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Lovely location, massive meals
The Queen's Head, Hammersmith (London)
Member Name: sunmeilan
The Queen's Head, Hammersmith (London)
Advantages: Great location, food good
Disadvantages: Expensive for pub food!
13 Brook Green
London W6 7BL
Tel. 0207 603 3174
Website: http://www.pub-explorer.com/gtlondon/pub/queenshea dbrookgreen.htm
Olympia, Earl's Court and Shepherd's Bush tube stations are nearby, although we accessed it by car. Thankfully, because the area is largely residential, parking wasn't a major problem. The pub is opposite a green, including tennis courts and a children's play area, so extra parking spaces have been added in. We were there on a Sunday, but I imagine it would be busier in the week.
The pub is incredibly picturesque. It is a stand-alone building, apparently built in 1820, nicely decorated outside with plants and flowers. The yellow stone-work fits in beautifully with the rest of the buildings around the green, and it has a real villagey feel to it - it's hard to believe you're in the middle of a capital city.
On entering the pub, it appears to be quite narrow, with the bar in the middle and places to sit either side. However, it goes way back and can actually sit about 160 people inside. There is also a lovely garden out the back which can sit another 200 people. However, as the weather wasn't too good on the day we went, we stuck to the inside, managing to easily find a table for our party of 10.
The decor is like any other public house of its age - lots of wood and beams and real fires, but nothing out of the ordinary. It was very clean though, with quite a few nooks and crannies - our party of ten was in its own little corner with few places to sit nearby - just as well, as we had two children with us.
For a pub menu, there was plenty of choice, including a wide range of sandwiches and baguettes for those just wanting a 'snack'. Popular choices in our group included fish pie, fishcakes, chilli con carne, gammon and baked salmon. I chose the beefburger, which included onion rings, as well as cheese and bacon for an extra £1.20. It came with massive chips, which were absolutely divine, as well as a fresh salad of leaves and tomatoes, and a lovely tomato salsa. The beefburger was very nice and the salsa complimented it perfectly. My only complaint was that there was just too much - I was hungry, but struggled to finish it all and had to leave a little bit in the end.
Everyone else was happy with their food, although those without chips (the fish pie for example) were slightly put out, just because they were so delicious - wonderfully crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. A couple of people ordered extra bowls of chips though, so everyone go their share in the end. The children had children's portions of something and chips - again though, the portions were large and they didn't manage to finish.
There was also a special menu, which included a roast dinner and salmon. No-one had the roast, so I can't comment on that, but a friend had the salmon, which she enjoyed. Unfortunately it came with roast potatoes, rather than sauteed, as claimed on the menu, and she found them too greasy. I think they had been made to go with the roast dinner and had been standing around for a while.
Well, it is a pub, so pretty much anything is available. Draft beers included Carling and Kronenbourg and there was a selection of special ales, including Organic Honeydew, London Pride and Fullers Discovery. I drank Kopparberg Pear Cider and another in the group had a Pimm's complete with all the fruit; most of the others were sensible and stuck to orange juice.
The service was typical London-style - okay, but not brilliant. The bar staff weren't quite attentive enough for my liking - I had to break into their conversation to order anything. However, one of them then helped me carry drinks over to our table, so I was slightly appeased. And someone did come over to take our food orders rather than us having to go up to the bar. When my friend complained about her roast potatoes though, there was little reaction - the girl looked at her as if to say, 'So what do you want me to do about it?'. We let it go because it was a minor complaint when the food was generally very good, but an apology or offer to reduce the bill would have been appreciated.
The toilets were immaculate and obviously recently refurbished, so no problems there. There is also a disabled toilet, and disabled access in general was excellent for once. There is a smoking area outside under a canopy.
The pub is very family friendly - I saw a number of people with children outside of our group and there is a play area immediately opposite for when they get bored. Children are not allowed after 8pm though.
Like anywhere in London, prices are high compared to the rest of the country. The sandwiches were around £6 and most meals were £8-9. Coming from the Midlands, I found the cost of drinks very high - my bottle (okay, bottles!) of Kopparberg cider were over £4 each, which I thought was outrageous.
On the whole, this was a pleasant meal in lovely surroundings and for London, was very cosy with a rural feel. Had the weather been a little nicer, it would have made a lovely day out. And although I thought it was a little expensive for a pub, the portions of food were very generous. I will probably return next time I'm in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip - three and a half stars out of five.
Summary: A comfy pub in Hammersmith