I wanted to like this place but I’m afraid it’s just not my cup of tea.
Located on Central Ave West of downtown, the Queenshead is certainly an interesting place. The decor is lovely, there is a large eating area outside with odd bed-like seating along with regular tables and chairs.
The inside is quirky and eclectic usually things I really enjoy. However where they fall short for me is the food and the pricing.
Picture this, a glass of unsweetened ice that never gets a refill despite my subtle hints for $3.25. I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty expensive for some water that sat with a teabag in it for a while. The entrées weren’t quite as bad price-wise but they suffer from delusions of grandeur. They seem to be trying to take English pub staples like fish & chips, bangers & mash and even the humble Shepard’s Pie and raise them to haute cuisine. Unfortunately it just wasn’t that good.
I ordered the fish and chips, which has now been transformed into “sea salt and vinegar fries, minted peas, malt vinegar reduction“. Now that sounds pretty good, too bad it was just kinda weird. The chips, or french fries in America were actually kind of tasty but only luke-warm. How ever the fish wasn’t what I was expecting at all, it was sweet and the reduction made it even sweeter. Not really what I think of for fish & chips, maybe that’s what they are going for, but it’s not what I like.
My husband ordered the bangers, while he said the dish tasted alright it was a very small meal. Both of us left the Queenshead feeling quite a bit less than satisfied.
Atmosphere – The decor is very nice, there is interesting art on the walls and the outdoor seating is pretty cool.
Service – While the bartender/waiter was polite, he wasn’t attentive.
Food – Trying too hard to be “fancy” and the portions are smallish.
Summary – If you want an interesting place to have a drink you might like it. If you want a filling meal of typical English pub food skip it.