This is a tiny pub, a little bit off the beaten track on Acton Street.
However what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in service, stature, welcome and warmth as it is one of the nicest pubs in the area.
There is always a decent selection of real ales, beers and ciders and regularly changing guest ones. no hot food is served as such, however they do brilliant cold plates, like a ploughmans and a brilliant and ever changing cheese selection. The staff are great, no matter who you are you are made to feel really welcome. They do themed musical nights as well which are free to get in
It is pretty small and consequently can fill up fast, however don't let that put you off, it really is one of the friendliest pubs in the area.
If you want to visit a pub that isn't trying or pretending to be a traditional London pub, but actually is, this is definitely one for you.
Sometimes propaganda works. Although one may be a little numbed by many a corner shop professing the best "insert-something-unlikely-to-be-the-best" in London, after nearly two solid years of cycling past the Queen's Head "best pub in London" testimonial my curiosity went to investigate on an aleatory afternoon.
Well until I have been to every pub in London I would not care to make any spang statements but this is an amazingly understated pub. Its location doesn't exactly offer it wonders, but once inside and away from the world of Acton street's vehicular bottlenecking from the Euston road, it is really a most charming place.
Everything on tap is a craft ale or beer, and pints are UNDER £4 which really does seem a treat in this neck of the woods. Polite and unfussy staff are always a bonus, and the ad hoc seating gives every corner a different atmosphere. Two lonely benches out the front for enjoying (the minimal) British summer evenings otherwise enjoy the raised lantern roof inside and imagine the outdoors of warmer climes...
Folk music is advertised on Tuesday nights, and there was definitely a piano indoors so it appears the entertainment might match its already eclectic nature. A marvellous find to be further considered.
I was staying around the corner at the Tune Hotel, so one evening I wandered over to the Queen's Head for a pint and something to eat. It was busy for a Wednesday night, and there was live music being performed in the back. I found a seat on one of the leather sofas by the front windows and enjoyed a porter and a pork pie.
The beer and food were good, the decor was comfortable, the service friendly and the atmosphere lively. I'd definitely go back if I was in the area again.
They make the bold claim to be the best pub in London and even invite you in to discuss the matter. While I'd have some other candidates in mind for that particular accolade I would without hesitation opine that this is the best pub in the Kings Cross area! And it does seem to get better every time I come here.
The serve three real ales and usually interesting ones at that. They tend to have Hophead, which I guess is a bit more predictable. But at the same time it is one of the very best hoppy golden beers in existence! Real Cider and some handy keg choices flesh out your possibilities!
What a beautifully traditional and welcoming North London boozer!
I found this little gem through an invite from a friend to go along to their monthly folk night and what a great evening we had! Friendly staff, homely characterful interior, comfy mis-matching chairs and a great selection of proper pub snacks; homemade pork pies, olives, a vast cheeseboard...none of your KP peanuts and pork scratchings here. Oh no - this place is classy!
From the moment you walk into this intimate pub, you feel like you've entered a cosy little sitting room which immediately gives you a warm glow - just like you've arrived home. Especially lovely on a cold autumnal evening!
You'll find a handsome fireplace with books framing the mantle at the back of the main room and a very large, vintage clock adorning the chimney breast. There's old wooden school chairs and tables adorning the "back room", with a lovely old piano at the front. This setting appears to be the perfect area for folk bands to lull comfortable patrons into a relaxed state of satisfied pleasure. It certainly did the evening we were there!
Beers, spirits, ciders and soft drinks are more than reasonably priced and are delivered attentively by the good folk behind the bar.
If you're looking for a convivial night out with a group of pals who like a giggle or live music, I'd recommend this place (Last Weds of the month for Folk, Tuesday's for open mike comedy nights!). It's pure bliss!
This is one of those places that you have to know about and have to try.
The first thing you notice when you go in, is the welcome. The staff, unlike many London pubs, actually seem pleased to see you, and make you feel very welcome.
The pub has been refurbished, and bears absolutely no resemblance to its former incarnation. It is immaculate inside, there's comfy sofas in the windows, and a really nice tabled area with fireplace at the back. The Jazz night on a Thursday is absolutely brilliant.
Drinks wise theres a great selection of draught and bottles, and loads and loads of whiskies. They don't serve hot food, however do serve the most amazing cheeses and cold meats on platter type trays, that couldn't be further away from the ghastly pub platter plate if it tried, and are actually cheaper. Its a fantastic place to while away a few hours
This place with The Pakenham and The Blue Lion, is transforming the area for quality pubs, with great service and friendly staff.
They have a tounge in cheek sign outside claiming to be the best pub in London - if my visit is anything to go by, it won't be a claim for much longer, but a reality.
