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Queen's Head & Artichoke

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A short step from Regent’s Park and Fitzrovia, this fine old pub retains plenty of classic Victorian features – grand wooden panelling, lofty leaded windows – as a backdrop to its modern metropolitan-gastropub identity. By contrast, a highlight of the menu is the long tapas list, which includes both excellent versions of Spanish favourites (creamy serrano ham croquettes, roasted peppers) and more pan-Mediterranean options, such as sweet potato and raisin couscous or bright, refreshing salads.

Ingredients are consistently outstanding, and the range so broad that picking and choosing takes time. The shorter yet still imaginative Modern European main menu is also served in the bar, though to relax over a meal it’s best to get a table in the cosy upstairs dining room, with original fireplace. Dishes on the regularly changing list neatly avoid established gastropub routines, as in black pudding ravioli with a piquillo pepper sauce, or another Spanish-based option, baked hake with clams.

Drink is also a draw, with a wine list that’s short enough to be easily readable but still presents plenty of ably selected quality labels at below-average prices, along with a good mix of cocktails and beers (cask and others).

Venue name: Queen's Head & Artichoke
Contact:
Address: 30-32 Albany Street
London
NW1 4EA
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; 12.30-4pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Meals served 12.30-10.15pm Sun. Tapas served noon-10.15pm Mon-Sat; 12.30-10.15pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Great Portland Street or Regent's Park tube
Price: Main courses £10-£16. Tapas £1.50-£12.50

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Sonia

January can be little depressive, so few friends and i decided to take it by the horns and went out last Friday. The pub had just re-opened after Christmas and was buzzing with people. Their tapas menu was still a little short - but considering it was their first open day, it still had the all time favorites serrano ham croquettes and manchego cheese spring rolls. One of my friends had rabbit pappardelle, and I had a little 'dip bread in gravy' in her plate - delish! Anyway, long story short - I will be back time and time again, food never disappoints and the staff are super cool and friendly...good looking too :)

Matt

Hopeless. Have eaten in here a few times as it's very close to work. The food is pretty average and service is highly variable. As others have observed, it can be very slow. On my most recent visit I was served a pint of cloudy Pedigree which the barman initially refused to change saying 'it's supposed to be like that'! Eventually persuaded him to change it for a pint of Doombar, only to find this undrinkable as it tasted strongly of detergent. I gave up.