The Queen’s Head is a quality Fuller’s pub and the family-owned brewery, responsible for London Pride among others, is only based down the road from here on the banks of the river Thames. For a company that has invested in the area for the best part of 160 years, this country-esque boozer is a good example of their ongoing relationship with locals.
Brook Green is a very different Hammersmith to the concrete spaghetti junction people typically associate with the area around the Broadway. On the Green, there’s a nice leafy feel, with huge houses around the perimeter and a very civilised air all-round. This pub sits among the residential piles, along from St Paul’s Girls’ School with its wall dedicated to the classical composer Gustav Holst, who even wrote a titular piece dedicated to the area.
The Queen’s Head looks fairly modest in size from the outside but, once inside, it turns into a huge space that looks like it’s been plucked from the countryside and plonked down in W6. Exposed wooden beams and pillars make you reminisce about steak and carvery country pubs of your childhood and, to the rear, there’s another pleasant surprise – a huge outdoor garden area that bristles with banter on sunny evenings.
Locals flock to the Queen’s Head for a bite to eat and plenty to drink. Most are fairly well-to-do types, whether they’re residents from the Green or the nearby streets where semi-detached houses fetch the best part of several hundred thousand pounds. Staff are plentiful and do a sterling job even at peak times.
Burgers, fish and chips, steak, and gammon, egg and chips – there’s nothing out of the ordinary here. But what you do get is decent quality pub grub in hefty portions. The battered hake and chips (£8.95) with mushy peas is particularly good. Light batter, flaky fish and chunky chips using good quality spuds combine for a very respectable version of the dish. The rump steak is not as impressive. A huge serving is a little tough in parts and isn’t much better than what you could dish up at home with a little effort.
Fuller’s ales, naturally, run things at the pumps. Pride, HSB and Seafarers are just three of those available for around £3-£3.50 a pint. A comprehensive selection of wine and spirits are also on offer. Bottles of ice-cold Rekorderlig cider also appear a popular choice with those in attendance.
The Last Word
A lovely pub in the heart of a leafy, well-to-do part of Hammersmith, the Queen’s Head has plenty going for it and is evidently a much-loved part of the local community.