The Old Queen's Head

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Sir Walter Raleigh is rumoured to have romanced the Virgin Queen at this large, handsome pub. The imposing, original 17th-century fireplace now looms over a lively crowd, lured by regular comedy nights, big-name DJs & live bands. In the past, Lenny Henry, Annie Mac, the Kooks & Foals have all visited. Shot racks at £15 fuel the fun, & there’s Doom Bar, Sagres, Birra Morretti & Symonds cider on draught. Slinky cocktails such as the Queen’s Vesper (Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose, Grand Marnier & Noilly Prat) further lubricate proceedings. Food is fairly straightforward pub grub at equally unthreatening prices, though on Saturdays there’s a good brunch selection – from fish-finger sandwiches to steak, egg & chips. On Sundays, diners with king-sized appetites load up on a roast with all the meats, plus an extra Yorkie, for £19.50.

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The Old Queen's Head

44 Essex Road ,London N1 8LN

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Nov 2010

After living in islington for many years I still have not found any where to go as good as this. It has everything you need from a venue, it feels like a pub/bar and live music venue. I have been in midweeks for the quiz which is hillarious. I have seen loads of great bands and d.js and have had my best sunday roast not including my mums here. I just hope it keeps doing what its doing.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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The Old Queen's Head

44 Essex Road ,London N1 8LN

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Feb 2010

My best friend was leaving town; because of a boy. Angry & upset though I was, it dawned on me that I should throw her a leaving do so marvellous that she would not want to leave. So I picked up the phone and called the Old Queens Head. I got through to a happy cheery voice to who I ranted about my unfortunate friend & her new partner & why leaving London was such a mistake. And so I explained to her my devious plan. We needed an area for about twenty of us, near the fireplace & had to have some...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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The Old Queen's Head

44 Essex Road ,London N1 8LN

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Feb 2010

This North London boozer is an institution. Hardly an evening goes by without it being packed out – testimony to it's great line up of DJ's, live music events & an amazing atmosphere. I wanted to reserve an area on a Tuesday & couldn't believe it was booked up! So eventually I booked for Wednesday & celebrated a belated birthday as my friend (the birthday girl) couldn't be bothered to go anywhere else. It was a good decision as there was a night called Magpies Nest on tha Wednesday with some lovely...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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