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The Queen's Head, Limehouse, E14

8 Flamborough Street
E14 7LS
Phone: 02074239132

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Tris C left this review about The Queen's Head

Overlooking lovely York Square, a Georgian area of the East End that has been massively gentrified, the street lined with large German cars – some electric – typically painted black or graphite. Dating from 1822, this pub has recently been remodelled and it would seem that CAMRA’s * interior rating has been stripped as a result.
This pub used to have a picture of the Queen Mother as its sign, because as mentioned, this is where she used to moonlight, spotted pulling pints on 16th July 1987 as indicated by a brass plaque; the paparazzo’s photo has been doing the rounds in Young’s pubs ever since.
The pub’s name in etched glass to the door’s windows is a nice retention, thereafter the floor is bare boarded, with traditional furniture pushed to the periphery leaving a fair bit of floor space for a small pub. There doesn’t seem to be much heritage apart from some mirrors, white ornate egg and dart cornice beneath a burgundy Anaglypta ceiling, with either white walls or floral wallpaper above smoky blue wainscoting. There’s an attractive pot shelf with leaded stained glass, illumination coming from Tiffany sconce lights. There were two TVs showing the boxing in silence, then a fairly loud ‘80s’ soundtrack on the jukebox, The Cure, Gary Newman and Tears for Fears during my stay; the unusual secondary window glazing presumably exists to limit the escape of said noise. There’s little décor apart from some pictures of old queens and not the type to be found at the Old Ship opposite, then tiresome United Nations sports’ bunting. Customers were mixed, though unlikely to be immediate residents as some were a bit rough; a hipsters’ pub this isn’t.
Alas no cask here, with two unused porcelain pump handles then Neck Oil at a stiff £3.50 a half, served by a friendly barmaid.
This place isn’t too bad and the atmosphere here’s better than at the Old Ship, but the unwatched TV sport and lack of a decent cask choice dents the appeal; with a similar lack of cask, I actually preferred the Prince Regent just to the east.

On 4th February 2024 - rating: 4
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Queen's Head

The Queens Head is a decent looking corner pub.
Once inside there is a nice looking oblong shaped room to the left,this room looked more like a lounge,the room was carpeted,there were two tall tables and stools near the entrance and bench seating to the left which faced the bar,there was a TV on the left wall showing Bargain Hunt.
There was a seperate room to the right which was divided into two seperate areas,this room looked similar to the left room but had a darts board in each area.
The pub is a Youngs tied house,there were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of youngs bitter which had just been pulled off,this was a very nice drink,the other beers were Youngs Special and Courage Directors.
The pub was very quiet on my Wednesday dinner visit,but i quite enjoyed my time in this pub.

Pub visited 19/2/2014

On 19th February 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Queen's Head

This is a Young’s pub with just the Bitter on, but it was a decent pint, and at £2.85 a pint at a decent price as well. There were no menus in sight (I was in Tuesday lunchtime) but there were some clingfilm wrapped sandwiches/salad stuff in a small traditional food servery.
This really is the pub where the Queen Mother pulled the pint that features in photographs in just about every Young’s pub. There is a brass plaque commemorating this event on the pillar next to the handpump she used. The pub sign features the head of the young Queen Mother (possibly as homage to the royal visit?) whereas on the said pillar there is a bust of Queen Victoria. Very Eastenders.
The pub itself is very basic. It still features two separate rooms, with (I believe) the room on the right being the old Saloon Bar, which would make the room in which I sat, and where the Queen Mother pulled that pint, the old Public Bar. I thought the latter room was the nicer of the two, and as the other room had the dart board, maybe I’m wrong. They wouldn’t have taken the Queen Mum into the Public Bar, would they? Anyway, both rooms are comfortably furnished with normal tables and chairs and a few small stools. The pub was desperately quiet during my visit, with just me, the barmaid, and one old boy and his dog in there. This is a basic backstreet eastend boozer. This is a dying breed, but I’m glad this one still survives. Do pay a visit if you want to see the sort of pub that would have been commonplace 50 or 60 years ago.

On 26th August 2011 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Queen's Head

traditional east end corner local selling Youngs beers,a very friendly landlady (been there all her life) who likes a good old chat about the old times. this pub is where the Late Queen Mum visited and pulled a pint and now the picture is hanging in all Youngs Pubs. This is how all pubs should be and should not be missed. 5 minutes from Limehouse Station

On 30th January 2007 - rating: 10
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