This pub is a little off the beaten track on the way to Russell Square and Southampton Row. Its pretty small inside and has a nice seating area outside that tends to get pretty busy.
The food there's a pretty good menu that does a good range of sandwiches and mains. The mains are good sized, a little bit more expensive than neighbouring pubs but better quality in my opinion.
The beer not a great deal for the real ale fans, and the drinks are in my opinion, pretty expensive. This is probably something to do with the location as it is on the tourist trail into town.
The atmosphere homely is a good word. Its pretty small inside and the toilets are a bit of a trek. Its doggy friendly the landlady's pooches are cute. There is no Sky Sports. Staff are friendly and polite and do good recommendations.
Its a place that if you stumble across it is perfectly nice, and is worth calling in, but if you are watching the pennies it is a little on the pricey side
This was our stop number three on the crawl that night.
I never went indoors so I cannot say anything about the interior though.
Decent selection of draughts.
We sat outside - nice. And just share a table if it's full. When we sat there street musicians stopped and played a few songs, then moved on after tippings.
Yeah, I could go there again.
Just off the beaten track south of Euston north of Holborn. This is a quiet little pub with outside seating and a nice atmosphere. It gets a good blend of punters. Not a great choice of ales.
The toilets are a trek into the cellar for the gents. No idea what the food is like.
5 Stars for all the other things people have been saying. I went there twice tho'. First time was excellent. The lady behind the bar was great, good beer, warm on a cold night - all that good stuff.
Second time a guy was bar-tending - seems to be anti-American, made a totally unnecessary fuss about paying by credit card - there is a 10 pound minimum, and it is posted - fair enough, but my tab was about 8.5 pounds. Told I couldn't use my credit card. So I rounded up with a tip to 10 pounds, and got hassled (muttering about 'yanks')???? What is with that? The creep kept the tip tho'.
Let's hope this idiot does away. If you are an American, try to get served by the cheery lady.
As an American tourist, no one has every told me about some of the more unusual differences in etiquette -- especially in pubs. It seems that tipping is not usual here.
I go to the Queen's Larder my second day, order a pint of beer for about 3.50, hand the barman Dave a five-pound note. He gives me the change, and I put the one-pound coin on the bar. He says slowly, solemnly: "Thank you very much, Sir, thank you indeed. That is most kind of you." I knew I had done something to offend him -- he ignored me for the next hour until I left.
OK, so tipping is not usual in pubs, OK. But shouldn't a barman know that tourists don't know UK pub customs, and take it in stride? After that near-hostile reaction to an innocent, misguided tip, I am not going back to the QL again, even if other barman (Andrew, the friendly, personable one) is working.
The Queens Larder is adorable! Wowsers! Cute, tiny and oh-so-charming, this pub really is old-school London at it's best. Good staff who know their lagers from their ales, and a good non-pretentious crowd.
Great beer selection, fantastic & comfy atmosphere, and Andrew is a very pleasant barman.
Squeeze into one of the tables on the bottom floor or hop up to the lounge on the second floor for some extra space. Either way it's a very comfortable pub where one can feel right at home.
Prices are very reasonable at something like £3.75 per pint. We had a blast!
Yep, the rest of these reviews are spot on.
Lovely little place (and it is tiny) but we had a quick lunch here and enjoyed it greatly. MK had the Bacon/Cheese Pie (turnover for you Americans) and I, the bangers and mash with onion gravy. Couple of nice beers and great Christmas decorations.
I like the area it's it too. Just around the corner its a bit crazy-busy but since this faces Queen's Square its super quiet and peaceful.
Most definitely a stop here the next time we're back.
Nice, little pub, really traditional and can easily be the lunch stop on a surprisingly charming walk through Holborn. There's two parts to this place - the main bar area downstairs and the restaurant upstairs, which has a great view over the square. The staff are good here and the crowd are pretty mixed, tourists inevitably, hospital staff inevitably and locals occasionally. They've got Green King on draught which isn't great in my book but they've got Leffe and plenty of others too.
Haven't had the grub but it looks good enough and I'd say this pub is definitely one of the better ones round this way.
A really charming pub close to the West End on a quiet street between Russell Square and Holborn tube stations. The pub is named after Queen Charlotte, wife of the 'Mad King' George III, who kept supplies for him in a cellar underneath the pub while he was being treated for insanity by a doctor in the square.
