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The Queen's Head (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Street (formerly Queen's Head) - Her Majesty Pale AleExcellent1
Five Points - Five Points PaleExcellent1
Redemption - TrinityExcellent2
Arbor Ales - Oyster StoutExcellent1
Magic Rock - High WireExcellent1
Abbeydale - Dr Morton's Stamped Addressed AntelopeExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - ConquerorExcellent1
Siren Craft - Mum's The WordExcellent1
Clarence & Fredericks - Cascadian BlackExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Adnams - American Style IPAGood1
Raw - Dark Peak StoutGood1
Nethergate Growler - Old GrowlerNot Tried0
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)Not Tried0
Nethergate Growler - Priory MildNot Tried0
Ilkley - Lotus IPANot Tried0
Otley - OxymoronNot Tried0
Dark Star - Milk Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Mauldons - Cuckoo BitterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Portobello - StarNot Tried0
Whitstable - Pearl of KentNot Tried0
Cromarty - Rogue Wave Not Tried0
Five Points - Red RyeNot Tried0
Lincoln Green - Tuck PorterNot Tried0
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Cerridwen IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. The Queen's Head, King's Cross / St Pancras, Central London
Picture 2. The Queen's Head, King's Cross / St Pancras, Central London

Visits Details

13 Apr 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until nearly closing time. Other beers details lost in this website's server crash. I think I managed to talk another customer into renewing his CAMRA membership when he realised this pub did a discount and duly used it for some craft beer can nightcap take-aways.
Redemption - Trinity3.00ExcellentLovely low abv beer with loads of taste
22 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. The pub is a bit dominated by a birthday party who have spread themselves over the rear area, but I soon found a seat at the front. After enjoying my first pint, I realised that a rather anonymous looking keg tap held some home-brewed beer – nearly missed it!
Siren Craft - Mum's The Word5.50ExcellentVery full-flavoured. A black Milk Stout (although described on the clip as a ‘Milk Porter’ – the subtlety of the difference being lost on me) so it already has a lactose sweetness, on to which is heaped a sour cherry flavour, topped off with chili.
Old Street (formerly Queen's Head) - Her Majesty Pale Ale4.20ExcellentOn keg dispense. A cloudy gold colour, chilled and a bit fizzy. Excellent, fragrant, flowery hop smells and tastes.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Cerridwen IPA4.80Not Tried
10 Mar 2015 (HSB)
16:30 Last pub of the day. Fairly busy. The pub was full of the smell of brewing from the cellar. Sadly none of their own beers were on.
Abbeydale - Dr Morton's Stamped Addressed Antelope4.10Excellent
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Lincoln Green - Tuck Porter4.70Not Tried
13 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Evening visit before catching a train home. the pub was comfortably busy with a good mix of clientele, and delightfully free of television screens and recorded music.
Arbor Ales - Oyster Stout4.60ExcellentDelicious.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Five Points - Red Rye6.00Not Tried
16 Sep 2014 (ChrisE)
Early evening, I have been past here many times on the bus but this was my first visit, prompted by the entry in the 2015 Good Beer Guide.
Redemption - Trinity3.00ExcellentAmazingly tasty for a 3% abv.
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not Tried
Cromarty - Rogue Wave 5.70Not Tried
12 Nov 2013 (Judy G Garland)
Lunch Time Session
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Excellent
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Portobello - Star4.30Not Tried
22 Oct 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. This pub has some nice, surviving, turquoise tiles which I had not noticed before, along the former corridor access to the back bar.
Clarence & Fredericks - Cascadian Black5.00ExcellentA really good example of the now-familiar Black IPA style.
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
13 Jul 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Best pub of the day. I have passed this house hundreds of time on the bus. Recently saw a London Drinker magazine advertisement so gave it a try. Seems if you do not specify you will be served your pint of real in a handled dimple jug. 4 handpumps (1 for cider) plus several cider / perry polypins behind the bar. 2215 hours and good hubbub of conversation. They have their own round and square very attractive beermats.
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror5.00ExcellentBlack IPA time. Good for the end of session
Mauldons - Cuckoo Bitter4.30Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
02 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
A nice little beer and cider festival going on here, with plenty of good beers coming through on three handpumps and a stillage cooled by wet towels. A shame I had time only to stay for two pints.
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50ExcellentIntensely-hopped American Pale Ale in the West Coast style.
Raw - Dark Peak Stout4.50GoodGood, smooth, dark, bitter stout.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Goddards - Fuggle (or Fuggle Dee-Dum)4.80Not Tried
Nethergate Growler - Priory Mild3.50Not Tried
Ilkley - Lotus IPA5.60Not Tried
Otley - Oxymoron5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Milk Chocolate Stout4.50Not Tried
16 Feb 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Quite busy, good beer and a nice atmosphere. The food looked good, for another day.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentClassic, golden hop-juice.
Adnams - American Style IPA4.80GoodWell balanced and quite hoppy – not as hoppy as most in this style.
Nethergate Growler - Old Growler5.00Not Tried

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About The Queen's Head

The pub sign. The Queen's Head, King's Cross / St Pancras, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in King's Cross / St Pancras, Central London, WC1X 9NB.

Located in Acton Street a revived side-street pub, handy for King's Cross railway station. On the small side, with standing room at the front and tables to the rear. Some seating provided by Chesterfields. 17, 45 and 46 buses (from King's Cross) stop outside on the other side of the street. An in-house brewery was installed in August 2013 but appears to only brew intermittently. CAMRA discount for card carrying members. 4 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 40 different beers and tried 20 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC1X 9NB