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The Queens Head, WC1

66 Acton Street
WC1
WC1X 9NB
Phone: 02077135772
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Jon B left this review about The Queens Head

once you get over the almost overbearing trendiness of the clientele and staff, you have to admit it’s a very good pub. The only food I could see advertised was tapas style bar snacks. Live music of the hipster variety. Good selection of interesting ales and friendly service. Will’s right about it being off the beaten track but it’s in a crap area of shady individuals that I will be actively avoiding a return to, but helps to keep the tourists away I suppose.

On 14th May 2019 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about The Queens Head

I first came here in early May 2016 and was much taken with the place which had recently reopened after a worryingly long period of closure. A return visit the other night and the pub has settled in well and is now even better.
There's a very attractive fascia, lanterns with the Charrington logo in metal bands across the front and name still visible to the hanging sign. Included in the ensemble, is the lovely bow window and pink granite pilasters. Inside and the floor features some lovely polychromatic tiles (possibly encaustic?) as well as part herringbone wood block to the front with dark ash laminate to the rear and a small room to the back which leads out into a tiny fag garden. The walls are swathed in white painted Anaglypta and there's much dark lacquered wood with a fine etched mirrored bar back and an ornately carved wooden fireplace surround. The rear of the pub features a large lantern which may once have been above a billiard table and furniture is simple and wooden. Much brewery regalia is on display as well as a wall clock bearing the name Newgate, which may have come from the eponymous and infamous prison, now the site of the Old Bailey. However, it's the beautiful brown and sea green glazed tiles beneath the dado that are most likely to attract attention. Music plays at sensible level though I have seen the upright piano being put to good use on previous occasions.
Friendly bar staff dishing out three ales: one I couldn't see due to a customer, thereafter Redemption's Trinity and Smash Oricana Tropical Ale at an increasingly reasonable £3.90 a pint. I didn't see the 'tropical' in the title until after it was poured, but it didn't taste like Lilt and was very welcome on a warm and sticky night.
This is a very nice pub indeed, in an oasis of mediocrity. Certainly one of WC1's best and probably one of the best in Camden; worth seeking out.

On 21st July 2018 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Queens Head

"Best Pub in London", claims the hand-written sign beside the front door, with, underneath, the exhortation to "come inside and argue about it", so I did. I mentioned to the barman that a few days previously I had used the BPinL term at the nearby Scottish Stores, when I was given a Camra discount on a round of five drinks despite being the only Camra member in the group. He replied with a half of Redemption Trinity for just £1.55 - again, with a Camra discount applied (admittedly only a 3.0% beer, but still remarkably cheap for London).

I liked it here, and would have liked it better if the beer had been to my taste, but it reminded me too much of Robinsons Lemon Barley Water. The Queens Head is sufficiently off the beaten track to have the feel of a locals pub, making it worth the effort of seeking it out, if there's time before your train out of London.

On 6th March 2017 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
London Kings Cross, 0.41 miles, 7 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Rear patio. - last updated 28 July 2016 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 09 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 28 July 2016 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No - sandwiches, pies, meat platters - last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes - Thursdays/Sundays. - last updated 20 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 03 January 2016 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 20 October 2016 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
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