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The Queen's Head, Chelmsford Central, Chelmsford

30 Lower Anchor Street
Chelmsford
CM2 0AS
Phone: 01245265181
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Queen's Head

This is a surprisingly small back street boozer run by the local Crouch Vale Brewery. I initially walked past this pub, thinking it was shut, such was the uninviting external appearance, but upon consulting their opening times in the local CAMRA magazine, I turned round, gave the front door a push and lo and behold, I was in. The main bar is quite a cosy space which sees the servery to the left and a staple shaped room running around it. There are exposed floorboards throughout and the majority of the seating to the front and right comprises fixed banquettes and standards chairs. There is a nice, decorative tiled fireplace to the front left with a beer glass collection to one side and a set of framed aviation-themed cigarette cards on the other. A bookcase on the back wall houses a collection of paperbacks and the day's papers. The servery has a rather basic bar counter under a lovely stained glass canopy with some unusual colourful CAMRA plaques on the beam above, each detailing various Pub Of The Year awards the place has won. There is some decent wood panelling to the right, along with another attractive fireplace underneath a huge 'Mann, Grossman & Paulins Ales mirror. A TV screen was showing muted Sky Sports News, but no-one was really paying any attention to it, with most punters chatting loudly amongst themselves instead. The room opens out a fair bit beyond the bar into a brighter area with a lot of additional bench and chair seating plus a dartboard on the rear wall.
A board in the front right corner of the pub lists the full ale range which on this visit comprised Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Essex Boys, Yakima Gold and Essex Blonde, Tiny Rebel Full Nelson, Acorn Barnsley Gold and Calvors Session IPA. Brewers Gold was a bit of an 'epiphany' beer for me back in the day, so I was keen to try it here and I got a very nice pint for a very reasonable £3.25, served to me by a rather frosty barmaid.
I've always been a big fan of Crouch Vale beers, so I'd long been wanting to visit this pub and it certainly didn't let me down on the ale front. I thought it was quite a nice, cosy pub and could imagine settling down to try a few more of their beers, but it was let down somewhat by the cold welcome I received, which didn't really make me feel like staying too long. Still, a very nice pub and one I'm sure I'll return to in the future.

On 27th September 2017 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about The Queen's Head

This is a pleasant back street corner local which was once for some reason called Partner's. It is Crouch Vale Brewery's only tied house which makes it worthy of attention in itself. Inside it is a smallish wooden floored bar but an area stretches back towards the garden where there are more formal tables and chairs. Although this area looks like it is meant for dining this certainly isn't a gastro pub. The food is only served at lunchtimes and is hearty pub grub rather than a few morsels in the middle of a huge plate.
On my visit there was an assortment of dogs at the middle of the pub that were lying on the floor by a roaring fire.
Six beers were available, from Crouch Vale their Essex Boys Bitter, Brewers Gold & Anchor Street Porter and the others were Fat Cat Cougar, Dark Star Winter Meltdown & Milton Sparta. I felt obliged to go for the Brewer's Gold (£3.10) a beer I hadn't tried for years and which went down a treat. This is a good solid back street local that has been GBG listed more or less since Crouch Vale took it on.

On 18th January 2015 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Queen's Head

A good traditional pub and only 300 yards from the Essex county cricket ground. Friendly manager and staff alike, this pub is very well kept as well as their beers. Serves four ales from Crouch vale, which are always available and three guests. No keg beers on tap, has two hand crafted lagers. The deco is trad with oak panelling and lots of pictures and paintings. Has a good sized eating area and seating outside at the rear. Food was excellent with handcut chips. Beers tried Crouch Vale Essex Boys, Galena, Yakima Gold, Kent Brewery KGB and Farmers Ales Captain Ann.

On 17th June 2012 - rating: 10
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Chelmsford 23.12.10 by Gill Smith
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Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Chelmsford, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Queen's Head, Chelmsford
27th Sep 2017, 21:24
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
18th Jan 2015, 11:37
Review submitted by Aqualung .

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 20 February 2008 by hondo .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : Yes last updated 27 September 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 27 September 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 June 2015 by john mcgraw
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 February 2008 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 17 January 2015 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 September 2017 by Pub SignMan
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