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Service was awful but they had Longman IPA on so they can't be all bad. There was a guest ale on but the staff didn't know whose or what it was.
Steamer1 - 20 May 2015 17:26
I thought this was a very nice pub - looks a lot better (and larger) inside than out. The service was very friendly, and both the food and drink were well presented and enjoyable. Was quite busy when we visited (early evening) ; would definitely go again and try other things from the menu.
badders - 6 Oct 2013 18:42
Got a duff pint here which they duly changed and they replacement was okay. Very much a locals pub - half expected Scarecrow of Romney Marsh to drop by for a pint.
anonymous - 15 Jun 2013 22:11
This place compared to how it was this time last year is vastly improved. Clean, no longer smelly, good beer selection (try the English Garden) & good food. Get's very busy on music nights & a great place to spend a Sunday lunch time.
Buckhurstboy - 1 May 2013 11:24
I think the couple who turned this pub around have left,which is a pity.
Huey - 28 Feb 2013 16:54
Popped in here with my ever-patient wife on the Jubilee Monday, for a quick half. 4 excellent beers on including the Copper Top from the Old Dairy brewery and one from Rother Valley. Landlord (or one of them!) was a nice, chatty guy who told me a bit about their recent history and boasted of the pub's deliberate anti-jubilee, anti-TV philosophy, which I found deliciously ironic, given the name of the pub. Worth seeking out when in Rye!
daveid - 11 Jun 2012 13:35
Really enjoyed our recent visit to this slightly quirky local. The excellent barman couldnít have been more friendly and helpful. We went into the side bar to watch a live band: good sound quality.
mozzzzzz - 17 Jan 2012 10:57
Three changing ales in this quirky pub. The Dark Star Espresso Stout was very good. Takes first prize for some of the best Halloween decorations that I have seen, the artwork on the pumpkins was outstanding. We only wish we could have stayed for the party.
GazzaTheBeerMan - 31 Oct 2011 13:48
Woodforde's Wherry was on the hand pump at this quirky but very friendly boozer and wherry good it was too (sorry). Don't expect a slick operation at this pub, they seem to be facing problem after problem with malfuntioning tills and kitchen equipment but they carry on stoically and this is half the charm of the place. The staff are wonderful and I wish them every success.
wilf880 - 10 Oct 2011 16:21


Popped in last weekend and will return soon. Excellent beer, very good food and a very friendly landlord.


Huey - 19 Sep 2011 17:56
I went in as I had heard good things about this pub and it's wish to serve local beer. Unfortunately when myself and Mrs flowerdelivery arrived a number of the beers were off and food was not being served because they were out of stock.

Shortly after we had managed to order a pint another couple came in and order archers and lemonade - You've guessed it, no archer, no malibu either.

It really did feel as though were we sitting in a pub that was selling off the last of it's stock with no intention of ordering some more. I do hope this is wrong as from what I can gather has only been taken over in the past year and I would hate to see another real ale pub disappear
flowerdelivery - 2 Sep 2011 13:57
Pleasant pub, interesting beers and those running it deserve a lot of credit for turning this place around. Well worth a visit
extownie - 27 Jun 2011 16:37
I found this place quite a pleasant surprise - interesting layout, 2 bars with pool table & bar billiards and a 'library'. Comfortable seating, live music at weekends and a very interesting selection of ales and ciders make this an excellent place.
Floyd - 18 Jun 2011 17:54
Really great welcome and a good selection of Ales some on stillages on the bar. Cold pub as it was empty this made it seem worse. They need to tidy up a bit to make this a good pub, there were hoovers and piles of mail and empty boxes piled up in the lobby whilst the loo had broken window panes. A good clean up and this would be a great pub, we visited on an afternoon it looks like it might be more active in the evening.
shoreleaf - 13 Nov 2010 15:48
In the past Rye has been a venue for many pub crawls, and the Queens Head has never once featured on any crawls.
Now under new management it has friendly bar staff, a wonderful beer selection, and is the only place Iíve ever seen (apart from the FILO) that has beer from the FILO brewery.

Will certainly go back!
MankyBadger - 9 Nov 2010 22:34
Taken over in May 2010 by a group of real ale enthusiasts who want to present Rye visitors and regulars with an alternative to piped bangin' choons and Sky Sports. Live music definitely a part of the offering.

Welcoming landlords and bar staff. Good selection of interesting beers on tap, including an intriguing dark lager, pub games (though no oche for the dartboard!), plenty of varied spaces including a quiet area with books and board games. Characterful decor (basically black, white and dark red with interesting hand-painted decorations).

The rooms are still being refurbished; pricing for B+B is a little high but when work is completed on the rooms they promise to offer plenty of interest and character.

