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Queens Larder, Bloomsbury, WC1

Pub added by Graham Mason
1 Queen Square
Phone: 02078375627

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Queens Larder

A small,charming looking Greene King street corner pub ,opening out onto the pedestrianised Queen Square,it's very much a locals boozer.The interior is traditional with much wood panelling,narrow bench seating around the edge and lots of exterior seating.Theatre and musical posters decorate the walls ,and the three sided bar allows for quick service.There is an upstairs lounge,unvisited by me while the pub grub menu is a simple laminated sheet rather than the grotesquely large GK corporate menu normally seen.
My guess is that this is a GK Local Hero's tie ,with lots of discretion for the lessee and the only requirement to stocks as many GK boring beers (GK IPA and Yardbird Pale on my trip) as there are guests ( Redemption Hotspur and Oakham Bishops Farewell (clear but badly conditioned tasted nothing like Bishops and rip off £2.50 half))
Calm muzak and lots of banter from the regulars,I noticed the cougaresque barmaid slipping a cheeky half down when it was momentarily quiet.
A far better pub than the nearby Swan,shame about the ale quality which knocked off a couple of points from what otherwise would have been a good visit.

On 21st October 2018 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Queens Larder

A surprisingly traditional tiny pub with bare boards, a red panelled ceiling, Art Deco lights, pot shelf and dark wood panelling; furniture is traditional. Walls are covered with theatre posters and there's an upstairs lounge too. The pub still has optics which speeds up service no end as staff don't spend hours measuring spirits into metal measures and from there to the glass.
There's a friendly vibe in here with a mixture of locals, studenty types and tourists.
Ales on offer were Greene King's Abbot and IPA, Redemption's Hopspur and Cosmic English Pale Ale which was rather dull and a no joke at £2.40 a half.

I'd come here again but have docked two points due to the pub being dog friendly and also for the sky high prices for mediocre ale.

On 30th April 2016 - rating: 5
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Steve of N21 left this review about Queens Larder

Very small corner pub which actually has considerably more seating provided by the bench seating outside under the canopys than is available inside the pub. Lively mixed crowd both inside and outside on this last Friday evening before Christmas and there were actually twice as many bar keeps working the small serving space than there was along the entire long bar of the Swan next door , so there was absolutely no queuing at the bar.
There are four ales usually available, but for our visit on entering one was reverse clipped, but fortunately it was the dreaded GK IPA (how we cheered ). This left Abbott Reserve from the GK stable, a bit too loopy at 6.5% for an extended session, and Redemption Hopspur and Woodforde's Wherry, the latter two being in excellent condition.
Small but lively pub with well-kept choice of ales and good service levels. You have to go a long way to find a better pub than this in Bloomsbury.

On 23rd December 2014 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Queens Larder

Very compact corner pub, owned by Greene King, with little room for seating and thus there are often more customers outside than in if the weather is half decent. Even less room for the barmen almost tripping over each other trying to serve and work the till. Quite a traditional dark wood interior, with an upstairs room (never visited) and some wooden benches to front and side. Four handpumps, serving IPA and the seasonal Buck Greene Governor (£4.20) plus Cornish Knocker and Redemption Hopspur as guests on my latest visit. Overall, whatever you think about the brewery, this is a really good spot for a quick pint.

On 31st October 2014 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about Queens Larder

This tiny GK pub is warm and cosy.Theatre posters on the wall and large puppets above the bar.Shame about the beer choice.Ipa,speckled hen,abbot ale and the second time for me tonight was London Glory.Better pint than previous but its no award winner.Outside seating at the front is a plus.

On 25th January 2014 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Queens Larder

This GK pub was busy with diners on our lunch time visit. The service at the bar was fast and friendly, in spite of it being busy. We went for the London Glory and had a bit of vertical drinking. Overall a small and cosy historical pub.

On 19th January 2014 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Queens Larder

The Queen in this case is the unfortunate Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III, and this pub is named after the food store she maintained when he was “accommodated” nearby during the less lucid period of his life. Anyway, this is a tiny little pub tucked away down an alleyway just off Southampton Row. The bar counter is immediately in front of you as you enter from Cosmo Place, with a bit of banquette seating by the windows with a handful of small round metal framed tables and small stools completing the furnishings. The walls are mainly dark wood panelled, with the upper parts and the latticed ceiling painted a dark red. The upper parts of the walls are decorated with numerous theatre posters, and on the top of the bar gantry are a handful of colourfully garbed model clowns. Outside there are a few picnic benches; in fact there is more seating outside than inside.
This is now a Greene King pub, which had no guest ale available during my visit. The half of IPA that I ordered cost £1.90, which is overly expensive even by London standards for what is really a very ordinary beer. There was a faux chalkboard food menu on one of the wall, but without showing prices.
The pub itself is a bit twee with flowers on all of the tables, but even so it retains its essential pub character, and I reckon is worth poking your nose into if you’re in the area. However, a better, and more reasonably priced, ale selection would improve the pub immeasurably.

On 10th November 2011 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about Queens Larder

Tiny old pub tucked away behind Southampton row in a little known corner of Bloomsbury. Most people only pass this way if they've business at the National Hospital across Queen Square.

Wood panelled, decorated with theatrical memorabilia with a central bar and somehow feels at it cosy best on dark winter's nights. If there's a couple of dozen people inside it would be very intimate indeed, but there is heated terrace outside for those wishing to brave the elements.

The only real downside is Greene King's mediocre beers, but no-one's perfect.

On 11th February 2010 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about Queens Larder

This is a fantastic haven from the cold frosty London streets during the winter months. The pub is small (cosy) and the staff are very friendly. Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Fireside were available along with a selection of standard and Premium lagers.

I'll definitely revisit here again.

On 24th November 2008 - rating: 7
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