Great little pub. Had a young, hip crowd without pretension when I visited on a Friday evening. Four casks, a handful of interesting kegs and a very good range of bottles (local stuff, Nogne O, American). Medium size pub but felt spacious to me. Good service. Great place. I loved the vibe.
came in here looking for a sunday roast and even though they don't do roasts here (only snacks, like cheese plates) the man behind the bar was nice enough to recommend a place nearby AND call to make sure they were open!!
it's also really cozy inside.. wood tables, nice chairs, pretty patterned wallpaper, and an overall homely vibe. i came here once before for drinks and am pretty positive everything was decent prices, but even if drinks aren't cheap here, i'd still come back because it's such a nice pub and that man basically blew my mind with his helpfulness. i don't know why i've only been once - definitely going to come back soon!
Was nice and clean inside. Service was good. Had the fish and chips with a pint of London's finest beer. The beer was warm. Not sure if that is how beer is served in London or not. I prefer cold beer!
Visited this pub last night, on the basis of the reviews on here, and checking the pub out on Twitter, come on Down tonight for some quality Stand Up Comedy from 8pm with Tom Webb's Party Piece
Started great nice relaxing atmosphere, really friendly bar staff, which as other reviewers have stated is so unusual in London. What was great as well, was that there a two blokes with two cutes dogs that they let us play with, the perfect antidote to a really stressful day. Looked round and there were great platters of food being served, lots of cheeses, and cold meats, and what looked like amazing pork pies. It was raining outside, so we settled down for what we thought would be a relaxing few hours before we had to get back to our hotel.
Then it all went horribly wrong..
We noticed on Twitter that there was a comedy night on, which we thought might be interesting.
At about 8.15 a small bloke got up on the stage and announced it was an open mike, and would be starting in ten minutes. At that stage people started to leave, which should have given us the message. It was raining outside, so we thought we'd give it a chance.
Ten minutes later Tom Webb, if that was his name got on stage. He started the evening by picking on several members of the audience, in the worst school bully type of way. The guys with the dogs were first he didn't get the message that they weren't interested, and carried on, all pretty offensive stuff, littered with f words. Next he picked on a couple who were sat behind him, who again weren't interested, again didn't get the message that they ween't interested, chucked in a couple of racist gags (they were Scottish which he loved!), next came a couple on holiday, again Scottish, the guy was a bigger guy the guy on stage was in 7th Heaven and didn't let up. All straight from the playground, and not particularly pleasant or at all funny and here's me thinking Bernard Manning was dead!
Then the acts started appearing, girl number one failed to raise a single laugh, forgot her lines, forgot the punchline, and actually seemed like she had just walked off the street and decided to be a standup. It was pretty cringeworthy and she stumbled off.
Tom Webb returned to the stage, and started by picking on his three victims again, who were so uninterested he didn't get the message. The larger Scottish guy made the mistake of answering him back, it was at this stage that I realised the significance of the 'and friends' bits the 'and friends' were the rest of the small audience, who were obviously there to suckle at the teat of the master (Webb), as they were the only ones who laughed at his attempts at humour.
He then gave us a preview of one of his brand new Edinburgh gags, which was a drawn out story about his reaction when his neighbour put up a sign saying Polite Notice No Junk Mail. Needless to say the only people who laughed were the 'and friends' which he took to mean the whole audience chuck in some f words, some more baiting his victims in a pretty offensive way, and a pattern was starting to form.
Act number 2 main gag involved the comic recanting a number of family stories as a preview of his Edinburgh act, the silence at the gags was deafening.
More from Webb now, equally unfunny gags, couple of his victims were so brassed off at this stage they left, leaving the large Scottish guy as his only victim, at which time the victims sexual prowess was called into question, littered with the f word classy. Other open mikers were actually writing their scripts as the others were performing.
Acts 3 and 4 were equally dismally received, at this stage it became obvious what was going on, the purpose of the 'and friends' were to make Webb, who appeared on stage longer than them, seem brilliant, as they were so bad. Luckily we were at the back, so he left us alone. By the end of Act 4, we'd had enough and left Webb and his band of followers to it, as the rain had stopped. We'd have left much earlier if we weren't going to get drenched.
In conclusion, the other reviews are spot on, the pub on its own would get a 4 or 5 / 5 review no problem, it is a refreshing oasis in the middle of town, however in my opinion, encouraging such banal, offensive, and quite frankly unfunny events as last night, will drive customers away from the place and keep them away, unless like last night, the other option was to get drenched. We'll be avoiding the place like the plague on a Tuesday from now on a comedy night is a great idea, only problem is that well. it needs to be funny, and not hosted by someone out of the dark ages.. You're better than this.
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