The dining room upstairs is very charming, and full of posters from the West End like the rest of the pub. There was a large group who came here for food and drinks after work besides our table, and they certainly enjoyed their food while we tried the lovely house wine and lagers (including Leffe blond!). There are even some benches outside where you can enjoy the sunny weather in the summer, in the not too windy square.
A gem as its so close to the tube stations, but hidden away on a quiet street!
This is my absolute new favourite number one pub. It's absolutely tiny and although it fillls up quickly and easily, it's pretty easy to squeeze in somewhere. It really revs up for Christmas filling every space with decorations and playing festive tunes on repeat. Sort of sounds like hell but it was actually a surprisingly fun place to settle in for a friendly chat. The beers are pretty standard and normal priced although they do have Leffe too.
The best thing about this pub is the local almost country atmosphere despite its location bang in the centre of town. It's really hidden but surprisingly easy to get to.
The Queens Larder is a charming little pub close to Russell Square and also the Great Ormond Street Hospital and a Neuroscience institute. Though it is beside Kingsway road it seems secluded and quiet. The ground floor is a handsome bar and there is an attractive dining room upstairs with views of Cosmo square. There are also benches outside which are a picturesque place to sit in the summer months. The bar is well-stocked and the service is friendly.
This pub has a lovely friendly atmosphere and is ideal if you are looking for a quiet place in Central London for a drink or something more substantial.
Went here for after work drinks with friends, and have to say we quite liked it. Cute little place with indoor and outdoor seating and homey vibe. Hoegaarden and Leffe on tap as well as some other ales, definitely a decent selection. Indoor and outdoor seating area, inside cute little benches and corner tables to sit and chat, although the inside did have a rather strong 'old beer' smell, a little of which i don't mind but it was rather sour.
Didn't love the TV that was on, on mute but still distracting! It's one of the things I have come to love so much about pubs, that there is no TV flickering in the background while you have a pint and talk to your friends. Just no need, really!
Definitely a decent little place but could lose the TV!
A new entry in the Top 5! Best ploughman's in town
I wrote this review some time ago after quite a long, boozey lunch in the Queen's Larder (is that a euphemism?) and decided that it was probably drunken nonsense and best not to post it. Having re-read it, and revisited the pub many times I've decided to post it anyway! There is not a word of a lie, not a single exaggeration in the following review. One of the best pubs in London!
I don't know how often you go to a restaurant or pub, or meet a new friend that you just love SO much that you want to tell everyone you know about it. But what then?! All of a sudden everyone knows about your new favourite place, everyone wants to hang out there, it gets busy, the place tarnishes, it's no longer special, and beautiful and ALL YOUR VERY OWN! So, Phil and I don't really talk to each other any more.
On a less creepy note, The Queens Larder is much like my former-friend Phil.
Quite simply, it's perfect. Tucked away off Southampton Row, Queen's Square is like the Secret Garden, just with out any locked doors or creepy Franciscine boys conversing with robins a little haven of peace and tranquillity, flowers and trees, complete with market squarette and the wrought iron gated Queen's Square Gardens. Seriously, if Peter Pan had been a little less ambitious he could well have ended up by here instead. And, by Zeus's beard! Is that a Green King boozer I spy?!
Now, you may have realised from the timbre of my musings (and by my use of the word timbre) that I have just been enjoying a rather lengthy and boozy lunch there. As a consequence I am in much trouble at work (despite a LARGE box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to apologise for my late return and the delicate bouquet of ale and pickled onions I brought along) but I would gladly suffer the indignity all over again for the pleasure of sitting outside this charming old town boozer, in the sunshine, with the best Ploughman's I have had in a long time, a good pint or two of Green King's finest, and a facefull of sunshine.
On to some less abstract information to drink. There is the standard selection of lagers, cider, etc plus a couple of Belgium poncy beers. Most important, there are three Green King cask beers (both the IPA and Sunchaser are top drawer) and a wine list which no pub should be ashamed to have (though I can see the wine bar brigade's heckles bristling slightly)
The food menu is to die for! I know this is a subject on which I have moaned before but there are so few pubs where you can go these days and have a proper pub lunch. I'm talking Ploughman's, a proper Club Sandwich, pie and mash, a huge array of sandwiches which revolve largely around cheese and/or cold meats. Having seen a laden plate making it's way to a neighbouring table my friends and I all went for a Ploughman's, though for sake of variety we ordered one of each ham, stilton, cheddar & brie. I also ordered a bowl of chips.
