“Cosy Quality Cuisine” The Queen’s Head, Little Marlow
Hidden away at the end of a dark country lane, The Queen’s Head is certainly not one of those pub/restaurants you simply stumble upon while out and about. But it’s definitely worth discovering, oozing with the charm and individuality that many larger and chain pubs cannot offer.
On a recent visit, my fiancé and I were greeted at the bar by Kasia, who was attentive and friendly from start to finish. We were seated in ‘The Snug’, an intimate, warm and cosy room away from the buzz of the bar, complete with real log-burning fire, wooden beams and comfortable, spacious tables. With a seat right by the window and the fire, we were able to enjoy the homely warmth while looking out onto the frosty front garden.
The starters were served on rustic wooden boards – we had the pulled pork croquette with chili mayo and tomato salsa, and the oxtail and pearl barley broth with blue cheese dumplings. The pork was succulent and flavoursome, and the broth had that real homely taste, served with fluffy bread and butter. For mains, we chose the slow roast belly of pork served with spinach, broad beans and fondant potato with clementine dressing and jus (this dish is gluten free), and the special of battered haddock with hand cut chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce. The batter was unbelievably soft to cut into, yet still crisp, and the haddock was tender. The pork belly was coated in tasty crackling and came with a miniature jug of steaming jus.
For dessert, we chose the special – chocolate pot served with sweet bread, fresh strawberry and a beautiful, delicate swirl of spun toffee. Beautifully presented, you would expect to see a dish like this in a michelin starred restaurant. My fiancé had the warm bakewell tartlet with creme anglaise, which was filling and satisfying, accompanied by a frothy cappuccino to finish.
With so many pub/restaurant experiences seeming chaotic and rushed these days, The Queen’s Head is like a home away from home. The feeling is that nothing is too much trouble, like you are being looked after in the home of a good friend. So rather than sticking to your regular pubs, why not take a trip to the cosy, luxurious Queen’s Head? Kasia and the rest of the team will welcome you, and see you out, with a smile.
We booked ahead for a Saturday evening but there was no need to on this occasion. However, ‘The Snug’ itself is small with only four tables, so do book ahead to secure your place in this fantastic room. There is plenty of parking on-site in a private car park.
The Queen’s Head, Pound Lane, Little Marlow, Bucks SL7 3SR