The Queen's Head & Artichoke

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£25 and under
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Modern European
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  • Casual
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Sunday Lunch
Once the beautiful Victorian interiors of this old pub were restored to their original glory and the first floor dining room opened, along with outside terrace for dining, the locals must have breathed a sigh of delight before tucking into some seriously good gastropub grub. Business folk crowd in at lunchtimes, while friendlier couples and groups pack in evenings and weekends. There is something here to suit most palates and pockets. The menu changes daily - another sign that they're serious about food here - but we recently loved the fish chowder, and the aubergine, potato and spinach bhaji with yoghurt. The wine list is heaven.
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PM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a wonderful find during our London visit. I would describe it as a restaurant in heritage pub surroundings. The menu was so varied with plenty of tempting options, it took some time to decide, and everything we chose was tasty, and and came with friendly service. The music feed via YouTube was a bit ordinary.

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CC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This pub, tucked away from the madness of Marylebone and the Euston Road, is a delightful find when you want to avoid the usual chain offers that dominate the area. Perfect for a casual business lunch or quick bite for two, it has a classic and unfussy tapas menu served promptly with a smile and a perfectly good glass of Prosecco or pint. As an added bonus it attracts rather quirky diners from the surrounding ridiculously expensive apartments and hotels. This week an ancient be-jewelled lady with no shoes on, sat down at the table next to us and charmingly described as ‘delightful young girls’ (We are both in our 40s, so what’s not to like!)

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La comida muy buena, abundante y muy variada.
El precio está bien.
La atención al cliente excelente.
Lo único malo fue que había una mesa con gente muy escandalosa.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, and a very nice British experience for a tourist!!

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y
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food and service by a lovely lady upstairs. The food is freshly cooked and very tasty and portion generous without being too big which means we can try quite a few different dishes between us. Mulled wine also divine. Octopus the best I've had in the UK and probably the Mediterranean too!

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o
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sunday lunch - tasty, excellent service - and nice to sit afterward in pleasant outdoor area

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our experience at the Queen's Head & Artichoke is always good - nice food, great wine and friendly atmosphere.

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K
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Loud. Food worse than gross: bordered on inedible. We had to spit the flatbread out into a napkin; it was that bad. No chips despite two types supposedly offered on the menu. Weird, small-plate, tapas-like offerings with Indian influence served up in an authentic-looking British pub. Server actually seemed embarrassed about the poor quality food, although it was not her fault. Every single employee pseemed as if they did not want to be there, and it showed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

This is a nice (looking) pub with food that was laughably terrible. Since they serve a lot of small plates, so you realise: the badness isn’t just an unlucky dish, but rather the food is bad across every part of the menu. Even the two kinds of bread we were brought at the beginning of the meal both managed to be rather stale. The mussels and prawns also are well described as stale- an even less appealing experience than stale bread. The paella, always a risky bet in London, was probably the worst paella I’ve ever eaten. The fava beans were like eating stale wallpaper paste on pita (both in flavour and in their unnaturally turgid consistency). I feel bad leaving this terrible review as the staff were nice, but I booked this restaurant for my parents who were visiting in part because of the strength of the reviews.

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SQ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for Mothers Day, it was extremely enjoyable, food was fantastic, great selection & you were given space in between courses. Would recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

C'était très sympa. Très bruyant, c'est normal pour un pub anglais. Le service superbe. Le mets de très bonne qualité

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely pub, food really nice and service was excellent. Very friendly. Would definitely recommend and return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and attentive staff looked well after us. Tasty tapas, good wine and affordable prices - we'll definitely visit again.

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JW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a pleasant Sunday lunch here. The roast pork was very tasty but the roast potatoes weren't crispy enough for our taste. The roast beef was good but the horse radish dressing was rather strange. Staff were very attentive nice atmosphere.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is delicious as always, staff are lovely however service can be a little slow at peak times.
We had to chase our drinks orders a few times.
Would recommend for business lunches, where there aren't time restraints.

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YM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great local dig with tasty tapas-sized dishes. Came here couple of times with family.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went as a large group for Sunday lunch, and this was just perfect! The menu is very varied and includes roasts and tapas, which catered for our group perfectly. Great find and good value.

