Although I've lived in the area for quite some time I'd never got round to visiting the Queen's Head before now. After a wonderful lunch, however, it won't be long until I return!
The pub is decorated to give it a beautifully calm feeling. We received friendly greeting from the genial host as we walked in, immediately making us feel welcome. The beer was good (Woodfords Wherry when we visited, but I believe the guest ales change). All the tables are well spaced, so you don't feel like you're on top of the people next to you.
The lunch menu was good, with a board of specials to add to it. I chose the cottage pie with veg, whilst the OH had lamb steaks. The food came relatively quickly, and was fantastic, the cottage pie was made with chunks of braised beef, and the horseradish in the mash made it tasty without being overwhelming. It came with mixed veg that included a good portion of excellent spiced red cabbage (worth returning for on its own!). The lamb was a good portion, perfectly cooked for the OH.
We indulged in puddings, although I found making a choice difficult, since I wanted to try everything. I ended up with creme brûlée, which came with a delicious home made shortbread biscuit. The OH had a summer pudding from the specials menu that he pronounced 'excellent'.
The prices are reasonable for this area, especially given the generous nature of the portions. The two course meal for the two of us (with a pint each) came to just shy of £50.
I will definitely be going back soon.
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