The Queens Head
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
This is a pub with personality – and bags of it. Locals can’t get enough of it, foodies make a beeline for it and ale drinkers have every reason to visit again and again. Built in 1590 slap bang between Faversham and Canterbury, this pretty white-washed pub continues its centuries-old traditions of offering refreshments, sustenance and a cheery welcome. Dishes are homemade from scratch using ingredients that are sourced from, among other reputable suppliers, the pub’s very own affi liate farm. So when the menu proffers tasty delights like pulled pork ‘from our own piggies’, you know you’re getting the very best, truly local food.
Chef and proprietor David is passionate about using ingredients when they’re at their best, so specials are seasonal and salads are freshly made using hand-picked leaves. The concise selection of starters might include such wonderful marriages of ingredients as warm goat’s cheese salad with beetroot crisps and local honey, while main courses could be as traditional as pie of the day with champ mash potatoes, buttered garden peas and a jug of gravy, or as internationally inspired as Louisianan jambalaya. World lagers, cask ales, a carefully compiled wine list and proper coffees complement the menu, and delicious ploughman’s lunches and sandwiches are served during the day. Roasts are renowned and definitely worth booking a table for.
What makes The Queen’s Head’s appealing food and drink offering all the more irresistible is the setting in which it is served. There’s an open fire in the bar, beautifully laid tables in the restaurant and a lovely suntrap of a veranda that overlooks a charming beer garden beyond, where summer barbecues are held. There’s even a play area to keep younger members of the family amused.