The Thai Kitchen at The Queens Head
Chinese and East Asian
On the ground floor, the popular Queens Head pub features two welcoming bar areas boasting a full range of Fuller's beers, and additional separate drinking areas offer the chance for a quiet drink, even when the pub is busy. During the week, you can order tasty Thai morsels from the bar at lunchtime, and enjoy them in the convivial British pub atmosphere. After a refreshing drink in the evening, venture out to the cobbled courtyard area and step through to the secluded beer garden, or ascend the courtyard stairs and find the aromatic Thai restaurant. A striking contrast to the pub below, the restaurant shines with exotic Thai authenticity, decorated with the colours and iconography of the eastern paradise. The initial impression does not deceive - the authentic food and typical warm Thai friendliness makes for a wonderfully genuine Thai dining experience.
I agonised over the menu, from which everything is cooked to order, and was advised that I could specify whether I wanted my meal extra spicy or if I wanted any of the dishes made with tofu and vegetables rather than the stated meat or seafood - the ever-thoughtful staff ensure everything is to your taste. I eventually opted for the prawn toast to start, while my partner picked out her favourite, spring rolls. These were followed by a main course of battered cod served with a well-balanced chilli sauce and jasmine rice, and a Thai green chicken curry with coconut rice. Choosing a lighter dessert, I finished off a mango sorbet while my partner tucked into banana fritters with honey and vanilla ice cream - pure indulgence. All the food looked stunning and tasted just as good.
The Thai Kitchen, with its friendly service and quality affordable food, is a restaurant I am sure to return to, and with the welcoming pub below, I plan to find many an excuse to enjoy this excellent venue.