If you long for a quintessentially English pub, The Queen’s Head will more than meet your expectations. Nestled in The Square in Stow-on-the-Wold, The Queen’s Head has been licensed since 1630 and continues to play an imperative role within the community. It boasts a suntrap rear garden, where visitors can sit among potted willows and pretty flowering plants and enjoy a top-notch meal, paired with a beer from the local Donnington brewery.
Landlord Jonny Boers aims to provide simple but delicious food and he succeeds in this ambition. From the homemade faggots to the range of sandwiches, pies and steaks, there’s plenty to appease any palate, any time of day. We spoilt ourselves with delightful cuisine from the à la carte menu. I’d recommend the poached salmon with local asparagus to begin, followed by the pan-fried sea bass fillet with salsa verde – both cooked to perfection. My companion was entertained to discover retro wholetail scampi with lemon and tartare sauce for starters, and then moved on to the 10oz dry-aged sirloin. Desserts included a beautiful apricot and almond tart. Accompanying the menu is a carefully selected wine list, from which we sampled the house wine. Service is charming and helpful, while the food is reasonably priced.