The Queens

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Crouch End
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Venue says A trusted local gem: great food and drinks served in an iconic nineteenth century building with a grand interior.

An affable and reliable member of the Food & Fuel group, the Victorian-era Queens has all the capaciousness of that monarch in her later years. There’s a large bar with central servery at the front, a separate sizeable dining room with open kitchen, and a decent garden area. The intricacy of the plasterwork ceilings and friezes, the dark wood panelling, decorative tilework and art nouveau stained glass remain a joy, thanks to sensitive refurbishment a decade ago.

Delicious summer cup made with Sipsmith gin plus cucumber, earl grey tea, lemon verbena and fresh fruit typifies the effort put into the drinks side: there’s an appealing range of real ales, carafes of house wine and, er, slushies too. The food is decent and good value if you stick with basics such as burgers and pasta – on our visit, a plate of juicy tiger prawns with garlic, herbs and linguine. A meze plate of houmous, olives, feta and pitta was indistinguishable from supermarket offerings, but sticky toffee pudding and accompanying Jude’s ice-cream was as delightfully good as we remembered.

Service, while a touch haphazard, was friendly and easy-going. With £5 weekday lunch deals and wi-fi available, there’s no point waiting for the weekend to visit.

 

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Somewhere like The Queens is hard to find: a truly local London pub that’s stayed true to its roots. It’s more than just the iconic grade II listed building that makes Crouch Enders proud – though the grand interior and art nouveau stained glass windows certainly add a touch of class. We offer fresh, hearty food and local craft beers, with a warm welcome for everyone and a secret garden out back. We come alive at night, where conversation is king and candlelight against dark wood creates a cosy vibe. Maybe it’s the history, but there’s something mysterious about The Queens. There’s always a little magic around the corner: intriguing local art in the dining room or a hidden surprise in the rafters. Have you spotted our army men yet?
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Venue name: The Queens
Contact:
Address: 26 Broadway Parade
London
N8 9DE
Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 11pm Friday & Saturday 12pm -12am
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then bus W7, or Crouch Hill rail
Price: Main courses £9-£17.50. Set lunch (noon-3pm Mon-Thur; noon-6pm Fri) £5 1 course
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The beautifully decorative interior of the dining room (look at the ceiling) creates a nice setting for a meal out. The open kitchen serves gastro pub fare in the evenings but we've only ever tried the Sunday lunch when we enjoyed some excellent rare roast beef and a perfect cod and chips. What's also nice about this pub is that the other three rooms around the central bar don't all serve food, so it's a great place to go for an old-fashioned pint and conversation. With no music to drown you out, a good choice of beers on draught and cheery, helpful staff, this is a popular local haunt for all occasions.

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So disappointed! We ordered 2 roasts. There was hardly anyone in the pub when we did so. It still took 50minutes to arrive despite other customers that arrived after us getting theirs first. We we're given no apologies for the delay. Meat was ok but stingey serving. Basically a pile of kale with 2 soggy roast potatoes and 2 very very thin slices of meat. Not happy!


Great selection of drinks, the bar snacks are second to none (especially the honeyed sausages!) as is the main menu.
The beer garden out back is lovely and the fact that there are board games and the place is dog friendly is a bonus!


It has the best pub garden in Crouch End and it sells my favourite German beer. The bar staff are friendly, they know your name and what you drink. The inside is Grade II listed, so you are in for a visual treat.


This is my fav pub in Crouch End, they take taste card on the dinner so regularly go. ALso have a great selection of games to play on a cosy winter evening 


Quite simply THE BEST Sunday pub roast in London. Almost don't want to nominate in case the word spreads too far! Fantastic kitchen and a superb selection of ales and wines in a beautiful historic pub. Horseradish cream....mmmmmmm


This is by far my favourite pub in this part of north London. Good ales, always a good atmosphere and really pretty decor as well. The restaurant is a perfect mix of well done pub food and more interesting dishes that change seasonally. The staff all seem to be knowledgeable and friendly and over the last year or so it really seems to have got a lot better. I think the management has changed.


Very nice, something a bit quirkier for Crouch End. I tried pan fried gnocchi as I'd never heard of it before. Lovely. I think they have just revamped the garden as I don't remember it being so pretty last year.


A bit of disappointment really.The pub itself is amazing, but it is expensive and the service is unfriendly and mediocre at best.


Brilliant old pub. Gorgeous food in the restaurant. Nice garden. The pub has got a character.