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Queens Head, Icklesham

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user reviews of the Queens Head, Icklesham

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And another thing, they do work very hard with no complaint or attitude. Very good pub. Excellent view from the garden.
IKBrunel - 20 Sep 2013 12:59
Excellent. Good ale, large quantities of tasty food, friendly staff.

Can't somebody start a chain of pubs with a "Good ale, large quantities of tasty food, friendly staff" theme?
IKBrunel - 18 Sep 2013 13:02
Excellent beer. Friendly staff with a sense of humour. Food was excellent and home-cooked. Great value. Sat outside in the garden but the inside looks a great place to sit in if weather's bad.
Brenmar - 16 Jun 2012 22:56
Nice pub, good beer and lovely beer garden. Will eat next time I go.
TheTrooper - 2 Aug 2011 21:24
Superb pub that Iíve been to a couple of times whilst visiting the area. Last time was on a recent Sunday when bad weather forced us inside from the beer garden and into the equally pleasant surroundings of the pub itself.

Although it was absolutely heaving on a Sunday lunch time, the extremely hard working and pleasant staff managed to find a spare table. Food was extremely good, Darkstar Hophead and Harveys equally so. If you want guaranteed table inside, itís clearly advisable to book in advance.

Iím aiming to get down again in the summer when I get back in that beer garden and try and get through all the ales the Queens Head has to offer. Wonderful place!

Johnny_B - 16 Jun 2011 08:25
Visited on a Saturday evening. Lovely country pub. Beer and food excellent, good selection of both and reasonable prices. Enjoyed a few glasses of Hophead (Dark Star). Very Book early if you wish to eat as it gets very busy. Although we enjoyed the Robin Hood down the road, this pub has the edge.
bob.the.wop - 14 Jun 2011 21:00
A delightful, busy rural pub. The main attraction is the spectacular views over Rye and apparently as far afield as Thanet, with a beer garden on either side of the pub. The interior is nothing to sniff at either, traditional and becoming. Staff were friendly and attentive, even on a packed Bank Holiday.

Beers available on our first visit included Thornbridge Jaipur and Wild Swan, GK IPA and Abbot. There was a fifth beer available from the macro end (since forgotten) and a Weltons pump clip had been turned about-face. The Jaipur was sheer perfection, a picture of clarity served cool but not cold with that familiar biting grapefruit whack to the taste buds. The best pint of Jaipur I've had all year and at £3.70 a pint it ought to have been. Our Greek salads were plentiful and tasty, if unspectacular for £7.95 a pop - but arrived remarkably quickly considering every table was taken and the car park was a battlefield.

All in all a very positive experience and would definitely recommend and return when in the area.
dubbel - 26 Apr 2011 20:06
Beer - excellent! Staff - brilliant! Food - superb! Beer garden - great! Pub - a must!!!! Well done Queens Head; we'll be back!
skkpgo - 22 Sep 2010 18:08
Everything you could ask for from a country pub- great beer selection, wonderful food and friendly competent service. I had grilled lemon sole that was exceptional (and a bargain at ten pounds ) and the ploughmans was great.
sudbh - 25 May 2010 09:58
Got to be honest, visited many times and found the staff very welcoming and cheery. The samples I was provided with of the different local ales being way beyond the call of duty and generous indeed.

Lovely country pub just down a small lane off the main Hastings-> Rye main road. Excellent selection of well served real ales and a very interesting food menu to boot. Probably the best pub in the area and well worth a visit.
MisterX - 26 Apr 2010 15:36
Food generally very good, though the pub does get very busy. The attitude of the staff lets the place down - generally fairly cheerless.
thailand1 - 4 Apr 2010 17:02
We went there in September and, sadly, must say it wasn't quite the friendly place it used to be (we've been going there, on and off, for over fifteen years). A polite suggestion to the management: the attitude of your bar staff is so important. Just one rude or off-hand commemt can damage your reputation forever with some customers.


