UK Pub row over which one is the oldest

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A dispute has broken out over which watering hole has been serving ale the longest in south Bucks after a historian raised doubts about how old The Royal Standard of England is.

The pub in Brindle Lane claims to have served ale since the 11th century and is said to have housed both King Charles I and II through its history.

But these claims have been questioned by historian Miles Green, who believes the first evidence of it as a drinking venue is from as recently as 1830.

According to records held at the county records office in Aylesbury, the first drinking establishment in the Penn Parish was in fact either The Crown or The Red Lion, both in Penn, which were the only two ale houses found on record in 1577.

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