Although it wasn't the most rapid service in the world, I don't mind! There were plenty of other diners, and the food was evidently carefully prepared and beautifully presented. I'm impressed at their ability to pile so much food onto one plate with out it looking like well, a pile of food! The ham, home cooked, cut thick as y'tongue, delicious, juicy and flavoursome. The cheese was served in huge, door wedge chucks, mature, at the right temperature, just as it should be! All this was accompanied by pickled onions, pickled gherkins, a hard boiled egg, a generous helping of salad, discretely dressed, creamy soft butter, sweet pickle, a hot apple pie (move over sliced-of-Brabourne! You're old news) and generous slices of fresh, crusty bread. I don't think that any one touched the chips. There was just no need.
Cute little place but seems to cater entirely to the relatively large number of American tourists staying nearby. Poor ale selection (this is a Greene King pub). Service was neither friendly nor fast.
Nice surprise just off the beaten path.
Spent Christmas Eve here. Everyone was welcoming and in a great location.
Loved it! Great neighborhood pub in Bloomsbury. I agree with another reviewer who mentions that even when crowded, there is a place to squeeze in somewhere. The atmosphere is pleasant and the crowd is friendly!
Nice little pub with quite a few tables outside so it's great for those sunny summer afternoons when you want a drink outside in the sun.
Nice local atmosphere in the heart of Bloomsbury. Medics, students and tourists mingle in the small bar and forecourt and a convivial occasion is practically guaranteed. Hoegaarden, Old Speckled Hen and Greene King should satisfy the ale buffs; Carling for the merely thirsty. Lunchtime food stretches neither imagination nor wallet but fills a gap. Check out the clowns at the bar and, no this does not refer to the friendly bar staff
A nice little boozer frequented by a curious mix of (remarkably wealthy) locals and tourists. A good selection of beers and a more than adequate bar menu, this pub would receive a higher rating, were it not for the slightly standoffish service.
Nice pint of Guinness, sit outside and no traffic roaring past.
Needed a pint before dinner and it was a mild evening in mid-May. It delivered 100%. I would have given it 5 stars but the bitter selection was a bit weak. We opted for London Glory which was fine and served properly. Staff are very friendly and so is the crowd which for an overflowing bar on a Friday night, is important! Most people were happy to be standing outside to drink. There was a small room upstairs which if you really needed to escape from the masses is an option. However, it did feel a bit isolated up there so we stayed with the heaving mass downstairs and pounced on some seats when they became free. I love my bitter and my pubs and I had no complaints about the Queen's Larder.
This pub is nicely located, away from the busy roads on a quiet street which makes it a good spot for a quick pint or two just out front. Inside there's a small bar downstairs, with 5 or 6 small tables and a nice, if low key atmosphere. The bar is well stocked and it was good to see Leffe on tap.
This little pub is tucked into a corner of Queen's Square, near Russell Square. Its not a bad place to stop off for a pint while on a stroll around the area, but there's nothing special about it either. The service was fast when I was there, although it wasn't that crowded. There were enough seats although the tables were tiny- barely enough room for five glasses! We were also thinking of grabbing a pint, heard the food was acceptable, but apparently the chef hadn't turned up that day so we made do with crisps.
Been to this place a number of times now, and I wouldn't recommend it in the evening unless you don't mind standing outside, thats where I've always ended up, butt hat doesn't mean it's not a good place to go. It is on the corner of a pedestrianised street which makes an outside pint or two actually very pleasant. The decor inside is very nice, though you do get the feeling they've tried to go down the wine bar route but didn't quite get there. In the afternoon particularly its nice to while an hour or two away inside. It tends to be frequented by workers from the local Hospital or publishing types, which is perhaps how it manages to be so consistently busy.
Love this boozer! If ever in London make sure you pay it a visit! You won't regret it. Located on the corner of Queen's Square (near Russell Square) and Great Ormond Street Hospital, this is a quaint little pub full of Dickensian charm and warmth. Be warned though, it is quite tiny inside and very popular but well worth the effort especially in winter where you can cosy up to the roaring fireplace. In the summertime, outside is best! It's called the Queen's Larder for good reason - according to legend, the cellar was used as a food storage area (hence the Queen's Larder) by Queen Charlotte when her husband, King George III, received treatment for mental illness in the nearby hospital. The staff are friendly, eager to serve and prices are reasonable for London. And the beer's good too....enjoy!
I went many times in this pub, that's a bit small but the inside is so british. Very pleasant to have a couple of drinks there. A bit expensive!
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