The Queen's Head & Artichoke

Price guide: Mid-range

30-32 Albany Street, London, NW1 4EA

Price guide: Mid-range

Vegetarian mezze plate © Ewan Munro

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#72 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Stag / hen parties, Design and architecture, History, Relaxation

Expert review of The Queen's Head & Artichoke

A beautifully restored central-London gastropub with a convivial vibe and diverse menus.

I find this place really handy for meeting up with friends who’ve done a hard afternoon’s work or sightseeing, and it makes them feel as though they’ve visited a proper English pub – when in fact it’s much better than most.

Food and drink: 

Prime British ingredients meet Mediterranean recipes. Think: Dorset crab in ravioli in brodo with caramelized onion, and 28-day aged Black Mountain rib-eye steak with bordelaise sauce and celeriac gratin. I’ve been really impressed by the freshness of the fish here, and the generous portion sizes. If you want to eat lightly or more cheaply, look to the lengthy tapas menu. Enjoy with a pint (or half) of Marston’s Pedigree, Adnams Best bitter, or Timothy Taylor Landlord from the hand pumps – the choice of beers is impressive, but there’s wine and cocktails too.

Ambience: 

The ground floor bar and dining area has bags of Victorian charm, including wood paneling and large windows that let in loads of cheer-making daylight. Weekday lunchtimes pull a business crowd from nearby offices, they return in the evenings along with a younger, trendier crew who drink downstairs, and well-heeled locals who eat in the more restrained upstairs dining room. Weekends see the place packed with young families.

Service: 

Industrious and not especially friendly, but I’ve often thought the place understaffed.

Location: 

A five-minute walk from Great Portland Street station and Regent’s Park.

Price advice: 

Tapas range from £1.50-£11, main courses £9.50-£15, desserts £5-£6.

More information on The Queen's Head & Artichoke:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pub, Restaurant
Food:
British, French, Mediterranean, Modern, Tapas
Address:
30-32 Albany Street, London, NW1 4EA
Telephone:
020 7916 6206
Website:
http://www.theartichoke.net
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
gastropub

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