Queen's Head

Berkshire - Wokingham

A historic pub interior of some regional importance

Listed Status: II

23 The Terrace
RG40 1BP

Tel: (0118) 978 1221

Email: queenbeecarol132@gmail.com

Website http://www.queensheadwokingham.co.uk

Real Ale: Yes

Nearby Station: Wokingham

Station Distance: 400m

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

Bus: Yes

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This small, appealing terrace pub started life as an early 15th-century cruck-framed house (now encased in painted brick and render) with a hall in the centre. It now has a single bar space but there were formerly two rooms, as suggested by the red and cream tiled entrance corridor which lay between the two. The internal walls were removed by Morlands brewery in 1961. There is also a strong interwar imprint, notably the 1930s-style brick fireplaces and, very likely, the bar counter (the bar back is of fairly indeterminate date).

This terrace pub consists of a single bar little altered since 1961 when Morland's brewery removed most of the internal walls to create the space you see today. Originally a hall house of early 15th century with later alterations, but retains some of the original wattle and daub walls. From the layout, with red and white tiling in the entrance way, this was a two bar pub until 1961. Low ceilings supported with modern wood pillars. L/H main room has fielded panelled bar front, more recent bar top, bar back with mirrors behind turned wooden pillar supported shelves, and half height panelling throughout, all possibly from the 1930s. Some fixed bench seating upgraded with leather backs. Substantial brick fireplace of c1930s features a semi circular pattern.

Photo on wall from 1913 proclaims 'Dymore Brown's All Malt Ales' and shows pub then had sash windows. An attractive circular stained glass effigy of (reputably) Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) from c1930s in one of the window panes, though the main exterior pub sign is of Queen Elizabeth I. R/H bar space essentially features same panelling, some bench seating and similar fireplace. Wooden floors throughout. Modern toilets to rear.

The pub has an Aunt Sally team, a local pub game involving throwing sticks at a skittle mounted on a stand.

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