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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon. Lovely and cosy with a decent food menu. The food is homemade which makes such a difference and is worth the wait. They had vegetarian and vegan specials which were very well thought through and...not the usual default risotto. The meals come with beautifully cooked vegetables. The sticky toffee pudding with custard is sooooooo good. The staff are friendly and don’t rush you. There is a lot of interesting memorabilia to look as a bonus.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

Just had a very enjoyable Christmas lunch at this pub. The food, pre ordered for 15 of us, was served timely, well and hot. The carrots even had texture! Extra gravy, sauce and even custard was available and staff very pleasant. The Venison pie was...delicious and everyone appeared to have a good time. Good variety of cask ale too!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

We arrived at 12 on Sat and had fish options from the speacials menu, everything very nicely cooked and tasty. Prices only slightly north of what you pay in a chain like Harvester. Pace of (charming) service was relaxed which might irritate people in a...rush, but really not a problem. Sticky toffee pudding with custard was lovely. Nice ambience with an open fire and a short walk from Down House where Darwin lived and worked.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2023

We had just been to Christmas Tree Farm and thought we would go in the cafe next to the pub. Cafe was closing and they said if we went in the pub they would provide us with drinks. I have never been in such a...dark, dingy pub like this. All the furniture was different and uncomfortable, outside, what can I say. It was just horrible. I would not recommend this pub.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023

Very run down shabby broken garden furniture overgrown plants dead dirty would definitely not eat here wine was warm

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 April 2023

We had coffee, chocolate and cake. The cake was average and not too fresh. The atmosphere was fine but this place could do a lot better with a bit of effort on the pastry.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023

We really enjoyed our visit here for a spot of lunch after touring Charles Darwin’s Home in Downes, Kent. This pub is oozing history as well, and its bar is aptly named the Darwin Bar after its most famous patron. More importantly, it still has...a good local clientele, so not just a tourist-trade spot. We really appreciated the warm welcome of the staff.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023

Sunday lunch with the family. To start with, I will say that the food was great. Plentiful, very tasty and well-priced (mostly). First annoyance- bicycles left on the pavement, four of them abreast. Left a gap of about a foot for pedestrians to get through...(parked car). Not the pub's fault, but annoying nonetheless. Second annoyance- I'd booked a table for four a couple of days earlier. On arrival, a gas bottle on a trolley are essentially turning the table into a two. Luckily, we were only three, and were able to squeeze round the side. Don't quite know what they would have done if we'd been four. Third annoyance- the close mechanism on the door from the restaurant to outiside was weak, and loads of people were going in and out, and there was a cold breeze coming in. Lost count of the number of times I or someone from the other tables had to close it. Fourth annoyance- I had the roast lamb. Really nice, but bit short on gravy. I asked for extra, and got it, which was nice. But I was charged £2 for it. For a bit of gravy... The staff were nice enough, but it was very busy. There was a lot of waiting, before we were seated, before our orders were taken, and worst when I was waiting to order a drink an the extra gravy, while my luch was going cold. The beer selection was ok, but if I am honest, not the best kept I have tasted. Won't be rushing back.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2022

After a grotty week we decided to go out for a meal and knowing that The Queens Head in Downe does a Friday Fish Night (at time of writing), opted to visit this pub. Despite it being a World Cup football evening, the restaurant area...was quiet and inviting. From the menu I opted for Salt and Pepper Squid, Skate Wing and Sticky Toffee pudding. All arrived promptly and the Squid and Skate were excellent. (So was the pudding but let's concentrate on the fish). I am often reluctant to order Skate having had some dodgy servings in the past (not this venue I should add) but this one was excellent. A good selection of beers available - yes spirits and wine too, but I like cask ales, especially local ales! Recommended and we will return!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 September 2022

I reviewed this pub 8 months ago on Google, it was sssooo good then but after today I just felt underwhelmed: ( . Wanted to treat my daughter to an afternoon tea but the tea room was Meh (look it up). Menu not great; only...fruit scones which didn't look fresh. Not much variety on menu and no mention of cream teas. So nipped into the pub next door, meh again. Bit depressing actually. Same young lady doing both places. We had a cheese Pickle baguette and a bacon brie one. Cheese one was OK but bread not nice and crunchy like previous visit. Bacon in other baguette was very fatty and not cooked enough, should be crisper. Food, atmosphere not good overall and staff need better training to deal with customers although she was polite enough. Could be much better!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Nobbyathome, Owner at Queens Head, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2022

Hi. Was sad to see you didn’t enjoy your visit to the Queens Head. The reason we have been running a much smaller menu is because we (the owners) have been on Holiday and our daughter is running the kitchen in our absence. This was...More

Reviewed 28 June 2022 via mobile

Just had the most amazing lunch at the queens head downe lovely bar staff and the food was superb Excellent

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

Dog-friendly pub but very shabby, food very average and toilet grubby. I was hoping to showcase a rural village pub to an overseas visitor and this was a very disappointing experience...

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 April 2022 via mobile

We visited the tea room which is part of the pub, for takeaway coffee. The lady (who was apparently the owner!?) was quite rude and abrupt after we asked for some extra milk to be put in our drinks. The drinks she made were scalding...hot (bearing in mind one of these was a babycino for a child and they were so hot we couldn’t hold them initially). After they had cooled down a little, we realised that they tasted so bad that we actually ended up throwing them away. Such a waste of money and time.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 26 March 2022

The Staff are best thing about this pub. So, so nice. Thank you to all who served us today. The Harveys Beer they have on tap is super and the tearoom adjoining is a really unique aspect of the pub. Food really nice aswell. We...had lunch today and were really well looked after. We didn’t realise there was a car park either which was a pleasant surprise. Overall, a really cute little pub. Can’t wait to go back.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 14 December 2021 via mobile

Good ambience - proper English pub with a roaring fire and great service. Wine was nice and great night. Village English pub. Recommend 👍

Date of visit: December 2021
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Hi. Yes we have a few gluten free dishes. Ask the server for the list of allergens. Regards. Nigel
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Queens Head is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4