Queen's Head

Greater London West - Cranford

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II

123 High Street

Tel: (020) 8897 0022

Website https://www.queens-head-cranford.co.uk/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/205801892782229

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

Rebuilt by Fuller’s Brewery about 1931, this pub has a high-quality, very largely intact interior with abundant use of oak for the panelling, servery fittings, doors etc. The servery sits between the public bar on the left and the saloon to the right, both of which are relatively small. The saloon, being the more upmarket room, has a more elaborate fireplace than the public bar. Down a short corridor from the saloon is a real surprise – the saloon lounge, a kind of baronial hall which seems to have appealed greatly to inter-war pub-builders looking for a grand effect (cf. the Black Horse, Birmingham). It has a fine open, tie-beam roof. There has been a certain amount of change. A plan in Hounslow Planning Department dated 1977 shows that at that time there was no linkage between the public bar and saloon, and beyond the saloon lounge was a store and lobby. The pub was unknown in CAMRA heritage pub circles until 2015: it was drawn to the attention of Historic England in connection with its review of inter-war urban and suburban public houses and became listed at Grade II in consequence.

The Queens Head was rebuilt by Fullers about 1931 in a loosely Neo-Tudor style with red brick and some half-timbering. This was a high-quality job and the interior is very little altered, making it one of the best survivors of its time. It consists of three main parts with the public bar on the left, separated from the saloon on the right by the servery. Then, at the rear on the right, is a third room with a tall open timber roof and which aims to give a sense of an old baronial hall. The only significant change to the public spaces has been the creation of a connection between the public bar and saloon at the front of the pub.

The public bar has half-height fielded panelling, exposed timbering and brickwork above, and a fireplace of exposed brickwork. The gentlemen’s and ladies’ lavatories either side of the fireplace have their original entrance doors, with vertical grooving, and what may well be original copper-plate signage. All toilets were updated with modern sanitaryware in the 2015 refit. The saloon is of a comparable size and style, although the fireplace is somewhat grander and is set within an inglenook, with narrow fixed benches to either side. The counter is larger than that in the public bar: as with the latter, the glass shelf or gantry is a modern insertion, in this case set on coupled square piers. The gents' lavatories have their original door, with vertical grooving.

Off the saloon is a small passage – lined with fielded panelling, but an open window Kitchen is now accessed from this point – leading to a large room which is the principal component of the pub’s south wing. This rises up to the wing’s pitched roof, and has an exposed timber ceiling of Tudor inspiration. It is named the saloon lounge on the plans of 1977. It has an original fireplace with a curved brick hearth, the half-height fielded panelling is largely original. At the rear of the saloon lounge is a small area, originally a store, which was brought into pub use in c.1977, which is the date of panelling and false timber joists. Lots of original oak doors.

The original Queens Head dates back to 1604 and purports to be the first pub in England to be granted a spirits licence (a piece of imaginative thinking, one suspects!).

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