The Queens Head Pub with rooms in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Grand old town pub; lovely atmosphere
  • Old apothecary’s shop; nods to roots
  • Great beer and 70 artisan gins
  • Terrace – gin bar; street food; barbecues
  • Stylish, contemporary bedrooms

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Overview

The Queens Head Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 5HA

The personal touch

Not far from the centre of busy Kingston stands this grand old Victorian pub. The Queen’s Head, once an apothecary’s shop but recently revived by Fuller’s, now pulls in locals and visitors for a very different kind of medicine! In the airy main bar, with tall ceilings and large windows, beer lovers sup pints of London Pride and Oliver’s Island. The bar, with old wooden apothecary drawers and botanical prints on the petrol blue panelling, is also where you’ll find devotees sampling an extensive collection of artisanal gins, as others tuck into a delicious seasonal menu in cosy corners with stripy banquette seating or tucked away in booths. The Gin Bar on the back terrace comes alive in summer. This wonderful Ibiza-inspired space with timber surround, potted trees, reclaimed wood benches, colourful cushions, trendy street food on Fridays and barbecues at weekends feels special. For guests staying upstairs, in what feels like a grand Victorian home, stylish bedrooms have retro twists, high ceilings and sparkling bathrooms. Cosy rooms in the annexe are perfect for families and dogs. Gin and Tonic may have been a Victorian invention to cure Malaria, but this old apothecary’s shop now serves up the best medicine for reviving anyone in town!

Sticky fingers

There’s a good menu for little people and there’s a family room with a bunk bed for two. Extra children on the sofa bed are charged £25 per child, per night.

Muddy paws

Dogs are very welcome in the bar and in one of the bedrooms, with a maximum of 2 pooches staying at £15 per dog, per night. 

Alfresco

There are many places to enjoy an alfresco drink. The front terrace is the place to watch the world go by, while the back terrace with gin bar, Friday street food and summer weekend barbecues is worth arriving early for a seat.

What’s the damage?

10 doubles/twin: £169 – £199

What else?

All credit cards are

Alfresco dining

Private dining

Disabled access to bar/dining area and one ground floor bedroom

Parking: can be reserved for staying guests

Sleep

The Queens Head Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 5HA

Do not disturb

A wonderful old staircase hung with Victorian prints leads to peaceful bedrooms upstairs. Each is a quiet haven, with tall ceilings, large sash windows, calm colours of soft greys and blues peppered with richer, darker tones of petrol blue, elephant grey and mustard in cushions, headboards and throws. Rooms have quirky touches too with fun prints and original features such as small fireplaces. Outside, beyond the back terrace, a quiet red brick annexe has four cosy rooms with lower ceilings, reclaimed wood headboards and Victorian style wall paper – where magical hummingbirds, butterflies and exotic plants surround guests at night. All rooms have a Bluetooth speaker, fine teas, Nespresso coffee machines and sparkling bathrooms with power showers and fluffy towels. A treat to come back to after a day on the river or exploring Richmond Park by bike.

What’s the damage?

10 doubles/twin: £169 – £199

What else?

All credit cards are

Alfresco dining

Private dining

Disabled access to bar/dining area and one ground floor bedroom

Parking: can be reserved for staying guests

Eat & Drink

The Queens Head Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 5HA

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £5.50, Main Courses: £11-£24; Desserts £6-9).

The central bar is the place to quaff pints of London Pride or Oliver’s island. But, in this old apothecary’s shop, the juniper berry is the star of the liquid menu, with over 70 artisanal gins from ‘Bathtub’ to ‘Bulldog’, ‘Death’s Door’ to ‘Jaw Box Belfast Dry’ to sample! The Gin Bar on the pretty outside terrace draws the faithful whilst foodie fanatics are kept happy with street food on Fridays and barbecues at weekends in summer. Chef Pedro Montes De Oca’s delivers a fresh, seasonal menu, with local produce and dairy from the buffalo herd at Laverstoke Park. Tea & hop smoked haddock Scotch egg with mustard mayonnaise and a glass of zesty, fresh Domaine Perhus Colombard/Sauvignon Blanc is a great way to kick off a meal, with perhaps south coast lamb rump, courgettes, rosemary polenta, burnt aubergine puree, mint and anchovy dressing washed down with a smooth Cruz Alta Malbec Reserva to follow. Great vegetarian options are tempting, so too the imaginative British cheese board. For pudding lovers, beer finally wins the day as Vintage Ale sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and Fuller’s salted caramel ice cream, even turns the heads of the gin crowd!

