Ever had the experience of visiting a pub some 16 years after your previous visit as a callow youth? Perhaps it is rose-tinted nostalgia, but even in our formative years some of us at fancyapint? had a soft spot for scruffy, down-to-earth drinking dens. The Queens Head of old was, in the nicest sense, a bit of a dump. However, it was also an old-school, South-East London boozer, with fraying pool tables, dartboards a-plenty and buxom bar staff old enough to have introduced us to this planet, never mind to the delights of pints of bitter. It's all changed now - Ember Inns have taken over and the result is a light, airy, dare we say sanitised pub where - and the irony was not lost on us - the (albeit friendly) bar staff were probably in nappies when we were last in. The plus points are the cheapness of the beer (Adnams at a very reasonable £2.30-ish) and a quiet, lout-free atmosphere which isn't always found in Orpington. But the Queens Head is utterly, unrecognisably different from the place of old. Progress? Probably. But it makes us feel the passing of time all the more acutely.
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Reviewed by kentish_man
24 Mar 2010