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The Queens Head & Artichoke, Regents Park, NW1

32 Albany Street
NW1
NW1 4EA
Phone: 02079166206
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Tris C left this review about The Queens Head & Artichoke

This is a street where pubs of late have been dropping like flies, many having gone since the 1960s but of late: The Prince George of Cumberland (2005), The Chester Arms (2009), Cape of Good Hope (2014) and now The Victory (2016), so this is all that's left. Rebuilt in 1900 and clad with terracotta tiles, this is an attractive corner pub with three-quarter height dimpled windows which allude to its former Courage past along with some fine Courage lettering to the top of the bar back. An attractive interior with three-quarter height wood panelling, bare boards and basic old school furniture. There are sconce lights, and some basic hanging lights which could possibly be original - basically, I think that this pub has a decent unspoilt interior. Indeed there is an enormous flowerpot on the bar, but this is not the gastropub as highlighted below. Tables are *not* laid for dining and menus are not in evidence. A few people were eating to the side, but it would seem that food is mainly confined to the restaurant floor above with some food advertised on blackboards and not of the aforementioned tapas bent.
I didn't notice any music and certainly no sport TVs to ruin the ambience - at the height of Euro 2016 - which is a definite plus, though the foul-mouthed Australians at the next table were a pain in the bum. Otherwise, most clients seemed to be drawn from the office development to the east and hotel guests to the south.
Ales: Sharp's Doom Bar, Whitstable Bay's East India Pale Ale and Black Sheep Brewery's Best Bitter at a surprising £3.65 a pint and good to boot. There were two other pumps, one vacant and the other missing, displaying a hole where it once stood.
This is a surprisingly good pub which exceeded all expectations and is a far cry from the awful tourists'/transients' Green Man about 200 yards to the south. Worth seeking out if in the area, but not worth a detour.

On 14th June 2016 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Queens Head & Artichoke

They had five ales on in here when I visited at Thursday lunchtime – GKIPA, Doom Bar, Cornish Coaster (£3.50 a pint), Timothy Taylor Landlord and Adnam’s Southwold Bitter. The main food available here is tapas, mainly at around £4 - £5 a dish, but with main courses (no pub grub) at around £10 - £12.

This is a gastropub, with the emphasis firmly on the gastro rather than the pub. In the main room downstairs almost all of the tables and chairs are laid for diners, with just a couple of sofas and a normal table with chairs on the left not laid up, presumably for those who just want a drink. There’s another dining room upstairs, but I didn’t feel the urge to investigate it. The main room is rather nice though, with its tall lattice framed windows; fielded wood panelling on the walls; the old bar back still with some “Courage” signage on it; and the delightful tiled surround fireplace on the left with a glass display case above it containing what look like antique icons in it. The gastro credentials are reinforced by the enormous flowerpot, containing a succulent of some kind, on the bar counter.

Even though there were only about a dozen people in there it was very noisy because the furnishings in the restaurant area didn’t include upholstery, and of course with the floor being bare-boarded all the sounds reverberated around the place. But the tapas we had were very good, and the pint of Cornish Coaster at £3.50 was reasonably priced. This is essentially somewhere to come for a meal rather than for a drink I guess. But it’s a good enough representative of its breed. A number of gastropubs do decent real ale, and good luck to them I say.

On 15th July 2014 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Queens Head & Artichoke

Form the outside the Queens Head and Artichoke looks like a traditional boozer with some awning covered picnic tables on the path out front. Alarm bells start ringing when all of the restaurant guide stickers, Michelin, timeout etc., are seen on the door. There is an advertised restaurant upstairs and in the L shaped bar area there were a couple of dining pensioners and some ladies who lunch. The bar is stocked with premium draught products alongside Carlsberg, Guinness and five hand pumps that were drawing Adnams Southwold Bitter, Pedigree, Landlord, Doom Bar and Cornish Coaster. I didn’t see the main food menu, but there was an extensive tapas menu on the bar for the lunchtime crowd. There is no TV, but there was some eastern jazz (for want of a better description) playing in the background.

My half of Landlord was well poured, but this place is a bit ‘gastro’ for my liking so I do not plan to return.

On 31st January 2012 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Euston, 0.58 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London Marylebone, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 1.1 miles, 21 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 07 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 10 June 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 March 2018 by Komakino .
Opening Hours
Sunday12 - 3pm | 6:30pm - 10:15pm
Monday12 - 3pm | 6:30pm - 10:15pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday12 - 3pm | 6:30pm - 10:15pm
Thursday12 - 3pm | 6:30pm - 10:15pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday12 - 3pm | 6:30pm - 10:15pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: May 18th 2016
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