BillJ - 4 Nov 2009 22:34
We'd eaten at this pub several times over the past few years and liked it; decent service and reliable if unexciting food, good beer. On a recent visit though we were very disappointed. The food was really poor - I ordered 'pork chop' with apple sauce. The 'pork chop' was in fact two cheap fillets - very dry and completely unseasoned, almost inedible in fact. The vegetables likewise microwaved and no sauce whatsoever - in fact no apple sauce (I had to ask for it). The plate was piled high with chips swamping the excuse for a dish. The young guy behind the bar was cocky and dealt very off-handedly with a couple who mildly complained that their madras curry wasn't spiced enough - when they left he loudly proclaimed that 'well it said madras on the jar'. My wife's fish was overcooked and same story for the vegetables...I should have complained but had had a long day and no faith that they would take it seriously so just politely blanked them and left. Real shame because we have a young baby and that was our one night out on our own on the holiday.
Fairly obvious that the place has moved into fleece-thecustomer-on- the-back-of-a-good-reputation mode. Rather short-sighted I reckon. Beer was good but I guess they need to keep the locals happy. Will be lookng for another pub on my next stay.
benbol - 17 Sep 2009 19:52
I often walk from Rye to Icklesham with friends and the dog and always visit the Queens. Good beer and the pub grub is excellent coupled with a great view - what else do you need. Good pub which just keeps the standard up
blatters2001 - 6 Sep 2009 01:26
Visited on a Monday lunchtime, very wet outside and very busy inside. Very nice looking pub with a nice garden overlooking nice views.
Very nice beer, and a very nice meal (lamb and apricot pie) possibly left over lamb from the day before but isn't that what all "specials" are?
On walking up to the bar as a new customer I was not greeted with a warm welcoming smile and a hello, but staff were not grumpy either, probably just under pressure as was very busy. Will certainly return for hopefully some more good food and good beer.
Pub_review_ - 3 May 2009 21:37
Excellent pub discovered by chance, we visited on two different occasions, once over a busy lunchtime and a quieter late afternoon time. Both times we were made very welcome by both regulars and staff. The beer was very very good and the food seemed very popular and looked and smelt delicious. Outside the well kept garden overlooks miles of countyside towards Rye.
timbolala - 27 Mar 2009 17:44
The beer was good, my liver and bacon was good, and my brother rated the curry one of the best he had had.
bradwan - 14 Mar 2009 23:23
ths is a lovely pub.ive been using this place since it was one room big in the late 60s.its a lovely spot,fabulous views.the staff are friendly and the beers are grt.go on a music nite{weds or thurs}.grt atmosphere.the food is good but agree with reviews below.its not changed for what seems forever and agree that the attitude will be "if its not broke".they will still always be full.go for the sausage in french bread for a snack with a pint,but check the scallops out.they are microwaved and scoulding hot,but still good.the deep fried brie is also a fav.we were once often found driving there from maidstone,but its too samey now and weve moved on.when we do go to rye/hastings we still go in.3 generations of our family now know it well.
petenalfiedog - 14 Oct 2007 20:38
This is what pubs are about, easily the best pub in the area, always has a good selection of well kept ales and a warm friendly atmosphere, OK so the food is a bit dated and I can't remember the last time the menu actually altered (I have only been coming here for eight years though!)

