The Queens Head, East Clandon - pub details
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|Booked a table for two on a wet autumn Sunday as we were planning to visit Clandon Park. Hadn't been to any of the three pubs in East/West Clandon so it was pot luck and The Queen's Head sounded OK.|
The pub itself is easy to find, looks 'interesting' from the outside and has ample parking. In fact the huge car park is the first clue as to what to expect - a very busy pub. As we opened the door to the bar, any hopes for a pleasant quiet pub lunch were instantly dispelled by the cacophony that assaulted our ears! This may have been a pub once but it's now a popular family restaurant that happens to sell beer, reminiscent of the Beefeaters and Harvesters one finds. Don't get me wrong, if you like that sort of thing it's fine, it's just not my cup of tea.
We were quickly ushered to our table by a polite and friendly host, to enjoy the racket of kids screaming (and I really do mean screaming!), the noise of handheld games machines and people quite literally shouting to make themselves heard. The interior is pleasant if a little incongruous, mixing fake beams and halogen spotlights alongside real beams and fireplaces. We perused the menu which looked pleasant if a little unadventurous and waited for the waitress to return. After five minutes I decided to go to the bar in the hope of at least slaking my thirst... what I didn't realise was that this apparently isn't the done thing. The lady behind the bar ignored me, instead serving the waitresses coming to place drinks orders. I was eventually tapped on the shoulder and told to return to my table where my drink order would be taken. Sadly the pint of Shere Drop that materialized was not the best I'd had being over-chilled and metallic.
I ordered roast beef and my friend the roast pork. A 15 minute wait ensued which was fair given how busy the place was, and I was then presented with a plate sporting two 4" x 2" strips of beef, three of the smallest roast potatoes you've ever seen and a dry looking Yorkshire Pudding. This was accompanied by a very small bowl of veg to share between the two of us. On the plus side the beef was nicely cooked and tender. On the minus side it was covered in a very dark, extremely salty gravy that smothered the taste. Likewise the potatoes tasted like they'd been rolled in salt and we both agreed that the meal was far too salty.
I skipped dessert or the opportunity to sample another pint, preferring to beat a hasty retreat.
Had it not been for the overpowering noise and the rather salty meal I wouldn't have minded too much. They're obviously doing something right to draw in the punters and on other days it may have been a completely different story. Service was polite, the facilities are good (nice clean toilets!) and maybe my choice of beer was just unlucky. I will endeavour to try the other two pubs in Clandon but probably won't be returning here any time soon.
fazerblue - 9 Sep 2013 08:58
|Nice pub. Food good at prices you'd expect round here.|
3 ales on on a Thursday lunchtime. I had a pint of the Adnam's mid-strength Sole Star which was in good condition and tasted good for a 2.7% ABV. Only bugbear is that this cost me £3.80 - the low ABV means low duty* yet rather than pass this on to the customer, the landlord has decided to trouser it.
*mentioned as a positive on the Adnams' website
alecstewart - 10 Sep 2012 20:48
|Squeezed our family of five in on busy Bank Hol lunchtime after walk at nearby Clandon Park. Friendly, smiling staff, tasty food (good duck breast with interesting flavours, delicious cheesecake, generous kids' portions). Will definitely return in summer. |
maldenfamily - 5 Jun 2012 17:18
|Came in here on evening of 7 July. Shere Drop, Brakspear Oxford Gold and Ringwood Best. Lots of people eating and a bit of a crush in the small bar area. Not so close to Surrey Hills Brewery now they've moved!|
GuideDogSaint - 23 Jul 2011 21:54
|I was in East Clandon, for a weekend last June ( 2010 ), from Northern Ireland, with my wife and two daughters, and not only had lunch at the Queens Head, but attended a convention barbeque on the Saturday night.|
I cannot praise it enough, the pub itself, is set in a quintessential English village, in georgeous countryside. The ploughman's lunch, was one of the best I have ever tasted in my life, with an excellent choice of ales. The barman was very friendly, but cannot recall his name. Would thoroughly recommend this place, either for a pub lunch or couple of drinks. Best of British, and a 10 out of 10.
The only dampener on this fanrastic weekend, was England being dumped out of the World Cup, by arch rivals, Germany.
salisbury - 18 Feb 2011 20:29
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