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9am (8am -10.30am Saturday & Sunday)

Food all day: 12noon – 10pm (8pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

9am – 11pm (11.30pm Friday & Saturday; 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

10 doubles/twin: £169 – £199

What else?

All credit cards are

Alfresco dining

Private dining

Disabled access to bar/dining area and one ground floor bedroom

Parking: can be reserved for staying guests

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Out & About

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Activities

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Box Hill

There is something unique and very special about Box Hill. This is the place to go for beautiful views, plenty of fresh air, guided walks and family activities.

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Epsom Downs Racecourse KT18 5LQ

An appropriate choice, perhaps, given the name of the inn! This Grade I racecourse is used for thoroughbred horse racing, and is most famous for hosting the Derby, attended most years by Her Majesty the Queen.

Places to visit

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Hatchlands Park, East Clandon GU4 7RT

Situated near Guildford, Hatchlands Park is an intimate Georgian country house with parkland comprising ancient woodland and picturesque wildflower meadows. The house itself includes Europe's largest collection of keyboard instruments, several of which inspired the likes of Bach, Elgar and Chopin. Only six ground-floor rooms are open to the public.

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RHS Garden, Wisley GU23 6QB

Tucked away in a busy corner of the south-east of England, close to a network of well-used roads and motorways, is a tranquil world of unusual plants and beautiful flowers. In the care of the Royal Horticultural Society, Wisley's mission is to share with its many visitors the best in gardening. Wisley may be a peaceful oasis but there's always plenty going on - from world-class flower shows to ground breaking, green-roof research.

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Polesden Lacey RH5 6BD

This Edwardian house on the North Downs at Great Bookham near Dorking is owned and managed by the National Trust. Extensively remodelled in 1906 by the famous society hostess of the time, Margaret Greville, Polesden Lacey sits amid 1,000 glorious acres, including a walled rose garden.

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Denbies Wine Estate RH5 6AA

England’s largest single estate vineyard is only a five-minute drive from the Running Horses. There are tours around the 265-acre site, and the opportunity to enjoy al fresco dining in the popular conservatory restaurant.

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Norbury Park KT23 4RR

Deep in the Surrey countryside, you’ll discover a working landscape with farms and a commercial saw mill. Norbury Park is a reserve and wildlife haven, with a mix of woodland, chalk and grass habitats.

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Mercedes Benz World KT13 0SL

Close to junctions 10 and 11 of the M25, Mercedes Benz World is a fascinating visitor attraction based on the site of the old Brooklands racing circuit, made famous in the 1920s and ‘30s. Here, you can test drive the latest Mercedes models, putting your driving skills to the test on the renowned handling circuit.

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Chessington World of Adventures KT9 2NE

This renowned theme park and zoo is a great attraction for the whole family. Roller coasters and a varied range of resident animals add to the fun and enjoyment.

Walking

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Stroll the Thames Path towards the city or head south to the Surrey Hills and the North Downs to enjoy some of the best walks in the county. Try magnificent Box Hill or  Newlands Corner, east of Guildford, which is a walker’s paradise and a useful starting point for many scenic walks. Agatha Christie famously disappeared here in 1926, her car found abandoned in a remote spot on the downs. The landscape has changed little over the years.

Cycling

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Surrey is great for cycling. Though the county is only a short distance from London, there are many miles of tracks and quiet lanes that are perfect for two-wheel exercise.

Events

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There’s certainly no shortage of great days out in Surrey, with numerous events taking place right across the county throughout the year. Among the highlights are the Surrey County Show held in late May, the Hampton Court Flower Show in July and the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park Racecourse in December.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From Richmond, follow the A307 through Ham village and you’ll find the pub in around 15 minutes on the left hand side.

By Rail: Nearest station is Kingston-upon-Thames (Waterloo to Reading line) and it’s just a 10 minutes walk to the pub.

Address:

144 Richmond Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 5HA

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