I think the reason is that nothing gets changed is that old chestnut "If it ain't broke then don't fix it" and I must admit I am inclined to agree.
Incumbent - 26 Aug 2007 08:06
I've visited this pub on several occasions and must say good food, good beer and wonderful location. Recently tried to book a table (knowing the restaurant would probably be fully booked on a Sunday lunchtime) and asked if it would be possible to perhaps reserve a table in the wonderful garden to which I was told only for special ocassions - apparently my mother's 80th birthday wasn't considered special enough! I'm not going to slag the place off because it is a lovely pub but ... well, what more can a son say?!
anonymous - 4 Aug 2007 18:38
Probably the best pub in the area,great selection of real ales,guest ales,etc,always busy,and despite an emphasis on food,manages to be a proper pub too.Great views of Rye and the Brede valley.Very nice
parsons - 19 Jun 2007 16:27
Went to the pub this evening! Very busy, but quick efficient service. Excellent Beer, 5 to choose from! Good old fashioned pub grub, which was reasonably priced, hot and was served quickly by very pleasant staff. Will definatly visit again. Nice to experience a proper pub without any hang ups or identity crisis!
aliwoo - 12 Jun 2007 20:35
visited this pub the other day, after hearing a recommendation, nice pub, plenty of chimney pots around to keep it busy, however, could do with a good clean up, quite dusty & covered in cobwebs!! beer in good condition, but the food was not much to write home about, typical pub fare, needing a bit of an update. The waitresses are efficient, but not into interaction with the customers & the two barmen were more intersted in having a joke amongst themselves. I can see why this pub did win pub of the year, the customers make it as the ambience was provided by them. I think the pub is resting on its laurels since winning its accolade!
gobananas - 17 May 2007 02:39
Visited this place over May Bank Holiday, Place was busy, service was good, can't understand previous comments about that, although I agree the food is a bit overpriced but it was plentiful, tasty & hot. Only advice I will give is, perhaps the menu can be updated a bit, the selection was a bit tired.
pissedasanewt - 7 May 2007 20:32
Called in today on my way home from Sunday roast elsewhere so only had a pint of Ringwood Fortyniner, the place was packed with diners of all ages and the portions looked huge and most seemed to leave some as they could not manage it all. The beer was perfect but picking up on the comments of some the food could have been better especially looking at some of the prices although portions seemed big. I'll go for 7 for the beer and surroundings and 5 to 6 for the food so about 6 overall... in my opinion.
real_ale_ade - 11 Feb 2007 21:48
I found the service a bit hit and miss on a visit to this old hostelry last week, the cuisine is OK but stuck as of ten years ago, I think it is a bit pricey personally but then so are most (not all) of its competitors locally as pub-restaurants go, but The Queens has the ambience the others crave. Overall 6.5/10
anonymous - 1 Feb 2007 12:19
It astonishes me that anyone can describe the service in the Queen's Head as "rather slack". In many visits, I have invariably found the service to be quick, polite and extremely efficient. Nor would I call the food expensive. In my view it's fairly priced in relation to the rest of the market. To me, it's still an absolutely dependable place for a drink or a pub meal.
anonymous - 28 Dec 2006 15:49
Decidely average pub which is a shame as it used to be very good, ales OK, food that is very complacent, slightly expensive with rather slack service.
anonymous - 14 Nov 2006 10:07
I used to like this pub when my wife and I visited ten years ago, it seems tired now and the food is very expensive for what it is, there used to be an ambience that made this a place to visit, sadly that has gone and is bland for want of a better word.
anonymous - 26 Oct 2006 09:28
Well kept ales, not so well kept lager. The food is moderate but pricey. Being local and being raised around the fish industry I see little justification for local cod being priced around the £10 mark.

Worth a visit for the views, not a place i'd go back to reguluarly though, my wallet isn't big enough.
Oldsod - 19 Oct 2006 01:19
Great food, nice staff, good atmosphere, lovely views.
chuffy - 11 Sep 2006 13:55
Absolutely superb place. Great choice of ales had the Oakham Helter Skelter and the Barnsley Acorn, both were excellent. Don't usually believe in eating in pubs but the grilled cod was sublime. Bar staff let you run up a tab along with your meal, which was a very welcome touch.
BlindTiger - 27 Aug 2006 15:31
I used to be a fairly regular visitor to this pub and returned today after an absence of nearly 5 years. In the intervening period I am pleased to see that the principle of "if it ain't broke don't fix it" has been applied.

This means that I still found a good range of well kept real ales (local and also from further afield), good pub food reasonably priced and a characterful old building with fine views of countryside and coast (although not today due to the weather). In fact I couldn't detect any significant changes! The climbing frame and playhouse looked to be worthwhile additions to the garden but our young daughters didn't "road test" these due to the rain!

Special mention to the very hardy petanque players who seemed to be playing a match on the boule piste despite the wind and rain!
TrevorT - 15 Apr 2006 21:38
The main thing about the Queen's Head is its absolute professionalism. Everything works, the staff are always on the ball, food appears quickly and is always good, the beers are well kept and served in lined glasses (what a bouns is that). You really cannot fault this pub, other than to regret that Greene King IPA is all too often the session beer on offer.

If I had to qualify my praise it would be entirely at a subjective level: it doesn't quite feel like a local, though I know some locals use it as such.

But for sheer professionalism, it can't be beaten.
anonymous - 14 Mar 2006 17:36
One of the best puds in Sussex. Freindly staff and good beer
Terry Fawthrop - 30 Oct 2004 16:06
Good old local drinking pub, also does quite good food. and the ales are worth going for!
Tom - 14 Jan 2004 17:19
Large traditional pub set in the older part of the village, set back down a quaint lane. can be seen from a distance on account of having its name in large white letters painted on the roof.
Excellent real ale, and a good menu to boot. Gets lively on the weekend.
Stuart - 23 Dec 2003 16:17

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