Aneta, Tony, Claudia, Marco
It’s time to plan festive celebrations
Aneta Barratt took over The Queens Head (the ex-Smokehouse and Hole in the Wall site) in January. Nine months on, she is enjoying her first venture in the trade and the pub is thriving, with the lovely large garden proving a huge hit in the recent hot weather.
As Aneta admits, however, there has been the odd surprise. ‘In June someone enquired about a Christmas party – I couldn’t believe it!’ Having been prompted to think ahead, the kitchen team has now put together a traditional festive menu with meat (including pheasant and duck), fish and vegetarian options. ‘We’re already getting enquiries and bookings,’ confirms Aneta. ‘We have three function areas: the restaurant accommodates 50 guests, the Snug 30 and the bar 25, or all three can be reserved for 100.’
As usual, there’s plenty happening throughout Autumn, with a new menu focusing on fresh seasonal ingredients and special events, including wine tasting (in October) and whisky blending (in November) evenings. ‘We’ve had a wonderful welcome from the locals,’ says Aneta. ‘We are a proper neighbourhood pub and I really feel that everyone is rooting for us to succeed.’
The Queen’s Head
12 Sutton Lane North, W4 4LD