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j
London
261 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a Saturday lunch at the Queen's Head & Artichoke. It was a good choice being near a busy Regent's Park and a quiet retreat from the bustle. Service was friendly and efficient and the food fine and not expensive.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited because we often dine at The Norfolk Arms which is owned by the same people and heard that the lovely Natasha was now working here. She gave us a wonderful warm greeting and our meal was at least as good as the ones we've had at the Norfolk Arms so we left very happy.

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t
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful dinner with my parents here. All of the food was wonderful - fresh, well spiced, good-sized tapas and delicious!! The downstairs is a typical pub, and upstairs is a more chilled dining area. I have already booked to go back again!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is brilliant. The tapas is delicious with a wide range of options and the upstairs seating area is great. It feels relaxed and friendly and the waiting staff are attentive but not in your face. We took two children aged 3 and 5 there for an evening meal and we all had a great time.

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service! The place was amazing would totally recommend it! 10/10

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CA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, they had a large party downstairs so the majority of main meals had run out - a little bit of planning ahead next time would fix this problem, we booked with Open Table so they knew how many covers they would have that night.

Having said that, the food we did have was delicious.

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H
London
15 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this gastro pub The food was imaginative delicious and just the right amount The olive tapanada appetizer was great We will definitely go again

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C
London
45 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wasn't too sure what the pub would be like but we were pleasantly surprised. It's a lively pub mid week. We were sat downstairs which was a bit noisy. Next time i'll request upstairs. However the service was friendly and prompt and the food was well presented, full of flavour and in decent portion sizes. Great value for money.

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We couldn't taste the carriot cake.😑 But the other cakes were great.
The "Fruit De Mer" wasn't that we thought.
Beer fine.Good ambiance.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Was obviously first day for a lot of the staff. Service was dreadful. Food not as good as it used to be. I guess it was an off day judging by other reviews.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall great small plates selection to share and good selection of beer & ciders. Really enjoyed it for a quick lunch or late dinner.

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KC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The pub itself was extremely noisy on a Friday evening but the small upstairs dining room was much quieter. The tapas were very good and the server very attentive.

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GS
London
155 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Has been a perennial favourite and so always feels sad when it drops off markedly. A number of dishes weren't available despite being on the daily specials blackboard as well as the menu and for a place that prides itself on a Sunday roast difference to only offer beef and (very fatty) pork is pretty lame. The willingness to let dogs into the restaurant on a day when there is intermittent rain just means the restaurant ends up smelling gross. Will not be back for some time.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There's nothing not to like at the Queen's Head and Artichoke. Ticks all the boxes.
We appreciated their welcome of our German short-haired pointer. The dog water bowl was volunteered on arrival.
Oh, and the tapas menu for us humans was delicious. No dud dishes. Also the Malbec from Argentina was a hit. Available by the bottle, although our little group sank three bottles.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Booked for Sunday lunch - food was cold for one of the party, another was told that her choice was unavailable only when the rest of the party were being served and patatas bravas were just chunky chips!

Dining room upstairs was pretty cold too and there was no music until one of the staff turned on what sounded like a yoga CD - complete with positive affirmation messages!

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C
London
202 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

First time here, the food was excellent, really good choice and felt fresh. Service from some staff was a bit surly, shame because otherwise it would have been a great experience!

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Good food and polite, friendly service. I will definitely return. Thank you

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GS
London
155 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another reliably wonderful Sunday lunch at this old favourite. The roast chicken and roast beef roasts were to everyone's tastes on our table, along with very good vegetables, a dollop of gravy and if you have the beef, a homemade yorkshire pudding too. There's a very good wine list with lots available by the glass and a good beer selection too. Wrapped up with good service and relaxed setting, a great way to wile away a Sunday afternoon.

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CC
London
158 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sunday roasts, in a lovely dining room. Really close to Regents Park to walk it all off afterwards...

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JW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We had a tasty meal at this gastropub especially the main courses ; a good seafood linguine and aubergine parmegiano . The desserts were less interesting; sticky toffee pudding without custard or ice cream and a rather dry chocolate cake. The service was good but the restaurant was so quiet for a Saturday evening and therefore had little ambience.

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S
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy and noisy restaurant but this made for a great atmosphere. I was with an American colleague and he loved it. The service and food were very good. We were a little bit squashed with not very much room to move but we didn't mind too much.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fantastic food, lovley waitress and the French manager was just awesome.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went with worl collegues
great tapas
decent wines and beer at good value
not too croded and able to talk

Will return

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