Definitely out of the ordinary and worth a visit.
megamole - 21 Sep 2010 15:05
New management is excellent here - enthusiastic about real ales and made us feel very welcome after a coastal walk from Hastings (having been made less than welcome at the Ypres Castle). Could not have been more helpful. A good choice of ale and cider on offer. Will definitely return when in the area.
hikeboy - 14 Sep 2010 21:59
Since the reviews above, the pub has changed hands, and is now being run (as of May 2010) by a group of real ale enthusiasts, with four changing and a cider on handpump, good food, and plenty of live music. The crowd is evolving as a result, and it's now a really nice place to be. Definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area.
unreal_thing - 31 Jul 2010 20:30
My wife and I stayed at this pub/hotel 2 weeks ago we used to be frequent visitors but had stopped our visits of late but when we read the comment about new owners we thought we'd pay a visit and see if anything had changed. We were pleased to see that the young girl who once managed it had now taken on the lease and was trying to encourage the sale of the once fantastic food, we stayed only for the 1 night but will definatly be visiting again and we were very pleased with our meal in the restaurant and the Bed and Brekfast letting rooms have been decorated very nicely, she certanly has her work cut out but has made a fantastic start we wish her and her staff the best of luck.
g.m.c - 8 Dec 2008 14:12
AT LAST!!! I have just heard that this once iddilic, authentic and perfect pub has now had a change of managment! Hooray! It was my favourite pub at one time but lately since the recent appauling managment meant I could know longer use it. It was run appalingly and I felt I could also no longer take my two chilldren in there for there excellent Sunday Roast. Such a shame. Out of curiosity I popped in the other day and found a clean, chav free pub! With new managment. I had a brief chat with the owner whom assured me the old Tennants were gone for good. I understand they were hard to shift and have caused the owner an enormous amount of grief, she seemed like a lovely women, and I wish the new managment all the best! I will most definately frequent this lovely pub once agin! LONG LIVE THE QUEENS!!!!!
mumof2fromkent - 8 Oct 2008 09:37
we didn't actually go into the pub except to go through it to stay in the hotel. so this is only really a review of the hotel & the staff we met. both of these were charming. the room had painted oak ceiling beams & real character from the pronounced slant of it's floor. the staff we met were relaxed, friendly, helpful & genuine. there was a crowd gathered round the pool table & sky sports is more involved than their website would have you believe, but as a place to stay whilst exploring rye, we found it hard to fault.
housh18 - 15 Sep 2008 12:31
Dreadful chav pub full of yobs and inebriated ladettes. A serious blot on the landscape in this otherwise genteel and respectable town, though I hear a takeover could be in the pipeline...
anonymous - 7 Nov 2007 11:27
One of the worst places I think i have visited. The pictures on their website make it look a decent place but I saw no leather sofas and lobster certainly didn't look as though it was ever likely to be served. The rooms were pathetic and staff couldn't care less about their patrons. DO NOT EVER stay here.
vestanpance - 7 Oct 2007 16:29
Rubbish,like most of the pubs in Rye.Full of chavvy kids.
parsons - 19 Jun 2007 15:51
Tuesday evening. Typical local pub fro the youngsters. Staff friendly & helpful, lager OK but can't say about anything else. Always seems busy when we go in there.
pissedasanewt - 19 Feb 2007 19:27
Joke of a pub. Gluten free food? Who cares. I'd rather go to a pub with general decent food than awful gluten free options. The beer was definitely not right either. As for the atmosphere... well, if one ever develops please let me know.
Oldsod - 19 Oct 2006 00:38
bizarre place. one minute full of diners one minute full of louts around the pool table...doesnt seem to really know what it wants to be. re-hash of restuarant is better and some imaginative food on menu but staff are largly rude and uninviting.
anonymous - 2 Sep 2005 12:31
Terrible food. Worse service (soup spilled on laps etc). Staff rude. 0/10 is generous. Avoid.
ewew - 10 May 2005 16:33
One of Ryes better pubs. Fortunately split into two bar areas, as one revolves around louts and kids around the pool table. Mediocre food, although portion control means nothing in this pub. Guarenteed full plate. Very welcoming; often found only 1 ale on though and the lager has been known to be iffy at times. Certainly improving as of late though, both menu and drink wise. (Unsure if correct but rumour has it that an electric pipe cleaning system is being used. If this is so - many things become clear.(GET RID OF IT!!!))
Alex M - 11 Oct 2004 18:32
Large old pub with restaurant section. Beer choice includes a guest. Menu had good shellfish starters but the large hunk of lamb was more quantity than flavour
lout_from_the_lane - 28 Nov 2003 12:17

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