Queens

Greater London North - Hornsey

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: II*

26 Broadway Parade
Hornsey, Crouch End
N8 9DE

Tel: (020) 8340 2031

Email: queens@foodandfuel.co.uk

Website http://www.foodandfuel.co.uk/our-pubs/the-queens-crouch-end/

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Hornsey

Station Distance: 950m

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Hornsey) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

This is a most sumptuous pub, built in 1899–1902, and originally called the Queen’s Hotel. It is the sister of the Salisbury on Green Lanes. Both were built and designed (it is said) by John Cathles Hill, a Dundee man who came to London aged 21 and made his fortune as a successful developer. Both pubs share a roughly similar layout. There is a large servery in the centre encircled by a series of surrounding screened-off spaces. The ceilings and deep friezes throughout are all very lavishly decorated and with much use of Lincrusta embossed paper. There is so much to admire, notably the wonderful Art Nouveau-style window glass. The bar counter is original although the central fitting has much modern work in it and the unfortunately dominating pot-shelf is, as usual, modern. The circular entrance in the corner is particularly attractive and has a mosaic floor with a monogram for the Queens’s Hotel.

An opulent hotel-cum-pub built in 1899-1902 at the height of the great pub boom and still a fine place to eat and drink. It’s a companion piece to the magnificent Salisbury in Green Lanes, N4. Both were built by developer, John Cathles Hill who is said to have acted as his own architect. The layout is very similar to the Salisbury with a large servery in the centre surrounded by a series of rooms and compartments. There is a screen across the bar at the front. There is another screen just inside the entrance on the Elder Avenue side. On the right-hand side comes a saloon with a couple of alcoves and a spectacular decorated plaster ceiling and half-height panelling. The ceilings and deep friezes throughout the pub are immensely intricate in their decoration. There are lots of other features to admire, notably the beautiful Art Nouveau-style glass with roses and other flowers.

The bar counter is original and so is the circular entrance arrangement on the corner with a mosaic floor bearing the monogram of Mr Hill and Q for Queen’s. Unfortunately the fitting in the centre of the servery has, for some reason, been replaced with modern work. The pub also suffers from an overpowering gantry atop the counter. A refurbishment in 2001-2 was a sensitive piece of work apart from the cutting of an opening in the screen.

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