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Queen Victoria, Theydon Bois

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Not at all bad, nice pint of McMullens and nice atmosphere.
Harveybest - 24 Aug 2014 19:06
Very welcoming and indeed very charming pub. Nicely kept McMullens, a very comfy atmosphere. We were in the smaller bar - not sure whether I can call it a snug without seeing the other bar, but it was cosy. It felt very much like a country pub should and, if i were local, I think it would be my regular. I was much impressed that they'd had an onion competition - for a townie, that's the sort of thing which strikes the right rural note! We didn't eat, being full from a wetherbrekkie consumed at the Last Post in Loughton, but maybe next time.
Charno - 1 Nov 2012 11:24
I spent a lot of my early dating years in this pub. Brilliant place,
Lurch88 - 7 Apr 2011 18:00
An excellent pub! Quick, friendly service in a nice looking, clean environment with plenty of seating inside and out. Mind your head if tall, though!
ace1973 - 14 Sep 2010 16:58
All the recent changes and money spent have made this much better than before (and it was good before). The staff and owners are always friendly and the new outside decking area is very nicely done and comfortable (weather permitting). Food always good and reasonably priced and the beer is ALWAYS well kept. Recommended!
TEL3 - 20 Aug 2009 12:49
This pub is set back from the road by a large car park and plenty of outside seating. It is a lovely looking pub, but unfortunately it seemed very food orientated and the vast majority of customers were families that had brought down three or four generations. This would have been perfect if I had come down with my folks in tow, but I hadnít on this occasion.

I entered the pub via the left hand door and ordered a nice pint of AK before exiting out of the right hand door. I found the ceiling getting lower after every step and I thought that I was going to have to crawl out of the pub, which is a regular occurrence. Thankfully I made it back outside and found a nice spot on the gravel in the front garden.

If I lived locally this would never become my regular drinking spot, but it is a nice enough pub that is deservedly very popular.
Strongers - 13 Jul 2009 15:54
I've visited twice in the last two weeks. First I sat in the "locals bar" with the roaring fire (Feb 11th). Tried the Country Bitter - the strongest one on at 4.3%. Very pleasant. Then some sandwiches were put on the bar uneaten from a function earlier that afternoon. Very friendly service and made to feel welcome. So much so that 3 of us returned on Saturday 21st for dinner. The meals can be expensive but it's possible to have the Sausages and mash, Nut cutlet and Ham, eggs and chips for around £7 - £8. The service was friendly from young staff. Quite happy to add this pub to our list of eateries/drinkeries after a saturday out.
ButchEgg - 24 Feb 2009 11:43
Very nice, friendly and cosy pub. The beer was lovely and the staff very very polite. The food was pretty good if you remember you're in a pub.
ben21 - 7 Feb 2009 16:50
Went to this pub for the first time today. In Essex there is a funny thing when you go into a pub for the first time - you either feel comfortable or you don't. It's becoming the norm that you don't, but today, on a Saturday afternnon, I think I've found one of my perfect pubs.. This is a lovely pub,. It's got everything - little front bar with a fire (no kids) , long restaurant area (kids are ok) clean toilets. Bar staff were young, a little bit uninterested, but very polite.

I couldn't leave without telling this story - guy comes in with a dog, clearly been out for a walk. Orders a pint for himself and the barman says "do you want a bowl for the dog"? Dog gets a bowl of water (without ice, at owner's request) . It's THAT kind of pub. Lovely
johngill - 23 Nov 2008 00:06
well i have visited this pub many times its the only pub i have visited where you will 100% get a correctly poured pint of beer, all of the staff know how to pour a pint that is full and correct, the beer is always spot on, mind your head on entering as its a old pub and 200 years ago people were shorter so if you are 6 foot be aware.. :)


gruppe8 - 3 Nov 2008 12:53
I agree with Ms Jaxon's comments regarding the staff at this pub, who were very efficient and helpful. I would very much avoid though, going to this pub if you are thinking of eating here! I have never in all my life had such appalling food - which I found extremely over priced too! I ordered fish cakes which had been deep fat fried accompanied by a pathetic salad, my niece's lasagne was swimming in fat which took 2 napkins to soak it all up! The stuffed mushrooms were just bread on a mushroom with a bit of cheese on top!! All in all a very disappointing lunch, we had to eat again when we got home!
Sophienobes - 22 Jun 2008 19:20
I have to fully disagree with the comments on here by briggen. The Queen Victoria in Theydon Bois is one of the nicest pubs in the area. Please do not listen to what briggen says. The staff are fantastic in this pub. They are so very friendly,the service is brilliant and Henry and Lesley are unique. When Henry and Lesley are off duty, the pub is run by very experienced staff, who certainly know how to treat people, with respect, efficiency and always a friendly smile. I have been going to the Queen Vic, ever since Henry and Lesley took over the pub, and all I can say about this pub is it is the very best in the area, otherwise, I would not bother going into it. There is only one sentence to say about this pub. The Queen Victoria is brilliant. Well done to Henry and Lesley and all their wonderful, friendly, efficient staff, and please ignore these comments by briggen which are most unjustified.
meljaxon - 21 Jun 2008 02:13
Has been a regular of mine for years. As has been said you couldn't ask for friendlier landlord/lady than Henry & Lesley.
McMullen ales (Country, Cask, AK) always immaculately kept.
Children welcome until 9pm, though there is one adults-only bar too.
IGK - 6 Jun 2008 18:45
The quality of the food and service varies drastically depending on who is "in charge" at the time. Don't bother going in when Henry and Lesley aren't on duty - the staff are rude, they ignore customers to entertain their friends. Unfriendly, unhelpful and unprofessional. Over priced food and poor service - took over an hour for an order of chips to be served at our table! We used to go quite often, but have stopped, it just isn't worth the bother.
briggen - 4 May 2008 14:52
This pub is our local. We have been goping there for years. In the last two years or so,the running of this pub has been taken over by Henry and Lesley Maasdorp. You will never ever, find any guv'nors like this lovely couple. The pub is georgeous, very old worldly,, but what counts most of all is Henry and Lesley. Go on, give it a go and visit it. You will not be disappointed.
meljaxon - 27 Sep 2007 17:30
Another nice old pub in Theydon Bois, this one on the way from the village centre to the Forest.
Greshon - 29 May 2007 10:11
Worked locally for six months and used it for lunch and a quick pint after work before catching the central line back to central London. Always found the food tasty perhaps a little pricey but overall good value. The beer was well kept and the bar staff friendly. Enjoyed my visits and if I lived closer would def pay it another visit. Worth the trip for anyone close.
Reginald_Guinness - 29 Mar 2006 12:29
The landlord keeps the Real Ale as it should be, the food is extremely good if a bit pricey.Well worth a visit for Sunday lunch.
Kernow - 7 Oct 2004 11:02

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