The Queen’s Head in Kingston upon Thames reopened last summer following an extensive refurbishment with 10 new boutique bedrooms and a cracking Sunday roast
As well as a thorough facelift to bring the pub a new-look decor, the 10 new boutique bedrooms on the upper floors are filled with indulgent touches such as Nespresso machines, Bose Bluetooth speakers, rain showers and super-sized beds.
Weary locals will likely find themselves wanting to stay the night after a pint or two, for out-of-towers, The Queen’s Head is perfectly located for those heading to Hampton Court Palace or the famous Wimbledon tournament, running from 3-16 July 2017. There are great transport links into London, pets are welcome, and breakfast is included in the room price.
Right now the bar comes alive on weekends with the roar of the Six Nations crowd, with games running throughout February and March. Settle in and enjoy a variety of Fuller’s finest cask and craft beers, including seasonal brews and firm favourites, the bar at the Queen’s Head stocks house-infused gins from west London-based artisan distillers Sipsmith, as well as a choice of hand-picked world wines and soft drinks.
The kitchen has also been improved. The new Fuller’s Kitchen menu boasts fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared on site daily by Head Chef Johnny Joseph and his expert kitchen team.
Passionate about provenance, the chefs know exactly where all their ingredients come from – right down to the names of the farms that deliver the pub’s steaks and vegetables, and even the number of the boat that caught the fish.
The menu offers up a range of classic and innovative dishes from crab, tarragon and chilli risotto to ESB braised Ox cheeks, horseradish dumplings with kale or pumpkin gnocchi, kale and toasted pumpkin seeds. Frontier-battered cod with house chips takes pride of place on the menu too, of course, and a collection of Chef’s Signature specials keeps everything fresh for regular customers.
There’s also a weekend brunch menu with everything from porridge and pastries to American pancakes, banana, maple syrup, as well as what is fast becoming known as one of the best Sunday roasts in the area.
Roll on spring, when you can enjoy the best of The Queen’s Head, located just a five minutes’ walk from the River Thames, from the glorious gardens to the front and rear. They’re also serving up a special Mother’s Day menu with two courses for £25 and three courses for £30.
144 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5HA; queensheadkingston.co.uk