Queen's Arms

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Walthamstow
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A favourite boozer among Walthamstow locals thanks to its welcoming vibe and gastropub menu

As E17 grows in popularity among young home-buyers, we’d expect a few more places like this rather smart corner gastropub to begin appearing. At the moment, it’s a bit of an oasis, with food a good few notches above trad pub grub (home-cured herring with creme fraiche, say, or calf’s liver with polenta and spinach). At the bar, a rotating array of real ales and a good wine list (with carafes perfect for a gentle weeknight meal) keep drinkers happy. It welcomes kids at certain times - they’d be mad not to, around here - which means it’s not always the place for a contemplative pint, but there are other pubs around Walthamstow for that. We like the Queen’s Arms: it’s just the right balance between posh and prosaic.


Venue name: Queen's Arms
Address: 42 Orford Rd
E17 9NJ
Transport: Tube: Walthamstow Central
Price: £25 and under
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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This pub has a great location in the village and holds frequent events for both visitors and locals to enjoy. The food is superb and I've always found the staff to be very friendly. It is a step up in quality compared to many chain pubs and is one of the reasons the village has the reputation is does for good food and drink.


Warm atmosphere with friendly vibes from all of the staff who really were lovely. It was my partner's birthday and they brought him a portion of sticky toffee pudding (with obligatory candle!) for free which I think is awesome! The pudding was absolutely stunning - we demolished it! The front of the restaurant / pub (more restaurant these days) feels more like the original pub, the side/back seated area is only slightly more formal, decorated with local scenes painted by a local artist - if you frequent the market then you'll recognise a lot of them! Definitely recommend this place for a casual or romantic meal for 2. Two diners, two courses each plus a drink each came to about £65.

Oh dear oh dear, what have they done to a once thriving, vibrant local pub? This place used to be brilliant with live bands and other entertainment at the weekend and it has now been turned into a soulless "looks like it moved from Hoxton" gastro pub. This is all well and good if the food lives up to the price tag but, to be frank, it was awful.

Our meals were way too salty and when we complained the staff looked at us like we had just beamed down from a spaceship. How dare we complain! In a location where there are numerous other options to both eat and drink these guys better buck their ideas up sharpish or they won't be around for too long.

Just visited this evening. I and friends were joining others as a bigger party meet up. It was early evening, but the pub was so noisy we had to shout our conversations. Already there were bar snacks on the table. I paid for a round, the bill was nearly 20 quid, and my friend had done the same. For 4 people, wine, no spirits, and included a non alcoholic drink. There was a little open bar behind us with jars of olives and other snacks, I went to refill a tiny dish with some olives and a bar person stopped me and let me know that this is apparently incorrect behaviour and that there was a 2.50 charge. She was very disdainful in manner. I pointed out that my friend and I had paid approaching 40.00 for two rounds of drinks and she simply suggested I speak to the management if I had a problem. Well, my friend and I live locally and we know about the much better pubs in the locality and were just trying this place out. We all left to end our evening in the much friendlier place up the road. The bar person could have been humorous and friendly but instead was cold and snooty. It affected how we felt about the change to a local pub and we won't be going back. We don't need to because already there are two fab pubs in the village which provide great food and also larger spaces outside in good weather. Not to mention a lot of choice for good places to eat, most of them having been established for several years. Also the pub we went to turn left and cross the road, had nice live music going on. And an enormous outside space which has cover if it rains. Alternatively The Nags head further up needs no introduction, the management and staff operate  common sense towards their customers and understand that their customers are the main thing, if you run hospitality. Sorry reformed Queens Head, I think you are rubbish and won't revisit you. This review requires I give a star rating so that I can post it. I would give no stars otherwise.

Visited several times now and love the lively, friendly atmosphere. Great service and excellent menu with a varied choice of dishes. Will certainly be back!

Nice selection of beers and wine but is really let down by both the food and the staff. The staff seem completely uninterested in their customers and all looked really miserable in their jobs. There is a nice sounding menu that unfortunately does not deliver any of the promise. Perhaps the chef has more ambition than ability?

Okay for a drink but there are better options with a 2 minute walk, avoid the food.

A big disappointment. The food was over salted and over cooked. The staff were vacant, miserable, clueless and unwelcoming. Wont be going back. Shame as it could be so good!

What a great place to have on your doorstep; great food, friendly staff. Enjoyed a generous Sunday lunch here, the beef was excellent, vegetables cooked to perfection, roast potatoes delicious! Impressive wine list too.Will definitely go back and try the week day menu.

Enjoyed a wonderful family lunch here. The food was magnificent and the atmosphere was lovely. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. A great pub and I would definitely go again!

Great pub with attractive lighting and atmosphere. Certainly confused by some of the derogatory comments left on here, especially about the Sunday seabass salad which upon enquiry has never been served on a Sunday lunch! Would recommend to many, especially the Sunday roast! May have to wait a while but that's expected with the sheer numbers they undoubtedly serve at the weekends

I've eaten here twice now and both times had a very good experience. Food and service great. Good atmosphere, nice lighting, a great addition to E17.

Waitresses very attentive. We ate in the bar area because the diner was booked. Food was pretty good and portions were adequate. Nice atmosphere and we felt comfortable. As local residents we would eat here again.

I would agree with the first review here. We had lunch here. The food was really poor, both the ingredients used and the manner of cooking, and the portions so small that we felt decidedly ripped off. It apparently has a captive audience (hordes of buggies), so maybe will get away with this substandard offer, which is strange as there are several much better, longer established options in the Village.

I really liked the look of this pub, it's super busy on Sundays and was packed on the day we chose to eat there. We were shown to one of their shabby-chic tables and instantly asked what we wanted to drink and a look at the varied menu, which seemed to be written well. After getting our drinks and ordering we waited a REALLY long time to get our food...in the end we had to ask where it was and were met with a very apologetic, rushed-off-his-feet waiter who assured us it wouldn't be long. It seemed that this was just the nudge they needed and after a further 10 minutes our food arrived - minus some of the essential elements of my sea-bass and soft boiled egg salad, namely the soft boiled egg! The portions were also quite small, not the value for money I'd heard about. 3 of us had the salad and commented on how it didn't really taste of much - although the fish was cooked well. The food was VERY average and after waiting for so long we decided against desserts, which we were all looking forward to - we were in a rush and needed to catch the rest of the afternoon sunshine. All-in-all this was pretty disappointing - although it's worth pointing out that they were unexpectedly busy, I would go again to see it can redeem itself, especially if the roasts are as good as people seem to think they are - I they are as it's a great pub to have on the doorstop - or maybe just a drink next time!