronenbourg 1664, Stowford Press and Strongbow.
The round was £10.02 for 3 pints and a gin and tonic. Most pints were £2.49, but the Deuchars was £1.95.
The usual Wetherspoons cheap and cheerful menu, meal deals. No notes on pricing.
Web page: The Standing Order