The Queen's Head & Artichoke

Address: 30-32 Albany Street, London, NW1 4EA, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7916 6206

- Mid-range

3.8

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
4
90%
Service
3.5
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
4
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Location
3.5
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Relaxation
  • History
  • Design and architecture

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