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The Old Queens Head, Islington, N1

44 Essex Road
N1
N1 8LN
Phone: 02073549993
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Tris C left this review about The Old Queens Head

The current pub dates from 1830 but is recorded as existing from the early 17th century. Indeed it has been written that Walter Raleigh drank here and smoked some of the very earliest tobacco, without having to do so outside. Some of the interior décor is stunning and dates back to the original early 17th century pub and includes both a moulded plaster panelled ceiling as well as grand fireplace. Some of the other décor is of questionable taste but may perhaps be held in high regard 400 years from now.
A return visit the other night and the loud music wasn't in evidence - perhaps it was too early in the evening - instead being replaced by squealing children; I'm not sure which is worse. It's still very gloomy though and features stuffed animal heads as well as a human skull in a glass jar. The metal-topped, turquoise-coloured glazed bar is interesting and furniture is conventional and mainly quite low.
CAMRA says that the availability of real ale is sporadic and we picked a night when it wasn't available, just unclipped pumps on display.
Historic interior aside, this pub is a bit hit and miss what with ale being on or off with a soundtrack of either loud music or loud children.
Worth a look just for the interior alone, but otherwise I wouldn't spend time here, especially if the ale's off.

On 10th November 2017 - rating: 6
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custodian 42 left this review about The Old Queens Head

Bit dim inside. Couldn't see any real ale but there was craft on offer. Won't be returning.

On 19th January 2017 - rating: 4
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john gray left this review about The Old Queens Head

Must have changed since the last review as its a laid back gastro -ish sort of pub.Large high ceilinged but rather dull brown colours.Stags heads ,antlers and a big chandelier.Unusual ceiling above the bar might be original.Busy. Two cask beers on Hophead and Trumans -swift.

On 20th June 2015 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Essex Road, 0.34 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Highbury & Islington, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 10 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 September 2009 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : Yes - Dedicated karaoke room. - last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 08 September 2009 by hondo .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 10 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 10 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 10 November 2017 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 06 March 2016 by Tris C
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