This isn’t a sponsored post.
BrumHour was invited to bring a plus one to lunch at The Queens Head and did not pay for food or drink. We did leave a tip.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/brumhour
Experience: Lunch at Davenports: The Queens Head
“Friendly and relaxed with nice food and an easy atmosphere.”
The old Jekyll and Hyde transformed into a more traditional pub space by Davenports at 28 Steelhouse Lane, in central Birmingham and restored to a previous name The Queens Head. All the purple is gone!
We have arrived ten minutes early for our booking, and everything seems relaxed but precise, this is pub/bar service. Find a table, take a look at the menu, then stroll up to the bar to place food and drinks orders. Take the drinks to your table yourself and then the food will come out as its is ordered. You remember??
Pre-covid times I’d not be generally concerned about the quality of staff in central Birmingham locations, normally there’d be a queue of twenty-five people ready to take retail or bar staff jobs the next day. But these are different times and the job market belongs to workers currently. Treat staff well and pay them a fair amount or they will be gone to a better paid job and if you are lucky, thank you for the extra training you invested in them.
The staff here are seem great and look comfortable, they don’t look like they’ve done anything out of the ordinary for our visit, the tables (and the whole place) are clean and the seats are comfortable.
My plus one, Rebecca and I, did take a look at the menu online before arriving but Rebecca wants to know what the Queens Head Daily Pie is (Steak and Exeter Ale or Mushroom, Spinach and White Truffle were the two choices). It has been suggested that I try the sausages which are made for Davenports by an artisan butcher! So I order Sausage and Mash.
Before mains we get drinks, I have lemonade whilst Rebecca has a Davenports Continental and we get starters, we’ve ordered Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread and Cheese Baked Mushroom, as there are two pieces for each, so we have one of each. They are good and the mushroom tastes very nice indeed.
Our mains arrive and my Sausage and Mash comes with peas in a red wine gravy, the mash has chives in, and the three sausages are MASSIVE! I’d probably just have this on its own normally with a drink on my next visit!
Rebecca enjoyed her Steak and Exeter Ale Pie which also came with peas and red wine gravy with buttered mash. Because the venue is paying the bill, she also has an Apple Crumble plus an RIP Pale Ale, again she really enjoys this! The perks of “FREE” food for a plus one.
Our barman, takes us to see the upper floor which also has been restored and looks great, there are authentic looking details all over the place, even a new outdoor upstairs mini yard to enjoy. For Rebecca, this is a new after-work local, and she is keen to bring her work colleagues along for future visits. She’s already asking about Christmas bookings and menus, it is only just July!
I’ll be back here for lunch with Rebecca again, it is friendly and relaxed with nice food and an easy atmosphere.
The Queens Head is at 28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6BJ and is open from 9am Monday to Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 11pm daily. The main ground floor bar is fairy accessible but there isn’t anything in the way of lifts. The Queens Head is less than two minutes from Birmingham Snow Hill Station and about eight minutes from Birmingham New Street Station. Discover more here: thequeensheadbirmingham.co.uk.